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Women's Auxiliary Book Group
"My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew" by Abigail Pogrebin
Monday, May 8th, 2017 11 AM

One East 65th Street
Open to all temple members
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About the Book

A spirited chronicle of the author’s
deep dive into the heart of Judaism...


The much-dissected Pew Research Center study of 2013, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” revealed that most U.S. Jews locate their Jewishness in their ancestry and culture — not in religion. Abigail Pogrebin wondered if perhaps that’s because we haven’t all looked at religion closely enough.

Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and current relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, in some cases for thousands of years. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation and writing about the milestones on the Jewish calendar.

My Jewish Year travels through this calendar’s signposts with candor, humor and a trove of information, capturing the arc of Jewish observance through the eyes of a relatable, wandering — and wondering — Jew. The chapters are interspersed with brief reflections from prominent rabbis and Jewish thinkers.

Maybe you’re seeking an accessible, digestible roadmap for Jewish life. Maybe you’d appreciate a fresh exploration of what you’ve mastered. Whatever your motivation, you’ll be educated, entertained and inspired by Pogrebin’s unusual journey — and by My Jewish Year. (Fig Tree Books)



Rabbi Joshua Davidson will lead our discussion. Reservations are requested. All temple members are invited to attend. Coffee and cake will be served.


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