MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room Live Presents Mark Oppenheimer - Squirrel Hill Virtual Event

MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room Live Presents Mark Oppenheimer - Squirrel Hill Virtual Event

Sunday, Nov 07, 2021 7:30 PM

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Zoom

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes author and host of the “Unorthodox” podcast Mark Oppenheimer for a discussion of his book, “Squirrel Hill,” on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 7:30 PM (EST).

This program is presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Tickets options are as follows: 

-Admit one for $11 (does not include a copy of the book); or 

-Admit one for $36 (includes a hardcover copy of “Squirrel Hill.” Price covers shipping.) All books will be shipped after the event.

About the Book

Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, known for its tight-knit community and the profusion of multigenerational families. On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven Jews who were worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill--the most deadly anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Many neighborhoods would be understandably subsumed by despair and recrimination after such an event, but not this one. Mark Oppenheimer poignantly shifts the focus away from the criminal and his crime, and instead presents the historic, spirited community at the center of this heartbreak. He speaks with residents and nonresidents, Jews and gentiles, survivors and witnesses, teenagers and seniors, activists and historians.

A piercing portrait of the struggles and triumphs of a singular community in the wake of unspeakable tragedy that highlights the hopes, fears, and tensions all Americans must confront on the road to healing.

About the Author

Mark Oppenheimer is the author of five books, including “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture” and “The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia.” He was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016 and has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, The Nation, and The Believer, among other publications. The host of Tablet magazine’s podcast “Unorthodox,” Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley, and Yale, where since 2006 he has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. He lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut.