Ester Benjamin Shifren and Orna Purkin

Host Karyn Foley, at the Calabasas Library, with Ester Benjamin Shifren author of "Hiding in a Cave of Trunks: A Prominent Jewish Family's Century in Shanghai and Internment in a WWII POW camp." and her daughter Orna Purkin discussing her book, The Yummier You - 7 Secrets to a Happy, Healthy, & Yummy Life.

China-born Ester Benjamin Shifren relates the saga of her family's century-long existence in Shanghai. World War II abruptly terminated their privileged lifestyle. In 1943, the Japanese interned the Benjamins for nearly three years in a POW camp. Along with other internees they endured great hardship and loss of all worldly possessions.

In 1948, shortly before the Communist takeover, the Benjamins relocated to Hong Kong, where the ensuing Korean War embargo eventually caused their irreparable financial collapse. In 1951 the family immigrated to Israel. Ester served two years in the army, married a South African, and spent thirty-six years in South Africa. After spending five years in Canada Ester immigrated to the USA in 1997 and now lives in Los Angeles, California

Also on this episode, Orna Purkin discusses her book, The Yummier You - 7 Secrets to a Happy, Healthy, & Yummy Life and her secrets to a Happy, Healthy, and Yummy Life.

Ever since she was young, Orna struggled with her weight and self image. She lost and maintained her weight loss of over 70 pounds without dieting and while enjoying the foods she loves. She shares anecdotes and tips from her experience as a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador, and now a private weight-loss coach. Her story and tips will inspire you to be kinder to yourself, reach your weigh-loss goals without dieting, and live life to its fullest. "Yummier You" gives simple, practical steps on changing your thinking, your life, and improving your relationship with food for good

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