Growing up in a refugee family with parents who were Holocaust survivors shaped Esther’s early life. A wife and mother at a very young age, Esther was further blessed to have two excellent children -- Gregory and Caryn, who are now grown and living, alas, far away. Greg, who teaches at a university in England, and his wife Lindsay have blessed Esther with a totally adorable grandson, Benjamin , born Dec. 5, 2002. Esther’s first book, based on her efforts to come to know her maternal grandmother who’d died before her birth, has come out when Esther herself is discovering the joy of being a grandmother.
After her divorce from her first husband Esther undertook doctoral studies, which included a study of the impact of the Holocaust on the Yiddish language. When she was in the last phase of her doctoral work, Esther had the extreme good luck to meet Lee Erman, now her husband since 1997, in the romantic setting of a retreat in upstate New York. Before meeting Lee, she’d never been west of Chicago -- and intended to keep things that way. Meeting him opened up a whole new world -- both geographically and artistically.