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

05Dec

Parenting: Knowing What’s Important

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If you're following me closely, you know I just spent several weeks abroad. I combined my work with a bit of a personal exploration of Eastern Europe that you'll be reading about in various places, including right here on the blog. It ended up being very intense, as I delved into Jewish history and brought home very valuable lessons that tie in with our recent election and where we are as a country. I was gone a long time: 18 days. I'd never been away for that long. I left my family to fend for themselves. But please know my kids are older now - 12 Read More

29Nov

#GivingTuesday: Supporting Refugees with HIAS

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Conflicts around the world have forced 65 million people to flee their homelands due to persecution – harassment, threats, abduction, or torture, because of their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or political opinion. Over and over we have seen that, despite these traumas, refugees are brave, resilient, and resourceful people. Despite having typically left everything behind - including homes, jobs, and savings – they find ways not just to survive but to thrive. But they cannot do it alone. HIAS is the only Jewish organization whose Read More

25Nov

A Visit to the Haunted Warsaw Ghetto

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Several weeks ago while visiting Warsaw, my tour of the Jewish Ghetto started early in the morning. I was eager to get to know a city where my ancestors once lived before coming to the United States in the early part of the 20th century. My mother didn't know much about where they lived, but we wanted to see what life had been like and what had caused them to leave. Seeing the Ghetto was part of the soul-searching process we needed, even though the sad events had occurred after they'd left. What I was able to gather was that before World War 2, Jews Read More

22Nov

My Visit to Dachau: Never Forget

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#Dachau - let me tell you about my visit. Please note I have also just been to Auschwitz and Birkenau, where even worse atrocities were committed, and to countless Jewish ghettos all over Eastern Europe, so I am tired....and sad. However, I also feel compelled to share what I have just seen while it's all very raw. Just over 70 years ago, innocent people entered Dachau through the SS training camp after marching through the town for all to see, thinking that they were going someplace safe as that is what they had been told. But they left registration Read More

21Oct

My Latest on Medium: The Anti-Semitic Wrath that Exists on Twitter

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I am not new to Anti-Semitism. However, as a Jewish writer and avid user of social media, the recent outbreak of blatant Anti-Semitism on Twitter has taken my experience to a whole new level. Having woken up to images of swastikas and concentration camps, as well as being called vile names like “kike” and “dirty Jew” earlier this week, I fear that the recent Presidential campaign has provoked voters and has given them the view that Twitter is a forum to target their abusive and racist messaging. I grew up in Georgia. I was always one of five Jews in my Read More

14Oct

Me to We Trips: Travel With Purpose

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I love when my passions collide, which are in a nutshell travel and advocacy. I have written about traveling with purpose over and over and over and over and over again. Travel has had a profound change on my life and when I have the chance to interweave charity work into the experience, it has proven to be even more impactful. Living in Israel, for example, I worked with various populations including Holocaust survivors, children, new immigrants from Ethiopia. These are a few of the most memorable experiences of my life.  I saw that as a visitor from Read More

07Oct

Giveaway: Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts Original Mary Poppins at Iconic United Palace Theatre

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I've been wanting to go to the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights for a long, long time. I've literally had it marked in my diary several times, particularly when Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda used to host a Sunday film series of classic films, but I never made it. Fortune has it that before Miranda relocates to London to shoot "Mary Poppins Returns," he is hosting a screening of the original film that starred the legendary Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. He continues his longstanding support of movies at the United Palace in Washington Read More

27Sep

AMAZE: Taking the “Weird” Out of Sex Ed

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I was recently introduced to AMAZE, an online sex ed resource providing accurate and relatable information to 10-14 year-olds. The timing couldn't be better, after all, I have two kids in that age range and I often wonder what they need to know from me and my British-born husband (who does not happen to be very open about these kinds of things). While they do receive sex ed in public school where we live, I'm not 100% sure that it's enough. I remember what it was like being their ages. I had a lot of questions. One day while watching an Read More

21Sep

I’m Headed to the 2016 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival!

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We love dumplings in my house. There's a small Korean place on West 32nd Street in NYC called Mandoo Bar which my kids and I flock to a few times a year.  We also get them regularly at our local Chinese restaurant and I even buy them at Trader Joe's every so often and make them at home. Steamed, lightly fried. Filled with chicken, vegetables, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. Dipped in soy sauce. We can't get enough of dumplings. After all, we live in a metropolis of foodies, so even at age 11 and 13, we kind of are dumpling Read More