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October 30, 2018
It is so hard to wrap my mind about the horror of what happened in Pittsburgh. How fortunate I am to have been raised in time and place in which my life has not been affected by anti-Semitism – at least not in any kind of tangible way. Unlike my parents and grandparents, I did not have to think about my Jewishness when I applied for jobs or when I decided what schools to attend – and I never thought twice about safety attending Jewish events and services. The horror of this act of terrorism is a reminder of the fragility of Jewish survival in the Diaspora. It hurts to know that this kind of blind hatred is just below our society’s surface, so easily awakened and brought to action by the hateful moment we are living through. But living we are – we will outlive the monsters and the haters, because we are strong and we survive. And we will never forget the victims, may their memories always be a blessing. If you would like to order a copy of this painting, I will be donating all proceeds to HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). The Tree of Life Synagogue was targeted because of the congregation's support for immigrants and refugees. HIAS is the organization that helped my parents and I come to the United States as Refugees from the Soviet Union in 1989. You can order your art here.
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May 29, 2019
I was the only non-English speaking kid in my second-grade class, until, three months later, a red-headed boy appeared in the classroom doorway, with the deer-in-the-headlights look immediately recognizable to fellow immigrant children everywhere. Twenty-four years later, I had the pleasure of making a custom ketubah for Yan and his beautiful wife, Jessica.
May 16, 2019
He knew she was the one when she was able to pick up on all his pop culture and sci-fi references. For her, it was when he started talking about how much he cared for his family, which includes his pets.