Ester Zirkind


An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, Ester has been mentored by David Adams Richards and her writing has been workshopped by Wayson Choy and David Besmozgis. She is writing a memoir that invites the reader to look close-up at a Jewish community known for its enigmatic mysticism, the world of Chabad Chassidim. Her story invokes the painful questions of life as she struggles through a four year battle with cancer in her mid-twenties. However the climax of the narrative – the completely unexpected death of her son from a simple childhood disease – places the cancer under the category of ordinary sorrows and tests her faith in ways she could never have imagined. David Adams Richards calls her book “wonderful” and “the kind of work a publisher should be honored to publish.” When she is not writing, Ester is a Judaic Studies teacher, a Rabbi’s wife, a mother and a grandmother. In her spare time, she writes and directs plays.