Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Coordinator
Irene Gavin
(703) 537-3063


JCCNV-JAFI Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
(703) 537-3034


Upcoming Events

Cultural Arts at the JCCNV

Cultural Arts at the J

An enjoyable cabaret event

Some Kind of Wonderful:
Bayla Whitten sings
Carole King

Saturday, November 15, 8pm
(sold out)
Sunday, November 16, 2pm
(sold out)
Sunday, November 16, 5pm
(tickets available)

Come enjoy the soundtrack to a generation.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow
I Feel the Earth Move
Stoney End

and more...

The Voice

Northern Virginia j.talks

The annual Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival has morphed into 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!

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.

Local Author Application
September 22, 2014: Applications are now open for our Local Author event and for our annual new book sale. Authors are welcome to apply to have their books sold during our Book Sale at the JCCNV December 4-14, and/or apply to participate in our j.talks Local Authors Event at One More Page Books on Thursday, November 20. We will notify selected participants by Tuesday, October 21. Request an application from


Click below to learn more.

Being the Other

Three writers share unique and universal stories about their personal journeys.

Sunday, November 9, 7pm, JCCNV

S. Bear Bergman
Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter

Bear's first two books, Butch Is a Noun and The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, are considered seminal texts on the subject of transgender life. In his third essay collection, Bear enters, describes, and rearranges our ideas about family as a daughter, husband, father, and friend.

Julie Greenberg

Just Parenting: Building the World One Family at a Time

A journey into spirited motherhood, and of how Rabbi Julie parented her five children within a web of relationships that included Rabbinic donor dads, a gay male parenting partner, birth parents, multiracial children, women lovers and former lovers in addition to her strong and loving family of origin.

Leah Vincent
Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

An electrifying memoir about a young woman’s promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.

Tickets: $19/ $15 member and seniors (65+)/ $12 under 30
Click here to purchase tickets online.

Janna Gur
Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today's Kitchen

Monday, November 17, 7:30pm

Over thousands of years, Jews all over the world developed cuisines suited to their needs but also reflected on the influences of their neighbors and carried memories from their past wanderings. The only place all of these cuisines are still functional is Israel, where there are a few first-generation cooks that know and love these dishes. Israel is, in a sense, a living laboratory of this beloved and endangered Jewish food; the 100 diversely flavored recipes here are the dishes that, though rooted in their original provenance, have been embraced by Israelis from throughout the Diaspora and have become part of Israel's culinary landscape. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Janna immigrated to Israel in 1974. She is the founder and chief editor of the leading Israeli food and wine magazine.
Tickets: $12/ $9 J members or  seniors (65+) or under 30. Demo & Tasting included.
Click here to purchase tickets online.


This event is supported by a grant from The Jewish Food Experience, a program of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.


j.talks Local Author Event

Thursday, November 20, 7pm
Event Location: One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St Arlington VA 22213

It’s like speed dating, but with authors! They’ll have just three minutes to capture your imagination. Hosted by Alan Orloff. Applications for participation will be available starting September 8.
Free Admission

Character Breakfast
with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sunday, November 23, 9:30am-11am

Join us for a wiggly morning as you feast on delicious breakfast treats with the life-sized colorful caterpillar from the beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Explore Jewish values through exciting crafts and stories. There will be plenty of photo op’s with our caterpillar to remember your special day at the J (remember to bring your camera). Please register by November 18. This is normally a sold out event – register early!
Tickets: $9 per person or $41 maximum per family (up to 5 people); $7 per JCCNV member or $32 maximum per family (up to 5 people).  
Buy Tickets and information:, Community Engagement Director, (703) 537-3064
Co-sponsored by Gesher Jewish Day School and in partnership with JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families and PJ Library®.


j.talks New Book Sale

Thursday–Sunday, December 4-14

Hundreds of titles — from new releases to the tried and true, fact to fiction, history to mystery, cookbooks to holiday books — we’ll have it all!


Lucinda Franks Morgenthau
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me

Thursday, December 4, 12pm-2:30pm,
Program at 12:45pm

Lunch: 12pm (bring dairy or parve/meatless)

A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Lucinda tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. She offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together, years that are both hilarious and interlaced with suspense. “This book is a treasure: a shining love story, a fascinating slice of history, a paean to an extraordinary man. And a terrific read—honest, funny, daring, and beautifully wrought.” — The Jewish Week.
Tickets: $12/ $6 member; includes dessert buffet, coffee and tea.
In partnership with JCCNV’s Adult Services Department


Mathew Klickstein
SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age

Thursday, December 11, 7:45pm
Location: Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic

SLIMED! is a fun-filled, nostalgic and fascinating in-depth chronicle of how the First Kids' Network came to shine a vibrant new "kid-like" light on the cultural landscape ... with resonance reaching even to the Jewish community and including first-hand accounts by the likes of Nickelodeon's own Marc Summers, all told from those who made it happen! Mathew eventually abandoned the burning sewage plant known as LA for Hipsterville, USA (aka Portland). Subsequent stints in NYC and Boulder, CO followed, with Mathew somehow both making a living for himself AND remaining as prolific as ever in the realms of short films, music videos, documentaries, short stories, girlie poetry, erotic literature, reportage and novels published by companies so small you've never heard of them or of Mathew's books ...
Ticket information TBA
In partnership with jnet and NOVA Tribe Series

Yochi Dreazen
The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War

Monday, December 15, 12:15pm

The Invisible Front is the galvanizing story of Major General Mark Graham and his wife Carol, whose all-American army family was shattered by the loss of their two sons, one to suicide and one in combat. The Grahams have devoted their lives to fighting the military suicide epidemic that is the dark legacy of Iraq and Afghanistan and that will rage on long after those wars have come to a close. That means changing the way the military looks at mental health. Yochi Dreazen is one of the most respected military journalists in the country, with credentials that include The Wall Street Journal’s youngest-ever bureau chief and senior national security correspon¬dent at the National Journal. He is currently the deputy editor for news at Foreign Policy.
Tickets: $5 nonmembers; free admission for JCCNV member
In partnership with JCCNV’s Adult Services Department