Nov. 11: Book Presentation and Q&A Session! Pr. Heidi Neumark’s “Hidden Inheritance”
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center
No cost, but must register
Presenter: The Rev. Heidi Neumark
“I’m a Lutheran pastor, but I’m not the same one I was six years ago,” says Heidi Neumark (MDiv ’82). “That’s when our daughter was up late Googling family names and called out: ‘Mom! Do you know you’re from a prominent Jewish family and your grandfather died in a concentration camp? It’s on Wikipedia!'” Within months, that Wikipedia footnote sent Neumark on a personal journey across the globe to search for her family roots. Pastor Neumark will be sharing that journey at a Book Event at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Monday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, 19119. The event is open to the public and free with registration using the form below.
“What does it mean that my faith has come to me not as I imagined – a cherished inheritance handed down from generation to generation – but through a trail of terror?” writes Pr. Neumark in Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith (Abingdon, 2015). She shares her journey of discovering her Jewish heritage and her grandfather’s death in a concentration camp. “Within months of my discovery, I began a journey that took me to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Brazil and a Passover table in Los Angeles with some newfound second cousins.”
Read more about Pr. Neumark’s story in the October 2015 issue of The Lutheran.
The Rev. Heidi B. Neumark is an author, speaker, and Lutheran pastor in New York City. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx, which won the 2004 Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council. She has chapters and sermons in numerous other books and writes regularly for The Christian Century and other journals. Pr. Neumark also serves as the executive director of a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. She holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Muhlenberg College.