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Author John Schwartz Shares Personal Journey At JCC

The author spoke about parenting in a crisis at the JCC of Mid-Westchester.

New York Times reporter John Schwartz, author of the newly released book Oddly Normal, One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality recently spoke at the JCC.  In a dialogue with fellow New York Times reporter and author Jacques Steinberg, Schwartz shared the story of his son Joseph, who came out at age 13. The JCC held the author event on Sunday, December 2.

Schwartz shared his family’s bumpy ride in the hopes that it would help other parents of gay kids – and parents of any kid who is different – to know that they can find their own way to help their child handle the pain that comes from not fitting in.  His talk, filled with both humor and emotion, was followed by an active question and answer session and book signing.  Nearly 50 people attended the event.

The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester, a proud beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds.  For more information, visit the JCC of Mid-Westchester website at www.jccmw.org

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