Sara Y. Aharon is a writer and speaker passionate about the theme of resilience, including how resilience can develop among communities, youth, adults, and individuals across their lifespans.
She is the author of From Kabul to Queens: The Jews of Afghanistan and Their Move to the United States (Decalogue Books and the American Sephardi Federation). She has spoken about her research at universities, libraries and community centers across the country, including Harvard, Columbia, the University of Maine-Orono, and the 92nd St. Y.
Sara is donating part of her book earnings to UNICEF's "Let Us Learn: Equity in Education Project" in Afghanistan to help bring literacy and education to children, especially girls, everywhere (see "About" page).
An avid fan of child literacy causes, Sara is thrilled to also become a children's book author with her forthcoming picture book, One Step at a Time and its themes of bravery and persistence (Fall 2018, CreateSpace).
She studied modern Jewish history and Middle Eastern studies at Brandeis University and New York University. She studied leadership coaching through Columbia Business School's Executive Education. She was named to The Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" honorees list of young leaders and innovators contributing to the Jewish community.
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Photo: Outdoor courtyard of the Mullah Shmuel Synagogue and its Torah stand in Herat, 1993.
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"A well-researched and valuable study of the ancient but now-vanished Jewish community of Afghanistan, a little known community often overlooked by many Western scholars...Ms. Aharon's well-written study is an important contribution to the recognition of its existence, its history, and its role in the commerce of the famous Silk Road. As archaeologists uncover more evidence of that history, future scholars will find her study of significant value."
―ROSANNE KLASS, author of Land of the High Flags: Afghanistan When the Going Was Good and former New York Times reporter on Afghanistan
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