Virtual Jewish Book Club: UnorthodoxDate: May 26, 2020Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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UJA-JCC's Virtual Jewish Book Club
Join Us for a Candid Discussion about Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman with Special Guest: Frimet Goldberger
A New York Times Bestseller • One of O Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now" • The Inspiration for an Acclaimed Netflix Original Series (but different!) • "A Remarkable Tale.” -- Kirkus Reviews
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In this arresting memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman sheds new light on this subculture through one woman’s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery. Raised in the cloistered world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Deborah Feldman struggled as a naturally curious child to make sense of and obey the rigid strictures that governed her daily life. From what she could read to whom she could speak with, virtually every aspect of her identity was tightly controlled.
In exceptional prose, Feldman recalls how stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to see an alternative way of life—one she knew she had to seize when, at the age of nineteen, she gave birth to a son and realized that more than just her own future was at stake. Unorthodox is a captivating odyssey through adversity and a groundbreaking look into Orthodox Jewish culture.
Frimet Goldberger is a freelance print and radio journalist who has written widely about growing up in the Hasidic community and ultimately leaving with her husband and children. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, CNN and the Forward, where she covers important issues within the ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic