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Literary Programs & Gift Shop: Learning Through Literature

Through the literary programs of the Patrons of the Arts, the Weinstein JCC brings sought-after authors, celebrities, and influencers to our community, as well as a popular annual book fair.

The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair

For more than 35 years, the Weinstein JCC has celebrated Jewish books and authors at its annual Book Fair. The goal of this event is to educate the community about Jewish literature and to stimulate discussion and thought regarding current Jewish issues, history, philosophy, literature and poetry. Check below for the dates of this year's fair! 

Weinstein JCC Gift Shop

The Weinstein JCC Gift Shop has the largest and best selection of new Chanukah and Judaic items!

Everyone is invited to shop for all gift giving occasions—Chanukah, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, hostess gifts, new baby gifts, teacher’s gifts, etc. We also have a large selection of Judaica for all your needs throughout the year—Menorahs, Shabbat candlesticks, Mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, Tzedakah boxes and a large selection of jewelry and housewares.

Questions about the Gift Shop? Call (804) 285-6500.

 

This year's Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair & Gift Shop will run November 8 - 18. The Gift Shop will be open during these hours:

Friday, November 9th - 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, November 10th - 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Sunday, November 11th - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Monday, November 12th - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday, November 13th - 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, November 14th - 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Thursday, November 15th - 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, November 16th - 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 18th - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Visiting Authors Series

Every year, thousands of book lovers come together at the Center to explore writings, hear author’s takes on their work, and interact with celebrated authors in a variety of forums. Our events include author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions, children and teen’s activities, and more. Check below for information on this year's authors.

Books & Brews Event with Adam Valen Levinson


Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, author Adam Valen Levinson set out to “learn about the world 9/11 made us fear.” While politicians and media eagerly stroke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. He became a bar mitzvah at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), and slowly learned how childish it was to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear. The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah is his story.

“Adam Valen Levinson is too young to have written a book this good: eloquent, analytical, funny, sad. The Middle East is a wondrous and strange and supernatural place, hard to articulate in all the different shades and shadows. But Levinson absolutely nailed it in a brilliant first book.” —Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

For more information about Literary Programs and the Gift Shop at the Weinstein JCC, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or lmcguigan@weinsteinjcc.org.