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“On and Off the Derech: Turning Towards and Away from Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: A Family Story”

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free

Prof. Donald Weber is Lucia, Ruth, and Elizabeth MacGregor Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of Haunted in the New World: Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs. He writes frequently on Jewish American literature and popular culture for The Forward, Tikkun, and other publications.

“On and Off the Derech [path, or way]” explores an emerging literary genre, what Tablet Magazine calls “ex-frum” narratives: stories of Jewish turning away from strict religious subcultures, as well as stories of re-turn to the ultra-orthodox fold. Drawing on recent novels, memoirs, and film documentaries, the presentation situates this rich zone of contemporary Jewish American expressive culture through personal narrative and cultural analysis.

Co- sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Religious Studies.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Details

Date:
March 23
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/

Venue

201 Fisher-Bennett Hall
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Phone:
215-898-6654
Website:
https://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jwst/