The Real @RealHughJackman

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In a recent Q&A with the cast of Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway turned to the audience of journalists and said to them quite sternly, "I don't want you to walk out and be charmed by Hugh Jackman.  What he does is inspiring and he's our leader - a deep, serious, profoundly gifted actor." To that Hugh turned to everyone and said "I'll shut up then." Thankfully he didn't. But it gave credence to his twitter handle @realhughjackman, that is for sure. But wait.  There is more.  As if he didn't already seem like the nicest man alive, then he Read More


Hugh Jackman Compares Les Mis to NYC Random Act of Kindness

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A few weeks ago NYC media embraced the story when New York City Police officer Lawrence DePrimo gave a barefoot homeless man a pair of boots. The story went viral and within a day the story had been viewed 1.6 million times, and by the following morning had drawn nearly 350,000 "likes" and 85,000 "shares" – and was a hot topic of discussion on morning television. During a Q&A with the cast of Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman said his character Valjean reminds him of Lawrence DePrimo.  They both undergo a transformation and spiritual change and he Read More


Les Misérables – The Timeless Story Goes Celluloid (and Giveaway)

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I saw Les Misérables well before its release and it has been difficult keeping quiet.  There has been so much buzz about this movie. Everyone wants to know how the cast and crew pulled off a remake of the longest running show on Broadway in our history.  I've heard various reactions since the screening.  I know people who loved it and I actually know people who hated it. I know there are members of the Broadway community who are fuming that the likes of Anne Hathaway won the role of Fantine and I'm curious to hear their opinions after they see the film. Read More


The Miracle of Hanukkah – What it Really Means to Me

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(This piece was inspired by an article I read today in the NYT - you can find it here.) Last night was the first night of Hanukkah.  The holiday falls much earlier than Christmas this year, which is always nice for parents like us.  There is less to compete with.  Trees aren't up yet in many homes and my kids aren't hearing talk of Santa lists, although I'm sure that talk will start tomorrow as Christmas is coming and the birds are getting fat ("please to put a penny in the old man's hat").  We managed to keep the emphasis on the candle lighting and Read More


A Night of Girl Power: Emotional Creature at the Signature Theater

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Tonight I experienced a new, unique production by Eve Ensler at the Signature Theater called Emotional Creature.  I went in knowing very little other than the fact than it was about teen-age girls. Since I have a tween at home, I thought the context would be relevant to my own life and would expose me too much of what is yet to come. And it is Eve Ensler, how could I ever go wrong? When I saw Ensler's Vagina Monologues many years ago, I remember being riveted.  The script was raw, real, compelling and familiar.  For two hours, I heard about what it's Read More


Mothers and More: Where I Belong

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Being a mother is wonderful, as we all know, but it's a role that brings massive changes into every woman's life.  I've written about my own struggle with work/home-life balance often on this blog. This past year I even hosted a series called "I Don't Know How She Does It" in which fellow writers gave their two cents about the whole work/home scenario and how hard it is to juggle and truly have the best of everything.  For me, being a mom has inspired and pushed me to become the best person I can be, but I will never deny the challenges that come with Read More


Waiting in the Wings

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My daughter is 9-1/2 and today was a turning point in our relationship. She told me that I embarrass her in front of her friends regularly.  At first, it was like a dagger in my heart. But quite quickly, I decided not to take it personally. Rather I decided to ask what it was specifically that humiliates her so I can stop it. At that point, she started to get embarrassed that she had mentioned it, so it was time to drop the subject. Deep down, I knew exactly what she was talking about. Sometimes I do have too much fun with her friends.  I like to Read More


Hanukkah in New York City

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  New York is fabulous this time of year.  You have the tree at Rockefeller Center, the department store windows and so much more.  But, NYC has just as much to offer its Jewish residents who celebrate Hanukkah.  Whether it be a massive candle lighting with hundreds of other New Yorkers or Family Day at the Jewish Museum with art and music, you and your child will have many opportunities to celebrate and learn about the holiday.  Here are some of the offerings this year:   Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December Read More


Believing in the Power of Travel to Change the World

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Travel has had a profound change on my life. I first went to Israel when I was 16 to spend a few months of my high school career there and came back to America a changed person.  I never imagined the world could be so beautiful.  So I returned several times as a young adult to study during my University period.  While I was there, I worked with Holocaust survivors, I worked with children at the famous Israel Museum in Jerusalem and I worked at Yad Vashem in the archives of one of the most famous Holocaust Museums in the world.  But my most rewarding work Read More


Golden Boy: A Night of Legendary Theater

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The other night I was treated to a night of great, legendary theater.  There were a few reasons I was excited beforehand.  For one thing, the show was written by the legendary Clifford Odets .  It also stars Tony Shalhoub and I adore the Lincoln Center Theater.  I've been a member for nearly 20 years and it has been one of my greatest NYC pleasures. Lastly, this play is a big of theater history - it's 60 years old. It premiered in 1937 to great fanfare. But I had reservations about the show and wasn't sure if it was truly for me. Still with all of the Read More