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Mistakes to Miracles: How Lori’s Birthmother Journey Can Change the Jewish World

About seven years ago, Lori Prashker-Thomas responded to my article on She was touched deeply by SHIFRA’s work to help Jewish women with unplanned pregnancy crises. Lori revealed this issue
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New Year, New Name!

Mazel Tov!  New Year, New Name! From now on, you can call us SHIFRA. While our legal entity remains In Shifra’s Arms, now we are doing business as SHIFRA Why?  We want to
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In Memorial: Fraida Nathan
Written by Erica Pelman, Founder of SHIFRA

Fraida Nathan June 12 1954 – October 29, 2022   I am heartbroken to announce the loss of our dear colleague and friend, Fraida Nathan, this past Saturday night. We
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Vulnerable Women Considering Abortion Need Compassion, Not Lectures

It’s been two years since her abortion, but Lilah* is still grieving. After seeing an article about In Shifra’s Arms (ISA), her husband Benny emails me, desperate for help. In
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During Her Pregnancy Crisis, Don’t Stand Idly By

Vulnerable pregnant Jewish women need more than rhetoric. “I don’t feel comfortable with abortion at all,” Dara*, who was nine weeks pregnant, told me explicitly in our first conversation. I
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Two pregnant women standing back-to-back cradling their bumps

Don’t stand idly by during her pregnancy crisis

“This article was first published by on June 23, 2022.  We are so grateful for their support.” “I don’t feel comfortable with abortion at all,” Dara*, who was nine
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