Gabrielle Birkner


A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief

By Gabrielle Birkner

A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief
Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.Read More


Two Grieving Mothers, One Friendship

By Gabrielle Birkner

Two Grieving Mothers, One Friendship
Becky Benson and Emily Rapp both lost a child to Tay Sachs disease. Other than that, they had little in common – until they became each other’s ‘grief mentor.’Read More


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






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