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2015-2016 Season

  • September 30: Fall for the Book host site for Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care About Jews, the South, and Civil Rights 
  • October 29: Book Fest Opening Night with Elyssa Friedland, Love and Miss Communication
  • November 2: In partnership with the J's Growing Jewish Families, PJ Library®and Special Needs Department. Jennifer Rosner, The Mitten String
  • November 4: j.talks Local Author Event with Bruce Ashkenas, Jacqueline Jules, Eric Lotke, Alan Orloff, Deno Seder, Dave Tevelin and Courtney Tisch. Location: One More Page Books
  • November 8: Dion Nissenbaum, A Street Divided: Stories from Jerusalem's Alley of God
  • November 10: Book Fest Closing Night with William V. Madison, Madeline Kahn: Being the Music –– A Life
  • November 15: Character Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears. Co-sponsored with Gesher Jewish Day School and in partnership with JCCNV Growing Jewish Families and PJ Library®
  • November 15: In partnership with Congregation Beth Emeth. Catherine Lloyd Burns, The Good, the Bad & the Beagle
  • November 16: In partnership with J’s Monthly Discussion Group: Our World Today and in the Future. Gil Troy, The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s 
  • November 19: In partnership with J’s Adult Services program. Stanley Meisler, Shocking Paris – Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
  • December 5: Performing Arts Series event. Liel Leibovitz, A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen. Plus Live music with special guests Bayla Whitten, Mat Tonti and Eliza Jane Berkon. Piano: Neil Epstein.
  • January 31: The Art of Jewish Food event. Jessica Fechtor, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
  • February 20: Jews and Jazz Series Pre-Performance Talk. Tamar Barzel, New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene
  • March 12: Richmond Ballet II pre-performance talk. Sarah L. Kaufman, The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life

    Kimberly Marlowe Harnett, Elyssa Friedland, Jennifer Rosner, Dion Nissenbaum, William V. Madison, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Gil Troy, Stanley Meisler, Liel Leibovitz, Jessica Fechtor, Tamar Barzel and Sarah L. Kaufman were all booked through our membership with the Jewish Book Council.

Fall 2014

  • Naomi Schaefer Riley - Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back. In partnership with NOVA Tribe and jnet.
  • The J is a host site for Fall for the Book. Ronna Wineberg - On Bittersweet Place.
  • Rebecca Ann Alexander: Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found. The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose. Joshua Max Feldman: Why the Book of Jonah- A brilliantly conceived retelling of the book of Jonah, featuring a young Manhattan lawyer named Jonah Jacobstein.
  • Nate Hausmann: ABC Animals- An enchanting English & Hebrew animal alphabet book, authored by a young man with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Being the Other. Three writers share unique and universal stories about their personal journeys. S. Bear Bergman (Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter), Julie Greenberg (Just Parenting: Building the World One Family at a Time), Leah Vincent (Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood).
  • Janna Gur: Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today's Kitchen- Ms. Gur, an author, editor and Israel chef spoke about and demonstrated some of her dishes.
  • Lucinda Franks MorgenthauTimeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me- A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Lucinda tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
  • Mathew Klickstein – Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age- 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.
  • Yochi Dreazen – The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War- 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.


Northern Virginia Jewish Book Festival

November 2013

  • Book Festival Kick-Off and Shabbat Expression, featuring David Ebenbach, The Artist's Torah.
  • Opening Night with Slash Coleman, author of The Bohemian Love Diaries.
  • Character Breakfast, Happy Birthday Sammy Spider with illustrator Katherine Janus Kahn. Co-sponsored by Gesher Jewish Day School.
  • T.K. Thorne, author of Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers.
  • Israel Night with David Harris-Gershon, author of What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?
  • Marion Grodin, author of Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life.
  • Adult Services Event with Ann Kirschner, author of Lady at the O.K. Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp.
  • Share-A-Shabbat: Meet Gobey, the Health Nut!
  • Martin Fletcher, author of Jacob's Oath.
  • Soldiers, Spies and Secrets with Ilan Benjamin, author of Masa: Stories of a Lone Soldier; film screening of Betrayed; and a play reading of The Law of Return by the American Ensemble Theater.
  • Local author event at One More Page Books. Hosted by Alan Orloff.
  • Closing Night and Book Lovers/Book Club Night with Lihi Lapid, author of Woman of Valor.
  • Special Book Event: Scott Reich, author of The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation.

November 2012

  • In Conversation with Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club. Co-sponsored by Michelle Stravitz and Ilana Gammerman.
  • Character Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat & Friends. Welcome to the Wacky World of Dr. Seuss! Co-sponsored by Gesher Jewish Day School.
  • 2 O'clock Tea Talk: In Conversation with Francesca Segal, The Innocents. Co-sponsored by The Northern Virginia Regional Programs and Women’s Philanthropy of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
  • Sports Talk and Tailgate Night Featuring Steve Buckhantz, Philip Hochberg and Andy Pollin; moderated by Danny Rubin.
  • Book Club & Book Lovers’ Night Featuring Alicia Oltuski, Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life.
  • Brown Bag Author Talk with Larry Tye, Superman: The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.
  • Spies, Mystery & Real Life Intrigue with authors Dan Raviv and Joseph Gelman; moderated by Arielle Farber Poleg, JCRC  Director of Israel & International Affairs. Co-sponsored by Jane & Scott Brown, Judy & Eugene Greenberg, and in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council.
  • Share a Shabbat: The Schmutzy Family with Madelyn Rosenberg.
  • A Literary Taste with Local Authors. Authors included: Bruce Ashkenas, John Baer, Rachel Blumenthal, Patricia A. Britz, Dr. Barbara Joyce Frank, Bob Gillette, Stephen Kaminski, Alan Orloff, Norton Paley, Eric Rozenman, Elice  Stern, and Jessica Tischler.

November 2011

  • What’s Love Got to Do with It? Evening chat with Paula Szuchman & Jennifer Anderson, Spousonomics. Sponsored by Michelle and Steven Stravitz.
  • Character Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears! Co-sponsored by Laura and Michael Williams, Allyson and Marc Jacob, Nogah and Rob Helfant and Gesher Jewish Day School.
  • Annual Afternoon Tea: In Conversation with Karen Bergreen, Following Polly. Moderated by Wendi Kaufman. Co-sponsored by The Northern Virginia Regional Programs and Women’s Philanthropy of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Kathleen McSweeney and Michael Rafky.
  • Israel Night: Evening Exchange with the Experts. Panel discussion with Dan Byman, A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism and Jennifer Griffin and Greg Myre, This Burning Land: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Moderated by Arielle Farber Poleg, JCRC/Director of Israel and International Affairs. Co-sponsored by Laurie and David Albert and The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington. Event chairs: Ilana and Gary Gamerman.
  • Afternoon Lunch & Talk With Stephen Fried. Stephen Fried takes us on a historical culinary journey in his newest book Appetite for America; Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West – One Meal at a Time.
  • Book Club and Book Lovers’ Night with Sonia Taitz, In the King’s Arms. Co-sponsored by Judy and Eugene Greenberg.
    The 2011 Festival was sponsored by the JCC of Northern Virginia in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Book Council.


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