The Color of Love: A Portrait of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl

    Marra B. Gad was born in 1970 to a young Jewish woman, and then adopted, through a rabbi, by a loving Jewish family who raised her in Chicago. But even though her “parents went out of their way to make sure I knew that I was beautiful and amazing and their daughter,” the world never failed to remind Gad that as a mixed-race child, she didn’t look like her family, or anyone else in her close-knit Askenazi community. In her new memoir, “The Color of Love: A Portrait of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl,” Gad recounts the racism she endured from strangers, childhood friends and worst of all, her extended family, and explains how she eventually pushed past the hate to embrace her family’s true inheritance, or “yerusha” – the power of love.

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