TEANECK, N.J. – Ariel Sabar, author of “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq,” will be the speaker at the April general meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Temple Emeth in Teaneck.
The debut book won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Autobiography. In his talk, Sabar will weave the story of the Kurdish Jews and their Aramaic tongue with the moving tale of how a consummate California kid came to write a book about his family’s Kurdish roots.
Growing up in materialistic 1980s Los Angeles, Sabar wanted nothing to do with his father. Yona Sabar was a distinguished professor at UCLA and one of the world’s foremost experts on Aramaic, the 3,000-year-old language of the Jewish Talmud — and of Jesus. Sabar saw his father as a stone-age relic, a walking fashion tragedy who couldn’t get his clothes to match and refused to see a barber about his out-of-control, Einstein-like hair. Then he had his own son and everything changed.
Sabar’s second book, “Heart of the City,” was called a "beguiling romp" by the New York Times and an "engaging, moving and lively read" by the Toronto Star. His Kindle Single, “The Outsider: The Life and Times of Roger Barker,” was a best-selling nonfiction biography. He is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Washington Post, Mother Jones and This American Life.
He graduated from Brown University and has lectured there, as well as the University of Maryland-College Park, Johns Hopkins, George Washington University and Georgetown.
Light refreshments will be served. The event is free to members; a $10 charge for non-members, payable at the door, can be applied toward new membership if paid that day.
Temple Emeth is at 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck.
The National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section provides programs and speakers throughout the year, including six general meetings and myriad study groups, book groups and trips. Click here for more information .