Happy Birthday Israel,
Gabersdorf Girls & Mom!
Three years ago today, I did something I never thought I'd do. I unveiled a Holocaust monument in a remote town in the Czech Republic (photo below) dedicated to unseen victims of the Shoah. Growing up in New York, the Holocaust was the elephant in our room. READ MORE
What does Freedom Mean to You?
I realize that’s a loaded question today. So on this eve of Passover, let's start with: What does slavery mean to you? After all, the Haggadah demands that in each generation, we're supposed to see ourselves as personally coming forth from Egypt. But that seemed like a tall order when I was a kid.
Sadly, that’s no longer the case. READ MORE
To me, everyday is an opportunity to celebrate the indomitable spirit of women thanks to My Underground Mother. Whether interviewing my brave subjects (Gabersdorf girls after liberation below), listening to their courageous testimony as I edit, or meeting you at talks, film festivals, conferences and fundraisers -- stay tuned for upcoming dates -- I always feel inspired and empowered. READ MORE
"After the Holocaust I vowed I would never hate."
That's what survivor Goldie Cukier Finkelstein told me when I interviewed her last month. "Hate is a never-ending spiral that eats you up and destroys you."
Could you think of a more inspiring and fitting message for our times? That's why I'm asking you to please help me lift Goldie's voice -- and the dozens of other empowering women I've filmed READ MORE
I will make every moment matter.
That's what Gabersdorf girl Lola Grunbam Israel wrote when she was a 16-year-old victim of Nazi women's slave labor. Though whittled down to the bones, lice ridden and worked nearly to death, she found the strength to persevere by writing letters to "Life." READ MORE
What's a pitching contest?
Think "The Voice" - minus the swivel chairs - meets "Mad Men."
But I'm a firm believer that growth happens when you leave your comfort zone. That's been my motto since day one, otherwise I would never have left the comfort zone of my journalism job, my home as I knew it and ventured into the unknown world of my mother's past, the Holocaust and film.
As Gloria Steinem says: "Feel the fear, and do it anyway." READ MORE
"We never forgot who we were, even during our darkest nights."
That's what my mom's friend, Bella Jacubowitz Tovey (in the light coat, front row, center), told me when I asked her why she and my mom (light coat, braids, standing, center) joined a Zionist youth group after the Nazis invaded Poland. READ MORE
New Year, New Us!
As you know, my mother was a member of the Israeli underground and army who fought for Israel's independence 70 years ago. To her, Israel represented the renewal of the Jewish people from the devastation of the Holocaust. I can't imagine how hopeful she must have felt celebrating her first Rosh Hashanah after liberation in Israel. Because I don't have a photo of her from that time, I searched for cards from that era for inspiration. I came across this image and it made me think of her.
It's with that same optimistic spirit about the NEW YEAR that I'm excited to announce some major news.
A new film title!
After careful consideration, we realized we outgrew By A Thread.
So we're rebranding.
From now on, it's .... My Underground Mother.
Holocaust Remembrance Week Event at Manhattan College...
I'll share highlights of my latest trip to Israel, including filming
Sonia Abiri (above), who found the large group portrait of Hanoar Hazioni in Sosnowiec, and Hadassah Cudzynowski, who giggled when she found her face in the picture -- right below my mother's armband! READ MORE
Thank you for being my light and helping me illuminate an otherwise obscured story of sisterhood, survival and reinvention. READ MORE
THANK YOU for helping turn 2017 into a stellar year for BY A THREAD!
Please make a tax-deductible donation TODAY so I can FINISH production, get my film to festivals and EMPOWER a new generation with this vital story of women who beats the odds in overlooked Nazi forced labor camps and whose courage & humanity will inspire us all in 2018 and beyond. READ MORE
Click & Clink...
Thanks for a great 2017. Here's to Chai in '18! As we look head, I want to share my highlights from 2017:
Pictured above is of a group of HaNoar HaZioni scouts taken in the Sosnowiec ghetto in the fall of 1940. READ MORE
Welcome to our first newsletter!
I thought I'd start by answering the question I get asked the most: What's the relevance of your story -- women's slave labor during the Holocaust -- to contemporary times? READ MORE