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From annual literary festivals and monthly book clubs to the Kass Judaic Library, the JCCGW believes the literary arts have the power to educate, enlighten, and engage. Explore everything we have to offer book lovers at the JCCGW.

Lessans family annual book festival

November 6-16, 2014

Author Schedule, Bookstore Hours and Sponsors

Now in its 45th year, the ten day festival boasts more than 20 of the most sought-after literary talent of the year!

We offer one of the east coast’s most extensive collections of books of Jewish content for sale, including many popular and best-selling fiction and nonfiction books. Our unique store offers thousands of recently-published books, many are personally selected and reviewed by a volunteer committee of more than 20 community members.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on making a donation to the book festival or sponsoring an author event, please contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Click here for the electronic brochure

Kass Judaic Library

The library will be CLOSED from Wednesday, October 1st  – Wednesday, November 19th in preparation for and during the Lessans Family Annual Book Festival. Library books may be returned to the Front Desk during this time.

Located adjacent to the membership desk, the Kass Judaic Library is an oasis of calm featuring new and classic Jewish books, a new collection of DVDs, as well as a variety of Jewish publications (The Jerusalem Post, Washington Jewish Week, The Jewish Daily Forward, and more). A well-loved resource for all members, the library offers free wi-fi and newly published titles featured in our annual book festival. Browse the library’s extensive collection in a relaxed atmosphere—one of the few quiet spots in our otherwise bustling center. Questions about the Kass Judaic Library? Contact Debby Goldberg at 301-348-3816 or

Book Clubs

Looking for fellow book lovers? The JCCGW boasts three book clubs spanning fiction to history, biography to contemporary issues. All book clubs meet at the Center. No registration is necessary.

Jewish Book Club

Join a diverse group and discuss Jewish fiction and nonfiction, both contemporary and classic. The group meets every 3rd Tuesday evening of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact facilitator Rachel Jablon at

NCJW Book Club

The National Council of Jewish Women book club meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m.  Women and men are welcome to attend.  For further information, email Norma Krupenie at

Books & Fellowship

A group for Jewish singles aged 45 and over. Meets on various Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. For further information email Jay at

Hadassah Book Club

Created for Jewish women that love a good read, the Hadassah Book Club features a diverse selection of books and the opportunity to make new friends. The club’s selections—a mix of fiction and nonfiction books by Jewish authors and/or with Jewish themes—are all readily available in paperback or at the Kass Judaic Library. For more information, email Ellen at

Interested in learning more about book clubs at the JCCGW? Contact Debby Goldberg at 301-348-3816 or Questions about literary arts at the JCCGW? Contact us!