The Rabbi's Girl

Chapter 8 - Storm

Chapter 9 - Aftermath

Illustration  from THE RABBI'S GIRLS; page133; drawn by Pamela Johnson.

Johanna Hurwitz's mother's lived in Lorain during the summer of 1924 when the Lorain Tornado struck on June 28th. The novel, THE RABBI'S GIRLS, is based on some of her mother's experiences in Lorain.

"Life is both bitter and good," Carrie's father tells her, a piece of wisdom that is demonstrated repeatedly in this rich account of a crucial year for the Levin family.

Rabbi Levin has moved his family six times in Carrie's eleven years. Now, in 1923, she hopes that Lorain, Ohio, will become a permanent home for all five of the rabbi's girls. One of the first good things about Lorain is the arrival of baby Lorain, one of the bitter ones a friendship aborted because Carrie is Jewish. Most serious is Lorain's pneumonia, when Papa finally turns to a gentile doctor and so incurs the enmity of an influential member of his congregation. Yet in happy times and sad times, Papa's strength and faith support them all.

From Papa Carrie learns resiliency. When the year ends and the family must move again, she can look forward to the changes in store for her, though she will never forget her year in Lorain. Nor will readers of this strong, tender story."


The Lorain Public Library System appreciates the permission given by the author and her publisher, Harper Collins, to post two chapters of THE RABBI'S GIRLS on the Library Internet web page. If you would like to read the entire novel you may borrow a copy from the Children's Fiction collection of the Lorain Public Library System or your local library.