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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. 



Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
The Little Gate Crasher and Other Tidbits

Friday, March 16, noon
As director of “Whole Community Inclusion” at Jewish Learning Venture, Gabrielle leads disability awareness training across the Philadelphia Jewish Community. Gabrielle will share stories from her life in the disability and inclusion community as well as stories from her most recent book, The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her truly extraordinary Great Uncle, Mace Bugen. Mace, 43 inches tall, learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a “handicap” into a powerful tool. Using his unique combination of guile, cunning, handicap, and sense of entitlement, Mace engineered photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day — among them Muhammad Ali, Jonas Salk, Jane Russell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe DiMaggio, and Richard Nixon. The Little Gate-Crasher tells the story of how Mace became a self-made millionaire and a pillar in his Jewish community, and how his progressive-minded family gave him the confidence to lead a charmed life.

Ticket pricing will be announced with the ReelAbilities Film Festival Line Up in the spring.


Donnie Kanter Winokur
Chancer — How One Good Boy Saved Another

Sunday, April 29, 2pm
The acclaimed writer talks about her true life memoir, Chancer – How One Good Boy Saved Another. Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after they

decide to adopt two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it becomes clear that Iyal’s development is drastically lagging behind his sister’s. By age four, he has a devastating diagnosis: fetal alcohol syndrome. But naming their battle provides little relief as Iyal and his family tries to cope with the lifelong impact of his invisible disability. Desperate, she turns to an innovative untested four-pawed solution: a golden retriever service dog named Chancer.
Tickets: $12/ $8 member
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