Today is Mom’s 1st Yahrzeit: A Gift for Mom to Jewish Moms

Today is Mom’s 1st Yahrzeit: A Gift for Mom to Jewish Moms
A year ago today my mom died from a stroke at the age of 77. I’m in Baltimore now with my family for the yahrzeit and unveiling.
I wanted to share something I haven’t shared with you until now. After Mom died I decided I wanted to take on a project for the elevation of Mom’s soul. Like me, Mom cared deeply about mothering and mothers and was passionate (as am I) about encouraging mothers and helping them to thrive and be happier people. So after considering all sorts of ideas, I decided a few weeks after Mom died, l’ilui nishmat Gila bat Yaakov, to expand that end, the first thing I did was hire an assistant, Chana Ximena Orozco (whom you might remember from the interview “From Soap Opera Star to Orthodox Jew”) who has become my right hand (wo)man over the course of this year.
It’s incredible for me to look back and realize the different ways, with Hashem’s help (and Chana’s!:) has grown over this past year:
*Expanding from 5 daily posts a week to 7
*Starting a new whatsapp group
*Dailing posting on Instagram
* Interviews with all sorts of inspiring people I want to meet and want YOU to meet as well!
And also
*Upgraded, beautiful weekly newsletters thanks to incredible graphic artist Polina in Bulgaria
May all of these projects continue to inspire moms and provide an elevation for the soul of Gila bat Yaakov, Gladys Arak Freedman of blessed memory. Mom, I love you and miss you very much!


  1. I am sure your mother is getting a lot of nachas from you and the work you do. Thank you for sharing

  2. Thanx so much for sharing. May your Mother’s Neshama have an Aliyah.

  3. I am sure your mother is getting alot of nachas and an aliyas neshoma from your incredible work! Inspiring and encouraging Jewish Moms all over the world. You should continue going from strength to strength.

  4. Can you tell us about the watsapp group?

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