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“Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets” with Author Judy Bolton-Fasman

Hosted By: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI)

Please join Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and author Judy Bolton-Fasman as we officially dedicate the HBI Conversations Series in honor of our beloved friend, Sandra Seltzer Silberman. In “Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets,” Bolton-Fasman explores her family’s secrets and tumultuous past with warmth, passion and subtle humor, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition. After complying with her father’s request to burn his still unread letter, Bolton-Fasman began to explore her bifurcated ancestry, a Sephardic, Spanish/Ladino-speaking culture inherited from her mother and an Ashkenazi, English-only, old-fashioned American patriotism from her father. While “Asylum” asks how much we really know about the lives of our parents and the secrets lodged in their past, Bolton-Fasman shows that the answers may lie in the exploration itself. HBI is honored to have supported Bolton-Fasman’s research and writing during the early phases of her project. We encourage you to purchase the book, read in advance and bring your thoughts and questions to discuss with Bolton-Fasman and each other.

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Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series: We explore the lives of Jewish women through compelling new literary fiction, memoir, and more in conversation with the authors and each other.

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Lisa Fishbayn Joffe

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, SJD Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is the Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University where she teaches in the Departments of Philosophy and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She is also director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law that explores the tension between women’s equality claims and religious laws.
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Judy Bolton-Fasman

Judy Bolton-Fasman is a writer of memoir and creative non-fiction. Mandel Vilar Press published her memoir, "Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets," in the fall of 2021. Judy has published essays and reviews in a variety of venues including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Cognoscenti, Brevity and Catapult. She has recently received a Pushcart Prize nomination and is a four-time recipient of the Simon Rockower Award for Essay from the American Jewish Press Association.
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Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI)

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is a research institute of Brandeis University that promotes and shares research at the intersection of Jewish studies and women's and gender studies. We seek to put a gendered lens on all things Jewish.
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