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Lia Goldfarb

There are some things in Lia’s life that she finds so irritating that they’re actually funny – like “honor roll” bumper stickers, doctor’s office waiting rooms, and the font “Curlz MT.” And then there are other things that make her really happy – like frozen meals from her mom, unique kitchen gadgets, and a website that keeps track of which TV episodes she’s watched. Sometimes funny, sometimes sentimental, Lia uses her love of writing to attempt to make a tiny difference in the world – or at least make you chuckle.

Lia works as the Membership and Communications Director at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Ill. On the weekends, she focuses her energy as a co-founder and committee member of Windy City Minyan, an independent minyan for 20- and 30-somethings in the Lakeview area. She also tutors bar/bat mitzvah students.

Lia grew up in Lincolnwood, Ill., graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Journalism and a minor in Hebrew Studies, and graduated from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership with a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies.

In her free time (a rare, lovely gift), Lia maintains a weekly blog at She likes to bake (ask her for her chocolate peanut butter oreo mousse cake recipe), listen to audio books while driving to work, take pictures, do touristy activities in her beloved city of Chicago, and spend time with family and friends.

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Candlestick holder designers photo
It has taken us many years, but my husband and I finally bought Shabbat candlestick holders. They are absolutely perfect -- except for one thing.
Lia and Adam Western Wall

The ups and downs of our flights to and from Tel Aviv reminded me that airlines and airports are very special places, where people tolerate much more than they would in the real world.

Dear Everyone, Sorry for Lying to You photo
Three-plus months is a long time to be a liar. Of course, the lying was for a good cause. I’m pregnant!
Why Stars Hollow is the Best Jewish Community Ever photo

Re-watching Gilmore Girls in anticipation of the Netflix revival has reminded me how “Jewish” this show actually is.

Stolen Mezuzot photo
About a year ago, while at work, I received a text message from my friend Alyssa. She asked if my mezuzah was still on my door that morning.
Not Throwing Away His Shot photo
An interview with my friend during his three-day wait to see ‘Hamilton’ in New York
Thank You to My Really Old Gym Shoes photo
A few weeks ago, a ridiculous thought occurred to me. I could not remember the last time I bought new gym shoes.

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