Monday, November 13 • 7pm
When Your Family Says No
At 19, Laya Steinberg fell in love and ran away with a non-Jewish man violating centuries of tradition and religious law. In the wake of ex-communication and an intense campaign to win her back, including private detectives and family spies, she managed to make a new life for herself and her children. Laya’s story is the tale of tens of thousands of others, Jewish or otherwise, who choose to lead lives in ways that do not neatly conform to the expectations of their families. As Laya chooses love over religious and cultural traditions, she wakes up to a new world of independence and freedom, a world where she must risk everything she has known to become the woman she was meant to be. We are reminded of the beautiful, unexpected turns life takes if we are brave enough to take the helm of our own truth.
About the Author:
Laya was raised in a traditional Orthodox home and was destined to become a housewife until her life took an unexpected turn. After initially studying at Yeshiva University, she began working during the infancy of computers, climbing the industry’s ranks to become one of MasterCharge’s first female programmers. Laya went on to found two successful data processing companies serving Fortune 500 clients and was identified by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of Philadelphia’s Top 25 Women Business Owners. When not writing, speaking, or spending time with her grandchildren, she travels extensively throughout the world.
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