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Chana Gittle Deray

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Chana Gittle Deray is an inspirational speaker and author best known for her warm humor with a strong purpose. Her first book, Kugel Chaos and Unconditional Love , is a humorous collection of stories on family life, marriage, growth, female empowerment, gratitude and faith. She is also the founder of Woman2Woman Toastmasters.
I’m not sure people comprehend how peaceful a place Pittsburgh is. I was once on my way to the dentist, which is actually at the corner where the Tree of Life Synagogue stands. It's a very busy corner where two of the main streets in Squirrel Hill meet. T...
I wanted to comfort her, to give her hope and let her know that this is how it starts sometimes.
I decided that whatever was done in my husband’s home to yield such strength, we would do in ours. So when he said, “I want to keep kosher and Shabbat”—traditions many European Jews keep—I replied, “Show me what to do.”
After years of watching these and other animated, enthusiastic rabbis, with their interesting and industrious ways of approaching holidays—and every day, for that matter—I have learned that sometimes it’s me who is missing a tune.
Each time she came for the Seder, I would breathe deeply, wondering why she came back.
As I gracefully explained to the babysitter why there were 500 pounds of manure in the back of my van, I needed to remember how blessed I was.
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