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Gems at the J | In Person Book Club with Zoom Option

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Last Wednesday of the month

The GEMS book club offers stimulating discussion on a variety of genres that are relatable to many. This is a reoccurring group the meets the last Wednesday of every month. Join us as we discuss: Passing by Nella Larson on June 26th

Book Blurb: Irene Redfield is a Black woman living an affluent, comfortable life with her husband and children in the thriving neighborhood of Harlem in the 1920s. When she reconnects with her childhood friend Clare Kendry, who is similarly light-skinned, Irene discovers that Clare has been passing for a white woman after severing ties to her past–even hiding the truth from her racist husband. Clare finds herself drawn to Irene’s sense of ease and security with her Black identity and longs for the community (and, increasingly, the woman) she lost. Irene is both riveted and repulsed by Clare and her dangerous secret, as Clare begins to insert herself–and her deception–into every part of Irene’s stable existence. First published in 1929, Larsen’s brilliant examination of the various ways in which we all seek to “pass,” is as timely as ever.

This meeting is in person with a Zoom option.

Please email gems@phillyjcc.com for the monthly zoom link.

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June 26
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Rd
Wynnewood, PA 19096 United States
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