Crossing Borders, Staying Home: Family Stories
Family stories about Jewish journeys, whether those journeys take place in the country of birth or adopting a new country, will be presented in a program sponsored by Or Emet.
In An Iranian Jew’s Survival Strategies, Allie Hafez will explore Jewish roots in Iran through the story of her Iranian grandfather, gained from his memoir. Born into a Jewish family, he was by turns Jewish, atheist, Baha’i and Muslim.
Ms. Hafez is an artist and a retired occupational therapist.
In From Minsk to Minneapolis: A Family Story of Soviet Era Immigration, Yanak and Bella Shagalov, and their daughter, Dina, were among the Russian Jewish immigrants to Minneapolis from Soviet Russia in 1978, arriving during the Cold War. The Shagalov family will share memories of leaving their homeland, traveling through Austria and Italy, and starting a new life. Yanak and Bella’s granddaughter, Sammi, will also share her experience growing up in an immigrant family.
Dina Bergren is an Or Emet member.
There will be a short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service to be followed by the program which is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow.