Loss

Nikki’s Story: Humans of Judaism

By Shira Lankin Sheps | December 4, 2018

(1/6) “Grief”  “Around this time of year, in November of 2013, just before Thanksgiving, my father passed away suddenly. I…

Ilui Neshama: Elevation of the Soul

By Ariele Mortkowitz | September 17, 2018

On Rosh Hashanah, I saw holiness in the sanctuary. It was a most beautiful moment in its rawness, its honesty,…

Aliza’s Story: My Body, My Babies

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 7, 2018

(1/7) “Unpretty”   At the time, I felt very unpretty. I felt in order to be pretty, you had to…

When G-d Says No: Coping with Miscarriage

By Emily Wind | July 11, 2018

When we found out I was pregnant, we were overjoyed. We couldn’t wait to share the news. In line with…

Learning and Growing From a Life Fully Lived

By Esther Snyder | June 27, 2018

I will never forget the text that I received on January 12th, 2014: “I know that you can’t get texts…

Remembering My Mother

By Rea Bochner | May 13, 2018

When I was eight, my mother went back to work. She’d been a stay-at-home mom from the time I was…

A Legacy of Words

By Jennifer Fenster | May 1, 2018

On April 22, 2010, I defined myself primarily as a mother of four young children and a wife of a…

Searching for My Father’s Legacy

By Chani Miler | April 26, 2018

My mother was and is what we now respectfully call a stay-at-home-mom. Back then though she was “just” a  housewife,…

My Father Taught Me How To Pray.

By Gila Daman | April 20, 2018

I have vivid memories of my father standing in the front corner of our dining room donning his tallit, or prayer…

Barbara’s Story: Giving Care, Giving Love

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 26, 2018

(1/5) “Decisions Needed to Be Made” “It was a reaction to the circumstance. I was trying to get my parents…

Learning From Caregiving

By Rona Novick | March 22, 2018

Some of us may be born with caregiving DNA or have it wired into our temperament. Caregiving is certainly shaped…

Lost and Found: Creating Community Around Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

By Aimee Baron | March 21, 2018

Not long ago, I was sitting at a coffee house, nursing my latte, as I waited for a client.  A…