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.


Family First Editor's Letter
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Family First Editor's Letter
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
While working on our “Impressions” theme, I found myself thinking about that cholent
Family First Editor's Letter
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Every loss bring sadness, every change requires a response
Family First Editor's Letter
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Two weeks ago, Ahava penned these words: “Saadya, you are the most positive person who ever walked the face of this earth"
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
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 ...