Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South (A Temple Beth Israel Event)

Our friends at Temple Beth Israel host a Sunday Morning Seminar featuring author Sue Eisenfeld, discussing her new book, Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South. This event is free. You can register HERE.

"In stunningly elegant prose, Eisenfeld uncovers the anonymous corners of Jewish and Confederate history. In this immersive gem of a book, she inspires hope for a nuanced and vital conversation about race by claiming her own role in 'our troubled American story.'" --Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead.

About the Book: Sue Eisenfeld is a Yankee by birth, a Virginian by choice, an urbanite who came to love the rural South, a Civil War buff, and a nonobservant Jewish woman. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region's complex, conflicted present. In the process, she discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine.

From South Carolina to Arkansas, she explores the small towns where Jewish people once lived and thrived. She visits the site of her distant cousin and civil rights activist Andrew Goodman's murder during 1964's Freedom Summer. She also talks with the only Jews remaining in some of the "lost" places, from Selma to the Mississippi Delta to Natchitoches, and visits areas with no Jewish community left-except for an old temple or overgrown cemetery. Eisenfeld follows her curiosity about Jewish Confederates and casts an unflinching eye on early southern Jews' participation in slavery. Her travels become a journey of revelation about our nation's fraught history and a personal reckoning with the true nature of America.

About the Author: Sue Eisenfeld is a freelance writer, communications consultant, and faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University MA in Science Writing Program. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostThe Forward, and other publications. She is the author of Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. Find out more at www.sueeisenfeld.com.

Event date: 

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780814255810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Mad Creek Books - April 1st, 2020

Sue Eisenfeld is a Yankee by birth, a Virginian by choice, an urbanite who came to love the rural South, a Civil War buff, and a nonobservant Jewish woman. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region’s complex, conflicted present.