Sharon Rosen Leib Sharon Rosen Leib

Ten Years Gone


My mother carried varying levels of manic chaos wherever she went. Think constant phone calls, loads of inexplicable paperwork related to her tour business and overall perpetual motion. This made it challenging for her nearest and dearest to cope with her. Yet she also possessed a strong Jewish mother trove of remarkable qualities – wit,… Read More »

The High School Bubble


“People consider us the rich kids’ school. And yes, we drive Land Rovers and wear Rolex watches – but we’re still really genuine,” Ms. Senior Class President said during her commencement address at Youngest Daughter’s high school graduation.  My husband and I exchanged horrified glances.  How did that tone-deaf remark make it past the powers… Read More »

Wonder Women


After watching Middle Daughter graduate from Scripps, a revered women’s college, and seeing the DC Comics-inspired film “Wonder Woman” this past month, I’m convinced we desperately need an army of powerful, educated women to save the world. Like the movie’s fictional all-female island of Themiscyra, where Amazon women learn to be brilliant warriors for peace,… Read More »

Coachella and Letting Go


Like bees scouting a desert oasis, the neurotic parents (NPs) amongst us flock to the Coachella Valley in spring with our teen daughters. Why? Believe you me, it’s not because these lovely young women want to hang out with us. They’d prefer we buzz off. Rather, it’s because Coachella – the hippest of all three-day… Read More »

The Activism of Dee Rudolph and her Seacrest Sisterhood


“My kids were worried. My youngest daughter told me, ‘Mom, you’ve lost your fire,’” says Dee Rudolph, an 86-year-old resident of Seacrest Village, a Jewish retirement community in Encinitas. That changed last November. Donald Trump’s election reignited Rudolph’s internal spark. “I was drifting and couldn’t see a purpose for my existence. Then along came Trump.… Read More »

Family Politics


We’ve been a unified American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) family until now. AIPAC, a pro-Israel lobbying organization, aims to empower activists across the racial, religious and political spectrum to engage politically and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship (per their website). I joined AIPAC in 1991 as a member of its San Francisco Young Leadership Council.… Read More »

The New Reality


As a native of Southern California blessed to live in laid-back coastal communities throughout my life, I never worried much about my personal safety. Times have changed. Now, being a female Jewish journalist equals three strikes against me. Beyond my own concerns, San Diego’s Jewish community has been on high alert after recent bomb threats… Read More »

Hearing the Voices of Elders Lost


In this scary alternative-factual world, I long for the wisdom of elders. I miss my 102-year old Bubbe and 92-year-old Great-Uncle Paul, who both died with their wits intact. Unburdened by the weight of Attention Deficit Disorder-inducing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds, text messages and email, they had plenty of time to watch reputable tv… Read More »

One People with One Heart


“I know you’re a doctor and I’m worried about my baby girl being so far away from home,” I said, protectively wrapping an arm around 22-year-old Oldest Daughter’s shoulders. I was about to leave her in Sofia, Bulgaria for a 10-month stint as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. What would happen if she got sick? When… Read More »

Rebirthing Bulgaria’s Jewish Community


In matrilineal Judaism, Jewish women birth Jewish children. In Bulgaria, young Jewish women are rebirthing Jewish communal life.  Bulgaria’s two-millennia-old Jewish community lay dormant between 1944 and 1989 while the ruling Communist regime imposed a strict secular ideology forbidding religious practice. When the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) returned to Bulgaria in 1990, after… Read More »