Thank you!

Just a brief note to say a very big THANK YOU to the Middlesex, NJ Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee for hosting my presentation and book signing last Friday, April 20 at the East Brunswick Library.  I enjoyed discussing My Mother’s Shoes and sharing family photos with friends old and new.  Thank you especially to Phyllis Geller who invited me to speak and to all Brandeis members who provide libraries throughout the country with books and other necessities.

Thanks also to all who sponsored the Commemoration of the Holocaust and Heroism held on April 19th at the East Brunwick Jewish Center.  This year’s focus was the impact of the Holocaust on the second and third generations. Sandy Rubenstein, the daughter of survivors, recounted her father, Joseph Horn’s, story of survival which he expressed in his book, Mark It With a Stone, and showed clips from his interview with the Shoah Foundation.  My very own son, Howie Wachtel, spoke of his grandparents’ ordeal and how their struggles helped provide perspective for his own life.  The Anshe Segulah Men’s Chorus added heartfelt melodies to the event, in which survivors along with guests lit commemorative candles.  Special thanks to Gabriela Sadote Sleppin, JCRC Diretor, and Dr. Peter Schild, Committee Chair, and all involved at The Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.  I am proud to serve with my friends on the Holocaust Commemoration Committee.

Finally, please join me on Sunday morning April 29, at 9am, when I present My Mother’s Shoes at a breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Club and Sisterhood at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, 511 Ryders Lane.  I look forward to seeing you there!—Shirley



About shirleywachtel

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the author of The Story of Blima—A Holocaust Survivor (publ.2005), a novel which recounts the early years of her mother, Betty Weisstuch Russak. The novel s listed as a recommended novel by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Wachtel is the author of several children's books, including a series of interactive mysteries, Charlie Wonder, Chef-Detective (2005), which includes several recipes; Brad Sureshot, Coach-Detective (2007) which details basketball skills; and Howie Rocket, World-Traveler-Detective (2009) which has handy foreign language phrases. In The Mellow Light (2009) is her first book of poetry. She is a professor of English at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. In addition, Wachtel is the co-author of Spotlight on Reading (2011), a textbook for college-level students. A mother of three sons, she resides with her husband, Arthur, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Initially written as a doctoral dissertation for her Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, My Mother's Shoes , says Wachtel, is not just the novel of her life, it is the novel of her heart.
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