3 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Plugged My Jewish Mind into Limmud JLM

Growing up I hated school. I also hated Hebrew school. Until later in life, I didn’t have positive associations with the word ‘education.’ Last week I went back to school and loved it. Along with 150 presenters (they are like the teachers) and 500 students, we gathered at Jerusalem’s Har Herzl complex for a two day celebration of informal Jewish learning known as ‘Limmud.’  This was my first Limmud and I would defiantly go back. Here are three reasons why. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Plugged My Jewish Mind into Limmud JLM”

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Searching for Solutions: Help Google’s Featured Jerusalem Peacemaker Ibrahim Abu El Hawa

I was just sitting down to a 90 second video distraction before I began my social media night-shift here in the Holy City of Jerusalem and you wont believe what happened! I was watching the Google’s Year In Search 2014 video, curious to see what Google curated for the collective zeitgeist of 2014, and 40 seconds in I saw this photo:

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Rekindling the Dream at Max Steinberg’s Funeral

Yesterday morning a friend messaged me to call him ASAP. He told me he was in touch with the IDF official who was going to meet Max Steinberg’s family at the airport. Being that Max was a lone soldier, he wanted to make sure there were people at the funeral. 10501991_10154413278585254_665037696959077546_n - Copy He asked me to do something social media wise to put out the word. So I made a Facebook event and the word spread quickly. I work in social media and it’s usually exciting when posts go viral, but as the event got bigger and bigger my heart remained heavy. I also felt a certain sense of disconnection because although I honored Max as Jew, as a lone solider who deserved the highest respect, and I recognized the huge honor I had been given to provide people information, I didn’t know him. Continue reading “Rekindling the Dream at Max Steinberg’s Funeral”

Grassroots Jerusalem: Fasting for Peace with Jews and Muslims in the Holy City

When I worked at the National Library of Israel, I found a book of photographs depicting the graffiti covering the giant concrete slabs that make up part of what is known to some as the ‘security fence’ and to others as the ‘separation wall’. In big white letters someone had spray painted ‘we are not enemies’. These words haunted me. I wanted to meet the person living on the other side of that wall who wrote that. Continue reading “Grassroots Jerusalem: Fasting for Peace with Jews and Muslims in the Holy City”

What Happened When I Realized My Date Was A Woman

I was at a poetry reading last night organized by the great people at Jerusalism.  It was a nice sized crowd with a lot of ‘earworthy’ poetry and prose. Someone asked me for a copy of one of the poems I read so I decided to turn it into a blog and share it with the world. Here it is.

 

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What Happened When I Realized My Date Was A Woman

I walked with you yesterday through the park. Continue reading “What Happened When I Realized My Date Was A Woman”