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.


NARRATIVE NON-FICTION: WRITING TRUE STORIES

(Four Monday evening class sessions: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 at 7 PM)

They say truth is stranger than fiction! This fall you can work with an award-winning, professional author (Peter Lovenheim) to craft your own truths or the remarkable true stories around you into rich, compelling narratives.

Class Description

Narrative non-fiction is writing based on fact but built with the traditional elements of story.  It’s a popular genre, allowing writers to observe the world, explore what they’re curious about, and then transform it into a compelling narrative to engage and challenge the reader.

In four two-hour sessions, participants will learn and practice the craft of writing narrative non-fiction through forms such as personal narrative, memoir, and persuasive essay. Classes will include writing exercises and prompts, and participants may also bring in one work in progress for discussion and evaluation.


Member Registration: $150 (+ $2 fee)


Non-Member Registration: $160 (+ $2 fee)


THREE MILLENNIA OF JEWISH ART: A TALK WITH ORI SOLTES

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Georgetown University art historian Ori Soltes walks audiences through 3,000 years of Jewish art and architecture in a presentation of his book Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture. A project three decades in the making, the volume presents a staggeringly complete investigation of what it means to define a work of art as “Jewish art”. Soltes examines the impact of identity, faith, and aesthetics on a wide range of creators, and while he doesn’t claim to arrive at an absolute answer, he is sure to challenge and enlighten you through the search. His presentation, like his book, will include numerous visuals to help take you from Ancient Rome to the dawn of the twenty-first century.

“Mr. Soltes has done a staggering job in charting the 3000-year trajectory of Jewish Art…[and] he has successfully articulated the historical, religious and cultural currents whereby a new Jewish Art has forthrightly emerged.” -- Joel Silverstein, artist, curator, art critic and theorist.

TICKETS: $10/person (+ $1.50 fee)
 
LISA MOSES LEFF: THE ARCHIVE THIEF: THE MAN WHO SALVAGED FRENCH JEWISH HISTORY IN THE WAKE OF THE HOLOCAUST

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Author and historian Lisa Moses Leff vividly depicts the story of Zosa Szajkowski, a Polish journalist-turned-historian who, recognizing the impending threats against Jewish Europeans in the late 1930s, risked his life and freedom to transport tens of thousands of documents from Berlin and France to the US and Israel during and after the Second World War. Szajkowski’s story illuminates continuing debates over the rightful ownership of contested Jewish archives and reflects the ideological, economic, and psychological impulses that have compelled generations of Jewish scholars to work tirelessly to preserve the remnants of their cultural and personal histories.

The Bernard Wexler Fund for Jewish History supports an annual lecture that brings outstanding speakers, scholarly research and contemporary issues to the forefront of learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

Free event: Please pre-register here!
 
Please stay tuned for more future literary-themed programs in the coming months!