"Hold your babies tight tonight." If you're in enough mamas' groups on Facebook, you probably see a post like this every few weeks. Usually it's about someone's relative or best friend who tragically…lost her young child to something awful, like cancer. Seeing these posts makes me appreciate what I have. Of course it does. I'm grateful that my children are here and healthy, and dumping out Legos, screaming at each other, and pestering me for ice cream at 7:30 a.m. But (as you might be able to… >> Read More
Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, born Gena Goldfinger in Krákow in 1923, died on June 7 at the age of 95. Turgel — known for her lifelong commitment to Holocaust education — treated Anne Frank in…the hospital of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her survival story is remarkable: Along with her mother and four siblings, Turgel was forced into the Krákow ghetto in 1941. She first sent to the Płaszów labor camp, then forced to walk to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in 1944. Turgel was then was marched to Buchenwald and, from there,… >> Read More
Before my son was born, my husband and I each came up with a list of possible first and middle names. On a long flight, mid-pregnancy, we pulled them out and started negotiating. We agreed that we…each got one undisputed veto, but everything else was up for debate. Before we even started, I knew that my husband wanted to name him Michael, after his own late father. But there were two reasons I fended this off. One, I thought it was too common — I didn’t want him to spend his… >> Read More
When it comes to living long, happy lives, nobody knows more about it than our grandparents. But do we listen to them enough? Jewish filmmaker Sky Bergman wants to make sure we do.
Lives Well…Lived is an adorable new documentary coming out today, April 20th. The movie, inspired by her Italian-American grandmother who recently passed away at 103, features life advice and stories from 40 people who have lived long, full lives. Much of the advice in this documentary is what you'd expect — follow your passions, don't be fearful, stay active,… >> Read More
Gal Gadot — Israeli actor, model, and mom of two — got emotional when her assistant recently showed her a video of her late grandfather, Abraham Weiss, who was a Holocaust survivor. Weiss lost…his entire family in Auschwitz. What her assistant didn't realize is that Gadot didn't have any photos of her grandfather, who died in 2013 at age 85. This was especially poignant for the Wonder Woman star as it happened right in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Jewish mom posted a clip of the video on… >> Read More