Join us on April 2 for Scholar-in-Residence, Daniel Smith, author of “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.”

For years, Daniel Smith suffered from bouts of acute anxiety, extended episodes without any apparent cause that seized control of body and mind, leaving him an emotional wreck. Sleep was impossible and headaches and nausea haunted his days. Anxiety threatened his sanity and jeopardized his relationships. He had a prestigious job, a comfortable apartment, and caring friends–but, according to his therapists, nothing seemed to be wrong.

“Monkey Mind” is the story of how one man finally learned to live with–and laugh at–his own anxiety issues. Smith shares his own hilarious and heart-wrenching story from the age of sixteen to his discovery of the author Philip Roth, who made anxiety seem noble, to his first job, which nearly drove him to distraction, to his struggle to give up the endless cycle of hand-wringing angst in order to keep the love of his life.


This speaker is sponsored by Jewish Family Service, NCJW, Temple Israel, Beth Israel, Beth El, and the Lazier L. Singer Memorial Fund for Youth, a fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.