“Florence & Isabelle” began in October of 2013 after I was unable to find a single source on the web that featured modern style, beautiful design, delicious food, great books and art, and interesting articles from around the globe through a Jewish lens. I decided to create the kind of blog that I wanted to read.
I named the blog after my two grandmothers, Florence (my father’s mom) and Isabelle (my mother’s mom). I love the wonderful traditions these two women embodied and passed on to me. I hope to do the same for my children.
This blog represents a merger of sorts between the past and the present. It’s about doing something different, something fresh and new, something relevant to a new generation while retaining my Jewish values and keeping them at the forefront.
I’m proud to be out there blogging about Judaism in a thoroughly modern, beautiful and thoughtful way.
I spent 15 years in the book publishing business before leaving to raise my family. Florence & Isabelle is a natural extension of all that I love—family, Judaism, cooking, modern design, writing, photography, and reading. In addition to blogging, I’m thrilled also to be writing for the blogs The Kitchn, Raising Kvell, The Mid, and Maria Shriver: Powered by Inspiration.
You’ll find links to the all the articles I have written on my website: byjulielevine.com
This blog is a tribute to my grandmothers and to my community of friends and family who continually inspire me.