2020 Virtual Community Read

Esther Amini
Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America

Monday, Nov 9 | 7:30 PM CST 

Don’t miss our Virtual Community Read, a shared literary experience for book clubs and individual readers! 

Esther Amini

In her debut book, Esther Amini tells the story of growing up in 1960s New York as the American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashhad, Iran’s holiest Muslim city.  She was caught between two worlds – the dutiful daughter of traditional parents, and one who craved for more independence than tradition permitted.

Exploring the roots of her family dynamics, Amini uncovered the story of her parents’ early years in Mashhad; the history of Mashhad’s underground Jews; the event that lead her mother to leave; and her parents’ difficult journey to the U.S., where they faced a new threat: freedom. 

Support the J by purchasing Concealed locally through our partners Brazos Bookstore and Blue Willow Bookshop.*  A premium virtual ticket + book can be purchased here with options for curbside pick up from either store or it can be shipped for an additional fee. 

*Due to limited warehouse availability, it will take about two weeks for pick-up from either bookstore, and an additional week for shipping. If you want the book sooner, it is available through Amazon. Please consider designating the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC as your Amazon Smile charity.

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For more information, please contact Andrea Wolfe at or 713.729.3200 ext. 3109.