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In 1961, 20 year-old Phyllis Chesler became the secluded and trapped property of her new Afghan husband’s family.

She recounts her adventure and how relevant it is in terms of the issues facing us today, as told in her new book, An American Bride in Kabul. A brief reading will be followed by a discussion with her co-panelists, Muslim religious feminist Raquel Evita Saraswati and ex-Muslim dissident and acclaimed author, Ibn Warraq.

Brief Bios

Phyllis Chesler is Professor Emerita of Psychology at CUNY and the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman and Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's Holy Site.

Raquel Evita Saraswati is an American Muslim activist, writer and commentator.

Ibn Warraq is the author of many books including, Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy and Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out.

Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of Learning and Engagement at Central Synagogue. At Central Synagogue Rabbi Kalb directs and teaches a variety of different learning programs for a range of ages. A true pluralist, Rabbi Kalb works and learns with the entire Jewish Community and beyond, by linking tradition with modern experience. His goal is to bring Judaism into all aspects of life, believing that Judaism has to be a holistic experience that can operate in the real world. Rabbi Kalb approaches scholarship as a living part of Jewish experience.

In addition to his work at Central Synagogue, Rabbi Kalb is a member of the Ecumenical Advisory Board to the Office of Minority Health of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of the City of New York, an Associate faculty member of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is an International Co-Chair Of Rabbis for Women of The Wall. Past academic experiences also include: adjunct faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Touro Colleague and at Norwalk Community College; and guest lecturer at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.

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