Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under 35, Shalom Auslander was raised as an Orthodox Jew in Spring Valley, New York. He has published stories and articles in Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as on nerve.com and nextbook.org. Auslander is a regular contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life program. His first book, the short story collection Beware of God, was published to critical acclaim in 2005.
In Auslander's latest book, Foreskin's Lament, he reveals a “painfully, cripplingly, incurably, miserably religious” youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. His combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith and family.
Auslander lives with his wife and son near Woodstock, New York.
About Dr. Maurice SitomerDr. Maurice Sitomer was an active leader in the Poughkeepsie community. He served on the Board of B'nai B'rith and was also the president of the Hudson Valley Council of B'nai B'rith. He also was chairman of the Democratic Party for the Town of Poughkeepsie; helped to organize Arlington Post #1302 of the American Legion; served as the president of the Arlington Businessmen's Association; and was vice president of funding for the Dutchess Council Branch of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Professionally he served as president of the Dutchess County Dental Society and on the staff of Vassar Brothers and St. Francis hospitals. In 1984 he was honored as the Man of the Year by the Arlington Rotary, of which he was a charter member.
In 1984 Mrs. Arlene Sitomer honored her husband by endowing the Dr. Maurice Sitomer Lecture Fund. The income of the endowment is used to invite to Vassar College, speakers who enlighten, inspire, and encourage understanding of Jewish culture and concerns.
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