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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 humor!



The Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Book Fair

Sunday, December 8–Wednesday, December 11
9am–noon and 4pm–7pm in the J’s lobby

Browse our collection of the 2019 Jewish Book Council Selections and other bestselling titles, and join us for discussions from top authors.

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Jewish Book Fair Opening Day

Ambassador Dennis Ross - Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Impor­tant Lead­ers Shaped Its Destiny

Sunday, December 8, 2pm
Modern Israel’s founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation— now Israel needs their example more than ever. At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country’s future. David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each served as prime minister at a time when the country’s existence was directly imperiled. In those moments, extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future were needed and these leaders rose to the occasion. The strength they showed made them not just the political center of the country but its moral compass. Today, Israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic struggle.
Tickets: $18/ $31 ticket and book
Books will be sold for $17 at the event
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Fast Food Literature and Lunch

DRIVE-THRU DREAMS: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler & lunch from D.C.’s Modern Israeli Street Food: SHOUK

Monday, December 9, 11am
"This fun, argumentative, and frequently surprising pop history of American fast food will thrill and educate food lovers of all speeds." — Publishers Weekly. Most any honest person can own up to harboring at least one fast-food guilty pleasure. In Drive-Thru Dreams, Adam Chandler explores the inseparable link between fast food and American life for the past century. The dark underbelly of the industry’s largest players has long been scrutinized but, fast food is also deeply personal and emblematic of a larger than life image of America.

Vegetarian lunch* is available for purchase from SHOUK, a new Modern Israeli Street Food restaurant in D.C., winner of Washington Post’s “Best Fast Casual” and named Fast Casual of the Year by Eater DC.

* Menu available at registration. Certified Kosher under the supervision of DC Kosher.

Tickets: $10/ $25 ticket and book/ $15 lunch
Books will be sold for $20 at the event
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This event is presented in collaboration with the J’s Adult Learning Institute.


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

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.  

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