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Jeanette Friedman founded The Wordsmithy in 1979 as a freelance editor, journalist and writer.  In the past, she served, for seven years, as editor of Together, for the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants and also managed their website. She is the New York Bureau Chief for the San Diego Jewish World, and also contributed to the electronic and print edition of The Forward, the Encyclopedia Judaica, the JDC Europe website, as well as other sites, and is a member of The Society of Professional Journalists. She currently serves as director of communications for the North American Council of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

In the early and mid-1980s,  Ms. Friedman worked as in-house writer and ad director for Tiger Beat, Right On! Lovebook  and other teen magazines, and ghost wrote, edited and authored books about New York City as an independent freelancer.

For 14 years, 1990-2004, as executive editor of the Jewish magazine for the power elite, Lifestyles,  she profiled such people of accomplishment as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Spielberg, Carl Sagan, Stephen J. Gould, Sumner Redstone, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, the Munkacser Rebbe and Robin Williams, among hundreds of other celebrities, movers and shakers.

In that capacity, Ms. Friedman was also responsible for encouraging and implementing the digitization of the publication in the early 1990′s, and was responsible for creating a stable of freelance writers, giving assignments, working with the art directors and generating all editorial material.

At The Wordsmithy, Ms. Friedman, working with her life partner, Dr. Philip Sieradski, Ph.D.,  edits and publishes books, nursing some of them from handwritten manuscript to the printed page in hardcover edition, including her own most recent book, Why Should I Care? Lessons from the Holocaust, with David Gold.

At various times,  Ms. Friedman served as consultant for the Auditory Oral School of New York, American Friends of Re’uth, The Open University of Israel and other Jewish non-profits.

She founded Second Generation North Jersey, in November 1979, to educate people about the lessons of the Holocaust. She is one of the founders of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and founder of an Internet group that exchanges information about current events, the Holocaust, character development in children and multicultural and ethnic understanding. As chairman of The Brenn Institute, she works on programs to rekindle the flames of decency and ethics among people. As a volunteer and vice-president of the America-Bosnia Cultural Foundation in the late 90’s, she worked on the goal of bringing mutli-cultural understanding to all populations and introduced the late Amb. Richard Holbrooke at the Foundation’s inaugural event in the Masonic Temple in Manhattan.

As a community activist, Ms. Friedman has made a difference in Jewish family life by calling attention to issues concerning women and children. She wrote the article, Our Dirty Little Secret is No More in the early 1990’s for the Sh’ma Journal, which put the issue of Jewish domestic violence on the front burner.


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