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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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April 17, 2019
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Melanie Woodrow of ABC7 News for helping spread the word about my efforts to replace ketubahs for anyone who lost theirs in the recent wildfires in California.
April 10, 2019
While some elements of the Passover story don’t quite sit right with me (Ehem, death of the firstborn), I still love the idea of a whole holiday that celebrates freedom. We kick off the holiday with the Passover Seder during which we perform rituals connected to various parts of the story. Here are 5 ideas for adding a Progressive modern twist to your family’s seder.
April 03, 2019