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

20Sep

My Social Good Summit Experience

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I just wrapped up two days at the annual Social Good Summit in New York City. While I have been attending the SGS for the past five years, this year had particular meaning as I was asked to be a United Nations Foundations Fellow. I was given special access to speakers and exclusive events going on around the conference and that was very invigorating, both as a writer and cause marketer. To get up close and personal to many of the people behind major movements that are creating major change around the world was something special. I'm a strong believer Read More

12Sep

Let’s Stop HIV Together

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I'm a child of the 1980s, so HIV is not an unfamiliar term for me. It was more widely known as AIDS, but everyone knew about the virus. I heard story after story of people dying from the disease. Stories of all people, men and women, young and old, black and white. I probably didn't hear enough, partly because the U.S. President at the time tried to brush the enormity of the situation away. However, what I did hear stayed with me. Later as a young woman living on my own in New York City, I headed to a clinic in Harlem to get tested, just as I was Read More

11Jul

Peace, Feminist Policy and Creating Change

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Last week I was invited to a very important event about so many topics I care about rolled into one: feminism, prostitution, pop culture, exploitation and a feminist foreign policy (sounds dreamy, yes?). Yes, all of this being talked about with some of the top feminist experts in these fields. I was thrilled and honored to be invited by We are Women Online and Donor Direct Action, a non-profit n strengthens women’s rights organizations around the world by increasing access to funds, advocacy, and visibility. I won't go into detail why,  but the event Read More

15Jun

Camp Broadway: On Raising a Theater Goer

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When I was growing up in Atlanta, I must have acquired a love for theater very young. I'm not sure how it happened, living in a culturally void waste land (for the most part), but I found community theater and embraced it. I went to a summer camp where we put on a play one summer (Fiddler on the Roof), I starred in a production I Never Saw Another Butterfly), I went to a performing arts high school much like the one in the movie/TV show Fame (except no one danced on the table) and my mom took me to countless national touring productions from The Sound of Read More

25Apr

More on #SuccessIsCalling

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Disclosure: I partnered with TracFone and Dress for Success to promote their Success is Calling program and was compensated to write several posts about it, but as always, all opinions are my own. This is truly a program that I am proud to be associated with and one that I hope empowers you as much as it did to me upon reading this post. Two weeks ago I told you about my "Afternoon of Empowerment," an amazing day I spent getting inspired by real women telling real stories of empowerment. Each one had used a program called Success is Calling™. Created Read More