Book Club: Rebecca Frankel’s Into the Forest
Note: This is a 90-minute course running on Wednesday, 10/27/2021 @ 2pm-3:30pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
Join us for a lively discussion of Rebecca Frankel’s latest release, Into the Forest.
In the summer of 1942, the Rabinowitz family narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. They miraculously survived two years in the woods―through brutal winters, Typhus outbreaks, and merciless Nazi raids―until they were liberated by the Red Army in 1944. After the war they trekked across the Alps into Italy where they settled as refugees before eventually immigrating to the United States.
During the first ghetto massacre, Miriam Rabinowitz rescued a young boy named Philip by pretending he was her son. Nearly a decade later, a chance encounter at a wedding in Brooklyn would lead Philip to find the woman who saved him. And to discover her daughter Ruth was the love of his life.
From a little-known chapter of Holocaust history, Rebecca Frankel’s Into the Forest is one family’s inspiring true story of love, escape, and survival.
Facilitator: Lori Sagrin.
Purchase the book here.
Lori B. Sagarin is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, Illinois where she has served for the last 24 years. She is a former president of the National Association of Temple Educators (now ARJE), the professional organization for Reform Educators worldwide. In addition to her congregational work, Sagarin serves as a consultant for The iCenter, the North American address for Israel education. She oversees the mentoring program for the iFellows initiative for over 350 graduate students in Jewish professional programs.