An ongoing series of j.talks, conversations with authors and artists. Join us throughout the year for hard truths and inspiring stories, Jewish values, and living history — along with food, fiction and funny!
The J is a member of the Jewish Book Council. Most author programs are scheduled through the JBC. The J hosts a local author event each fall, where local authors can sell their books and/or participate in the "speed-dating" event.
Host an Author
When authors visit, we provide funds for their travel, housing and per diem. Please consider “hosting” an author with a donation of $360, which will include a signed copy of your author’s book, four tickets to the author event, and recognition at the author event.
Sunday, December 3–Wednesday, December 6
Browse our collection of the 2017 Jewish Book Council Selections, the J’s own selections of the best titles, and Chanukah essentials — just in time for holiday shopping.
The Wonder of Growing Up Jewish
Sunday, December 3, 2pm
Acclaimed memoir author and former Chair of the English Department at The George Washington University, Faye Moskowitz, has been a major force in shaping dialogue about Jewish American fiction. Moskowitz, who began writing in her 40s, has published four books and had her poems, essays, book reviews, and short stories published in The Washington Post, the New York Times, Woman’s Day, Jerusalem Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Lilith Magazine. She was a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and is presently poetry editor of Moment Magazine. Faye is the founder of GWU’s Jewish Lit Live!, a class which opens doors for students to hear from and ask questions of best-selling Jewish authors. She has given over 500 talk/readings across North America and Israel.
Tickets: $12/ $8 member
What Makes a Book Jewish?
Marilyn Cooper, Moment Magazine Culture Editor
Tuesday, December 5
Join Moment Magazine Culture Editor Marilyn Cooper for a lively discussion about Jewish books, famous Jewish writers, and the books that shaped them. She will share stories about her interviews with authors such as Carl Bernstein, Cynthia Ozick and Joyce Carol Oates. Questions to be discussed include: what makes a book Jewish; whether a Jewish book has to be written by a Jewish author; and what books most influenced the participants’ Jewish identities. The program will be followed by light refreshments. This program is co-sponsored by the J’s Cultural Arts Department and Adult Learning Institute (ALI).
Fee: $5/ $3 member
Healthy Jewish Cooking… Latke Edition
Tuesday, December 12, 7pm
Jewish soul food still features many ingredients that lack whole grains and include too much salt, fat, sugar, and processed foods. But local chef, baker, and author Paula Shoyer’s delicious take on Jewish cooking is different: she uses only natural ingredients and offers a fresh, nutrient-dense spin on every dish. Come learn about her 60+ Ashkenazi and Sephardic classics, including her healthy take on the latke during our
Tickets: $12/ $8 member