Y Lecture

May 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment


In December 1963, Lucette Lagnado, her parents, two brothers and sister arrived on a frozen pier in New York City, in debt, destitute and without any family to greet them. In her award-winning memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lagnado recreates the exodus of the Jewish community from Egypt through the tragic story of one man, her own father. On Tuesday, May 13, Lagnado, who won the highly prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, will speak at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills, at 1:30 p .m. Lagnado is an investigative reporter at The Wall St. Journal.

Egypt was once home to one of the most ancient Jewish communities. With Nasser’s rise to power in 1956, Jewish neighborhoods quickly emptied and a community that dated back to Biblical times, virtually ended. Nearly 75,000 Egyptian Jews fled in the next few years, leaving behind rich traditions and an elegant, cosmopolitan life. The story of her father, Leon, a charming, dapper boulevardier who was broken by his experiences, is at the heart of this memoir, but it is also a heartfelt elegy for a forgotten era of Jewish-Muslim affinity. Reviewers praised the memoir as “stunning” (NY Times), and “brilliant” (NY Times Book Review).

Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St. Open to the general public, with a $4 donation requested. For more info, call 718-268-5011, ext. 151, or email pkurtz@cqyjcc.org.


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