Chag Notebook: Andrea Grinberg

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Andrea Grinberg is the co-owner of Wrapunzel, a business that sells beautiful head coverings for the global Jewish community. Earlier this year I was browsing YouTube, looking for inspiring Jewish media, when I found Andrea’s channel. She instantly charmed me. I was touched by how much meaning she’s found in Judaism and how her business is in service to our Jewish female community.

Her work aligns with my desire to create more beautiful Jewish objects for women, so I was excited when she agreed to be interview for this series. Let’s get to know Andrea and learn from her.

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Satisfying Your Summertime Sugar Cravings

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sweets, and getting creative with healthy desserts is one way to meet this desire. There is an abundance of fresh produce, and the warmer temperature incentivizes lighter options.

Plant-based eating carries over to dessert, too. As a reminder, plant-based eating includes vegetables, fruits, tubers, whole grains, and legumes (and excludes meat, dairy, eggs, and highly-processed foods).  

This means that there are SO many options for healthy desserts based on a plant-centered approach. Serving healthy desserts is a way of giving your family and guests food that is good for them while still satiating their craving for something sweet.

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Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time there was a Jewish woman who was living in a kingdom without many other people like her.

Before many of the Jewish holidays, you would find this woman at her computer, Googling “Sukkot dates in 2015” or opening her digital calendar to reference Hebcal. It was the same process month after month, year after year.

She felt frustrated with the options available for tracking the Jewish holidays. None of them were inspiring, and certainly none of them added beauty or nourishment to her life.

So this woman decided to go on a quest to create the thing she most longed for—a work of art that also kept the Jewish holidays in the front of her mind.

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Writing a Letter to Your Child at Jewish Summer Camp (+ Prompts)

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Jewish summer camps are an institution. They’re a place for children to connect with one another, learn more about Judaism, and PLAY.

One of my favorite childhood memories was getting a letter from my mother every day while away at Jewish camp. At home she had a drawer where she kept all sorts of cards and stationery, and she would write me daily notes from home. I still cherish and remember this well, and my mom still has the letters that I sent back in reply.

It got me thinking about the pleasure inherent in writing your child a note while they’re away at summer day camp or overnight camp for both the parent and the child.

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Changing Our Associations With Judaism and Beauty

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 Changing Our Associations With Judaism and Beauty

When I wanted to feel more connected to Judaism before I started Jewish Food Hero, I spent a lot of time alone in front of my computer and on my phone in Cambodia Googling different topics.

I tracked the holidays with Hebcal and Chabad, and these tools gave me the factual information about holiday dates that I needed (for which I am grateful).

But the digital experience of using them was a functional relationship, not at all connected to my emotional center. And being in front of my computer or on my phone searching for Jewish holidays made me feel alone.

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7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

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7 Effortless Ways to Incorporate Your Jewish Faith Into Your Busy Life

When life feels busy Jewish faith can be relegated to another item on our to-do list.  

Even with the best routines and intentions, going to synagogue, studying and talking to your children about what they’re learning and experiencing in Hebrew school can fall by the wayside in the face of work pressure, or unexpected emergencies.

And yet, it is when life is busy that we can best honor our Jewish faith through small daily acts.

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How to Talk to Your Children About Sex: Advice from a Sexuality Expert

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How to Talk to Your Children About Sex: Advice from a Sexuality Expert

When I spoke with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health about female sexuality, I knew I also wanted to ask her about how to talk to your children about sex.

As a mother, I’ve been unsure of how to begin this topic, what age to start talking about it, and where to go with it, and felt unsatisfied at the confusingly wide range of advice out there for parents. My intention for this post is for these conversations with your children to feel affirming and offer you the permission you may be seeking to start thinking about this topic as a mother.

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part Two)

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Today’s post is the second part of an interview with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. (You can read the first one, which illuminates some of the common themes in female sexuality that Dr. Marcus has observed in her practice here.) I first learned about Dr. Marcus in an article in The New York Times, and instantly wanted to have a conversation with her about female sexuality for my Jewish Food Hero audience.

So much of the advice and information about female sexuality in the media is about being sexual in a relationship and portrayed as this external thing. My conversation with Dr. Marcus focuses us instead on the internal relationship with our sexuality. This interview is intended to be affirming and healing, and support you in processing your emotions and feelings about any aspect of your sexuality.

I hope this interview offers you insight into the past and a way forward by deepening your learning about the female sexual experience and validating your sexual experiences.

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part One)

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An Interview With Female Sexuality Expert Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus (Part One)

Today’s post is an interview with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. I first learned about Dr. Marcus in an article in The New York Times and instantly wanted to have a conversation with her about female sexuality for our Jewish Food Hero community.

So much of the advice and information about female sexuality in the media is about being sexual in a relationship and portrayed as this external thing. My conversation with Dr. Marcus focuses us instead on the internal relationship with our sexuality. This interview is intended to be affirming and healing, and support you in processing your feelings of shame about any aspect of your sexuality.

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