Qesher Book Club: "Caravan of Hope: A Bukharan Woman's Journey to Freedom"

Tuesday, May 21

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 9:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 60 minutes

About this talk

Caravan of Hope: A Bukharan Woman's Journey to Freedom is Dahlia's fourth book. This book is a historical non-fiction based on her mother's life, Zina Abraham who was born in a Soviet Uzbek prison in 1933. It was a tumultuous time in Jewish history. Soviet Union annexed the territories of what is now Uzbekistan and the Stalinist regime had led to widespread discrimination against the Jews. Ultimately released from prison and strapped to her mother's chest, Zina and her mother, traveled by horseback undetected to Afghanistan. But as a woman in Afghanistan, she was still essentially in prison, concealed from the outside world with no access to education or medical care.

Abraham's story takes us on sweeps and swirls through Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Her quest toward religious freedom and education transports us to India, to Israel, and then finally to the United States. Central to each chapter of her life is a story of survival and deep faith and commitment to build and nurture a Jewish life for herself and her community.

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About the Author

Dahlia Abraham-Klein is a writer on Central Asian Jewish history and Jewish values. Her articles have appeared on The Tablet, Chabad, Jewish Journal, and The Times of Israel. She is a teacher at Partners in Torah offering a personalized learning experience on the system of life through Jewish wisdom.