Happy Monday and day after Mother’s Day! However you spent your time yesterday – hanging out with your mom, your kids, or your friends, or just celebrating the beautiful May Sunday, we hope it was spectacular. To help ease you back into the week, here is your dose of inspiring posts (including a couple mom-focused stories) from around the web.

  • The Huffington Post shared a Q&A with philanthropist and humanitarian-extraordinaire, Melinda Gates, where she muses about the importance of her mom (and other strong women role models) in her own life, and what’s going on in the field of maternal healthcare across the world.
  • The JTA included an op-ed calling to elevate more female rabbis into leadership roles – and to celebrate the distinct gifts and perspectives women rabbis have brought to Jewish tradition.
  • eJewish Philanthropy reports that The Shalem Center in Jerusalem received a generous matching grant to establish Israel’s first liberal arts college – one focused on learning, service, and leadership.
  • The Forward and Southern Jewish Life magazine both included coverage about the ongoing tornado clean-up in Alabama (and elsewhere in the South), and how Jewish groups are stepping in to help.
  • Jspot, the blog by Repair the World grantee-partner, Jewish Funds for Justice, featured a video of a recent flash mob in New York City, promoting workers’ rights.