Sherri Mandell was born in New York and graduated from Cornell University and Colorado State University, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing. She taught writing at the University of Maryland and at Penn State before moving to Israel with her family in 1996. She is the author of Writers of the Holocaust and has written for numerous magazines and journals, including the Washington Post, the Denver Post and the Jerusalem Post. Ms. Mandell is Director of the Koby Mandell Foundation Women’s Healing Retreat for Bereaved Mothers and Widows.