Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish Woman's Escape From Iran

On Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. UJA-JCC Greenwich and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien will host a special evening with Dr. Sima Goel, who as a teenager crossed the most dangerous desert in the world rather than accept the restrictions of life in Iran of the early 1980s. 

Goel arrived in Canada, penniless, unable to speak either English or French, with no family members other than her sisters with whom she had traveled from Iran. Despite suffering severe culture shock, she found the strength to become a Canadian, and worked, scrimped and saved for her education. After many years, she became a successful professional, fulfilling the dream of freedom that had fueled her youthful political protests, her flight into danger, her years of insecurity and her determination to help others.

The talk will take place at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance or $25 at the door. High school and college students are invited to attend free of charge, with advance registration. Register online at ujajcc.org or call 203-552-1818.

This event represents the partnership of neighboring Jewish communities in an effort to bring community together through shared resources and experiences. For more information contact UJA-JCC Greenwich; ujajcc.org or 203-552-1818 or info@ujajcc.org.