Cori Widen is a New York transplant who lives in Jerusalem with her two favorite blondes: her husband Shalev and their son Kaveh. She's the CEO at RoadShows, a hi-tech start-up connecting creators and retailers. Her goals as a mother include but aren't limited to instilling empathy, a love of Jewish life & Israel, a belief in science, and an unquenchable thirst for leafy green vegetables.
Last night, hours after the terror attack on a synagogue that killed five men, maimed many others, and left prayer shawls, prayer books, and teffilin to soak in pools of blood, I sat on the couch…with my husband and expressed my increasingly intolerable fear. He asked me a very important question: “What were you thinking when you came here?” I came to Israel in 2006 right after college without a real plan. I followed an old romantic interest of mine; I was ready for adventure and I was a Jew… >> Read More
My father died when I was just shy of 5 and my mom struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. My extended family vacillated between heroic and toxic. To feel safe, I made wishes in the…form of books, writing stories from age 5 about intact families and kids who went to Disney World instead of the child shrink’s office. And I played God, too. At age 7, I remember telling myself that if I could make it home on my bike in four minutes or less, I would be safe… >> Read More
Israel does a lot of things exceptionally well: Jewish life in general, giving people reasons to weep from spiritual depth, falafel, breeding good-looking Jews. But you know what Israelis…aren’t doing so well? Feeding children. And while some mothers may fantasize about expensive vacations or ivy league acceptance for their kids, I find myself lost in a flurry of daydreams involving my toddler eating unsweetened peanut butter on whole wheat bread or some yogurt without added sugar. Am I crazy? Maybe. But Israeli preschools… >> Read More
Traditionally, during month of Elul, we say Psalm 27--lots of rabbis and other clever Jews have insights as to what it teaches us as we head into the High Holidays. Suffering from mommy-brain is a…new part of my fabulous identity as an emah (mother), and I can’t help but think of the psalm in terms of my son. His name, Kaveh (קוה) comes from this particular psalm and in biblical Hebrew, it is the command form of the word hope. Every morning, Kaveh wakes up, showers us with kisses… >> Read More