The Lemon Tree, Tuesday March 24th

Lemon Tree Flyer ver2 Join us Tuesday, March 24, for a program centered on the book The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan.


The Lemon Tree tells the true stories of two families. A Palestinian family that lived in the village of al-Ramla, built a house and grew a lemon tree in their courtyard. The family was driven out of their home during the 1948 war that established Israel’s independence. A family of Bulgarian Jews fleeing Hitler’s Europe took over the property, which they were told had been “abandoned” by its previous owners.


Drawing on interviews, Tolan reconstructs the stories of these two families. The evening will feature video, personal stories, and small group and large group discussions.

With this program, the Richmond Peace Education Center seeks to develop a perspective of both peoples’ histories in a way that lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the current conflict.

We encourage the community to read this book in preparation for our community discussion. Reading the book is not a requirement, however, for participation.

The Lemon Tree is available from RPEC (email or call 232-1002), or the Richmond Chesterfield or Henrico County public libraries.  It can also be ordered as an e-book.

The program will be held at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library: 101 East Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia 23219, from 6pm  to 8:30pm.

Listen to an NPR radio program about the book here


Refreshments will be provided.


Cosponsored by Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine

RSVPs appreciated! Please let RPEC know if you plan to come. Email or call 804 232-1002.

For more information, contact:

Richmond Peace Education Center

3500 Patterson Ave., Richmond VA 23221