The Chur­va Plot

Zev Spek­tor
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By – May 29, 2013
The Chur­va Plot is the sec­ond book in a tril­o­gy of sus­pense-filled mys­ter­ies set in Jerusalem dur­ing the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The Chur­va is a beau­ti­ful syn­a­gogue under con­struc­tion, but rumors have sur­faced that some­one is plan­ning its destruc­tion. The race is on to dis­cov­er who is behind the plot and how to stop them from suc­ceed­ing. Avra­ham and his yeshi­va friends band togeth­er to unrav­el the mys­tery and save the syn­a­gogue. But the sus­pects are many and time is one lux­u­ry they do not have. As the boys search for clues, the read­er gets a peek at life in the Ortho­dox com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing this tumul­tuous time peri­od. Hebrew words are sprin­kled through­out the sto­ry and a glos­sary of terms is pro­vid­ed at the end. The action is occa­sion­al­ly inter­rupt­ed by the yeshi­va stu­dents stop­ping to study a Torah por­tion but the plot of this engag­ing tale keeps the read­er turn­ing pages to see who’s behind the Chur­va Plot. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 9 – 13

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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