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BZBI-wide Book Club: What We Will Become, and more

BZBI-wide Book Club: What We Will Become, and more

August 30 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The last selection in the spring will be a memoir, What We will Become by Mimi Lemay.  It’s a mother’s story of her transgender child’s odyssey – a memoir weaving the author’s complex education in Orthodox Judaism with her family’s acceptance of toddler Em who insisted on identifying as a male. It is also the story of her own journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

Mimi was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, and as a young woman, wrestled with the demands of her faith and eventually made the painful decision to leave her religious community and the strict gender roles it upheld. Dual narratives of faith and motherhood weave together in the book to form a heartfelt portrait of an unforgettable family. It’s scheduled for Monday, May 9 at 7:00 PM.


The summer book club selection is Squirrel Hill by Mark Oppenheimer. The book describes how “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” became the site of the most deadly antisemitic attack on American soil – and what happened afterward – with the precision of the best suspense stories. Mark is the author of five books, including Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia. He was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016, and since 2006 has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative.  The book club discussion will take place on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM.


Our meetings continue on Zoom for now. Please click on the link to register for either or both discussions:

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