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Literary: Learning Through Literature

Through the literary programs of the Arts + Ideas subscription series, 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 back soon for the dates of this year's fair! 

Book Fair Kickoff: “Laugh Lines” with Alan Zweibel


Alan Zweibel has made a career of helping funny people be funnier. His long and successful career started by selling jokes for $7 a-piece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups, to being one of the original Saturday Night Live writers working with SNL greats such as Gilda Radner and John Belushi to having a hand in such landmark shows as It’s the Garry Shandling Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In his memoir, Laugh Lines, Alan weaves together his own stories and interviews with his friends and contemporaries including Richard Lewis, Bob Saget, Carl Reiner and more.

Book Fair Event: “Mengele” with David G. Marwell


Co-hosted by 5400 Club

Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death is a compelling biography of the infamous Nazi doctor and a gripping narrative of the quest to bring him to justice. David G. Marwell, historian and former Justice Department of Special Investigations official who was tasked with uncovering Josef Mengele’s fate in the 1980’s, draws from new sources to deliver a richly detailed work that dispels many of the myths obscuring the physician’s identity.

David G. Marwell has served as Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and Associate Museum Director of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Book Fair Event: “Hannah’s War” by Jan Eliasberg


Co-hosted by Jewish Woman’s Club

In 1945, Dr. Hannah Weiss, an Austrian-Jewish physicist, is removed from her essential work with the Critical Assemblies Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and is taken for interrogation. Is Hannah a Nazi spy or is she protecting a far more personal and dark secret of her own? Hannah’s War is a vivid, page-turning, and inspiring re-imagination of the final months of World War II, and the brilliant researchers behind the first atomic bomb. This unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.

Jan Eliasberg is an award-winning writer and director. Her directing career includes dramatic pilots for Miami Vice and Wiseguy, countless episodes of television series including Nashville, Parenthood, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles and many more.

Book Fair Event: “Wandering Dixie” by Sue Eisenfeld


Presented in partnership with Simon Family JCC and Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Wandering Dixie is an exploration of the history of Jewish southerners as it converges with the region’s complex, conflicted present. Author, Sue Eisenfeld visits small southern towns where Jewish people once lived and thrived and, in the process, discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine.

Sue Eisenfeld is a literary-nonfiction writer who weaves together history, nature, travel/adventure, culture and personal stories. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Forward, Washingtonian and many other publications.

20+ Years of Tradition

Janet Reno. Kirk Douglas. Richard Dreyfuss. Dr. Ruth. Carl Bernstein. These are just a few of the many fascinating speakers who have graced our stage in the more than 20 years of the JCC Forum. This highly popular event sells out quickly. By becoming an Arts + Ideas subscriber, you can guarantee your attendance at this year’s fascinating presentation, sure to engage, enlighten, and impress!

The Weinstein JCC will announce the 2021 Forum speaker soon ~ stay tuned!

For more information about the Weinstein JCC Forum, contact Director of Donor Relations Lisa Looney at 545-8608 or llooney@weinsteinjcc.org.

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.