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Saturday, March 17 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
In Search of the Male Shiksa: One Millennial Jew’s Tale of Interfaith and Interracial Dating

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What would compel a young Jewish woman to seek out not one, but a string of goys as dating prospects? Writer Sophie Unterman will read from her collection of essays on these young men: a Brooklyn hipster with a thing for the neighborhood Hasids, a guilt-ridden Southern Catholic intrigued by his Jewish Studies class, an Indian medical school student whose father had a major gap in his knowledge of Holocaust history, and a poet raised by Islamic Fundamentalists, who recited whole passages of the Qu'ran in his native Wolof. In these essays, Unterman not only catalogues these men, but explores the impetus behind seeking them out, as she tries to figure out what was underneath her compulsion to find her own male shiksa. Participants will be encouraged to share their own stories of seeking the "Other."

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Sophie Unterman

Sophie Unterman’s essays have appeared in The Forward, The Iowa Review, and Guernica. She is the recipient of a 2016 Rockower Award for Best Personal Essay (2nd Place) from the American Jewish Press Association, for her essay, “In Search of the Male Shiksa.” She holds an... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 1, Gates of Prayer