Sarah Erdreich


Searching for Uncle a Family Lost to Willowbrook

By Sarah Erdreich

Searching for Uncle a Family Lost to Willowbrook
Sarah Erdreich’s family never talked about a mentally ill child who was sent away to the infamous Willowbrook facility. She vowed to make him part of the family again.Read More


Alabama Synagogue Survives Long Decline for Jews in Deep South

By Sarah Erdreich

Alabama Synagogue Survives Long Decline for Jews in Deep South
The Jewish community in Selma, Ala., has seen a steady decline, mirroring a general downturn across the Deep South. One family returned to see how the local temple is holding up.Read More


Friends First, But Family All Along

By Sarah Erdreich

Friends First, But Family All Along
When my husband and I were dating and first began talking about having children, he said that he wanted three kids.Read More


The Jewish Mother of Soap Operas

By Sarah Erdreich

The Jewish Mother of Soap Operas
One of my clearest memories from childhood is peeking around the doorway from the kitchen to the den as my mother ironed and watched “Days of Our Lives.” A couple lay in bed, the woman in a negligee, the man bare-chested, a patch covering one eye. I was a little scared — what if he lifted the patch! — but more than that, I was totally enthralled, both by the scene and that I was watching television at all.Read More


Searching For a Shul of My Own

By Sarah Erdreich

Searching For a Shul of My Own
In the summer of 2001, my father and I went to Boston for a few days. I was starting graduate school at Emerson College that fall but knew almost nothing about the city, so some preliminary apartment hunting seemed in order.Read More



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