Fast forward to today, I’m thrilled to run one of the most popular Jewish social media pages that feature everything from my love of Louboutins, my unapologetic support of Israel, my relationship with Judaism, to my amazing daughter. I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate and partner with brands and organziations such as Friends of the IDF, The Jewish Museum, Shopstyle, Milly, and many..
As big tech (Sheryl Sandberg for Facebook and Jack Dorsey for Twitter) heads to Capital Hill (AGAIN) Wednesday to assure Congress (AGAIN) they’re doing everything to make social media a safe domain and deny any type of censorship, I can’t help but laugh. I don’t want to get into the fact that every time I mention the President’s name in any type of context on my Facebook page, I’m immediately banned for at least 24 hours. I do my best to keep my social media platforms as bi-partisan as possible so I decided the easiest thing to do was not mention Trump anymore, despite the various good he was doing for Israel and the Jewish people.
I do however actively expose blatant antisemites; this time Facebook punished me for doing so.
Early last week, a friend of mine shared a horrific text exchange between a young mother interviewing a woman, Alla Semenova (pictured), for a nanny position. During her paid trial, the mother claims Semenova made several anti-Semitic comments and was not hired for that reason. The below screenshots are the text messages sent by Senenova, who says she is a doctor from Siberia, to the mother after she was told she didn’t get the job.
Semenova: I hope you’re cursed Semenova: You can stick your apologies up your ass Semenova: How can you be such bastards [sic]
Semenova: Bastards Semenova: It’s a shame Hitler didn’t finish you off now you torture good people Mother: It’s good I took a screenshot of your Facebook page and picture. I’m going to share your picture and SMS to as many Facebook groups with Russian and American mothers so people realize what sort of person you are. Semenova: What good can you expect from dirty Jews besides shit
I was first and foremost enraged with what I was reading; my family escaped the horrific anti-Semitism of the former Soviet Union and it had followed us to America. Secondly, as a mother to a young child myself, my mind immediately went to the horrific things this woman could be capable of given the opportunity to be a caregiver for a Jewish baby/child.
I shared her post in a few Facebook groups I was an admin of and within 12 hours, the post was shared thousands of times and reached over 100,000 people. The following morning I woke up to a notification from Facebook that I was banned for 3 days from posting, commenting, or using messenger as I “posted something that didn’t follow Community Standards” on “hate speech“.
I was FLOORED! I had successfully outed a rabid Jew hater and was being punished for it?! I immediately contacted Facebook and shortly received a reply back stating their action was a mistake and my account was immediately reactivated. I was relieved and went about my day; I heard rumors that Facebook was actively censoring pro Jewish and Israeli bloggers but never really had a significant run in myself with the tech giant.
As evening came, more and more people continued to share the post (the reach had exceeded 250,000 at that point) and I received another notification that Facebook had blocked me again for the same reason.
As Facebook continues to allow posts denying the Holocaust, refuses to remove pages such as “Fuck Israel” that clearly incite violence against Jews, and tries to silence bloggers like myself, I’m very curious what Sandberg will have to say tomorrow in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Having grown up in a Russian household, science and math were ALWAYS stressed as top priority subjects. I was often the sole girl in classes such as Honors Algebra and AP Chemistry so it was no surprise to my teachers and family I went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and an MBA in Finance. The only difference between now and 30 years ago are the amazing STEM toys that are available for children to play AND simultaneously learn from.
So what exactly is STEM?
It’s an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; below I’ve summarized each category’s main objectives.
Science: observing, experimenting, making predictions, and asking questions. Technology: being inventive, making things work, identifying issues, and using computers and other smart devices. Engineering: solving problems, using materials, designing, creating, and building. Math: pattering, sequencing, exploring shapes, numbers, volumes, and size.
Why is it so important all of a sudden?
In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.
STEM based jobs are growing at a pace exceeding 20% per year compared to non-STEM which are increasing at 4%. Also STEM based occupations out earn their counterparts often 2:1 according to a recent PEW study.
Who benefits most from a STEM based education?
STEM education helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields (remember the part above when I mentioned I was often the ONLY female in my science and math classes?).
Initiatives have been established to increase the roles of women and minorities in STEM-related fields. STEM education breaks the traditional gender roles. In order to compete in a global economy, STEM education and careers must be a national priority.
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And if you’re thinking that some of these are entertaining for adults as well, you’re right. One of my favorite things to do is play with my daughter’s Marble Run game; it distresses and entertains me while simultaneously teaching her about physics and engineering.
What’s better than celebrating the State of Israel turning 70? Celebrating the State of Israel turning 70 AND humiliating the BDS Campaign, the global movement to delegitimize Israel, at the same time! Thanks to the founder of Pride of Israel, Alexander Rubinchik, that’s exactly what happened.
