JCA Jewish Book Festival presents: Adam Valen Levinson @ Jewish Community Alliance, Jacksonville [15 November]

JCA Jewish Book Festival presents: Adam Valen Levinson

19:00 - 21:00

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Jewish Community Alliance
8505 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32217
Join us for a discussion with Adam Valen Levinson about his book, «The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah.»

— Armed only with college Arabic and restless curiosity, Adam Valen Levinson set out to «learn about the world 9/11 made us fear.» From a base in globalized and sterilized Abu Dhabi, he sets out to lunch in Taliban territory in Afghanistan, travels under the watchful eye of Aleppo's secret police, risks shipwreck en route to Somalia, investigates Yazidi beliefs in a sacred cave, cliff-dives in Oman, celebrates New Year's Eve in Tahrir Square, and, at every turn, discovers a place that matches not at all with its reputation.

While politicians and media eagerly stroke the flames of Islamophobia, Valen Levinson crosses borders with abundant humor and humanity. Seeking common ground everywhere, he finds that people who pray differently often laugh the same. And as a young man bar mitzvahed at twenty-one (instead of the usual thirteen), he slowly learns how childish it is to live by decisions and distinctions born of fear.

— Adam Valen Levinson is a multimedia backpack journalist and travel writer whose work focuses on human stories in conflict areas. His work has appeared in numerous outlets, including VICE, the Paris Review, Al Jazeera and the Haaretz. He is currently a PhD candidate at Yale University, studying humor as a key to cultural understanding.

— November 15, 2017
7:00 PM at Jewish Community Alliance
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