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Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran

Dr. Sima Goel, author, inspirational speaker, freelance writer and chiropractor, will be the speaker at the NCJW Bergen County Section General Meeting on April 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm, at Temple Emeth in Teaneck.  Iranian-born Dr. Goel has dedicated her life to promoting the importance and fragility of freedom. Her journey began at age thirteen when she spontaneously defended a Baha’i classmate against a schoolyard bully, triggering events that would eventually take her into danger and far from her beloved homeland.

Dr. Goel lived under two dictatorships: the Shah and the Ayatollah Khomeini. She knows what is at stake.  Dr. Goel will discuss her memoir, Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman’s Escape from Iran. She will share how life in her beloved home changed inexorably from a paradise to a hell and how she crossed the most dangerous desert in the world rather than accept the restrictions of life in Iran of the early 1980’s.

Once a penniless political refugee, now an established Montreal professional, Dr. Goel shares her belief that an authentic life requires freedom of choice, the most precious commodity of all.  She is a master storyteller with a peerless perspective on the events that shaped her world.  Dr. Goel will tell her story with dignity, passion, clarity and wisdom as she takes us on a journey that speaks to the power of resilience and courage.  We will leave enlightened and inspired, and grateful for the myriad privileges available in modern democratic societies.

The meeting is free to members.  There will be a $10 charge for nonmembers, applicable toward new membership if paid that day.  For information, contact Shelly Winner, or 201-567-3895.

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