3 2020


10:00AM - 11:30AM  

JCC of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

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MARCH 3, 2020 @ 10 AM “Gateway to the Moon” by Mary Morris

From award-winning novelist Mary Morris comes the remarkable story of a remote
New Mexican town coming to grips with a dark history it never imagined.
In 1492, the Jewish and Muslim populations of Spain were expelled, and Christopher Columbus
set sail for America. Luis de Torres, a Spanish Jew, accompanies Columbus as his interpreter.
His journey is only the beginning of a long migration, across many generations. Over the
centuries, de Torres’ descendants travel from Spain and Portugal to Mexico, finally settling
in the hills of New Mexico. Five hundred years later, it is in these same hills that Miguel Torres, a young amateur
astronomer, finds himself trying to understand the mystery that surrounds him and the
town he grew up in.
Entrada de la Luna is a place that holds a profound secret--one that its residents cannot even imagine. It is also a
place that ambitious children, such as Miguel, try to leave. Poor health, broken marriages, and poverty are the
norm. Luck is unusual. When Miguel sees a flyer for a babysitting job, he jumps at the opportunity, and begins
work for a Jewish family new to the area. Rachel Rothstein is not the sort of parent Miguel expected. Interwoven
throughout the present-day narrative are the powerful stories of the ancestors of Entrada's residents, highlighting
the torture, pursuit, and resistance of the Jewish people.