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Shifra Glassman

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Shifra is originally from Virginia. She went to high school in Silver Spring, MD and lived in Jerusalem for 7 years before making her way to St. Louis in 1992. She has come to motherhood through adoption, fertility, fostering and teaching. She is passionate about children's rights and will advocate to make sure each child gets what they need to succeed. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and, later, domestic abuse. She uses her experiences to educate others and to help victims feel safe to come forward and share their stories. She is an active member of the orthodox Jewish community and resides in University City.
a Jewish neighborhood where people are walking to temple on Sabbath

U City is the Place for Me: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Most people put a lot of thought into the neighborhood where they settle down. They investigate schools and parks and local shopping and restaurants. They factor in travel time to and from work and...
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30 Days, 30 Ways to Feel Appreciation: Truly, the Greatest Gift

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Sometimes, we all need to feel appreciation. Have you ever wondered what you mean to the people in your life?     The countdown has begun. In just a few short weeks, I will stand under the...
a moving truck with it's back open, parked on a city street as an oak dresser sits on the ground in front of it, ready to be loaded

How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye

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How do you help a child to say goodbye?   I've lived in Saint Louis for 30 years. That is pretty much all of my adult life. I raised my children here. I made my friends...
wooden figures of a man and a woman, and the woman has a child shaped hole in the middle of her. The child shaped wooden piece is off to the side, symbolic of infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week: For This Child, I Prayed

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This post was originally run in April, 2019 in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week.   I am blessed. I have people in my life that call me Mommy. I have known the surge of amazement...
a couple sitting on the couch, him with a tablet and her with a phone, as they join a virtual celebration

Come On And Zoom: Making Virtual Celebrations a Reality

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Virtual celebrations are a COVID blessing, bringing many together during this time of isolation. This morning I attended the funeral of the mother of my good friend. It took place in New York. I did...
a Jewish star badge and the Hebrew word for "remember" on scraps laying on a wooden table

Remember the Past to Build The Future: Holocaust Remembrance Day

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, 2021   Why is it so important to remember? I think because it would be dangerous to forget.    Eleven million people died, and the world stood still and did nothing....

The Art of Giving: It’s About Caring, Understanding, and Love

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Giving to others is a gift in and of itself. My three-year-old loves matchbox cars. There is absolutely nothing he loves more. I have learned that little boys can never have enough cars. He has...
an empty wheelchair sitting on a park path

Nobody Ever Said Life Was Fair: Healthy Ways to Deal with Big Emotions

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Regardless of what life throws at you, finding healthy ways to deal with big emotions makes it easier to manage.   Sometimes I forget to breathe. Sometimes I concentrate so hard on keeping it together that...
a black and white photo of the words, "I Can't" on an index card with two hands, cutting off the "t"

Say it Ain’t So

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We've all heard the jokes about how moms can never get sick. But, when you're a single mom, and there is a serious diagnosis, it ceases to be funny. It started with a phone call....
a woman accepting help from someone who bought her groceries

I Get by With a Little Help From my Friends

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I have never liked to ask anyone for help. It's uncomfortable, and it makes me feel needy and weak. On the flip side- I love to help other people! I take it as a...