Book Promo ~ Fear, Fortitude and Escape

Fear and Fortitude of Dutch Boy
Who Escaped the Nazis

by David Tabasky

 Inspired by a rteal boy and real events, David Tabatsky’s new book, The Boy Behind the Door: How Salomon Kool Escaped the Nazis, shares the story of a Dutch teenager who survived World War II by eluding the Nazis time and time again as German forces occupied the Netherlands.

The Boy Behind the Door opens in 1940 as Sal is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. Amsterdam is invaded, and after the Nazis make life more and more impossible for its Jewish residents, he finally must hide behind his bedroom door while German soldiers barge into his home and take away the last two members of his family.

Sal is left to his own devices to evade the Nazis over and over again. With the help of resistance fighters and brave non-Jews, Sal barely survives the war. When he returns to Amsterdam as a young man, he eventually finds out that his entire family, including his parents and three siblings, have perished in concentration camps.

The rest of the story follows Sal as he navigates the aftermath of the war. The Holocaust has changed his life forever, along with his beloved hometown, and the world will never feel the same for him and so many other survivors.

Tabatsky’s storytelling brings this significant time in history to life. “This is a powerful story, powerfully told,” says Michael Berenbaum, director of the Siri Ziering Holocaust Institute at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

According to Tabatsky, “Sal’s story is a moving document of a period in world history we must never forget.”

It can be difficult to find Holocaust literature that will interest and enlighten young readers, especially boys, but The Boy Behind the Door is appealing and accessible to emerging adults of all reading levels.

About the Author

David Tabatsky is a writer, editor and performing artist based in New York City. David’s two passions have driven his career as a performer and writer. He has performed as an actor, clown and juggler around the world, in venues such as Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, throughout Europe and Japan, and most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tabatsky is the co-author of several books about cancer, and the author of Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer. He was the consulting editor for Marlo Thomas’ bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn. Tabatsky released his memoir, American Misfit, in 2017.

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The Boy Behind the Door: How Salomon Kool Escaped the Nazis
Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers
Release Date: September 1, 2022
ISBN-10: ‎ 9493276325
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-9493276321
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2014 Susy Schwartz Concert, Sunday May 4 at 7PM, Metuchen NJ

Congregation Neve Shalom’s
24th Annual Susy Schwartz
Memorial Scholarship
Fund Benefit Concert

Julie SilverJulie Silver Takes the
2014 Susy Schwartz Concert Stage
on May 4 at 7:00 PM

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Join friends, fellow congregants and fans of all ages on May 4 at 7 PM when Julie Silver graces our stage with her angelic voice and inspired compositions. As Craig Taubman puts it: “Julie is more than an entertainer; she is a muse, a presence, and a spirit that stays with you long after the show has ended.”

With roots in Massachusetts, Julie was leading raucous song sessions throughout the Reform Jewish movement and playing coffeehouses in and around Boston by age 18. Eventually, she would become one of the most sought-after song leaders in the country, a favorite with Jewish and secular audiences alike. Without backing from a major label, Julie has sold more than 100,000 copies of her CDs. Among her recording milestones is the success of “It’s Chanukah Time,” a CD recorded in 2007, which was the first Jewish holiday CD produced exclusively for the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain and the ONLY Jewish album to ever be recognized on Billboard, peaking at #5 in 2009.

Julie’s performance marks our 24th annual Susy Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund concert and continues our tradition of bringing the Jewish music world’s best and brightest acts to Neve Shalom. The goal of the fund is to raise money to give each Bar or Bat Mitzvah a “Passport to Israel.” Each child now receives a voucher for $1,000, which may be redeemed towards any trip to Israel that has an educational component, taken between ninth grade and the end of college. High school students are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000 from the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

Primary funding for the Passport to Israel program comes from this annual concert event. So, on behalf of the next generation of Jews we are nurturing to love and support Israel, we urge you to consider becoming a Benefactor ($200) or Patron ($100) of the Concert. General admission is also unchanged at $20 for adults ($25 if purchased at the door), and $12 for children under 12. Free babysitting will once again be available by preregistration.

Please call Rita at Neve Shalom at 732-548-2238, ext 18 if you need additional information. This year’s concert chairs are Rena Kallman and Barbara Du-Bois.

Tickets ordered after April 27 will be held for pickup at the desk on concert day.

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Neve Shalom   ~   250 Grove Avenue   ~    Metuchen NJ 08840