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.
Sunday - Wednesday, November 18th - 21st
9:00am - 12:00pm, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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 17th at 7:30pm. Come for a great film and be the first to shop!
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Sunday, November 18th, 9:30am - 11:30am
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 and 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!
Non-members: $12/ $60 maximum per family (up to 6 people)
Members: $10/ $50 maximum per family (up to 6 people)
In partnership with JCCNV‘s Growing Jewish Families program and ECLC; and PJ Library.
Sunday, November 18th, 6:30pm
A definitive, humorous tale of the fizzy drink that captivated generations and became a marker of cultural heritage for many American Jews. Seltzertopia uses seltzer mavens' stories as a lens through which to consider the impacts of seltzer on a world with a bottomless appetite for the drink. Stay for the fizz: seltzer tasting and egg cream bar included.
Tickets: $12/ $18 member
Tickets and Book: $31/ $25 member
Monday, November 19th, 12:00pm
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
Tickets with Book: $26/ $20 member
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In partnership with ALI, the J's adult lifelong learning center.