20Sep

Finding Meaning and More at the Social Good Summit 2012

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This weekend I'm attending the UN Foundation's Social Good Summit, a three-day conference at the 92nd Street Y in NYC where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week, it will unite a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better Read More

20Sep

Mad Women, Mad Men, Project Runway and More

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I've mentioned that I have a very small role in the upcoming production of The Best of Everything, playing at the Here Arts Center, a new adaptation of Rona Jaffe's 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want thrilling careers and gay adventures—and husbands and children too, in due time. Today we call that “having it all”; these girls call it "The Best of Everything". They’re not sure it’s possible either.  It's a conversation we have often here on this blog and I'm SO proud of this show for bringing so many important Read More

18Sep

New Year, New Beginnings, Being Mindful and Making a Vision Board

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I've spent the last two days in synagogue, singing, listing to familiar prayers and the beautiful sound of the shofar being blown, reflecting on a another year of my life gone by.  I take Rosh Hashanah very seriously. It's a time to think back on everything I've done this year, both positive and negative. It's a time to keep going in some ways and a time to start over in others. A lot happened to me this year.  I got involved in theater and got to work with the most amazing women ever on not one, but two shows.  I had a good stint at a client I was Read More

14Sep

Don’t Divorce Me! (An HBO Doc That Can Help Families)

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to screen a new documentary called DON'T DIVORCE ME! a new documentary airing on HBO next week.  I was instantly intrigued by the invitation, given the fact that I have newly divorced friends with young children and am the daughter of a divorced couple.  My own parents divorced when I was much older than the young children shown in this film, but I have always thought about the profound impact divorce can have on children.  I see it on my friend's young children and I was curious to see how one could produce a sensitive, Read More

13Sep

I’m Speaking! Join Me at the Digital Arts Experience on Cause Marketing

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Social media marketing has not only changed my life but it has helped me change the lives of so many others. Please join me for this fabulous event to hear how. A seminar and networking event focused on technology’s role in fundraising for non-profit organizations. Wednesday October 10th at 6:00p.m at the Digital Arts Experience 170 Hamilton Avenue #100• White Plains, NY Reserve your spot for FREE • info@thedae.com / 914-644-8100   Read More

13Sep

Book Club: The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

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When The Best of Everything was published in 1958, I can only imagine the buzz it created among young women.  After all, they are comparing it to be the 50 Shades of Gray of our day. Set in the early Fifties, the story follows a handful of working girls at a Manhattan publishing house.  There’s ambitious Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor’s office and she will do anything to get there; naïve country girl April, who's goal is clearly to meet someone so she can quit her job and stay at home in full fledge domesticity; Read More

11Sep

Teaching Our Children to Give, to Please Give

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The other night I watched a movie called Please Give by one of my favorite filmmakers, Nicole Holofcener.  Made in 2010, it’s about a husband and wife who butts heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in an apartment they own next door.  It’s one of those slice-of-life films that I could completely relate to after living in NYC for nearly ten years before moving to the suburbs. It brought back vivid memories of living in Manhattan. But I connected with the movie on a different level.  In the film, Kate, played by the extremely Read More

10Sep

Giveaway: Verdi’s La Traviata by Opera Australia

Giveaway: Verdi's La Traviata by Opera Australia (Screening and Reception in NYC)

"This mega-production deserves only three words: Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!" —Opera Insider I'm giving away FIVE pairs of tickets to a very special reception and screening on September 19th of Verdi's La Traviata by Opera Australia. If you haven't yet seen it, you must.  It's one of the most beautiful operas in the world and this is wonderful opportunity for a truly unique NYC experience. Verdi’s La Traviata shines in this spectacular production from Opera Australia, performed on a floating stage in the Sydney Harbor under the stars. The Read More

10Sep

Rosh Hashanah Twitter Party: Ring in the New Year Twitter Style

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During the Jewish holidays, our families look to us to lead them through. Some of us are looking for ideas. How do we make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur meaningful? How do we keep things interesting without breaking tradition? Are a round Challah and some apples and honey really enough? Join me and MamaDrama on Twitter this Thursday night at 9pm EST…the ultimate diaspora…for a special High Holiday hour. We’ll talk about our traditions, food/recipes and all things Rosh Hashanah (and if you want to throw in talk about Yom Kippur, why not?  We just Read More

08Sep

Rootsy.com: Getting in Touch with Your Roots via Social Networking

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This week I was asked to try out a new social networking site called Rootsy.com.  As soon as I discovered that it was a genealogy tool and a way to track my family history, I was instantly intrigued. My mother's cousin, Bill Israel, has gone to great lengths to track her family's history and has traced it back to the 1700s.  He has documented all his findings and they are astounding. Our family started with a patriarch named Solomon Israel, who came to America from Amsterdam and declared "I am named Solomon and I am Jewish" when he arrived.  However, Read More