There's a measles outbreak in Israel. It's spreading to Orthodox communities in the United States, and many are speaking out encouraging parents to vaccinate their kids. Two prominent Israeli moms…have added their voices to the conversation: model Bar Refaeli and actress Gal Gadot. Refaeli posted to her 2.7 million followers on November 18 a photo of her covering her upper arm. She wrote, "on Tuesday 11/20, we are all uploading pictures with our hand on our vaccinated shoulder because a vaccinated environment is a… >> Read More
Winter is coming. These three words have hung over mothers like dark clouds for decades, long before Game of Thrones came along. For we all know what that short, ominous phrase means: months of…interminable sickness in the house. As the days shorten, germs will invade our kids’ undeveloped immune systems with all the mean gusto of the Lannister clan. I’m experiencing the horror of winter sickness for the first time as a mom. My 15-month-old, Amber, recently started nursery school and is living proof of what all of… >> Read More
Measles is stalking the American and Israeli Orthodox Jewish communities. As of this writing, 17 children have been diagnosed with measles in the largely Orthodox enclaves of Williamsburg and Borough…Park, Brooklyn. In two other communities with similar demographics — Lakewood, New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, several dozen children have come down with the measles. In Israel, more than 1,200 kids have been infected, and a child has died. In the U.S., most of the affected children are from ultra Orthodox communities. Their parents… >> Read More
Like most Jewish women across the country, my stomach lurched when I read the news this morning that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized. Hopefully the 85-year-old powerhouse’s fractured ribs…will heal swiftly, and her injury doesn’t indicate or initiate any other health concerns. But if you’re feeling like this is a moment when you need to turn to a Higher Power for help and comfort — well, you’re not alone. Even if prayer isn’t normally your thing, Jewish tradition makes it easy. Try these… >> Read More
There’s a measles outbreak in Israel — and it’s spreading to the U.S.
There are now over 679 confirmed cases in Israel as of October 14 — with the majority in Jerusalem, and the majority of…the patients under 9 years of age. Measles is considered one of the world's most highly contagious diseases, and Israel's ministry of health is having a hard time isolating and containing it. What makes this mom-of-an-infant — one who is still too young to receive the vaccine — infuriated is that this outbreak could have… >> Read More