Shulem Deen

Shulem Deen: 2016 Speaker Series Guest Lecturer

shulem deenIntellectual Integrity

Guest Speaker: Shulem Deen, winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award and the Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice for “All Who Go Do Not Return”

On October 30th 2016, Shulem Deen discussed experiences which led him to write that book and what he has learned since its publication.

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. At 18, he knew how to slaughter an ox in Jerusalem’s ancient temple, but he knew less than most seven-year olds about technology, literature and sex – a world almost in his backyard.

He was a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in this country, located a few short miles from New York City. But he transgressed! He turned on a radio! His curiosity led him to the library and then to the internet. It took a few years as he learned more and more about this outside world, forcing him into a life of deception, until discovered, ostracized and forced to end communication with his wife and children.