Sally Says: I'll Take Over-the-Top Every Time

Our house is a happy hub for cousin chaos. That suits us to a 'T'! Read more here

Kveller: 4 Tips for Leaving the Kids Behind & Switching into 'Couple Mode':

Every couple needs time alone, away from children. Yes, there are obstacles, but there are also solutions. Read more here.

Times of Israel : A Victory for BDS? Looks Like Defeat to Me:

A poorly worded, convoluted, one-sided referendum is rushed to a vote and passes by the slimmest of margins. It increases discord on campus, is denounced by the University’s President, and will not be implemented by the Board of Regents. Not a single Palestinian or Israeli stands to benefit from this divisive action. If that’s your idea of victory, how would you define defeat? Read more here.

When the Somali Girl Met a Jew for the First Time:

To find things we share — a late-middle-aged Jewish woman and a Somali born, Muslim teen — that was a gift. That our paths crossed at all was a blessing. That girl now has a Jewish story, face and memory to attach to the word “Jew.” It came from a real person whom she met. Let's tell our stories as only we can. More here.

Israel HaYom:

Proud to have an article featured in the Hebrew language media! In this essay I describe my experiences teaching Israeli students about Jewish life in America, something they know almost nothing about. If you can read Hebrew, check this out!  Prefer the English version? Click here.

Welcome!  Israel, Jewish life, and parenting are the topics I love to write and speak about. My online essays have appeared in the Times of Israel, Kveller, TCJewfolk, and have been shared widely on social media. Hundreds of audiences in schools, churches and civic groups have heard me present a mainstream Jewish perspective on Israel and/or Judaism. I believe deeply in the power of words to educate, illuminate, and inspire.

I'm a native of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul), a wife, mother of seven (four by birth, three by marriage) and Nana to a rapidly growing number of grandchildren.

If you want to learn more about Israel's wonders and challenges, find inspiration in generation-to-generation Jewish life, or simply get some fresh ideas for great meals, you've come to the right place!

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