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Podcast Live Show: Family Stories

The Book of Life Podcast is doing a virtual live show on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00PM Eastern Time, presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network Family Room Initiative! Guests will be Esther Safran Foer, the matriarch of a prominent literary family and author of I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir, joined by her teenage granddaughter Sadie, each giving their perspective on how sharing stories can help us better understand each other and bring our families closer together.

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Esther Safran Foer

Esther Safran Foer was born in Łódź, Poland to Louis and Ethel Safran, Holocaust survivors who met in 1945. She spent her early childhood in a displaced person camp before moving with her family to the United States in 1949 who later settled in Washington, DC. Safran Foer worked as press secretary for presidential candidate George McGovern. She founded public-relations firm FM Strategic Communications in 2002 and served as Executive Director of Sixth & I Synagogue from 2007 to 2016. In 2008, Safran Foer was recognized by The Forward as one of its Forward 50. Washingtonian included Safran Foer in their 2015 list of “The Most Powerful Women in Washington.” Her memoir, I Want You To Know We’re Still Here, was published in 2020 and details the story of how she discovered and explored her father's first wife and daughter who perished in the Holocaust. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Bert. They are the parents of Franklin, Jonathan, and Joshua, and grandparents of six.
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