25th September 2019 – Izzy Posen: Escaping Extreme Religion

Izzy Posen grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in East London. Despite the location, English wasn’t spoken either at home or at school. For his entire childhood, Izzy spoke Yiddish. It was the only language he knew.  

The school did not teach mathematics, science, history, or any other conventional subjects. Izzy’s days were spent studying religious texts from morning to night. Contact with those outside the community was prohibited. Breaking these rules was met with physical punishment: Izzy was hit almost daily. Meanwhile, the rules of those religious texts governed every minute of his life. He lived in a moment-to-moment psychology prison.

Izzy eventually escaped the community, losing most of his family, his friends and his home in the process. But with time he built a new life. Izzy learned English at 18, took GCSEs at 20, and A Levels at 21. He is now a student at Bristol University studying physics and philosophy, and founder of the University’s Free Speech Society. 

DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Venue: Smoke and Mirrors

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