15Nov

Giveaway: Hanukkah Fever! Mama Doni Concert Tickets

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Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band are coming home for the holidays, highlighting the Chanukah season with four special “Chanukah Fever” shows in the NYC tri-state region from December 11 – 18.  New York families can join in Mama Doni’s high-energy pre-Chanukah festivities at concerts in Manhattan and West Nyack . There will also be shows in West Hartford, CT and Hoboken, NJ.  Performance details are as follows: CHANUKAH FEVER! WITH MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND WHERE:          JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY Read More

13Nov

A Night at the Westchester Philharmonic

Tomomi Nishimoto

Last night my husband I had the pleasure of being invited as guests to an evening at the Westchester Philharmonic.   It was just luck to have chosen a night when Japanese conductor Tonoma Nishimoto and Ann Hobson Pilot, a well-known harpist, were joining forces and performing together on stage.  To say that it was a real treat is a bit of an understatement. Nishimoto led the Westchester Philharmonic though Liszt’s haunting symphonic poem, Les Preludes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exultant Scheherezade and  Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams’ On Read More

11Nov

Holiday Gift Suggestion: StinkyKids, Dolls with Purpose

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Today my daughter and I attended a very special event at the Madame Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.  I was a HUGE doll fan when I was a child and knew I'd be in element.  I stopped by the Madame Alexander booth at Toy Fair earlier this year and knew about the quality of dolls that they produce.  I was told the event was to promote a new line called the StinkyKids, and I had a feeling that this would be an event for both my daughter and I. So, you can only imagine my delight when we walked into a mini showroom, with thousands of dolls from their Read More

11Nov

Never Forget: Observing Kristallanacht with Ruth Bachner, Holocaust Survivor

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This week on November 9th was the annual observance of Kristallanacht, "Night of the Broken Glass". It was a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on 9–10 November 1938.  Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers.  Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed. Every year I lead a group of women from my synagogue to the Westchester Jewish Read More

08Nov

Moms vs. Dads: Rule the House Twitter Party

Rule the House Twitter Party

When Holly Pavlika asked me to join her and the Mom-entum community to participate in a twitter party, I jumped at the chance.  First of all, I'd follow Holly anywhere.  She's a social media diva.  For another thing, it's called the #MomsRule vs #DadsRule Twitter Party to #RuletheHouse.  How could I resist this opportunity?  Lastly, I was honored to be asked to join to talk about a subject I care deeply about - the difference between the sexes. You may not know this about me, but I am a big feminist.  The funny thing is that I've been married 10 Read More

08Nov

NYC Culture Giveaway: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center

I've talked a lot about Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis on this blog, and I've offered giveaways to their shows.  I really hope you listen up and enter this giveaway as it's something I think is very special and a real NYC experience for both you and your children. In its first holiday concert in years, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be joined by the versatile singer Kim Burrell in a performance of new arrangements of holiday jazz and spiritual classics. When: December 15-17, 2011, 8pm; Saturday, Read More

07Nov

My Latest Million Moms Challenge (ABC News) Post: On the Job Training

Million Moms

  I might have mentioned here also that I just became a member of the Million Moms Challenge.  The Million Moms Challenge is sponsored in part by ABC News, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s an honor to be part of this prestigious group of women to write about topics of extreme importance, topics meant to improve the lives of women and children all over the world.  I am so proud to be a member of this group and would LOVE it if you could please comment on my first Read More

06Nov

Kids For Kids 2011: Let’s End Pediatric AIDS

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Every now as a blogger, I get invited to an event I know is special.  Yesterday was one such event.  I was a guest of 77 Kids  by American Eagle to the 18th Annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation "Kids for Kids" Celebrity Carnival.  Like everyone else, I will never forget Elizabeth Glaser.  Her death had a profound impact on me..and the rest of the world, and it was a time in my life I'll never forget.  This is one event I would not dare miss. Elizabeth Glaser, was a major American AIDS activist and child advocate married to actor and Read More

05Nov

Win a Free Pair of Tickets to see QUEEN OF THE MIST

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MamaDrama is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Transport Group’s groundbreaking new musical QUEEN OF THE MIST.  Simply visit MamaDramaNY on Facebook, “like” them and leave a comment!  Drawing will be held tomorrow night. Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company has announced that the world premiere of Queen of the Mist, words and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa, directed by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Jack Cummings III, will begin performances Tuesday, October 18, at 8pm, at The Gym Read More

03Nov

The Book Corner: My Tween Daughter’s Picks

Dork Diaries

When it comes to reading, my tween aged daughter (age 8)  takes after me.  I was a book worm when I was younger, so now she's a book worm.  After we say good night, she reads into the wee hours.  I don't want to know what time her light goes off.  It's been so interesting to see her book choices develop as a tween and how they compare to my own choices, either now or back then.  She's slightly selective based on the cover of a book, which I'm constantly trying to convince her not to be, but I must admit that even as an adult, a cover can be enticing to Read More