About the Author


Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell is the co-director of the Koby Mandell Foundation which runs programs for bereaved families including Camp Koby. She is the author of the Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration and The Blessing of a Broken Heart which won a National Jewish Book Award and has been made into a play. She is a frequent lecturer on healing and resilience. To be in touch please contact her at sherrimandell@gmail.com


My Broken Ankle

Despite everything I’ve gone through, this is a big deal to me. I’m a wimp and I’m terrified.

The Road to Resilience

After the murder of our son Koby I have been shattered -- and I have been rebuilt.

Rabbi Akiva’s Parenting Tip

The secret is gentle dripping water.

Celebrate Life

An open letter to Eva Sandler who lost her husband and two sons in the Toulouse terrorist attack.

A Mother’s Pain

The price of allowing murderers to go free.

Spiritual Ecology

Everything in the world has the capacity to serve a higher purpose, even mice.

My Mom

My mother blessed me with the ability to say amen to both life and death.

The Cry of the Shofar

From the narrow opening of the shofar, comes the wide expanse of relief.

Rosh Hashanah: Making Room for God

It is when we are broken that we recognize God as our true home.

Meeting Paul McCartney

There is always a different way of seeing.

Grieving for Mumbai

Perspectives from the mother of a terror victim.

Lost & Found

If I don't give up hope of finding something, it still belongs to me.

The Jeep

After terrorists murder a family member.

Helping Kids Recover

You never return to who you were after terror rattles your world; you become somebody else.

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

After terrorists murder her son, a grieving mother journeys back towards life and faith.

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