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  • 12. Dayenu Moments with Devorah Katz

    28 MAR 2024 · In this episode, Melissa and Elisheva interview Devorah Levine Katz about her journey through career and motherhood, and how they both evolved over time. Her story is both unique and relatable, and her message about integrating your worlds as a mother and professional is sure to inspire.  Devorah is a mother of five, a long-time educator, and the current entrepreneur behind, a workshop and event space on Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim.
    46 min. 1 sec.
  • 11. Career Head Start with Dyonna Ginsburg

    7 MAR 2024 · This episode launches our series on Career and Motherhood with Dyonna Ginsburg. Dyonna is the CEO at and an inspiring example of a leader who accomplished one professional achievement after the other before becomming a mother (she continues to achieve today as well!). She graciously shares her story and her perspective on the ways motherhood has impacted her role as CEO, how she juggles career and family now, how motherhood felt compared to her work, and more. Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema'aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals. A frequent lecturer, she was named "one of Israel's 50 most inspiring women" by Nashim magazine in 2015. Dyonna was the recipient of the Schusterman Fellowship and the World Council of Jewish Communal Service’s Ted Comet Exemplar Award for Outstanding Leadership in Strengthening the Jewish People. She currently sits on the advisory boards of Yanshoof and the Global Jewry initiative. Dyonna has a BA in International Relations from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University.
    45 min. 30 sec.
  • 10. Delivering Hope: Birth During War

    8 FEB 2024 · To round off the 3-part series on child birth, Melissa and Elisheva wanted to peer into the world of women who have given birth during Israel's current war. To do this, they interviewed doula extraordinaire to hear about what she's been seeing in hospitals over the last four months. They also interviewed friend of the pod Bracha Lamm Berger who takes us through the rollercoaster ride of her third trimester, birth, and post-partum period while her husband has been serving the IDF in Gaza.
    1 h 2 min. 6 sec.
  • 9. Moving On from Birth Trauma with Yael Hirsch-Biderman

    22 GEN 2024 · Melissa and Elisheva reflect on the gaps between the births women want / plan for versus the births they get. How can we move forward from a birth experience that wasn't what we wanted or one in which we felt agency? We were privileged to interview Yael Hirsch-Biderman, a pregnancy and birth professional - certified doula, childbirth educator, group facilitator and a mentor of childbirth experience processing. Yael offers therapy following traumatic births, miscarriages and other losses. Trigger warning: this episode may not be for you if you are struggling to build your family or have had significant birth trauma. Yael is proudly part of the https://https// professional community as well as the “” association for certified doulas in Israel. Yael is also involved in several nonprofits including: - childbirth guidance and support by professionals for young women between the ages of 14 to 26 from at-risk backgrounds;– advancing the rights of woman during pregnancy and birth and– professional support for parents dealing with premature babies Yael can be found at the following places: Facebook Instagram
    1 h 2 min. 27 sec.
  • 8. Birth Stories

    15 GEN 2024 · Melissa and Elisheva launch a mini-series on the topic of child birth by getting personal and sharing their own birth stories and history. Trigger warning: this episode may not be for you if you are struggling to build your family or have had significant birth trauma. Please be kind to yourself in exercising judgement about whether to listen. We love you and support you in your journey. Stay tuned for the coming episodes in the series that touch on different aspects of birth.
    56 min. 28 sec.
  • 7. The Money Episode with Debbie Sassen

    25 DIC 2023 · In this episode, Melissa and Elisheva take on a taboo subject, MONEY, with the help of Debbie Sassen, an inspiring money coach and mother of eight! Debbie Sassen is a Business and Money Coach and host of the She helps entrepreneurs create consistent $5k-20K months and build wealth, in alignment with Jewish values. Because money is intimately involved with everything we do in business, Debbie believes that clearing your money blocks makes everything else in business easier. Her coaching combines business strategy, sales expertise, and money mindset to help entrepreneurs dissolve the limiting beliefs that keep them underearning. Debbie believes that no woman should undercharge, undersell or dim her light to build financial sustainability for her family. Website: Learn about her book, The $1K Investor: Simple Smart Steps to Start Investing with $1K or Less
    1 h 10 min. 59 sec.
  • 6. Getting Political with Sara Liss Landa

    6 DIC 2023 · Melissa and Elisheva interview Sara Liss Landa, Assistant Deputy Director at the New York City Council and long-time political activist. Sara is the President of the Board of Directors of supports the organization Sara references the YouTube series Crash Course: U.S. government and politics which can be viewed here:
    49 min. 45 sec.
  • 5. Work-Life-War Balance

    13 NOV 2023 · Melissa and Elisheva update about where they're at and what they are learning during this time. Life decisions being affirmed or challenged and new empathy being discovered for other experiences. For their main topic, they dig into some of the career questioning and reevaluating they are witnessing as the war progresses, and debate the merits of optimally deploying professional skills vs. seeking optimal mission and meaning from work.
    37 min. 7 sec.
  • 4. Raising Resilient Sabras

    2 NOV 2023 · Melissa and Elisheva clarify the podcast goals, then address some listener feedback. They then delve into the episode's main topic: fostering resilience in our kids, especially in the face of adversity. Elisheva breaks down 4 components of the war that challenge parents, and Melissa shares the parenting values that guide them. Notes: Elisheva referred to a study from Emory University that was tested in the wake of 9/11. Read about it here:
    40 min.
  • 3. Milu-Imma with Naomi Eastman

    30 OTT 2023 · In this episode, Melissa and Elisheva interview Naomi Eastman, a health coach, personal trainer, and mother of three. Her husband, Aryeh, was called up to miluim (reserve duty) on October 7th, and has been serving ever since. Naomi is a resident of Carmei Gat in the south of Israel.
    30 min. 48 sec.

Two moms from America living in Israel trying to figure out life. Elisheva Kupferman is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mosaic United, a nonprofit working with the Israeli government to...

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Two moms from America living in Israel trying to figure out life.

Elisheva Kupferman is the Chief Strategy Officer at Mosaic United, a nonprofit working with the Israeli government to strengthen Diaspora Jewry. She moved to Israel from New York in 2005 and now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.

Melissa Lousky Bienenfeld is a Career Coach helping her clients identify core strengths and achieving their work aspirations. She moved to Israel in 2012 and lives in Modiin with her husband and four children.
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