"Oy Vey!" The Book

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"Oy Vey!" The BookOy Vey! Isn't a Strategy


What if you had a personal coach in your back pocket, ready to help you navigate the inevitable oy veys that pop up in work and life?

Now you do. In her book, “Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success,” professional coach, speaker and writer Deborah Grayson Riegel offers practical, insightful and applicable tips and tools - along with a generous sprinkling of Jewish wisdom - to use at work and at home.

Perfect for staff, board, leadership and community events.


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What People Are Saying


"What happens when you combine years of coaching experience with psychological insights, stand-up comedy, and Torah wisdom? Don't ask! Just read Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy, Deborah Grayson Riegel's wonderfully practical book about what it take to be successful at work and at life."

Ron Ashkenas
Senior Partner, Schaffer Consulting and author of Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done.


"Deborah Grayson Riegel's book Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy is a witty, fresh, and insightful collection of wisdom. The easy reading allows the teachings to enter one's heart by circumventing our defense mechanisms. Deborah is a master at being uplifting and enriching without being preachy. Oy Vey! will definitely enhance life."

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Author of Kosher Jesus, 10 Conversations You Need to Have With Yourself, and The Kosher Sutra


"Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy is a delightful and accessible read. A blend of common sense, careful quotation, fresh insight, and interactive exercises, this book will make readers think about their personal lives, relationships, and professional challenges. Doing the exercises that occur frequently throughout the book helps to internalize insights, apply them, and reshape your daily living. Riegel's expertise as a life coach and her love of Judaism are evident on every page."

David Teutsch, Ph.D.
Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Author of A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award.


"Wisdom doesn't have to be pompous or preachy. In fact, true wisdom is like an M&M™—smooth, sweet, and satisfying. Deborah Grayson Riegel is wise (and smart), funny (and insightful). She opens life's possibilities while making us smile at the same time. You will emerge from this book a better person!"

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Vice President, Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair American Jewish University Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Los Angeles


"A spiritual guide and life coach all within the pages of a book. This volume is simultaneously witty and profound, provoking and directive. It is the equivalent of the Sinai desert experience but specifically designed to meet the challenges of everyday living."

Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky
Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute, New York, and author most recently of Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Relections on Gratitude and Joy for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom


"Deborah has created a practical work that is infused with humor, lightness and directly useful ideas to support navigating in today's busy world. From more deeply accessing our individual gifts and paying more defined attention to others, to getting things done more effectively with enhanced perspectives, her wit and charming use of language bring this book to life. Deborah's stories are a delight and serve to anchor the principles she outlines. Not only a practical book, with excellent exercises throughout, it is a fun read!"

Pamela Richarde, MA, MCC
Chief Coaching Advocate, Coaching Out of the Box, Past President, International Coach Federation


"A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down and that's never been more true than in Oy Vey! This book will help you get what you want from work and life, and Deborah Grayson Riegel's stories and sense of humor make the read not only useful but tremendously enjoyable as well."

Peter Bregman
Author, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done


"A fabulous collection of heartfelt, authentic, and very personal stories woven into a tapestry of deep learning and practical application. The perfect read for anyone who needs a coach (or who is a coach) and wants to develop themselves or their organizations—and have fun at the same time!"

Garry Schleifer, PCC, CMC
Publisher choice, the magazine of professional coaching www.choice-online.com


"Combining wisdom from the worlds of business and Torah, along with her own wonderful stories and the tools to put it all into practice, this book embodies the rabbinic teaching that doing is even more fundamental than learning. We need them both, but especially when the latter helps with the former, as this book surely does."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
President, CLAL —The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership


"Clever, relatable, insightful, funny—this book is a keeper you'll read over and over again."

Laura Berman Fortgang
Author of Living Your Best Life and The Prosperity Plan


"Oh, wow for Oy Vey! Deborah offers readers a beneficial and sometimes sobering look in the mirror—like a fire hydrant filled with chocolate—to help us get rid of self-imposed barriers to extraordinary success. And she does it with humor, sass, and vivid stories! A great read that could change how you work forever."

Lisa Haneberg
Business Author and Blogger, and author of High Impact Middle Management


"I recently met with my friend Deborah Grayson Riegel. She is a business coach and her book Oy Vey! is coming out in May. I love reading Deborah's blog which is about business and life strategies with a Jewish message. It made me think how great it would be for Metroimma's if we committed to teaching our kids some if these important strategies for dealing with stress. Just like in business Oy Vey! is Not a Strategy for parenting..."

Jodi Samuels
Marketing Consultant and MetroImma Blogger