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 humor!
J-Talks are held at the Pozez JCC in Fairfax, as well as around Northern Virginia at partnering synagogues, organizations, and area businesses who support offering literary arts programs for all ages, backgrounds, and interests.
Thursday, February 27, 12:30pm–2pm
Neurologist Dr. Lisa Shulman describes a personal story of loss and her quest to understand the science behind the mind-altering experience of grief. Part memoir and part scientific discovery, this moving book combines Shulman’s perspectives as an expert in brain science and behavior, with her experience as a clinician, a caregiver, and a widow.
Presented by the J’s Adult Learning Institute, Thursday at the J and the J’s Community Engagement Department
Tuesday, March 3, 10:30am–noon
Location: Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Avenue, Reston
America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Join us to hear Rebecca, archivist, curator and historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, tell the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained.
Presented by Pozez JCC and NVHC Silver Line
Monday, March 30, 12:30pm
In this highly readable memoir, Ambassador Moses explains the complicated history of the Balkans from the development of Romania and the fate of its Jews to the dawn of the twenty-first century. He discusses international issues and personal observations. “I had the good fortune to be… more than a witness to history. In a brief moment in a faraway country, I helped make it.” And we, his readers, are invited along for the ride.
Thursday, May 7, 12:30pm
Our thinking about Jewish name changing tends to focus on clichés: ambitious movie stars who adopted glamorous new names or insensitive Ellis Island officials who changed immigrants’ names for them. But as Fermaglich elegantly reveals, the real story is much more profound.
The J is a member of the Jewish Book Council. The above authors are members of the Jewish Book Council’s Author Network, which coordinates over 1,100 literary events each year across North America.
The J is a member of the Jewish Book Council. Our J-Talks authors are members of the Jewish Book Council’s Author Network, which coordinates over 1,100 literary events each year across North America. Learn more at jewishbookcouncil.org
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.