21Aug

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Offers Valuable Lessons in 2018

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There is every probability that the story Fiddler on the Roof means something special to you, stemming from your childhood. Either you saw the production on film, or on stage, such as Broadway in recent years, or you, yourself, acted in a local production of the show in your youth. And now, a very unique production is gracing the stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. It’s the U.S. Off-Broadway Premiere of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeinne. There are many reasons why this play is Read More

23May

A First Time Theater Experience for Newly Arrived Immigrants at the New Victory Theater: “Pss Pss”

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This past weekend I had the unique experience of watching a newly arrived family from Afghanistan watch their very first theatrical play, in the very first theater they had ever sat in - on Broadway, but not a Broadway show. Still, the effect of watching them enjoy their first show was moving, and quite magical. It also helped that it was at one of my favorite theaters for children in NYC, the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street. The show we would see, "Pss Pss," hailed from Switzerland, as the bulk of their programming is from around the world. Like Read More

17Feb

Review: “A Walk with Mr. Heifetz” at the Cherry Lane Theatre

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When I think of the State of Israel, I often think of music. I think of the national anthem, "Hatikvah" and the Israeli flag rising over Temple Mount. I think of the song "Jerusalem of Gold" and I envision the Dome of the Rock. I think of David Broza playing "Yihieh Tov" in the desert. For me, music is what culturally binds the land to its people, and as since its creation. Arts and culture journalist James Inverne clearly saw this, too, only has the smarts and literary ability to turn his vision into a new play called "A Walk With Mr. Heifetz," now Read More

07Jan

Where You Can Find Me

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I apologize for my silence here on the blog as of late. Call it a combination of working full time and raising kids. Then there were the holidays. We went to Montreal and Vermont for a week, for a bit of skiing, spa'ing, and relaxation. Stay tuned for more on that in future articles and clips. Meanwhile, I haven't been that quiet on the Internets. If you do a Google search, here's where you can find me.   Trekaroo San Antonio with Kids 48 Hours in Portland with Kids 48 Hours in Seattle with Kids 48 Hours in Vancouver with Read More

10Dec

Living Out Loud in Israel

"Greatness is not what happens to you. Greatness is who you are in the face of what happens to you." - Adrienne Gold Davis This was one of the first things I heard on my recent trip to Israel with Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and it really resonated with me. With this inaugural trip for a group of what was coined "media magnets," I knew I was experiencing something kind of amazing and didn't want to lose sight of the importance of this very signifiant statement. I had been on many press trips in my time, and you've read about many of Read More

05Nov

Review: “What We’re Up Against” by Theresa Rebeck

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In the aftermath of the Harvery Weinstein scandal, #MeToo, and everything that's going on in the world, a play about gender issues seems more relevant than ever. Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the WP Theater is that play for me, and as soon as it started, I knew I was in for something timely and relevant to what we are experiencing today. It's not about sexual assault, but rather office politics, gender imbalance, and equality, all which are issues that pertain to what we are hearing about today. In my first TV job, I worked for two men. I Read More

10Oct

Restaurant Review: An Indian Feast at Benares Tribeca

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Tucked away in the heart of Tribeca sits an Indian restaurant that demands a visit. If you are as much an Indian food connoisseur as I am, you need to know about Benares Tribeca. I had an inspiring meal there last night that I am eager to tell you about. Benares Tribeca, which is located on Murray Street downtown, is known for honoring the 28 states of India, specifically Northern India. The restaurant is modern, with banquette seating and hardwood floors, red wall accent pieces, and a bar with a lounge area. I was surprised by how nice and trendy the Read More

25Sep

“Victoria and Abdul” and High Tea at the Plaza Hotel: A Quintessential NYC Experience (+ Giveaway)

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This past weekend my daughter and I had the most unique afternoon at the Paris Theatre and the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Given her British roots and ancestry, it could not have been a more perfect afternoon. A bit of Dame Judi Dench and cream tea all in one, I can't think of anything more sublime. We started our day at the Paris, a theatre I have long loved since my days of living in NYC. It's one of the city's most loved and authentic art film houses. We were there to see the new film, Victoria and Abdul, a quintessential English film depicting an Read More

19Sep

Where You Can Find Me

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It's time for my routine check-in to let you know where else you can find me on the Internets. Here we go: Medium Larchmont Resident Cooks for Refugees New York Family 10 Best Broadway Shows for Teens  Huffington Post Perfect Weekend Getaway in NYC for Teens Family-Friendly Guide to Turks and Caicos A Child Grows A Weekend Away: 48 Hours in Raleigh with the Kids A Weekend in Philadelphia with the Kids A Family Weekend In The Finger Lakes MiniTime Autumn in Brooklyn with the Kids A Weekend Getaway with the Kids in Newport, Rhode Read More

04Aug

“Fun Mom Dinner” Gets Real About Motherhood

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Let's face it. Motherhood is hard. There's no lying about it. Anyone that does is avoiding a universal truth. There's really no perfect manual for becoming a mom. No book out there, including the What to Expect series, which was one of the only series on the shelves when I was pregnant, truly outlines all the up's and down's of motherhood and what a woman really faces as her identity shifts. My own life shifted in a very profound way that I never truly expected when I had kids. Some of which is good; some of which is more difficult. Motherhood is Read More