Temple Beth Sholom will host Andrea Simon, author of “Esfir Is Alive,” a work of historical fiction based on a real-life story set during World War II, on Tuesday, May 22, at 8 p.m.
The book tells the story of Esfir Manevich, a young Jewish girl who leaves her Polish town and immediate family to escape anti-Semitism in the public school. After moving in with her aunt, who runs a boarding house in a bustling city, she struggles to find her place in her new life.
As the war begins, she experiences the bombing of her hometown during the German invasion of 1939, is forced to live in a ghetto, and faces numerous horrors as the war progresses.
Author Simon is an award-winning writer. “Esfir Is Alive” was a finalist for the INDIES Award. The event is free and open to the community. Books will be available for purchase ($13.95) in the synagogue office. Checks can be made payable to TBS Sisterhood. Wende Jager-Hyman, book group chair, will facilitate the program.
Temple Beth Sholom is located at 401 Roslyn Road in Roslyn Heights. For more information, contact 516-621-2288.