Volunteer with WJFF

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

The Festival and Year-Round programming would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers who help with special events, box office, ushering and greeting guests, office tasks, material distribution, and much more.

Visit https://timecounts.org/wjff to sign up to become a volunteer. It’s easy and takes less than five minutes! Once you create an account, you can view all the available shifts for our upcoming screenings, sign up for the annual festival, and join special teams such as our Office Team or Distribution Team.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Here’s how to create a volunteer account!

  1. Go to https://timecounts.org/wjff
  2. Click the green “Join Us” button at the top of the page
  3. Complete the “Join Our Volunteer Community” Form
  4. You will receive an email asking you to “Verify Your Account”
  5. In your email, click the link “Verify Me” which will direct you to a page to create a password
  6. Complete the sign up process by creating a password and logging in

Once you have created an account and logged in, go to the “Opportunities” Tab to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities. You can then view shifts you have successfully signed up for under the “Activities” Tab.

BENEFITS

For each completed shift, volunteers earn 1 free ticket to any regularly priced WJFF Year-Round program and 1 voucher for the concessions booth (Festival is not included). Volunteers are also periodically given free or discounted tickets to music and film events at the EDCJCC and invited to special events. All volunteers are invited to attend a thank you reception and screening.

EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Help during our weekly film screenings by ushering and greeting guests, checking will call or taking tickets at the door. Please note in many instances you will be allowed to see part of the film during the time in which you are volunteering. However, due to volunteering responsibilities, you will likely miss the first and last 15 minutes of the screening. Being able to watch the film is not a guarantee.

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

Join our dedicated volunteer team and assist with testing films, data entry and other daily office tasks. There are more opportunities for this volunteer team in the lead-up to the annual Film Festival, however, we have plenty of opportunities during the Year-Round program as well. You can apply to become a part of the Office Volunteer Team by visiting Timecounts.com/WJFF and creating an account then selecting “Office Volunteer Team” under the “Opportunities” Tab.

DISTRIBUTION VOLUNTEERS

Have some extra time and love talking about the Film Festival? Join our outgoing Distribution Team to help us spread the word about our Year-Round events to local businesses. We’ll provide an instructional guide, neighborhood map and stacks of brochures & flyers for you to get started. Do you know an area or business that would like our materials displayed? We’d love to hear about it! You can apply to become a part of the Distribution Volunteer Team by visiting Timecounts.com/WJFF and creating an account then selecting “Distribution Volunteer Team” under the “Opportunities” Tab.

QUESTIONS? Contact Carolyn Hoehner at CarolynH@edcjcc.org to learn about the various ways to volunteer with the WJFF.

WJFF's EDCJCC Volunteer of the Year

Every year the Edlavitch DCJCC presents the Volunteer of the Year award to one of the Center’s many dedicated volunteers. These are the WJFF’s EDCJCC Volunteer of the Year award winners!

Asher Velasco (2017)

Asher Velasco is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., where he leads a team of consultants in the execution of client projects in the Digital Financial Services Practice. He previously was based in the London office of McKinsey where he was an Associate in the Data Analysis practice. Asher, a native of Rhode Island ,has lived in the D.C. area for the past three years. A member of D.C. Minyan, which is based in the EDJCC, he has enjoyed volunteering for the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) beginning from his first months in Washington. Asher has particularly enjoyed being a part of such “an innovative and engaging event” as the WJFF. Asher earned a B.S. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Masters in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, lacrosse and rooting for the Boston Red Sox.

Sara Cohen (2015)

Sara Cohen is a native Washingtonian and practicing dentist in a 50+ year old D.C. family practice founded by her father and grandfather. Her grandparents were active members of the EDCJCC in its early days. Inspired by the combination of art and science in her work, she believes art and film in particular are the perfect emissaries to give voice to the Jewish experience. She is an active fundraiser for Jewish education and culture, working with the development office of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the Capital and Endowment Campaign Committee of the DCJCC.  She is married to Norm J. Rich, Vice President of the DCJCC and with four grade school children, is doing her best to create Jewish leaders of the future!