Nice Jewish Girl; Esther Bedik

Waukegan, Illinois, in the 1950’s was a bustling industrial town of around 50,000, with just a few hundred Jewish families. Esther Bedik will share her memories of growing up as a Jewish child in a sea of “goyim” (non-Jews). She will reflect on what her Jewish education taught her about God and the place of the Jews in history and what her Jewish upbringing taught her about survival, politics, laughter, and matzo ball soup.

A member of a kibbutz in Israel from 1975 to 1988, Esther moved from Connecticut to St. Louis in 2012. She accidentally stumbled upon the Ethical Society while looking for a good corned beef sandwich in Clayton and has felt right at home ever since.