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Hasidim are becoming a large share of the city's Jewish population, which will have consequences for the image of Jews as a a liberal, secular, well-assimilated people and even for their firm support for Israel (some large Hasidic groups think Israel should not exist as a state).

Yet few people, even most Jews, know much about Hasidim. Joe Berger and Deborah Feldman have probed this world and will share their thoughts and talk about the controversies that have entangled Hasidim in their encounters with public life.

New York Times reporter Joe Berger is the author of The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and Their Battles with America. Deborah Feldman is the author of Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. There will be a selling and signing of both books following the event.


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


Brief Bios

Deborah Feldman was born and raised in the Hasidic community of Satmar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots and Exodus, a memoir of post-religious alienation and identity.

Joseph Berger has been a New York Times reporter, columnist and editor for a quarter century, writing about education, religion and the vivid kaleidoscope that is New York City as well chronicling many of the events that have shaken Israel and the Middle East. He is the author of four books, the latest, The Pious Ones; The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America.

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