Today is October 18, 2021 -

Congregation B'nai Israel

154 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400

Women of CBI Book Book Club: October 2021 Selection – “The Lost Shtetl” by Max Gross

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:30 AM on ZOOM

Carol Richman will lead the discussion.

This book is the winner of the 2021 Association of Jewish Libraries award for Jewish fiction.

In awarding the book, The Association of Jewish Libraries blogged that “In many ways Kreskol, the nominal Lost Shtetl, is a typical 19th century Polish village. It has the expected mix of competing synagogues and schools; happy and miserable families; and comfortable and poor inhabitants. What is surprising about Kreskol is that in Brigadoon style, it survived deep in the forests with no connection to the outside world.

Set during the end of the 20th century, The Lost Shtetl tells the story of [this] town neglected by time, unaware of the Holocaust or the creation of the state of Israel. When the Polish government “finds” Kreskol, there is massive culture shock on both sides. The Jewish villagers must decide how much to embrace the modern world and the Polish government has to decide how much they want to invest in this small contentious village.”


This book club discussion will be conducted via Zoom. Those who would like to attend need to RSVP and an email link will be sent before the scheduled meeting time.

Please RSVP to Ellen Federman or Jan Kasle by Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

There are 3 print copies in the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 1 e-book, and 48 print copies in SearchOhio. The book is available in audible format on via and is available for free with a trial membership to