Keynote Presentation

Sunday, January 26th | 6:30pm

We are proud to announce that this year's keynote is author and attorney, Joshua Safran.

The Keynote Presentation is included in your Jewbilee ticket price. If you'd like to come only to Joshua Safran's lecture, the prices are $5 for JCC members and $7 for non-members.

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Free Spirit

Joshua Safran, Author and Attorney

Joshua is the attorney featured in the award-winning documentary, Crime After Crime. He will speak about his experiences advocating for victims of domestic violence and about his new memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid.

There will be two showings of Crime After Crime during Jewbilee (1:30 and 3:50), and then Joshua will give the keynote address at 6:30. More info about the film can be found here.

About Free Spirit

Joshua Safran’s new memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid (Hyperion/Hachette), chronicles his remarkable childhood and survival against all odds on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius. In the 1970's, Joshua Safran's mother -- idealistic, and determined to protect her son from the threat of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan -- fled both San Francisco and modern society in search of utopia. Together, they spent years hitchhiking and living an off-the-grid life in shacks, buses, communes and even on a tree stump. Not until he was eleven years old did Joshua begin to regularly attend school, and thus reenter society, for which he was, in no way, prepared. He was regularly beaten and bullied by classmates who did not embrace the ideals of tolerance and love. But while there he realized education was his way out. With it he could confront and overcome his tormenters including his step-father, an abusive, sporadically-employed, ex-Salvadoran guerilla fighter.

Joshua's unusual life shaped him into the man he is today: a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence. His 7-year legal odyssey to free a battered woman from prison was featured in the award-winning film Crime After Crime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

View the trailer for the book!


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