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EP 5: Susan Silverman - Rabbi, Activist, Adoption Advocate, Mom

Our interview with Susan Silverman, rabbi, adoption advocate, mom of 5 and author of Casting Lots.
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Episode 5: Susan Silverman



Nourishing My Adopted Son

West African Peanut Soup

How Many Hugs Do Your Kids Need a Day?

Show Notes

References, links, and corrections from this episode!

Ratatouille: Watch the scene from the movie and tell us what YOUR "ratatouille" is HERE!

Quote about Hugs:

> “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”

> Virginia Satir, Family Therapist

Video: Susan Meeting Adar

Organization: Women of the Wall​

Susan's Book: Casting Lots​


Yep. I talked about Tupperware. I referenced a dish I bought from my local tupperware lady. I fill it to the brim with veggies and leave it in the fridge (or on the counter). Easy access to healthy food.

You can use it for food storage or bust this little dream out at parties.

It's legit, and purchased from a for reals Tupperware lady. Meet Lindsey MacMurray -- she can hook you up! ​

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You can get this dish HERE (just search for "Serving Center Set")

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She also recommends the Snack-Stor Large Container

Note: NOT SPONSORED, I just do freaking love that dish.


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Susan Silverman Bio

Susan Silverman is a rabbi, author, teacher, activist and founder of Second Nurture: Every Child Deserves a Family -- And a Community, a program to find permanent, loving families for all children -- with the added bonus of supportive communal contexts for their families. She is a founder of Miklat Israel, an NGO that assists the State of Israel in creating a sustainable solution for asylum seekers residing in the country and on the board of Women of the Wall.

> I have always wanted to be a mom -- and have always wanted that to include adoption. I think I have seen families as something beyond a crucial, loving entity, but a force for social transformation.


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