January 21, 2021, 7:30 pm
Hosted by Congregation Torat El in New Jersey
Concealed is a memoir of a Jewish-Iranian daughter caught between Chador and American values. Esther Amini grew up in a Persian-Jewish household in Queens, the daughter of tradition-bound parents from Mashad, Iran’s holiest city. She explores the little-known history of Mashad’s underground Jews, the incident that steeled her mother’s resolve to leave, and her parent’s arduous journey to America, as well as the conflict she feels between her indebtedness to her parents and her desire for more self-determination than their traditions allow. Ms. Amini deftly weaves the themes of concealment and visibility in this moving view of culture and family.