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The 17th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival begins TODAY. Wow, at 17 you’ve been driving for a year but you can’t vote until next year but you know what you can do? Drink in all of the amazing music this festival has to offer. Trust us, there’s a lot so we picked out a few of our faves. Let’s dig in.

Yemen Blues with Ravid Kahalani

Saturday June 4th, 8 p.m. @ Edlavitch JCC of Washington

This is the kind of blues you want to get. The music kind of starts somewhere deep inside of you then makes it way outward, like throwing a rock into a lake. Of course this rock is music (GET IT?). Get ready for an evening of soul crushing percussion offset but some highly uplifting chanting.

4th Annual WJMF in the Park* 

Sunday June 5th, 11p.m. – 2p.m. @ Edlavitch DCJCC Gym

*Due to threat of thunderstorms, our WJMF in the Park event will now be held in the Edlavitch DCJCC Gym. They won’t let the rain stop them – the fun must go on!

This is fun for the whole family and will include all the usual suspects (great music! games! general tomfoolery) but what is perhaps MOST IMPORTANT, The Washington Animal Rescue League will be on site with puppies. PUPPIES!!!!

Every Word Has Power: The Poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with Basya Schechter

Tuesday, June 7th, 7:00 p.m. @ Edlavitch JCC of Washington, DC

Songs begin as poetry, always the two shall meet. Every Word Has Power is a film featuring Basya Schecter, of Pharoah’s Daughter, who adapted ten of Rabbi Heschel’s poems into song. Following a screening of the film we’ll be treated with an acoustic performance by Basya Schechter and a Q&A about the film. So many beautiful mediums converging in one place. It’s not to be missed.

Zion80 

Thursday June 9th, 7:00 p.m. @ Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

This is evening is for all you dancers out there. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Zion80 explores traditional Jewish music through an Afrobeat lense so wear comfortable shoes because you won’t be sitting.

Girls in Trouble Curriculum: Book of Ruth

Saturday, June 11th, 10:30 p.m. @ Edlavitch JCC of Washington, DC

The Book of Ruth tells the story of Ruth accepting the God of the Israelites as her God and the Israelite people as her own. This is hugely symbolic and what is explored via music at the Girls in Trouble Curriculum. It’s well documented that learning and music go hand-in-hand like drunk folks singing karaoke so this will be a wonderfully enriching experience all around.

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