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What: A book club to use literature as a tool to grapple with the challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Where: Once a month meetings in Cambridge/Somerville, Brookline, and Jamaica Plain

When: First meetings in each location will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd.

The Book: The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

This year, from January to June, we will read The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tolan. Together, we will wrestle with our preconceived notions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how the fates of Israelis and Palestinians are, as Mr. Tolan put it, both separate and intertwined:

The Lemon Tree is “the true story of one house, two families, and a common history emanating from walls of Jerusalem stone on the coastal plain east of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Through a single house, and the lemon tree in its garden, lay a path to the histories, both separate and intertwined, of the al-Khairi and Eshkenazi families, and to the larger story of two peoples on one land.”

“The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan (Courtesy photo)
“The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan (Courtesy photo)

More information will be released soon about larger community events related to the book and its continued relevance in our community today.

Please note: because these meetings are taking place in private homes, you will be contacted with a specific location after you complete your registration.

Questions? Email Eli Cohn-Postell, JCRC Director of Israel Engagement.