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Northern Virginia j.talks

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. 

"Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism" by Author Liane Kupferberg Carter

In Partnership with the Special Needs Department

Tuesday, January 31, 7pm

How do you create an ordinary family life while dealing with the extraordinary needs of an autistic child? Meet Mickey: charming, funny, compassionate, and autistic. In this unflinching portrait of family life, Liane Carter offers a mother's insight into what really goes on in the two decades after diagnosis. From the double-blow of a subsequent epilepsy diagnosis to bullying and bar mitzvahs, Mickey's struggles and triumphs along the road to adulthood are honestly detailed to show how one family learned to grow and thrive with autism.

Tickets: $11/ $8 members, 65+, under 30


The Definition of Anti-Semitism - Author Talk with Kenneth L. Marcus

In Partnership with Congregation Etz Hayim

Monday, March 27, 7pm
Location: Congregation Etz Hayim
2920 N. Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA  22204

Founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law Kenneth Marcus offers an indispensable book about the manner in which anti-Semitism has evolved from the ancient world to the present, from religious anti-Judaism to secular anti-Semitism. The Definition of Anti-Semitism describes many instances of anti-Semitism that have occurred in recent years and examines why they constitute anti-Jewish hatred as the meaning of the term has evolved with the times.

 Tickets: $11/ $8 members, 65+, under 30


As Seen on Instagram Mother, Can You NOT? Author Talk with Kate Siegel

Thursday, May 11, 7pm
Location: Moishe House Arlington, RSVP required for address

Kate Siegel’s mother loves her... And drove her so crazy that Kate decided to broadcast their hilarious conversations on Instagram. Soon, hundreds of thousands of people were following their daily text exchanges. From embarrassing moments (like crashing Kate's gynecological exams) to outrageous stories (like the time she made Kate steal a cat from the pound) to hilarious celebrations (including but not limited to parties for Kate's menstrual cycles), Mother, Can you NOT? lovingly lampoons the lengths to which our mothers will go to better our lives — even when it feels like they're ruining them in the process.

Tickets: $11/ $8 members, 65+, under 30


Sarah M. Berry, Cultural Arts Director | 703.537.3075 | [email protected]
Anton Merbaum, Arts Engagement Coordinator | 703.537.3076 | [email protected]


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Cultural Arts Director
Sarah M. Berry
[email protected]

Arts Engagement Coordinator
Anton Merbaum
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