We are proud to welcome authors to the EDCJCC throughout the year. These programs provide our community with a chance to hear from writers about their lives and works, as well as opportunities to think deeply about arts and ideas, about authors and stories, and timely topics.
Please note that all ticket sales for these events are final - we cannot offer refunds.

Opening Night: Noa Baum: Solo Show and Book Talk

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM
Author and storyteller Noa Baum opens this year’s festival with a unique presentation that combines performance and text from her recent memoir A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace.

In this touching and honest memoir, Baum shares the story of how her search for peace informed her life… Baum’s genuine desire to make a difference may well inspire others to do the same. —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Local Authors Fair and Reception
Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM, FREE

Listen in as we celebrate the diverse and vital community of writers living and working in the greater Washington, DC area. We’ll present a curated selection of fiction and non-fiction, and our eight writers will reflect upon the festival theme “Unexpected Journeys”. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions to individual writers as well as hear from the group collectively.

Unpacking Parenthood: Memoir, Mindfulness, and Managing the Meltdowns

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 PM

Featuring Rabbi Susan Silverman, Dr. Carla Naumburg, and Marjorie Ingall

Three different authors, three different takes on parenting. Rabbi Susan Silverman's memoir delves into how her unique family unit developed, Dr. Carla Naumburg examines how her own practice of mindfulness has calmed her family dynamic, and Marjorie Ingall presents strategies for guiding your child toward independence and identity. These insightful authors will share their experiences and thoughts about parenthood in a discussion that is sure to entertain.

Moderated by Miriam Szubin, Director 
EDCJCC Parenting Center 

Maya Benton: Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 AM

Washington Hebrew Congregation — 3935 Macomb Street, NW

Drawn from the International Center of Photography’s impressive collection of work by Roman Vishniac (1897–1990), Maya Benton brings us her beautifully illustrated volume that offers an expansive look at the modernist photographer’s work. We will examine the recognized and previously unpublished photographs, including images of pre-Holocaust Jewish life in Eastern Europe, the Nazi rise to power, postwar Europe, displaced persons camps, Jewish life in the U.S. in the 1940s and 50s, and color photomicroscopy.

In partnership with Washington Hebrew Congregation

Closing Event: EDCJCC hosts Selected Shorts

Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 PM

The hit public radio series comes to the Edlavitch DCJCC with an afternoon of spellbinding short stories that focus on our festival theme "Unexpected Journeys", written by established and emerging writers and performed by stars of the stage and screen. This performance of Selected Shorts will feature Tony Award-winner James Naughton, DC-based stage actress Holly Twyford, and stage and TV star of The Good Wife, Zach Grenier.

“One of the finest evenings at the theatre.” DAVID SEDARIS