We met at the home of friends at a Sabbath dinner table and got married a few months later in 2015. At that dinner table, a miracle happened! Shoshana saved a woman's life by doing the Heimlich maneuver! When a friend later suggested the match to Shoshana, she said, "Wasn't he with another woman--his wife? They seemed so chummy!" The friend replied, "No! That woman was his mother!" Unknowingly, her future mother-in-law's first impression of Shoshana was saving a life! We went on our first date and both showed up wearing pink shirts! It's also uncanny that we freuquently, intuitively match in the color of Boruch's tie and Shoshana's outfit when we dress!
What impressed us about each other on our first date? Boruch said that he wanted to get married again and "get it right." He still seeks the counsel of his mentors as needed, and that impressed Shoshana; she wanted a man who was looking to grow. Boruch wanted a woman like Shoshana who was loving, kind, spiritual, and affectionate.
We are an "older" couple, with lots of life experience and wisdom to share with a child. Both of us have been married before. Shoshana has experience with children as the eldest in her family and working as a teacher in various settings ranging from elementary grades through college-age students. Boruch has 4 children from previous marriages and wants to have more children, especially with Shoshana.
Shoshana grew up in a Conservative, traditional, Jewish home. Boruch came from a more secular, Jewish home. We became Sabbath observant about 31 and 25 years ago respectively as adults. We are not religious fanatics; we're very normal-enough people! We consider ourselves to be spiritual and worldly. In a world where accountability, integrity, responsibility, work ethic, and traditional values and morals are on the decline, we uphold those values and do our part to make the world a better place.
One of the special qualities of our home is that we observe the laws of the Torah, including keeping the Sabbath (refraining from using electronics, traveling, using money, going to synagogue), keeping kosher dietary laws, laws of modesty in dress (Shoshana wears mostly skirts, tops, and dresses that cover her knees, upper arms, chest), and maintaining honesty and integrity in our professional and personal lives. We refrain from gossip and talking negatively about other people; we do not use foul language. We believe in fidelity in marriage and seek counseling individually and jointly as needed to maintain a healthy marriage. We aspire to raise our children in a home that balances traditional values, strong and honest work and living ethics, and a modern society. Our children, most of all, will feel loved and cared for.
We aspire to instill in our future child/ren a love of G-d and all people, respect for parents and Torah, honesty, education (secular and religious), and balance our religious observance with living in the secular world as well. We hope to enhance our child's life with a love of music and the arts, awareness of the heart center and feelings, as well as give them enough tools to navigate a technological world. By refraining from technology and electronics on the Sabbath, we maintain the sanctity of human relationships with conversation and quality family time.
Family is also important to us and we maintain connections with our family and friends by eating Sabbath meals together, visiting, emailing, and phone conversations. Shoshana has 2 sisters and a brother. Most of her family live out of town. All of her family members are college educated. Boruch has one sister who lives far away. While none of our family members are observant of the Sabbath and keeping kosher, we do not allow religion to get in the way of maintaining our family connection and we respect one another. For example, we either bring our own, kosher food or it is provided for us or we eat out together in a kosher restaurant. When our families get together out of town or over the weekend, we make special arrangements to spend the Sabbath nearby (because we do not travel on the Sabbath).
We have many, local close friends and a few family members who have offered to help us with child care if needed.
All we need is the child to become a family in a loving, kosher home!
SHOSHANA EARNED TWO MASTER'S DEGREES IN SOCIAL WORK AND MUSIC THERAPY. SHE WORKS AS A SOCIAL WORKER IN HOME CARE AND AS A MUSIC THERAPIST PRIMARILY WITH THE ELDERLY AND DEMENTIA POPULATIONS. SHE ENTERTAINS IN NURSING HOMES AND TEACHES PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS FOR PIANO, KEYBOARD, GUITAR, FLUTE, AND VIOLIN. SHOSHANA ALSO STUDIED VOICE. FORMERLY, SHOSHANA ALSO WORKED AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER, COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR, AND RECREATION LEADER IN NURSING HOMES.
ORGANIC, HEALTHY FOOD KEEPS SHOSHANA STRONG, HEALTHY, AND ENERGIZED! SHOSHANA ENJOYS COOKING HEALTHY FOOD! NOTE: WE ARE NOT ENDORSING ANY PRODUCTS HERE!
BORUCH'S FORMER COMPETITION!!
SHOSHANA LOVES TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE PEOPLE TO BE THEIR BEST!
Boruch in Hebrew means "blessed." Boruch is blessed with 4 children and to be Shoshana's husband. His adult daughter is married with 2 young children in the Southwest. His 3 teenage sons live nearby and visit. Boruch grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, NY and also lived in Los Angeles and in Arizona. Besides being the family techhy, he's also Mr. Fix It. He enjoys "tinkering." He currently works in sales for an electronics company and had his own computer software business. He is very conscientious about arriving to work--and anywhere--punctually and even early! Boruch has a PERFECT attendance record at work! He is very responsible about his job! Boruch earned his Master's degree in business (MBA). His interests include politics, current events, movies, educational videos, and learning Torah. He likes to think about philosophical questions like "What is my purpose? and "Am I doing the right thing?" and discuss them with his rabbi. He became interested in Orthodox Judaism (keeping kosher and the Sabbath and other Torah laws) about 25 years ago. His favorite color is PINK--although he is a real man! Boruch is a concrete type of thinker and planner although, as you can see from the photos, he has a goofy side. When he holds other people's young kids on his lap, it also brings out his playful side!
Boruch has a tie collection of about 75+ ties, including cartoon characters. He is known at work for his wacky ties which keep him and his coworkers in a cheery mood at work! The red tie with "Love" on it (second from the right side) was the one that he wore when he first saw and was not yet introduced to Shoshana-- unknowingly, Divinely choreographed!
Boruch likes to call himself a tech evangelist. That doesn't mean anything religious, but, rather, that he is tech savvy and likes anything with electronics like the computer and cell phone. He's really good at fixing computer issues, making amateur videos, and navigating the computer.