JewishGenealogical Society of Greater Miami in collaboration with Temple Beth Am
present: Professor RuthBehar
Sunday3/1/2015 10:00 AM, Temple Beth Am Library, 5950 N Kendall Drive
Traveling Heavy: Immigrant Memories, Anthropological Journeys
Ruth Behar, author of TravelingHeavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys and
An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba comes >from along line
of immigrants. Her family fled homelands in Poland, Russia, Turkey,and
Cuba, and eventually came to the United States to make a new life,
heavywith memories of lost places and lost selves. Born in Havana and
raised in theUnited States, Ruth chose to become an anthropologist and
made the search forhome the focus of her studies, traveling to Spain
and Mexico and her nativeCuba. She will tell the story of her family
and the anthropological journeysthat have given her a deeper
understanding of her Ashkenazi and Sephardicheritage. In light of the
historic dC)tente in U.S.-Cuba relations, she willdiscuss her hopes for
the Jewish community of the island, which has been thefocus of her
research for over twenty years.
Ruth Behar now lives in Ann Arbor, where sheis the Victor Haim Perera
Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at theUniversity of Michigan. She
is the recipient of a MacArthur Geniusb Fellowshipand a Guggenheim
Fellowship, as well as a Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award fromthe
Jewish Museum of Florida and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters
fromthe Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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