Bassi Gruen

Managing Editor, Family First

Bassi Gruen is the managing editor of Family First. She plans the magazine’s content, conceptualizes columns, assigns articles, reviews submissions, and works with writers, editors, proofreaders, and graphic artists. She enjoys both the craft and the process of creating the magazine, and loves being part of a global family of thinking Jewish women.

Bassi was previously the editorial director of Targum Press. In addition to her editing work, Bassi has published hundreds of articles for a variety of publications, and wrote “A Mother’s Musings” (ArtScroll, 2008). A licensed social worker, Bassi worked as a therapist for several years before moving from listening to people’s stories to writing about them.

When she’s not working or experimenting in the kitchen, Bassi enjoys playing board games and hiking with her husband and children, because, after all —family first.


Hindsight Is 2020
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Hindsight Is 2020
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The past decade has multiplied the number of balls we mothers are trying to keep in the air
Family First Editor's Letter
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
When you’ve been living in Eretz Yisrael for years, it’s too easy to forget that every place you go is steeped in history
Dear Readers
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
I'm already imagining the letters we'll get in response to this week's cover story
Monday, May 08, 2017
Because we’re choosing to raise our family slightly differently than my parents did theirs, they don’t accept our choices. ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
It’s extremely awkward for me to write this question to a women’s magazine, but for various reasons, I can’t go for ...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Ninety percent of the time, my mother-in-law and I get along wonderfully. It’s the other ten percent of the time that’s ...
Thursday, October 27, 2016
My husband and I have very different parenting styles. I believe in the 80/20 approach; he believes in authority – peri ...