NCJW/Essex ‘Books and Bites’ event to feature author and activist

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Author Lois Schaffer will lead a discussion about her book, “The Unthinkable: Life, Loss, and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns,” at a special “Books and Bites” discussion group hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Schaffer’s tragic and compelling memoir documents the horrific murder of her daughter in Chicago, a victim of gun violence, and makes a plea for the control of illegal guns to prevent such tragedies.

With time and reflection, Schaffer pieces together the fabric of her daughter’s life and the consequences of her death in a personal, profound and gripping narrative. “The Unthinkable” is ultimately a call to action to push for real reform so that other families do not have to live the nightmare that her family experienced.

Schaffer has always been an activist, devoting her life to protecting human rights. She was actively involved in advocating for the reduction of gun violence even before her daughter’s murder, but now has focused her energies on preventing such tragedies by speaking about sensible gun legislation on a local and national level. She and her husband live in Great Neck, N.Y.

Admission is charged. Registration is available online at The event will be held in the NCJW/Essex Conference Room located at 70 South Orange Ave., Suite 120 in Livingston.

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