“Every time you leave something that has defined you – a lover, a stage of life, a marriage, a country – you are an immigrant, learning immigrant lessons the hard way.”
Immigrant Lessons is the story of two women, forty years apart, crossing the sea to the shores of their promised land – one fleeing Hitler, the other pursuing her spirituality – and finding gain as well as loss in the transition. With unusual candor and insight, this warm, lively, and at times laugh-out-loud funny book explores in rich color the rewards and challenges of immigration and family relationships. Part memoir, part lyrical prose poem, Judith Edelman-Green’s fluid tale of dislocation and change, enrichment, growth, and just plain survival will appeal to anyone who has ever been displaced, by circumstance or by choice.
About the Author Judith Edelman-Green grew up in Wisconsin. In 2002 she was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by the Women's League and in 2003 the Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance and Pluralism for her work with children with special needs. She lives in Israel with her husband and three children, and cooks them Sarah’s eggplant.
'Judith Edelman-Green has written a moving account of immigration and personal growth, in which links with family history in Europe and North America are interwoven with contemporary concerns in Israel. Judith, who has won many awards for her work with disadvantaged children and is now a rabbinical student, delineates in this book how important it is to live life to the full, gaining hope and courage from both the past and the present. Readers everywhere will find it inspirational.' Carol Novis, Journalist March, 2007