From conception to birth, Expecting Jewish! is a how-to guide that focuses on preparing for motherhood from a Jewish perspective. It covers everything from the practicalities of planning a bris to the mysticism of the mikvah. The book shares an unfiltered perspective on what to really expect during this stage of life, with advice from real moms who have lived through it. Interviews from rabbis and social media game-changers in the Jewish community also offer insight on what’s trending and what’s changing for Jewish women today when it comes to motherhood.
The book includes interviews from the following leaders in the Jewish community:
Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Ohev Shalom Synagogue, Washington, D.C.
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Rabbi Sara Brandes, Executive Director at the Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation; Shechinah Counsel, At the Well
Gila Block, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Yesh Tikva
Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director, Mayyim Hayyim
Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen, Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles
Dalia Davis, President, Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys
Anita Diamant, Author
Elana Frank, Executive Director and Founder of the Jewish Fertility Foundation
Rabbi Dara Frimmer, Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles
Dr. Jayne Guberman & Jenny Sartori, co-Directors of the Adoption & Jewish Identity Project
Rabbi Danielle Gobuty Eskow, President and Founder of OnlineJewishLearning.com
Rabbi and Doula Denise Handlarski of SecularSyngagogue.com
Hillary Kener, Director, National Outreach and Marketing at JScreen
Na’amah Wendy Kenin, the founding doula of Imeinu Doulas and Jewish Birth Collective
Joel Kushner, Director, Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
Dr. Lori Lefkovitz, PhD, Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies and Humanities Center Director at Northeastern University
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Rabbi Myrna Matsa
Rabbi Idit Solomon, Founder and CEO of Hasidah
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Senior Rabbi, Sixth and I Synagogue Washington, D.C.
Sarah Waxman, Founder, At The Well
Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Temple Bnai Tzedek, Potomac Maryland
…and interviews with more than 50 real Jewish moms who have been through it all!