CHESHIRE — On Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m., Stephen J. Harper, author of “Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold,” will speak at Temple Beth David of Cheshire as part of its TBD Connections Guest Authors Series. He will tell the story of secular American Jews in the first half of the 20th century as illustrated by two lives, that of his father-in law and of a famed Harvard and Northwestern history professor, Richard W. Leopold.
Stephen J. Harper met every Sunday morning with professor Leopold, his mentor and former teacher, when the professor was in his 90s and confined to a wheelchair. At first they planned to formulate the professor’s obituary, but the journey took them to places neither expected. Bringing in the story of Harper’s own father-in-law, they explored both men’s lives from their Ivy League educations to their triumph over anti-Semitism, from their service in World War II to their post-war professional achievements, a Jewish-American experience rarely shared in such intimate detail.
Harper, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and respected former litigator, is also the author of the critical acclaimed “Crossing Hofstra: A Teamster’s Story.”
The event is free and open to the public. Please join us in the social hall of the synagogue, 3 Main Street, Cheshire, for a rewarding evening. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Michael Rutberg at (203) 272-6096.