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Conversations@Senesh invites influential public figures to reflect on the Jewish values that shape their lives and drive their accomplishments. We hope the themes that emerge from these talks will inspire dialogue in our Senesh community and our thriving Brooklyn neighborhood.

Conversations@Senesh has been generously funded by Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt.

Judy and Michael Steinhardt

Judy and Michael Steinhardt have been important leaders in Jewish philanthropy. Mr. Steinhardt, a renowned money manager, closed his pioneering hedge fund two decades ago to focus on a growing passion: transforming, revitalizing and reaching those on the margins of American Jewish life. The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life seeks to revitalize Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives that are designed to spark a modern Jewish renaissance. The Foundation advocates for and supports Hebrew and Jewish literacy, with an emphasis on those who are on the margins of Jewish life.

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Previous Events:

Gloria Steinem: March 2017

Aly Raisman: October 2017

Jewish Values.
Modern Achievements.

Nathan Englander and Gary Shteyngart
in conversation with Joshua Henkin
Monday, April 16, 2018


Conversation with Nathan Englander and Gary Shteyngart: 7-8pm
This conversation will be moderated by Senesh parent Joshua Henkin, a published author and director of the MFA program in fiction writing at Brooklyn College. Tickets to the conversation are $36 each.

Reception with the Authors: 8-9:30pm
This VIP reception includes a reserved seat at the main event, two signed books, and a ticket to the VIP reception. Tickets to this reception are $200 each.


Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank-winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart lives in New York City and upstate New York.

Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book; Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book; and The World Without You, which was named an Editors’ Choice Book by the New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and was the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. The film version of The World Without You ( is in post-production and is scheduled for release in 2018.  The film stars Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips, Twin Peaks), Perry Reeves (Old School, Entourage), James Tupper (Big Little Lies), P.J. Byrne (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games, Sex and the City). His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

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