About the Program
Read three Jewish memoirs and use them as a framework to discuss issues around identity and Judaism. By examining the diction, narrative style, and history of the authors, the class will discover how, for better or worse, the challenges of each protagonist ultimately shape them.
October 10: Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman—A heart-wrenching account of a young girl’s journey from Poland to America, and from Polish to English.
November 14: Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander—An atheist’s struggle to stop talking to god and escape his childhood trauma.
December 12: All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen—A story of growing up in and then leaving a segregated Orthodox Chasidic sect.
Instructor: Na’amit Sturm Nagel holds an MA in Literature from Brandeis University and teaches English at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. She has written for Lehrhaus, The Forward, the Jewish Journal, and Kveller.