22Mar

The Zookeeper’s Wife, a Holocaust Film that Celebrates Light

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Last week I screened The Zookeeper's Wife, a Holocaust-themed film directed by Niki Caro. The Holocaust is a very personal issue for me. My feelings have very deep roots, stemming back to my childhood and it often fuels my writing. I've interviewed survivors, written about my recent visits to concentration camps, talked about why my being a mother makes the connection even deeper, and why we must #NeverForget. I also gravitate towards Holocaust films and review them as often as possible. Holocaust films are not easy to make and I've watched my share Read More

14Mar

Travel Items That Keep Me Sane

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I travel a lot, and I often get asked how I do it, how I keep up with life back home, how I stay sane. Here's a quick list that I take with me every time, whether I'm traveling with the kids or not. FitBit - This doesn't really need much introduction as it's so popular these days. It helps me track my heart rate, steps and encourages me to walk and climb stairs. A definite exercise motivator. Airport Express - Apple's Airport Express functions as a wireless base station in its own right. Just plug that Ethernet cable into the box and the box Read More

05Mar

Visiting Walt Disney World with Tweens – My Top Ten of What Not to Miss

Over spring break, we headed to Orlando for what my husband would coin as the "reluctant dad's trip to Disney". Yes, my husband is a naysayer when it comes to everything Disney, but I know the value of taking the kids and understand the significance of doing it while they're young. With my daughter going on 14 and my son a very unimaginative 12, I felt as though the trip was 100% necessary this year. So this will be my first of several pieces on our visit. I will also have pieces on publications besides this blog, which I'll be sharing on Twitter and Read More

01Mar

Where You Can Find Me

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  Well, I've gone quiet again. It has been two weeks since my last post. I must admit that since 11/8, my heart is in other places and I've become quite the activist. Between work, graduate school and my advocacy work (for refugees in particular), I am up to my ears but I am still the Culture Mom! I'm still going to shows, traveling on assignment (London, Boston, Washington, DC, and Orlando, Florida most recently - yep, Disney!), reading (currently A Man Called Ove), seeing films (most recently Moonlight and LaLa Land - twice for each and two Read More

09Feb

“In Transit” – an Homage to NYC, and a Great Broadway Show

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I've lived in New York for over 20 years and for 20 years, I've been in love. In love with a city that offers people like me opportunities out the door - professional, culinary, musical, theatrical and actually, love. I even met my husband on the streets of Manhattan in 1997. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was home. From living in a small apartment to riding the subway system daily, I relished my life here. As soon as the Broadway show "In Transit" started, I knew I was in good company. The show took me back in time, to my own days living in NYC, Read More

01Feb

What to Watch on Netflix in February

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Before we knew it, January came to an end. It was a tough month with the inauguration and drastic change that has hit America, but one thing keeps me sane: NETFLIX. Here's what we are watching in our house. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events One Day at a Time 13Th CrazyHead The OA Of course, my kids are watching other shows. What are they watching? Stay tuned. Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix's #StreamTeam but all opinions are my own. Read More

31Jan

The Women’s March: What it Meant to Me

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It's been two weeks since my last blog post, which is a million years in blog land, but I've been overly occupied. For one thing, work and my studies are taking a toll on my time, as well as caring for my family. Freelance projects to manage, books to read, shows to watch, textbooks, classes to attend, trips to plan, meals to make, laundry to fold, chauffeuring my kids around to activities after school - it's a lot but multi-tasking is a specialty of mine. But there was one major event that I attended that changed everything. It changed my attitude, Read More

15Jan

Review: Not That Jewish at New World Stages

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Yesterday I ventured into the city to see an off-Broadway show called Not That Jewish. I have to admit that my expectations were low. I couldn't imagine how a show with such a name would capture my interest. After all, I'm an observing Jew. Did I really want to sit through a one-woman show where an actress moans about being raised Jewish whilst wanting to escape and denounce every bit of Judaism possible later in life? Fortunately, that's not what the show is about. Monica Piper, a comedienne with credits that go back 30+ years, while not religious, Read More

09Jan

My Must-See’s January 2017

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  As a lover of all things culture, I am so loving what I’m seeing on the big screen and small screen these days, as well as the stages. I’ve been spending the cold winter mainly under a blanket on the couch binge watching streaming TV shows, some network, while also getting myself back into the gym (New Year’s Resolution, what can I say?) and back into reading books again, something I lost sight of in 2016. Nonetheless, I am so in love with what I’ve been seeing that I think I shall start a new “Must-See” column. Here is the first of my Read More

02Jan

A Monster Calls: Interviews with the Cast & Crew

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Liam Neeson and Lewis MacDougall are two of the stars of the ensemble drama A Monster Calls, an absorbing, beautiful film that tackles the pain of loss and isolation. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with them, as well as screenwriter Patrick Ness and director JA Bayona. I came out of the interviews with one clear piece of knowledge: that every single member of the cast and crew truly loves the tale. Working on this film was both a work of labor and passion for each and everyone, so it was truly a pleasure to talk to each one about their Read More