One of the things I’ve valued most about my move to Seattle is my ability to work in a field where I’m increasing the presence of women fields where they’re wildly underrepresented, and I love seeing organizations pop up with that same goal at the heart of their mission. Derech Emunah, an all-girls school in Georgetown, is doing just that for young Jewish women in Seattle by providing our community with individualized, interdisciplinary education that encourages girls to connect their studies – both in Judaics and general curriculum. For more information on how they’re doing it, check out my latest article on The Jewish Sound!
In June 2013, I wrote about Devorah Kornfeld’s ascension to Head of School for Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder (MMSC). A year and a half later, I have another piece up about MMSC as part of our round-up of Jewish schools in Seattle. Check out my piece to learn more about MMSC’s programs and cozy family feel.
World-renowned Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda is coming to Seattle this weekend! You’ve heard everyone’s favorite Chanukah song, “Ocho Kandelikas,” right? That’s her.
I had the opportunity to talk to Flory about her career in music, her experience escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, and her hopes for the future of Sephardic culture. You can check out my piece at the link below.
Yet another reason why I love living in Seattle: A group of parents, with the help of the Kavana Cooperative, are starting up an after-school program designed to take Jewish education and engagement to the next level! More than just your typical Hebrew school, Shorashim serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade, and seeks to create a fun, camp-like atmosphere where students can learn about and, most importantly, interact with their faith and culture. Check out my article, and visit the link at the bottom to give to their fundraiser on IndieGogo so they can get this program off the ground!
Local retired engineer Phil Gerson will be hosting a workshop series this spring for fellow men in their golden years. His goal? To challenge men to talk about their feelings, understand their place in the world, and get back to a more authentic version of themselves. For more information, check out my piece:
The Jewish Sound (formerly JTNews) has my latest article up today, on David Chivo and his new role as the North America Director for Beit Hatfutsot. David was a pleasure to speak with, as always (I previously interviewed him for my article on the Wexner Foundation Heritage Program), and is incredibly excited about bringing all that Beit Hatfutsot has to offer to the global Jewish community – including those of us who live in Seattle! Personally, I can’t wait to see the results of all his hard work.
Alice C. Gray is a local artist who has produced phenomenal paintings based on her experiences in Russia’s Far East in the summer of 2011. She has an exhibit going on now at the University of Washington Hillel, and I had the chance to speak with her about her trip and her art. Check it out!