How are the trends in our lifestyle really shifting? Join Sara Eisemann and her guests to discuss the cultural shifts of the major themes in our lives. Covering topics like dating, tablescaping, career planning, supporting married children, and more, MakeShift focuses on the issues you really want to know about.

Sara Eisemann, LMSW, ACSW is a clinical therapist who resides in Oak Park, Michigan. She received her Master’s in Social Work at Wayne State University over 30 years ago. Sara practiced individual, group, and marital therapy at Jewish Family Service of Detroit where she developed a passion for human dignity as a member of Windows, the domestic violence prevention program at JFS. She then went on to private practice at the Birmingham-Maple Clinic.

Sara has always had a strong interest in women’s issues. She is a trained Core Mentor as well as a certified dating coach. Sara is a lecturer on topics of Torah, authenticity, and relationships, as well as the author of Match Quest, a dating advice column in Mishpacha magazine. She is a proud wife, mother, grandmother, and community member, and is a passionate advocate of living an authentic, connected life.

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July 13, 2023

How can you be supportive without being responsible? Do we see our married children as real people? And when you marry off a child, does that mean one less child or one new family to be mechanech?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara sits down with Dina Friedman as they discuss changes in how parents today view their relationship with their married children, and how the desire to make your child’s life easier than yours was changes the parent-child relationship.

June 20, 2023

How much has social media speak infiltrated your real life? Are we using phrases so often that we don’t think about what they really mean? How does that affect us? Does saying you’re triggered give you a free pass over controlling your reactions? Is it fair to tell someone your holding space for them without actually doing the work?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara talks with Rebbetzin Yehudis Golshevsky about the impact our words have on us, and encourages us to rethink how we respect our power of speech.

May 24, 2023

If AI is going to steal your job, is it a job worth stealing?
Is it true that once the kids are older, you’ll have more flexibility to work traditional hours? How do various frum communities approach their outlook on work differently? And is it still a good idea to get a Master’s degree when girls straight out of high school are getting a starting salary of 35 dollars an hour?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara and Shaina Keren discuss a contemporary view on careers, employment, and reentering the workforce. They discuss the explosion of technology and information and how it impacts your ability to do your job well.

May 02, 2023

Is getting the ugly stereotypes out in the open the best way to expose the truth?
How can you impact hundreds of students when you only have a limited time with them? Whether or not you can prove that the Torah is true is a very interesting discussion, but does it need to be relevant to make waves in kiruv?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara and Miriam Kosman examine the way we’ve done outreach over the last few decades, and discuss how our approach to many things, including kiruv, has shifted from the masculine to the feminine. They talk about whether students’ attention spans and levels of intelligence are different than it was 30 years ago, and how to maintain a connection even when using a hierarchical approach to teaching. How can you impact hundreds of students when you only have a limited time with them? Whether or not you can prove that the Torah is true is a very interesting discussion, but does it need to be relevant to make waves in kiruv?

March 28, 2023

How much effort are you putting in to prove to yourself that you’re a balabusta?
How has our definition of healthy eating changed? Why do we feel more pressure than ever before? And is a counter cake considered a dessert?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara and Chanie Nayman discuss the emphasis we put on having the perfect table, and the pressure frum women are under to serve elaborate meals and lead magazine-ready lives. They discuss the need to live more authentic lives, and the power of food to set the tone in the home and connect us to our past.

March 09, 2023

Sara Eisemann wears a lot of hats: therapist, mentor, dating coach, and, of course, a columnist for Family First. So she sees and hears a lot about people’s lives. 

In this series, Sara explores some of the shifting trends in our culture and lifestyle with the people on the ground who are experiencing them firsthand, to break down what is driving the shifts, and how we can adapt to the changing landscape while staying focused on our shared goals and values. 

March 09, 2023

Why do single people need dating coaches anyway?
How does living in the digital age impact the choices of young daters? What level of hesitation or concern is normal?

In this episode of MakeShift, Sara and Rochel Goldbaum explore the changes in dating trends and discuss why so many daters, especially girls, are turning to coaches to help make their decisions. They also talk about some of the most prevalent dating problems in this generation and ways to be a smarter dater.