My favorite Jewish value is "Tikkun Olam" -- repairing the world and making it a better place. Here in my studio, we are deeply committed to this concept and here is how we give back.
In 2017, we were living in Houston, Texas when Hurricane Harvey struck. We had to evacuate our kids on kayaks when the flood waters were about to enter our home. Luckily for us, the rain let up at the last second and the water receded just enough to spare our house. Most of our friends were not so lucky.
After the hurricane, we packed up and moved to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, to be closer to our extended family. Unfortunately, we arrived just in time for the North Bay fires, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Sonoma and Napa counties, our close neighbors.
In the aftermath of these two disasters, I got to thinking about how I could help. I decided to offer to replace ketubahs for anyone who lost theirs in any recent natural disaster. To this day, I have replaced ketubahs for folks in 4 cities, in 3 states and I am still going. If you know of anyone who lost their ketubah in a catastrophe, please put them in touch with me. It gives me so much joy to be able to help our community in this meaningful and unique way.