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Book Club (offsite) - The Color of Love by Marra B. Gad

Thursday, February 15, 2024 6 Adar I 5784

7:30 PM - 9:00 PMZoom & in-person at the home of Joy Anes

This Month's Book:

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

Bring a nosh and us for a lively discussion!

In-Person at the home of Joy Anes & on Zoom, RSVP below for the Zoom link & the in-person address.

Zoom info will also be sent out in the newsletter & weekly update email.

Questions? Contact the office at admin@shir-hadash.org or (847)498-8218

About the book:

In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world wasn’t ready for a family like theirs.

Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough” or told that it was OK to be Christian or Muslim, but not Jewish. In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface.

Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin—including her once beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. After they had been estranged for fifteen years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Instead of revenge, Marra chooses love, and watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before.

The Color of Love explores the idea of yerusha, which means “inheritance” in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is always our greatest inheritance.

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