Brooklyn Voices Welcomes Author Deborah Feldman

BROOKLYN, NY – March 14, 2014 - St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to welcome Deborah Feldman, author of Unorthodox and the forthcoming Exodus, to discuss her latest work as part of the spring 2014 Brooklyn Voices lecture series. This event, in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore and The Brooklyn Rail, will take place on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium located on the College’s Brooklyn Campus.

“Ms. Feldman’s insights on starting a new life and her experiences speak to the power of faith and tradition and of the difficulties of acclimating oneself to a new and challenging environment,” said Richard Greenwald, executive dean of SJC’s Brooklyn Campus.


Raised under the strict rules of a Satmar Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, Feldman (Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, 2012) had no clue how tightknit that community was when she decided to leave her marriage and a man she didn’t love with her young son to find a new life. “Leaving, to me, felt like climbing a tremendous hill,” writes the author, “one of those steep inclines that becomes almost treacherous in that the more momentum you build while racing down it, the more difficult it becomes to stop safely.” As a result, she found herself ostracized from the Jewish system she had been raised in and an outsider to the rest of the world. Feldman’s story provides readers with an honest assessment of the strength of one’s convictions and the effect a strict religious background can have on a person.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or via email at

About Brooklyn Voices   
Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore and the Brooklyn Rail, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists, and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons, and students. Through lectures, forums, performances, and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn, and do business.

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