Please join JHSM as Dr. Leonard Felder discusses the influences of growing up in Detroit with his father's family of Holocaust survivors and his mother's family of Russian and Polish Jews. From attending Beth Abraham on Seven Mile and Temple Israel in Palmer Woods, to weekend retreats of the Michigan Region of Temple Youth, follow his journey to becoming a nonfiction author, psychologist, and volunteer active in Tikkun Olam. Dr. Felder will also discuss how these Michigan influences helped him understand the diversity of Jewish beliefs and opinions about spirituality, religion, politics, Israel, and social change.
Leonard Felder was born in Detroit and raised in Southfield. He is a psychologist and bestselling author whose 15 nonfiction books have sold over 1 million copies. They include: Keeping Your Heart Open: How to Overcome the Things That Make Us Numb, Cynical, or Burned Out and We See It So Differently: Creative Ways for Jews to Make Peace When Family Members or Colleagues Disagree about Religion, Politics, and Other Issues.
A frequent lecturer, Felder has addressed Jewish groups across Michigan, including Benton Harbor, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson, Mount Pleasant, Detroit, and West Bloomfield. He is a lifelong member of the Rothenberg Family Cousins Club of Michigan.
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