yay! you’re here!
Hello hello! I’m so happy you’ve made it to my little rose-colored corner of the web. I'm Rebekah, a writer, editor, and jill-of-all-trades creative happily living in New York City. And this—as I hope you’ve gathered by now—is my blog. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you're up to... I'm glad you found your way here.
Grab a snack, get comfy, and let’s get to know one another!
what can i expect to find here?
Here on the blog, I share ideas and inspiration for creative Jewish entertaining, including party planning resources, cheerful celebrations, holiday inspiration, and more. It’s a scrapbook of all the beautiful parts of Jewish life that I think are worth sharing and celebrating out loud…those happy, light-filled things that just make my heart sing.
(Fair warning: Most everything makes my heart sing.)
why’d you start this whole thing in the first place?
Great question. Here’s the deal: As a lifestyle editor, I’ve spent my entire career scratching my head over the scarcity of Jewish holiday content in women’s magazines and other purveyors of “the beautiful life.” It’s an absence that I’ve tried, reluctantly and defeatedly, to chalk up to a small Jewish readership. Sometimes, though, it’s hard not to feel like the lack of Jewish content represents a more deliberate exclusion.
After all, it’s not as if Judaism is wanting for thousand-year-old holidays to spruce up or fabulous recipes to reimagine. Food is practically the centerpiece of our heritage, and tangible, decorative symbols have long accompanied the building of a Jewish home: calligraphed ketubahs, whimsical tzedakah boxes, kiddush cups, candlesticks, and more. Why shouldn’t those things get the glossy magazine treatment?
It’s a question that feels more pressing and less rhetorical than ever in 2019. What I see on the news horrifies and saddens me — the alarming increase in antisemitism, the stereotypes, the violence. But these things also compel me to cling more steadfastly than ever before to my faith and to my people. More than anything, they remind me of the grave importance of speaking openly, proudly, and, publicly about my history and heritage.
Elie Wiesel famously said: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides." It’s a beautiful, profound idea—the logic of which, I think, shouldn’t be relegated to life’s darker moments. As a people, we have a responsibility to break our silence about all aspects of our faith, including (and especially) the light-filled moments in between the darker ones: the hopeful celebrations, the set tables, the rugelach, the laughter.
That’s exactly what I hope to do here. To take sides with goodness, with joy, with light, with color, with creativity. To share the beauty of our religion, to revel in the very best of it, to celebrate its exquisite colors and tastes and textures...particularly as they relate to our celebrations and holidays. And, in turn, to encourage my sisters around the world to speak in a louder collective voice about their own Judaism — not just once or twice a year, but every day.
I hope you find something here that inspires you. And I hope you remember to pay it forward by sharing that newfound pride and delight with someone else.
Because—I promise!—that’s the best part.
love it. but, wait, who are you?
By day, I’m the Lifestyle Editor of Country Living, and I love my job. I hope you’ll check out our site and bookmark it—there’s always something fun happening over there—or subscribe to our print magazine here!
In addition to my work at Hearst, I’ve been lucky enough to write for many different magazines and lifestyle outlets (Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, and more), host a few fun video series for the Today Show, Shape Magazine, and the Food Network, and appear regularly as a lifestyle contributor on TV programs across the country.
A bit more about me: I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and I love, love, love New York City. Other things I love: reading, writing, singing, painting, laughing, hosting dinner parties, yoga-ing, making too many to-do lists, and continuing my quest for the perfect unlined notebook (sigh). I’m one of six kids, and my siblings and I are all really close. Poetry is one of my favorite things in the world, and I can spend hours turning a beautiful line or lyric over and over in my head. One of my biggest passions is interior design, and I’m always scouting out the perfect painting or coffee table book or vase to go here or there in my apartment. I adore unlined notebooks and Broadway soundtracks and country music. I’m inspired by beautiful words, ocean air, and weekend road trips. I value hard work, I'm passionate about helping and mentoring other women, and above all I believe in unconditional kindness. I was born and raised in Connecticut, and I still feel like a New England girl at heart.
What else, what else?! Well, a lot else. But I’m sure we’ll cover everything in due time. For now, I’m just happy you’re here following along.
where else can we hang out?
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Have any other thoughts, comments, questions, or just want to say hi? DM me on Instagram or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
that was fun! can you do it again, but in the third person?
Sure! Find a fancier, third-person bio below. And thank you again, so much, for reading.