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McKelvey School of Engineering

Book Launch: 'More Than Just Hummus'

Thursday, October 15 | 4:00 PM

Virtual Event

Author and WashU alumnus Matt Adler discusses his new book, "More Than Just Hummus: A Gay Jew Discovers Israel in Arabic."

In his new book, Matt Adler explores the diversity of Arabic-speaking Israel from the perspective of a gay Jewish man.  Using the language he learned in college, Matt visits Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze communities.  His adventures include sharing his gay identity with a questioning teenager, hitchhiking on golf carts in a rural Druze village, and celebrating Shabbat—all in Arabic. The virtual talk will be moderated by Professor Younasse Tarbouni (Senior Lecturer in Arabic).

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences



Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
Speaker Information

Matt Adler (Class of 2008, Washington University in St. Louis) minored in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies and studied both Arabic and Hebrew in the department. Matt is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel. A native of Washington, D.C., Matt lived in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood of Tel Aviv during the adventures on which this book is based. In addition to Arabic and Hebrew, Matt speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French and intermediate Yiddish.

Visit his blog PlantingRootsBearingFruits.com to explore other overlooked aspects of life in Israel.

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