Jewish Literary Festival

Authors will discuss and read from their works at the Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, which runs tonight through Nov. 16 at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

On opening night, actors will read excerpts from the works of Saul Bellow and Arthur Miller. On closing night, novelists Erica Jong and Allegra Goodman will discuss what it means to be Jewish American writers. Among the writers featured in other sessions: an author of children's books, a spy novelist, a slam poet and an expert on Southern Jewish food.

Most events are free, but some have a charge. For more information on tickets and events, visit or call 202-518-9400, Ext. 393.

Sacred World Music Concert

Sacred songs, dances and chants from several religions will be featured at the 26th InterFaith Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Washington National Cathedral. Singers and musicians from the Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu-Jain, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Sikh communities will participate. James P. Moore Jr., author of the forthcoming book "One Nation Under God: The History of Prayer in America," will narrate.

The cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Tickets are $15 and $30 in advance and $18 and $30 at the door and can be purchased by calling 202-234-6300 or online at

Free Gospel Performance

Gospel recording artist Byron Cage will perform at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in a free concert at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge. Cage, senior minister of church worship at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, began singing gospel music as a teenager. His last album was recorded live at New Birth Church in Atlanta, where he served as music director for a decade.

An offering will be accepted to benefit a building project at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge. For information, call 703-494-2669 or visit

Revival at National Cathedral

The Rev. James Forbes Jr., one of the country's most celebrated preachers, will speak at Washington National Cathedral at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16. Forbes, a religious liberal who is senior pastor at the interdenominational Riverside Church in New York, will lead a program that cathedral officials describe as "a good old-fashioned revival." Several gospel groups, including the Union of Black Episcopalians gospel choir, will perform.

Admission is free. Visit or call 202-537-6555 for more information.

Exhibit of Sacred Russian Objects

Ecclesiastical objects from Veliky Novgorod, Russia's oldest medieval city, will be displayed at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore in an exhibit Nov. 19 through Feb. 12. "Sacred Arts and City Life: The Glory of Medieval Novgorod" features 290 objects that trace the city's culture from the ninth century through its golden age in the 14th century and its eclipse by Moscow in the 16th century. The exhibit includes jewelry, carved wood, bone objects, leather goods and musical instruments, as well as icons, metalwork and textiles from numerous churches. The Walters is the only U.S. venue for the exhibition.

The museum, at 600 N. Charles St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 410-547-9000 or visit

Fair Trade Christmas Gift Fairs

Over the next few weeks, several churches will host Christmas markets in which handicrafts, food and other items from developing countries are sold at prices that offer a fair return to those who produced them. Two such events:

* First Presbyterian Church of Arlington will hold an alternative market Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling baskets from Uganda, soaps from Vietnam, hand painted scarves from Bangladesh and jewelry from India and Nepal, among other items. The church is at 601 N. Vermont St., a block from Ballston Mall. For more information, call 703-527-4766 or visit

* Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1415 W. Seventh St. in Frederick, will host its Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade Fair on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering handmade crafts from 35 countries. More information on the fair is available at or by calling 301-668-6171.

-- Compiled from staff reports

A tempera on wood painting from the 15th century is on display at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.