On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, guest Regina Wurst discusses her book, Josh: My Story.
Josh, Regina Wurst’s autobiography, is a Baby Boomer saga, a tale of survival, a conversion journey, a spiritual quest, or simply the life of a mid-century Oakland girl nicknamed Josh. Regina explores her involvement in the anti-war protests of the 1960s and 70s, the Venceremos Brigade in Cuba, and the Communist Party. She describes her growing up years as a Catholic girl and her struggle to find meaningful involvement in the Church. She details issues with clergy sexual abuse and its aftermath, including her struggles with emotional problems while married and raising four children. She finds help and then embraces a conversion journey to Judaism.
Always a challenger and activist, Regina also experiences moving from victim to survivor, working through the pain to healing and advocacy. Her story intersects many of the movements and issues of the second half of the twentieth century, as she struggles to make a difference as a woman, mother, and spiritual person.
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About the Guest
Regina Wurst was born in Oakland, California, and graduated from UC Berkeley. She converted to Judaism, along with her children, In 1996, and then worked in the Jewish community for twenty years. She served in several different Reform and Conservative synagogues primarily as an Administrator. Regina retired from San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in 2015 to concentrate on being there for her five grandchildren. She lives in Sacramento County, California and is a member of Temple Or Rishon in Orangevale.