Family Dynamics

Choosing Love

By Cheryl Nayowitz | August 24, 2021

As much as I loved love and dished it out generously to others, I fed myself fear. This ingestion was…

Danielle’s Story: Embracing Surrender: My Experience With OHSS

By Shira Lankin Sheps | June 6, 2021

1/6 “Unexplained Infertility” “It was the day before Thanksgiving. I remember because I took the day as a good omen.…

Shira’s Story: Behind the Scenes of the New Layers Book

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 1, 2021

(1/6) Some of you may already know parts of my story.  This next part I’ve been keeping to myself for…

Maybe A Little Brighter, Tomorrow

By Atara Paris | January 26, 2021

After my second son was born, I struggled with mild postpartum depression (PPD). It was bad enough to be struggling…

Persistence, Perseverance, & Triumph

By Lori Prashker-Thomas | January 17, 2021

May 2, 2020, I felt really sick. I went to my local emergency room and I was screened for COVID…

In the Eye of the Storm

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 10, 2021

My father is in the hospital sick with COVID.  It has been many months since words like “coronavirus” “quarantine” and…

My Conversion Journey

By Kylie Ora Lobell | December 17, 2020

I’m standing in front of the Jewish ritual bath, the mikvah, wearing only a white cotton robe and clear plastic…

The Gifts of Hands and Hope

By Mandy Broder | December 13, 2020

From a very early age, I loved anything that involved art. My father is very artistic and I would watch…

Surviving & Thriving After Emergency Hysterectomy

By Anonymous | December 8, 2020

It has been four years since I was wheeled into the operating room not knowing whether I was to come…

Sixteen Years.

By Pamela Kaplan | December 3, 2020

This is the one I was dreading the most.  Every year, as I’ve counted and commemorated each yahrzeit, I realized…

Stopping to Surrender

By Anonymous | November 15, 2020

It’s so hard for me to be far away from him, not to be able to hold him through this,…

How Far I’ve Come

By Jessica Koenigsberg | October 27, 2020

Twenty years ago today, I was in Israel in seminary for about twelve days when right before Rosh Hashana, my…