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“Departure Stories” Author Elisa Bernick with Rabbi Debra Rappaport

May 18, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a very special evening featuring author Elisa Bernick and Rabbi Debra Rappaport in conversation about Bernick’s new book, Departure Stories: Betty Crocker Made Matzoh Balls (and Other Lies).

Elisa Bernick grew up “different” (i.e., Jewish) in the white, Christian suburb of New Hope, Minnesota during the 1960s and early 1970s. Deftly interweaving reporting, archival material, memoir, jokes, scrapbook fragments, personal commentary, and one very special Waikiki Meatballs recipe, Bernick explores how the invisible baggage of place and memory, Minnesota’s uniquely antisemitic history, and the cultural shifts of feminism and changing marital expectations contributed to her family’s eventual implosion.

Departure Stories will be available for purchase and Bernick will be available for a signing afterwards.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!

For questions or more information, contact Irit Vinitsky at iritv@minnesotajcc.org.

Presented by the Minnesota JCC in partnership with Rimon and JCRC.


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