Harmony & Synergy

From My Life to Yours ~ Let's Build Some Bridges!

The “Simple” Stuff

Hi!  I’m Andrea Grinberg, born as Andrea Esther Herzog, and my Hebrew name is Chana Esther bat Yitzhak/Nadiva.  My brother calls me An, my dad calls me Aya and my grandma calls me Andi.  You can call me Andrea.

I’m was born and raised in Toronto, Canada… in the city, not the suburbs.

From 2009 until my marriage in 2011, I lived in Jerusalem, Israel.  I am a dual citizen in both Canada and Israel because I made aliyah.  I have loved ones all over the world and fantasize about all of us living close by, in the one place that I know is my home: Jerusalem.

I’m a observant Jew, and since I didn’t grow up that way so I’d called a “ba’alat teshuva”.

My husband and I met and got married in Jerusalem, and are currently living in Chicago while he completes his master’s degree.  He plays the violin.  He is my best friend, soul mate, and helps me grow every day.

We have a kitty named Ruti who we rescued from the streets of Jerusalem.  She is hilarious.

I play the cello.  Quite seriously.  If you want to read more about this, see my cello biography.

I truly love techno/trance/dance music.  This often gets an eyebrow raise from my classical music friends, but I see the two genres as completely connected.

I’m pretty nerdy.  I read a lot and am always up for a good conversation about metaphysics or halacha.  I like Star Trek and Star Wars… it’s deep stuff!  I’m pretty active and bike to work daily.  Whenever I can, I get myself around on my own two feet instead of driving/transit.  I also love to run.

I am an environmentalist.  I’m told that I smile a lot, which makes me smile.  I am left handed and have perfect pitch… which is funny because I also was born with some hearing loss.  I really enjoy cooking creatively and I drink a lot of tea.

I initially started this website as a blog, but then realized that I since I have so many interests, I should organize them all into sections… so voila website!  I’m curious and really excited to see where this whole thing goes.  Thank you for reading!


  1. I wanted to “like” this, but I can’t. So “like”…. maybe, more so, “love’. = ) Shabbat Shalom!

  2. ingrid

    great read You , you such a cute soul you seems be pretty humble may Almighty Gd bless You n protect You always!

  3. Just found your website on a tip off from Rifka Malka. I’m really looking forward to reading it properly. I love your tichel ties – I thought I was the only person who did the braid/crown! I certainly am round here – good to see there are others out there.

    • It’s so nice to know that you are out there too! I’m glad you found me :)

  4. Ruth

    Thank you Andrea! I am trying to slowly wean off my sheitel as like you, I just feel more ‘me’ in scarves. I came by your tutorials by accident and glad I did! They are fantastic and inspirational and I am more excited than ever to start experimenting with different styles. Ruth – London, England :)

    • So glad that you found the site and are covering your hair in a way that makes you feel more “you”. Would love to see some photos of your creations if you ever get the chance!

  5. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your tichel-tying videos. I’m not Jewish but my Mum is about to have chemotherapy and was very upset at the idea of losing her hair, especially since the ‘cancer scarves’ are really frumpy-looking. It seems such a small thing to be bothered by, but somehow it’s even worse to feel ugly as well as ill and frightened. Thank you so much for showing her that headscarves can be beautiful and stylish, and that even without her hair she can look feminine and lovely.

  6. We have so much in common, I want to be your neighbor! {laugh} I love to read, enjoy history & science shows and love manga. I only recently started to explore cooking with more vegetables (vegetarian and even vegan cooking – but I’m not really either of those). I craft a lot, it’s my passion and I do have a wee blog for it. Do you do any crafting yourself?

    • I currently don’t have the space or supplies for crafting… so wrapping scarves and playing the cello are my outlets! Definitely something I want to explore more in the future, however.

  7. What an interesting and diverse website!

  8. Are you coming back to Israel when he’s done with his degree?

  9. I am also left handed, but don’t have perfect pitch, as far as I know…glad I found your page and website.

  10. Rachel Fried

    I love your blog and your wrapunzel site! I’m inspired by your use of color and your genuinity :)
    I’m a jewish mother in the New Jersey area. Not sure if you still check these comments but… I was looking back at this post for a specific purpose. My oldest child is a 10 year old girl and very similar to you she is left handed (ambidextrous for some things) AND has slight hearing loss (we discovered at about 7 or 8 yrs old) AND just recently, which is a whole story on its own, discovered she has perfect pitch or very close to it.
    She has been playing piano for almost 3 years and I was just interested in ‘picking your brain’ about your own experience and maybe some insight into how to guide my daughter.
    I would love to hear back from you!
    Thank you
    Rachel F

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