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    David Biespiel, "A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas"

    In Conversation with Tova Birnbaum and Luba Palant

    When: Sunday, 10/4/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Where: Online

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCJoin us for a special conversation with acclaimed writer David Biespiel, as a part of the OFJCC Sukkot TACHLIS series.

    OFJCC's own Tova Birnbaum and Luba Palant will discuss with David Biespiel his freshly published new book, A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas, in which the author tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle: Are we ever done leaving home?

    Raised in the 1970s in Meyerland, the historic Jewish neighborhood of Houston, Biespiel explores the story of triumph and shame that changed his relationship to the world around him. With cinematic fluidity, he writes of his early years as a teenager who yearns for bold self-invention as he grapples with the enigmas of illness, death, love and the meaning of faith.

    Growing up in a family devoted to Jewish identity, Biespiel comes under the tutelage of the head rabbi of the largest conservative congregation in North America. But after the rabbi kicks him out of the synagogue during a public quarrel, Biespiel leaves Texas and his religious upbringing behind.

    After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns to the world he left behind as a different person, to offer a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet realities of age, youth and family with tenderness and devastating honesty.

    Written in the years that followed the devastation of Houston wrought by three 500-year floods in three years—including Hurricane Harvey—Biespiel's account is by turns personal and philosophical, a meditation on time's inevitable losses and hard-won gains.

    A Place of Exodus is not only a memoir, but an essential companion for anyone who has journeyed far from home. The book is currently #1 on Amazon for New Releases for Jewish Books.


    Sunday, October 4
    4:00–5:00 PM
    Online on Facebook Live
    Contact: Luba Palant | [email protected]

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