Shulem Deen, author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a memoir about growing up in and then leaving the Hasidic Jewish world, will speak at Shabbat evening services at Temple Shalom of Aberdeen on Friday December 18th. Deen will answer questions following services during the Oneg. Services begin at 7:45 pm. Temple Shalom is located at 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen.
As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knew little about the outside world. Deen’s memoir features the initial questioning of the faith, the experience of disillusionment, discovery of enlightenment, and attempts to find one’s way in an entirely unfamiliar secular world.
His work has appeared in The New Republic, Salon, Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, and elsewhere. He serves as a board member at Footsteps, a New York City-based organization that offers assistance and support to those who have left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
Sponsor: Adult Jewish Growth committee of Temple Shalom of Aberdeen