Contacts for Arts & Culture

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts Director
Dan Kirsch
(703) 537-3075

Dance Director
Barri DeFrancisci
(703) 537-3037

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

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.


Click below to learn more.

j.talks New Book Sale

Thursday–Sunday, December 4-14


Books make great Chanukah gifts!! Hundreds of titles — from new releases to the tried and true, fact to fiction, history to mystery, cookbooks to holiday books — plus lots of children’s books! Plus!! It’s time for the annual J’s Early Childhood Services Basket Raffle! Giant baskets stuffed with all kinds of gifts and gift cards. The biggest preschool fundraiser of the year, the baskets will go on display in the lobby beginning Monday, December 8. Drawing Thursday, December 25 at J Fest. One ticket for $1, or 25 for just $20!

Book Sale Hours

Thursday/4th -- 9am-1:30pm, 4:30-7pm (author Lucinda Franks Morgenthau at Noon; JCCNV Talent Show at 7pm)
Friday/5th -- 9am-1:30pm
Saturday/6th -- No Hours
Sunday/7th -- 11am-4pm (Mah Jongg Tournament) (Annual Gala at Stacy E. Sherwood Community Center)
Monday/8th -- 9am-1:30pm, 4:30-6pm
Tuesday/9th -- 9am-Noon, 4:30-7pm
Wednesday/10th -- 9am-Noon, 4:30-6pm
Thursday/11th -- 9am-Noon, 4:30-6pm (author Mathew Klickstein at Angelika Film Center at 7:45pm)
Friday/12th -- 9am-1:30pm (Holocaust Survivor’s Luncheon)
Saturday/13th -- No Hours
Sunday/14th -- Noon-2pm (30%-70% off selected books)
Bonus Day: Monday/15th -- 9am-1:30pm (30%-70% off selected books) (author Yochi Dreazen at 12:15pm)


Lucinda Franks Morgenthau
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me

Thursday, December 4, 12pm
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