How Moving to the U.S. Shaped My Judaism

If you’ve ever moved to a new home, you know how anxiety-ridden the process can be. Now imagine moving to another country and the enormous emotional adjustment that such a move entails. The new sounds, sights, and smells alone would be overwhelming. So you’d think religion would be a comfort, right? As you’ll see in the essays this month, that’s not necessarily the case.

Speaking of big transitions, this will be the last issue of 614. It’s been a blessing to explore with you relevant Jewish topics to women, and you can now read about them on Fresh Ideas from HBI: The HBI Blog. Past issues of 614 will be archived at As for me, I’m moving on to my next venture as Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS, where I’ll continue to explore gender issues through a different lens. As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to give thanks for the years of engaging discussion.