DC JCC's Jewish Music Festival

Family Fun Abounds with ShirLaLa and Peter Himmelman at DCJCC’s 13th Washington Jewish Music Festival
ShiraLaLa highlights Shabbat Services and Dinner; Peter Himmelman’s performance for Jerusalem Day followed by a barbeque dinner and bounce house
Washington, D.C. – Families and kids of all ages will have two great opportunities to rock out with acclaimed Jewish performers ShirLaLa and Peter Himmelman. These two family-friendly acts appear as part of the DCJCC’s 13th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival and will headline special family celebrations for Shabbat and Jerusalem Day.
In its 13th year, the DCJCC’s Washington Jewish Music Festival, taking place May 3 – 21 features 12 performances including jazz, funk, hip-hop and indie pop artists. While many of the performances welcome audiences of all ages, ShirLaLa and Peter Himmelman are the most kid-friendly acts.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate 13 years of the Washington Jewish Music Festival with festive, family-oriented performances,” said Carole Zawatsky, chief executive officer of the Washington DCJCC. “This year’s festival is truly a coming of age, with an eclectic mix of performers that reflects the diverse interests of our community. Music touches everyone at every age and the festival just wouldn’t have been complete without Shira and Peter performing for our children.”
Shira Kline aka ShirLaLa is a celebrated New York based performer and music educator. Traveling across the country and internationally with her kiddie rock band, Shira delivers a dynamic, interactive program of joy and spirit, story and song. Raised in the world of music and the tradition of Torah, Shira has worked for over a decade with a diverse array of Jewish communities to enliven rituals, holiday celebrations, and love for Jewish life and prayer. Blending words, story and music she creates a rich experience for children and adults alike.
Families can join a joyous Jerusalem Day family celebration with a concert by rocker Peter Himmelman followed by a barbeque dinner and bounce house for the kids on May 20. Hailed by USA Today as “one of rock’s most wildly imaginative performers,” Himmelman is an alternative folk-rock singer, songwriter, TV and film composer and children’s entertainer. His 2007 children’s album, My Green Kite, was nominated for a Grammy.
ShirLaLa Family Shabbat Service and Dinner
Friday, May 18 | 6:00 pm | Washington DCJCC | Service Free
Dinner: Adults $15, Children $7.50 (advance reservation required)
Suggested age: 0-5, reserve dinner by May 14
Peter Himmelman performs for Jerusalem Day
Sunday, May 20 | 4:00 pm 
Ohev Sholom–The National Synagogue
1600 Jonquil Street NW
Tickets: $10, $25 Family Ticket
The DCJCC thanks the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation for helping to establish the festival in 1999, its major support of this year’s festival, and for being the lead sponsor of the opening night concert.
The music festival runs from May 3 to May 21, and includes 12 performances, as well as community-organized “Shabbat in Song” events. The full schedule and ticket information can be found at www.wjmf.org. Tickets are on sale now.

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