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CTJ Book Club: Henna House

CTJ's book club meets every other month to discuss fascinating novels (and non-fiction) related to Jewish themes and experiences. All are welcome to attend our events, whether you have been before or not.

On October 23 we will discuss Henna House: A Novel, by Nomi Eve

This vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920. Adela Damari’s parents’ health is failing as they desperately seek a future husband for their young daughter, who is in danger of becoming adopted by the local Muslim community if she is orphaned. With no likely marriage prospects, Adela’s situation looks dire—until she meets two cousins from faraway cities: a boy with whom she shares her most treasured secret, and a girl who introduces her to the powerful rituals of henna. Ultimately, Adela’s life journey brings her old and new loves, her true calling, and a new life as she is transported to Israel as part of Operation On Wings of Eagles.

Rich, evocative, and enthralling, Henna House is an intimate family portrait interwoven with the traditions of the Yemenite Jews and the history of the Holocaust and Israel. 

And for those who like to plan ahead, the following meeting will be January 8, 2018 to discuss The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, Steven Pressfield.

Questions about Book Club? Email Dorit at



Earlier Event: October 21
Rooftop Torah with Rabbi Kalev