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Inheritance: The Meaning of Family & Belonging with Dani Shapiro - Zoom

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8 Sivan 5781

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Rabbi George for a Zoom conversation with renowned author Dani Shapiro

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In 2016, Dani Shapiro unexpectedly discovered through DNA testing that the man who had raised her, and whom she dearly loved, was not her biological father, calling into question her place in the Jewish lineage that was at the core of her identity.  She is still navigating the resulting journey of discovery, which inspired her bestselling memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.

The questions Dani has confronted  speak to all of us: “What makes a person a person? What combination of memory, history, imagination, experience, subjectivity, genetic substance, and that ineffable thing called the soul makes us who we are? Is who we are the same as who we believe ourselves to be?”

Rabbi George will join Dani in conversation, sharing some of his experience with folks who have been impacted by DNA testing and related discoveries, as well as the growing phenomenon of donor-assisted parentage.   

If you enjoy Dani's talk, please join us at the Jewish Literary Circle on June 17th at 6:15 PM as we discuss her book in more detail.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir, Inheritance, which was published in January 2019 by Knopf. Her other books include the memoirs HourglassStill WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History.

Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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