“I was very lucky to grow up with four grandparents and a great grandmother until I was seventeen. I didn’t know loss and heartache in that sense. I think I learned from each one individually. The overall values that make up who I am today definitely stem from what they taught me, specifically to stand up for yourself and be proud of who you are.
Given what’s going on today, it’s scary to announce to the world who you are and where you come from. Obviously being a Jewish woman, I had those struggles professionally in my field. I was hesitant to voice that. But it’s so important, now more than ever, to teach my children to continue that and to teach them what my grandparents taught me about being a proud, Jewish woman and giving back any way you can to the community. It’s a main value. It’s not always religious, but we would pick up on certain traditions and they were fixed. That’s something I’d like to pass on to my children.”