Gabrielle Birkner


Meet Sylvia Porter, Jewish Creator of the Personal Finance Column

By Gabrielle Birkner

Meet Sylvia Porter, Jewish Creator of the Personal Finance Column
Sylvia Porter created the personal finance column in the ’30s. The Jewish woman advised thousands of readers on how to manage their money — and even presidents.Read More


Making Peace With ‘Who Shall Die?’

By Gabrielle Birkner

In late August, The Sisterhood launched a series examining the role of women in Jewish mourning traditions. Grieving for a loved one is fiercely personal; doing so as a woman, guided by Jewish laws and rituals, can be comforting or restricting, depending on one’s experience. We asked you, Sisterhood readers, to share your stories. Many people responded. Some women felt marginalized, even alienated, by their limited roles in the mourning process. Others felt invigorated and strengthened, and found deep comfort in community. What resulted was a portrait of Jewish female mourning. This series — comprised of essays from writers and submissions from readers — will appear on The Sisterhood blog this week. This is the first post in that series. —Abigail Jones Read More


Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening

By Gabrielle Birkner

Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening
Tay-Sachs is probably the best known ‘Jewish’ disease. But the vast majority of babies born with the disease are not Jewish.Read More


Motherhood in the 'Lean In' Era

By Gabrielle Birkner

When Ronit Sherwin moved to Delaware in 2011 to become executive director of the University of Delaware Hillel, she decided to enroll her now three-year-old twins in a daycare program at a well-established Jewish organization. But as a single mother and her family’s sole breadwinner, she couldn’t afford the $2,200 monthly bill for nearly 10 hours a day of childcare for her daughter and son.Read More


Aging Wisely, Together

By Gabrielle Birkner

Aging Wisely, Together
Though most programs for aging Jews aim to keep them busy, a new initiative from Manhattan’s Central Synagogue aims to keep them reflecting.Read More






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