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Amram Scholar Series Presents Shulem Deen

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular and rigid Hasidic sects in the United States, he know little about the outside world — only that it is to be shunned. The curiosity that leads him to discover it, and results in his expulsion as a heretic from home and family, is the subject of his Amram lecture on Sunday, January 31 at 10:30 am at Temple.

Mr. Deen’s harrowing memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, has just won the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for contemporary Jewish life and practice. Described in The New Yorker as “not only the most lyrical but also the most searchingly spiritual of the ‘ex-frum’ memoirs,” his book recounts how the simple act of turning on a radio would lead to his being ostracized from the only world he knows. His intellectual transgressions would lead to his ejection from his home in the Skverer community of New Square, NY, and to the painful loss of his wife and five young children. A true story of a man whose loss of faith means gaining the world, but losing everything, his talk is gripping and provocative.

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