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  • Motherhood, Flying & Growing Up

    By Ilana Angel

    August 11, 2016 | 9:30 am

    I am flying to London this afternoon. I have been working on a project for several weeks and it has required me to fly back and forth. I got home from London on Monday, and am heading back today. It is a long flight and I am not a good flyer, but it has been a great project and I...

  • United in Manchester

    By Ilana Angel

    December 30, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    While in England last week, I was able to go to Manchester to visit my family for a couple of days. This is family from my Dad’s side, and I really love them. They are all funny, smart, charming, and inherently kind people. I was with my 3 second cousins and their families. They...

  • Motherhood 101: Speak Up or Be Quiet?

    By Ilana Angel

    December 10, 2015 | 6:48 am

    I love my kid and am very proud of the man he is becoming. He truly is a wonderful human being, and at only 19 years old, has a very clear career path. My boy is talented, focused, and striding into adulthood with confidence. He towers over me, makes me laugh every day, and is very...

  • Should I “Rescue” My Middle-Schooler?

    October 23, 2013 | 8:07 pm

    My three kids and I made it out the door on time this morning - and, yes, I will happily accept congratulations for this not-always-the-case occurrence! The ride to school went smoothly, and one of our favorite safety-patrollers was on duty as my kids tumbled out of the car,...

  • Alison Brie on her very Jewish mother

    May 14, 2013 | 9:59 am

    This week on his podcast, Jewish comedian Marc Maron chats with Alison Brie, who opens up about lots of stuff, including what it was like splitting her time between her divorced interfaith parents as a kid.

    On weekends with her dad she’d go to Sunday school at his Christian-Hindu...

  • Tiger Mom, Dictator Mom, Jewish Mom

    By Ilana Angel

    March 1, 2013 | 7:21 am

    I am not a “Tiger Mom”.  In fact, in reading the list of things tiger specialist and author Amy Chua says make her one, there is nothing tiger mom-ish about me. I am proudly a Jewish mother in many of the ways Jewish mothers are stereotyped with, but I am also a dictator mom.  I...

  • Parenting

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    My road from twice-a-year Jew to Torah-study groupie took 40 years. With the heady days of the High Holy Days, Sukkot and Simchat Torah still fresh in my mind, it’s worth examining how I got here. 

    During my youth, my family and I attended synagogue only during the High Holy...

  • Dressing like my Jewish mother

    May 10, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    On Mother’s Day, I’m going to wear my mother’s jewelry. No, this isn’t a mom’s day story about gender identity; it’s about Jewish identity and whether possessions can help pass it on.

    As part of her legacy my mother, Pearl, left to my sister Wendy and me a set of Torah Fund...

  • Three Jewish Mothers

    By Ilana Angel

    May 6, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    In speaking with both my mother, and the mother of my Englishman this weekend, I was struck by how similar these women are.  Not only to each other, but to me.  The three of us are all Jewish mothers, living in three different countries, but all with the same hopes and dreams for...

  • Mother Love

    By Annie Korzen

    August 29, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Journal Mother Love 8/29/11
    When our son Jonathan was a teenager, we made it clear that he was expected to get a summer job.  He tried hard but couldn’t find anything, so I asked my architect friend Charles to give Jonathan some office work.  We made a deal that I would pay...

  • Alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner has Jewish mother, acquaintance says

    January 11, 2011 | 10:18 am

    An acquaintance of Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, says his mother is Jewish.

    Bryce Tierney, a friend of Loughner from high school, told Mother Jones magazine that the alleged gunman posted “Mein Kampf” as a “favorite book”...

  • Attack of ‘The Mothers’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's early Saturday morning and Shabbat is cresting with the West Coast sunrise. As is my custom, I dress, slip into a pair of heels, and ready myself for a contemplative worship. When I was new in town I could daven, throw back a shot of Manichewitz and grab a piece of challah on my...
  • Oy vey! You should read what they’re writing about them—in books yet

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have the kind of Jewish mother who could both make gefilte fish from scratch and play 18 holes of golf in one day. Every day throughout my high school years, my mother would hand me lunch in a paper bag as I rushed out the door and left most of the breakfast she had prepared on the...
  • The new Jewish mother

    By Amy Klein

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rae Drazin never wanted to be a "stereotypical" Jewish mother who "overindulges her children, is self-sacrificing and overly protective." So Drazin worked full-time while she raised three children. She participated in their lives, but also made a point of encouraging them to be...
  • Helicopter parents: Jewish mothers go airborne

    By Ronda Fox

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Consider this description from Wikipedia: "a person who pays extremely close attention" to her children and rushes "to prevent any harm from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes."

    Consider further this...
  • Different cultures produce different Jewish mothers

    By Amy Klein

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the Jewish mother stereotype, they're usually referring to the American Ashkenazi Jewish mother stereotype.

    But what about Jewish mothers from different cultures and countries?

    In Israel, where the Jewish mother is everywhere, the stereotype is known as...
  • Jewish mothers from Italy, Belgium, and Russia

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Mother 1 is from Italy
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    Jewish Mother 2 appears in a public service announcement from Belgium
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    My Yiddishe Mama 3 -- Moscow Male Jewish Cappella sings 'Yiddishe Mama'
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