Please note our abridged hours: The MJCCA will close on Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 pm and remain closed on Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Please see our holiday schedule.
31st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents
Julia Haart, Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie
In Conversation with Brian Glusman, Rabbi, MJCCA
Author Talk, Audience Q & A, Book Signing
This is an in-person event at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta. Masks are optional.
Books will also be available for purchase on the evening of the event from the official bookseller of the book festival, A Cappella Books.
Sponsored by The Wollner Group
WALL STREET JOURNAL AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER
From the star of the Netflix reality series My Unorthodox Life, a riveting, inspiring memoir of one woman’s escape from an extremist religious sect and an extraordinary rise from housewife to shoe designer, to CEO and co-owner of the modeling agency Elite World Group.
Ever since she was a child, every aspect of Julia Haart’s life—what she wore, what she ate, what she thought—was controlled by the dictates of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. At nineteen, after a lifetime spent caring for her seven younger siblings, she was married off to a man she barely knew. For the next twenty-three years, her marriage would rule her life. Eventually, when Haart’s younger daughter, Miriam, started to innocently question why she wasn’t allowed to sing in public, run in shorts, or ride a bike without being covered from neck to knee, Haart reached a breaking point. She knew that if she didn’t find a way to leave, her daughters would be forced into the same unending servitude that had imprisoned her.
So Haart created a double life. When no one was looking, Haart would pore over fashion magazines and sketch designs for the clothes she dreamed about wearing in the world beyond her Orthodox suburb. She started preparing for her escape by educating herself and creating a “freedom” fund. At the age of forty-two, she finally mustered the courage to flee the fundamentalist life that was strangling her soul.
Within a week, Haart founded a shoe brand, and within nine months, she was at Paris Fashion Week. Just a few years later, she was named creative director of La Perla. Soon she would become co-owner and CEO of Elite World Group, and one of the most powerful people in the fashion industry. Along the way, her four children—Batsheva, Shlomo, Miriam, and Aron—have not only accepted but embraced her transformation.
Please note: All sales are final. Please choose either print-at-home or e-tickets at checkout and bring either to the event for entry!