A fall of flamenco, festivals, book fairs and food

Juanito Pascual will perform at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Photo courtesy of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

As green leaves turn to brown and T-shirts are swapped for sweaters, Jewish venues in the area are releasing their fall arts and culture lineups.

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax aims for a diverse schedule of cultural arts events each season, according to Cultural Arts Director Sarah Berry. “The concept that Judaism is one size fits all is not reflective of who we are,” she said.

This season’s schedule includes plays, films, art exhibits and musical performances, providing a variety of perspectives on Jewish history and issues through artistic expression.

One highlight is musician and composer Michel Nirenberg’s Nov. 12 jazz performance, which integrates his Klezmer roots into his musical composition.


To open the Northern Virginia JCC’s annual book festival and artisanal Chanukah Sale from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, author Faye Moskowitz will speak about her career “shaping dialogue about Jewish American fiction.”

For a complete listing and ticket informations, visit jccnv.org and go to the Arts & Culture tab.

Events include:
The Secrets of the Universe
(and other songs)
Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco
Trio Spanish Wine & Tapas Dinner
Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Michel Nirenberg: Brazilian Jazz
with Shtetl Roots
Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Faye Moskowitz — The Wonder
of Growing up Jewish — book fair
kickoff event
Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
“Footnote” Israeli Film screening —
book fair closing event
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.


This fall, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, will host arts events almost every week, ranging from musical performances to live podcast recordings to conversations centered around prominent issues.

Whitney Cummings, executive producer of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” discuss her new book, “I’m Fine… And Other Lies,” and hold a meet and greet for attendees. “Expect plentiful oversharing and laughs!” Sixth & I said of the October event.

Also that month, singer-songwriter Gavin Degraw will be make a stop on his RAW Tour.

A complete list of events can be found on the Arts & Entertainment tab at sixthandi.org.

Events include:
Salman Rushdie in
with Aminatta Forna
Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Whitney Cummings conversation
and meet and greet
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Esther Perel in conversation with
Rabbi Shira Stutman
Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Atlas Genius Performance with
Magic Giant and Half the Animal
Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
Gavin DeGraw RAW Tour Concert
Oct. 28, 8 p.m.

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville has expanded its annual Lessans Literary Festival, kicking off the first week in November, into a literary series with monthly programs throughout the year. The first program following the kickoff is with children’s author Laura Gehl on Dec. 5.

In addition, artist Sharon Gabay’s exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification is open for viewing. On Sept. 14, Gabay will meet and greet with the Bender JCC community. He will be joined by the chairman of Im Tirtzu, the organization that made the exhibit possible.

“The photos of Jerusalem really showcase the city’s diversity. The pictures are so vibrant and they tell such powerful stories,” said the Bender JCC’s cultural arts coordinator, Lisa Del Sesto.

Check out the Arts, Culture & Jewish Life section of benderjccgw.org.
Reception with Sharon Gabay
Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m.
Sharon Gabay – Jerusalem Now
and Forever Exhibit
Through Oct. 10
Lessans Family Literary Series Festival
Nov. 2-5
Community Klezmer Concert and
Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
Adi Shani —Notes from a Journey
Oct. 20-Dec. 17

Among the many cultural events at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center in Washington, Theater J will produce two shows this fall.

The first show “Sotto Voce,” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Later in the year, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” which won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1997, will be produced.

Other events will include literature discussions, food-focused competitions and musical performances.

Check out dcjcc.org for ticket information and a full listing of events.

Events include:
Three Millennia of Jewish Art:
A Talk with Ori Soltes
Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Great Kugel-Off
Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
“Sotto Voce”
Oct. 3–29
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
Nov. 29-Dec. 31
The 19th Washington Jewish
Music Festival
Nov. 2–12

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