Shulem Deen and Rebecca Birk: All Who Go Do Not Return
Chair: Rebecca Birk
Shulem Deen’s award-winning book offers a moving and illuminating exploration of the highly secretive world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, bravely tracing one man’s loss of faith. Married at eighteen and the father of five children, Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. His first transgression – turning on the radio – was minor, but initiated a feverish inquiry into the real world and the tenets of his religious beliefs until, several years later, his faith unravelled and he struggled to hold on to those he loved most. In conversation with Rabbi Rebecca Birk.
In partnership with Mavar.
Shulem Deen is a former member of the ultra-Orthodox movement, Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. His debut work, All Who Go Do Not Return, won the 2015 National Jewish Book Award.
Rebecca Birk has been Rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue since 2010. She is a former Jewish Chaplain at HMP Holloway and visiting Rabbi to the Progressive Jews of Stockholm. She appears on Pause for Thought regularly and is a keen fan of religious broadcasting. With her community she has led the Borough of Barnet into accepting 50 Syrian refugees under the VPRS. She gained her BA in Theology at Bristol University and her Masters at Harvard Divinity School before training at Leo Baeck College.