Calendar of Events
Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

 


Sunday, October 17
| Opening Night
Strangers in a Strange Land: The Lives of Jewish Immigrants
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Performing works from Gary Shteyngart, Anzia Yezierska, Alfred Kazin and Dalia Sofer, some of Washington’s finest actors will explore what remains and what is changed when we adopt a new home. more info...
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Sunday, October 17 | Children's Book Event
Laurel Synder, Baxter, The Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher 
10:30 am | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

Celebrate this delightful story about Baxter, a pig who wants to become kosher so he can join a Shabbat dinner, with storytime with the author, crafts and songs. Suggested age: 2–6. more info...
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Monday, October 18
Michal Govrin, Hold on to the Sun
 
Noon | Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room LJ220

Israeli author Govrin's newest work, a collection of fiction and autobiographical stories, spans her life as a writer. more info...
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Monday, October 18 | Washington Jewish Film Festival
Screening of Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared 
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Award-winning Arab-Israeli author and screenwriter Sayed Kashua always feels he doesn’t belong. Presented with Arab Labor. more info...
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Tuesday, October 19
Ruth Franklin, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction 
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

What is the difference between writing a novel about the Holocaust and fabricating a memoir about it? more info...
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Wednesday, October 20| GLOE
Miryam Kabakov, Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

Reconciling religion with queerness is an enormous challenge—especially when you’re an Orthodox Jew. more info...
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Thursday, October 21 | The Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History
Samuel Heilman, The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Shneerson
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

This powerful biography tells how one man revitalized a Hasidic community on the verge of collapse, and was swept away by his beliefs, thinking that death could be denied. more info...
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Friday, October 22| The Helen and Milton Covensky Fund
Judith Freidenberg, The Invention of the Jewish Gaucho: Villa Clara and the Construction of Argentine Identity 
Noon | Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Avenue NW

By the mid-20th century, Eastern European Jews had become one of Argentina’s largest minorities, merging native cowboy identities and homeland memories. more info...
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Saturday, October 23
Sean Wilentz, Bob Dylan in America
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

 With unprecedented access to Dylan’s working tapes, recording notes, rare photographs and other key materials, Sean Wilentz has written a comprehensive account of Dylan’s life and music and its influence on American culture. more info...
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Joel Chasnoff, 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah – A Memoir 
Sunday, October 24
Noon | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 
Joel Chasnoff—Ivy League-educated, suburban-born stand-up comedian—sweats, grunts and rolls his eyes through a military tour in the Israeli Army. more info...
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Sunday, October 24 
Allegra Goodman, The Cookbook Collector: A Novel  
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

In this Sense and Sensibility for the digital age, New York Times bestselling author Goodman portrays two sisters—opposites in every way—and the men in their lives during the dot-com boom. more info...
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Monday, October 25
Jerry Muller, Capitalism and the Jews
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

The relationship of Jews to money is frequently the topic of speculation, humor and negative stereotypes, so often associated with bigotry that it is frequently treated as taboo. more info...
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Tuesday, October 26 | The Chaim Kempner Author Series
Jessica Jiji, Sweet Dates in Basra 
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

Inspired by her family’s Jewish roots in Iraq, Jiji’s tale is a poignant tribute to the lost traditions and cultural harmony of Iraq before World War II. more info...
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Wednesday, October 27 | The Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Celebrate Closing Night with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and her hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating novel exploring the rapture and torments of religious experience. more info...
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(202) 777-3251
litfest@washingtondcjcc.org

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