Screen shot, Times of Israel

Screen shot, Times of Israel

Credit: David Sherman Photography

Credit: David Sherman Photography


Times of Israel: Building is Hard, Disrupting is Easy

Birthright's transformative programs give Jewish young adults an opportunity to connect meaningfully with the heritage that is their birthright.

IfNotNow sees it differently. To IfNotNow: Birthright trips are not yours to disrupt in order to advance your own agenda. Go find funding to build the trip you think young people should take. More here

Sally Says: I’m Going ‘Analog’ to Brag about Our Grandchildren

A photo in hand beats anything on a screen. Time to up my grandma game! More here.

TC Jewfolk: In This Community You Don’t Suffer Alone

A Hanukkah menorah started a fire that burned down my brothers house. In the outpouring of support, including from dozens of strangers, there is holiness. More here.

TC Jewfolk: Yossi Klein Halevi's New Book is Call From the Heart to His Palestinian Neighbor:

 Yossi Klein Halevi manages the most difficult juggle of all: He embodies an unshakable attachment to Israel, a commitment to Jewish peoplehood, and a deep empathy for his Palestinian neighbors. It's a must-read for everyone. My review is  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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