Character Study – Shayndel Gitterman Abromovich

Published June 20, 2015 by rochellewisoff

“Shayndel’s knee length hair shone like honey in the sun and her round cheeks glowed. Havah felt shriveled and pale next to her.”

                  ~~Taken from Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Published by Argus Publishing

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency

Original artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

SHAYNDEL GITTERMAN ABROMOVICH – Original artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Shayndel Gitterman Abromovich’s marriage to Itzak the cabinetmaker was arranged when they were still children and, as Itzak tells Arel, “it was meant to be.” Like her brother, Shayndel has never questioned the traditional roles of Jewish men and women within the shtetl. In Itzak, Shayndel has found her beshert, her soulmate.

            Although Havah sees Shayndel as being too accepting and Shayndel sees Havah as rebellious, an unbreakable bond forms between them.  

You can read more about Havah, Arel and Shayndel here: 

PSK Cover with borderWhich you can find here. 

If you’ve already read Please Say Kaddish for Me, please leave a review on Amazon.

Thank you. 



13 comments on “Character Study – Shayndel Gitterman Abromovich

    • Dear Dale,

      I hope you enjoy From Silt and Ashes as much as Please Say Kaddish for Me. In some ways I like ti better.

      I love Shayndel, too, which is why she grew to be such an important person in Havah’s life…and will continue to be.

      Thank you for commenting and becoming such a fan.



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  • I’ve just read the bit about Shayndel’s marriage to Itzak and Havah’s reaction, first to the betrothal and then to the marriage. The characterisation in this novel is brilliant and is teaching me so much about what it means to be Jewish — the obligations, along with that intense sense of family and identity. I love it when novels teach me something new.

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    • Dear Sarah,

      I might be confusing you here. Shayndel’s the one who gave birth to twins. Havah’s reaction to Leah’s betrothal is anger. But Shayndel will remain Havah’s closest friend throughout the series.



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      • And i forgot to say thank you for such a great comment. There’s something thrilling for me to know that someone on the other side of the Atlantic is reading my baby.

        Thank you, thank you and shalom,



      • Dear Rochelle
        Sorry about confusing the names. Just a senior moment.
        Yes, I am talking about Leah and not Shayndel. A lot of the names are new to me, so sometimes I get confused when trying to read too late at night!
        The birth of the twins — of course. That was a beautiful event in your book.
        By the way, I forgot to mention how much I love your wonderful art.
        All best wishes


        • Dear Sarah,

          No need for an apology. When my rabbi read it the first draft he had to keep a list of the characters to keep them straight. As I learned more about writing and story arcs I tried to introduce them more slowly, but there are still quite a few of the with names that are foreign to most. My editor had a heck of a time with them. 😉

          Thank you for the compliment on my artwork. I’ve been fortunate in having my own work printed on the cover. I understand this is highly unusual as is keeping the original title.

          I’m so pleased you’re enjoying my book. Feel free to spread the word on your side of the pond.



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          • Dear Rochelle
            Indeed, I will spread the word when I’ve finished reading the book. I can think of quite a few of my friends who would enjoy it, as would a number of my blog followers.
            What a relief for me that even your rabbi had to keep a list of characters when reading the first draft. I think all of the names are sorted in my mind now. My husband would have difficulty with them, though, as he’s terrible with names, even English ones! As for who is related to who in your story, he got in a total muddle reading my latest novel because it contains an immensely complicated family tree as a result of sperm donation.
            It must be so exciting seeing your work in print, and with your own artwork. Yes, I’ve heard this is particularly unusual, as publishers like to use their in-house designers or chosen freelancers to do the cover. Well done, to you.
            All best wishes

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