Phyllis Chesler Lecture At Temple Beth Sholom


By Miriam Furman Silverman

How are women and girls treated around the world? What can be done about it? On Monday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m, at Temple Beth Sholom, women’s rights activist Dr. Phyllis Chesler will share her own experiences as a bride in 1960s Afghanistan, and her current findings on “honor”-based killings and the rights of women, dissidents, and homosexuals in the Islamic world. She will also address the resurgence in anti-Semitism. As the author of the award-winning memoir, An American Bride in Kabul, Chesler will share her ground-breaking life story.

Chesler is a cofounder of the Association for Women in Psychology, The National Women’s Health Network, and The International Committee for Women of the Wall. She is the author of 16 books, including the landmark feminist classic, Women and Madness. Other titles include The New Anti-Semitism; The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom and An American Bride in Kabul (2013), which won a National Jewish Book Award for best memoir. Her new book, Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015, will be out this spring.

The event is open to the community. Men are also welcome. Tickets at the door are $10. Save by purchasing in advance. E-mail to get a link to pay online through PayPal. Or send your check and response to Sisterhood of TBS, 401 Roslyn Rd, Roslyn, NY 11577.

There is a dinner reception with the author an hour before Chesler’s talk. Full details including prices are available online or by calling the temple office at 516-621-2288. Refreshments and book signing will follow the author’s talk.


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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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