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WHC welcomes Graciela Mochkofsky to the Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, January 8 at Temple.
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About the Book
The true story of how one Peruvian carpenter led hundreds of Christians to Judaism sparking a pilgrimage from the Andes to Israel and inspiring a wave of emerging Latin American Jewish communities. When Segundo Villanueva, born in 1927 in a farming village in the Andes, lost his father at 17, he was left with a Bible as his inheritance. This Bible launched him on a lifelong obsession to find the true message of God contained in its pages. He looked for answers outside the Catholic Church, and over years of religious study, he explored various Protestant sects and founded his own community in the Amazon jungle before discovering a version of Judaism he pieced together independently from his readings of the Old Testament. His makeshift synagogue began to draw in crowds of fervent believers. Then, in a series of extraordinary events, Israeli rabbis converted them and resettled them on the West Bank. Segundo’s journey made him an unlikely pioneer for a new kind of Judaism, one that is now attracting masses of people across Latin America.
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About the Author
Graciela Mochkofsky is the author of six books of nonfiction in Spanish. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker. Her work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, The Paris Review, the Jewish Forward, and numerous publications in Latin America and Spain. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Cullman fellow at the New York Public Library, and a Prins Foundation fellow at the Center for Jewish History. She is the founding director of the bilingual journalism program at CUNY’s Newmark J-School. She lives in New York City.
Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
Sunday, January 8
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hybrid – Temple
Adult Ed, Amram, Lecture
3935 Macomb Street NW
Washington, DC 20016
11810 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
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