5 Thoughts On Lena Dunham’s Reaction To Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy

What a way to start the new year — two more of Kardashian-Jenner ladies are expecting! While Jews worldwide celebrated the world’s birthday by observing Rosh Hashanah 5778, word spread that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child. Apparently, this “triggered” friends of Lena Dunham, who tweeted: “A solid 10 friends texted me … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Starting Your Family Earlier Than You’re Planning

Embrace pregnancy, embrace glamour and posterity (dailymail.co.uk). This is part four of my series on fertility challenges within the American Jewish community that started in the now shuttered altFem magazine. It is also the second part of my deeper dive into options available to younger Jews (high school and college students, in particular), who may … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Jews on Fertility Journeys

Fertility can be complicated, but the community can help (healthimpactnews.com).   Jewish continuity is the idee fixe of American Jewish communal discussions. We talk about it. All. The. Time. We debate whether the best route forward is investing in Jewish camp, Jewish day school, or Birthright trips. Interestingly, these discussions typically don’t touch upon Jewish fertility. Yet, they should, because it is … Continue reading

Do It For G-d (and Country)

Sorry, New York Times, but wealth inequality cannot explain every societal trend. Culture is powerful, and understanding various groups’ cultural habits helps us understand those individuals’ behavior. A case in point is an article The Timesrecently ran about Cuba’s population, observing: By almost any metric, Cuba’s demographics are in dire straits. Since the 1970s, the birthrate has been in … Continue reading

Parenting: German for “Misery”

Is there anything worse than divorce, unemployment, or the death of a partner? According to German adults: parenthood. Rachel Margolis, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, and Mikko Myrskylä, Executive Director of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, were interested in understanding why parents so often stop at one child, … Continue reading

Fertility Gets The Hollywood Treatment

We’ve all heard about suffering for beauty. What about suffering for a baby? Pregnancy is no walk in the park, but it’s typically easier to conceive a baby naturally earlier than via technology later. According to the Fertility Authority website, “Women undergoing infertility treatment report the same level of stress, anxiety, and depression as women … Continue reading