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Rabbis Tisch with Ruth Sohn

Friday, March 13, 2020 17 Adar 5780

6:15 PM

Crossing Cairo: A Jewish Woman's Encounter with Egypt

Friday, March 13, 6:15 PM

$18 Suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP to the office.

In 2006, Rabbi Ruth Sohn and her husband and two sons lived in Cairo for six months. Even now, more than ten years later, their experiences offer a fresh personal perspective on what it is like for a Jewish family to immerse themselves in a Muslim culture and society. Advised not to share the fact that they are Jewish, they discover what it means first to hide and then increasingly to share their Jewish identity. Would it be possible for her and her family, Sohn wondered, to cross the barriers of language, culture, and religion to form real friendships and find a home among Egyptians?

Crossing Cairo :includes the family's experiences in 2006, 2007, and finally, in a visit shortly after the fall of Mubarak in 2011. Join us as Rabbi Sohn shares her experiences and her candid reflections on both the challenges and rewards of reaching across the divide to the other.

Ruth H. Sohn is a rabbi, spiritual director, and writer based in Los Angeles. She directs the Spirituality Initiative and the Rabbinic Mentoring program for rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and co-directs Yedidya Center's Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Training Program. Sohn regularly teaches Jewish mindfulness meditation and traditional Jewish texts. Her articles, Biblical commentary, midrash, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and periodicals. Crossing Cairo is her first book.

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