Rubinchik, a Soviet born Israeli Jew with an MBA from Brandeis University, had a vision to combine the beauty of timeless luxury watch pieces with Israeli patriotism. And who would be the perfect partner for his amazing vision? None other than the world’s most renown and luxurious watch maker, Hublot. Known as the Bentley of watches (regarded in many circles superior to Cartier, Rolex, and Patek Phillipe), Hublot is owned by the $500 BILLION massive international retail luxury conglomerate LVMH that boasts ownership of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Belvedere Vodka, and SEPHORA.
With the support of LVMH, Hublot and Rubinchik worked side by side to bring his dream to fruition and 70 limited edition Titanium Blue Hublot watches were designed and produced.
These one of a kind 45mm masterpieces have a blue alligator leather strap (with rubber on the other end for maximum comfort), polished titanium screws, rhodium Hebrew appliqués, sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment, and are water resistant up to 5 ATM. Every watch also comes with a Hublot Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Godfather of the Watch World, Jean-Claude Biver.
Approximately 75% of the limited edition Titanium watches have now been sold and 26 (can you guess why the number 26?) more watches, this time a gold version, are now pre-selling with production slated to begin end of 2018.
Rubinchik didn’t just stop at design and delivery, he also added a heart warming philanthropic component. Depending on the particular watch style ordered, 10-20% of proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Chabad or a Scholarship Fund enabling an IDF soldier to study at Rubinchik’s alma mater, Brandeis University.
And ladies, don’t fret. A 38mm female version is in process that includes a titanium face encrusted with diamonds, so start prepping your significant others as these once in a lifetime limited edition beauties will go FAST!
For all inquiries, please email Alexander Rubinchik at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it appears as if every blogger, model, and Jane Doe is frolicking on the beaches of Capri or making friends with the white walls of Greek real estate. In reality, the majority of us are working at our desks, chasing kids around trying to keep them entertained, and road tripping to the nearest local pool.
That being said, the “vacation-ready pieces” that the retail world is relentlessly endorsing are probably starting to feel a bit tedious, so I wanted to provide a little relief via summer-dressing inspiration that’s perfect for when it’s hot outside and you’re not on vacation.
I was in a sleep deprived haze, similar to all mothers who bring their newborns home, when I received the call from my daughter’s pediatrician’s office stating something popped up on her newborn screening test and a genetic’s counselor would be following up with me within the next few days.
I hung up the phone puzzled as to what could possibly be wrong with my little bundle of pink perfection. Fifteen minutes later when my phone rang, it was explained to me that one of my daughter’s newborn-screening markers, specifically, her long chain fat markers (C16-C20’s), were slightly off. I was assured that it was probably a false positive as our state cutoff was .09 units of measure and hers was .0913.
After a blood draw and expedited DNA testing, we found out we had won the rare disease genetics lottery- our daughter had CPT2, a long chain fatty acid disease that didn’t allow her body to convert fat into energy properly and solely relied on glucose to function.
Yeah, I didn’t know what that meant either; especially while still in my sleep-deprived haze.
We were one of the lucky ones, our daughter inherited the S113L, the “mild” version of the disease (the other two phenotypes of CPT2 were fatal, often in the first days to weeks of life).
The “mild” version, we were told, could be easily controlled by diet and certain proactive measures (carnitine supplementation, avoiding fasting, cornstarch at bedtime to prolong glucose levels). It wouldn’t be easy they said (8 years into it, I can certainly attest to that), but with the above mentioned protocols, she was almost certain to have a completely normal and healthy life.
It is estimated that between 300-800 people in the world have CPT2 and it has now been added to the long list of Jewish Genetic Diseases parents can be screened for.
When I was pregnant, CPT2 (along with the majority of metabolic diseases) was not on the Jewish Genetic Screen test. I would have given anything to have had this available to me back when I was pregnant so I would have at least been emotionally prepared for what was ahead of me.
It’s estimated that 80% of babies born with genetic diseases are born to parents with NO known family history of the disease, such as in our case. I also never knew that one in four Jews was a carrier for a genetic disease; I certainly never thought I would be one of them.
It’s June, which means Father’s Day is around the corner. And we all know men can be notoriously difficult to shop for so it’s easy to feel clueless as to what they’d actually be excited to get.
A lot of guys tend to keep quiet about what they want, and when they do want a shiny new toy, they go ahead and buy it. So if you’re tired of giving ties or gift cards, check out the alternatives below! I cover a wide variety of interests from the drone junkie who loves to spy on neighbors, the Tiger Woods wannabe, to the Tech obsessed.