Dr. Zalman Newfield will deliver a talk on his new book, Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020).
Dr. Newfield explores how the lives of those who exit a religion - particularly one they were born and raised in - often find themselves at sea in their efforts to transition to life beyond their community. Dr. Newfield went through this process himself, and in his book he interviews seventy-four ultra-Orthodox Jews who left their communities. He presents their motivations for leaving as well as how they make sense of their experiences and their processes of exiting, detailing their attitudes and opinions regarding their religious upbringing.Dr. Newfield received his PhD in Sociology from New York University, and is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at CUNY's BMCC campus. Prior to arriving at BMCC, he taught sociology courses for two years in six New Jersey state prisons through Rutgers University-Newark's New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) program.
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