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Crossing Cairo: A Jewish Woman’s Encounter with Egypt

WE 12.06.

start: 19:00
organisers: Partners

Rabbi Ruth Sohn

In Crossing Cairo, Rabbi Ruth Sohn has written a compelling portrait of her and her family’s experiences living in Egypt. Advised not to reveal that they are Jewish, they discover what it means first to hide and then increasingly to share their Jewish identity. Would it be possible to cross the barriers of language, culture, and religion to form real friendships and find a home among Egyptians? As she navigates new routines of daily life, finds an Arabic teacher, and gets to know the mysterious veiled woman who came with the rental of their apartment, Sohn takes us with her on a remarkable journey as she encounters the many faces of Cairo.

After the fall of Mubarak, she returns to Cairo to find a newly exuberant and infectious patriotism and hope. Throughout this probing contemplation of self and other in a world that is foreign and in many ways inimical to her own as an American Jew, Sohn shows how even the seemingly mundane events of daily life can yield unexpected discoveries.

More information: http://www.gaonbooks.com/CrossingCairo.html

The richness of Crossing Cairo is that it functions on a number of different levels. It's a compelling personal story of the author's sojourn in Egypt; it provides insight into the Arab Spring and the events that led up to it; most importantly, it explores the question of what it means genuinely to listen to the "Other's" narrative and use it as a lens for examining one's own. Sohn's willingness to open herself to Egyptians' perspectives on Israel and Judaism is most impressive.

Judith Plaskow, Ph.D, Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College

Ruth Sohn is a rabbi, author, and teacher from Los Angeles, teaching this year at Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam.


Location: Seminarraum des Zentralrats der Juden in Deutschland, Johannisstrasse 5-6, 6. Etage, 10115 Berlin

Registration: untill 11. Juni 2013 bet.debora@gmail.com or office@geiger-edu.de

Organizers: Bet Debora and the Abraham Geiger Kolleg

Crossing Cairo: A Jewish Woman’s Encounter with Egypt


Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland

Tucholskystr. 9
10117 Berlin
Tel.: (0 30) 28 44 56-0


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