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Women's Auxiliary Book Group
"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker
Thursday, Oct 23rd, 2014 1 PM

One East 65th Street
Open to all Temple members
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An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, The Golem and the Jinni tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899. One is a golem, created out of clay to be her master’s wife — but he dies at sea, leaving her disoriented and overwhelmed as their ship arrives in New York Harbor. The other is a jinni, a being of fire, trapped for a thousand years in a copper flask before a tinsmith in Manhattan’s Little Syria releases him.

Each unknown to the other, the Golem and the Jinni explore the strange and altogether human city. Chava, as a kind old rabbi names her, is beset by the desires and wishes of others, which she can feel tugging at her. Ahmad, christened by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, is aggravated by human dullness. Both must work to create places for themselves in this new world and develop tentative relationships with the people who surround them.

And then, one cold and windy night, their paths happen to meet...

(Author’s website)




HELENE WECKER grew up in Libertyville, Ill., a small town north of Chicago, and received her bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduating, she worked a number of marketing and communications jobs in Minneapolis and Seattle before deciding to return to her first love, fiction writing. Accordingly, she moved to New York to pursue a master’s in fiction at Columbia University. She now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter. The Golem and the Jinni is her first novel.



Open to all members of the Temple, our discussion will be held in the sixth-floor lounge of the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House. Rabbi Ben Zeidman will lead our discussion. Enter at One East 65th Street. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 235, or send a message.



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