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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. 


Annual Jewish Book Fair

Sunday–Wednesday, November 18–21
9am–noon, 4pm–7pm

Browse our collection of the 2018 Jewish Book Council Selections and other bestselling titles, join us for discussions from top authors, and bring the whole family to the Annual Character Breakfast.

Special sneak preview shopping event before and after the film Monsieur Mayonnaise on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm. Come for a great film and be the first to shop!


10th Annual Character Breakfast Mash-Up!

Sunday, November 18, 9:30am–11:30am

A jaw dropping, camera flashing celebration! A magical morning for children and their families — join us as we celebrate 10 years of bringing you amazing storybook characters. Get ready to meet up with old friends such as Curious George & the Man in the Yellow Hat; the Very Hungry Caterpillar and your Paw Patrol friends. Meet new friends – the Minions; Pete the Cat; Clifford the Big Red Dog and more! Be sure to bring your appetite, because we’re serving up a pancake breakfast bar, along with lots of other delicious breakfast treats; beverages included along with a heaping helping of fun! A morning of crafts and stories with plenty of photo ops to remember this incredible day at the J – bring your camera!

Kids and/or adults are invited to dress up in their favorite costume! Be sure to register quickly as this program is usually a sell-out!
Fee: $12/ $60 maximum per family (up to 6 people)
$10 member/ $50 maximum per family (up to 6 people)

In partnership with JCCNV‘s Growing Jewish Families program and ECLC; and PJ Library®.

After Anatevka: Cabaret and Book Signing with Author Alexandra Silber

Sunday, November 18, 6:30pm

After playing the role of Tzeitel in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and previously playing Hodel in London’s West End, Alexandra Silber has written a book about what happens after Hodel leaves the stage. The result is After Anatevka, a sweeping historical novel that continues the story that has captivated fans around the globe for decades. In a special hybrid of reading and performance — combining excerpts from the book with a curated song list — Alexandra addresses the cultural meaning of Fiddler on the Roof, her own personal connection with the show, and the process of writing her remarkable new novel.
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Jewish Comedy: A Serious History
with Author Jeremy Dauber

Monday, November 19, 12pm

Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy (including the Satirical, the Witty, and the Vulgar), Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution, assimilation, and diaspora through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel and schlimazel. He also explores an enormous range of comic masterpieces, from the Book of Esther, Talmudic rabbi jokes, Yiddish satires, Borscht Belt skits, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm to the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart.
Tickets: $12/ $8 member
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In partnership with ALI, the J's adult lifelong learning center.


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