Judy Horwitz Goodman was an outstanding competitive runner who opted not to train or race on Shabbat. She completed a year of national service in Israel and went on to earn her BA and MA in English Literature from Bar Ilan University. Judy is co-author of the recently published book (Diversion Books), The Jewish Jordans Triple Threat, and is the director of marketing and operations for Coolanu Israel Charity. Judy is a mother of four kids; in her sparse free time she enjoys running, reading, writing and cooking.
Amidst the recent violent protests in Israel by Ethiopian immigrants to the Jewish State who are protesting against inequality, poverty, and police brutality, it is easy to read and watch the media…reports and come to the conclusion that the situation is black and white. Like most areas of life, there are a lot of shades of grey in between--but these more subdued intermediate shades usually do not get the attention they merit. Several months ago, I was hired as a freelancer to write English content for… >> Read More
For the past few weeks, at school drop off, I have tried to disengage from my red-faced, hysterically crying and clinging children. My kids have never been those happy-go-lucky kids who skip into…school, but the intensity of our morning separations has hit a new extreme this year. There is a reasonable explanation for our tearful new reality--we recently moved across the world from familiar Cleveland, Ohio, to our new home in the ancient city of Jerusalem. We are thrilled to be living in the city of our… >> Read More
The memories from last Sukkot are still painful. I recall hobbling into my family’s sukkah on the first night of the holiday, desperately trying to avoid putting pressure on my tender right ankle…which I had sprained just a few weeks earlier. As the holiday of Sukkot, uniquely referred to as the “time of our joy,” was about to begin, I was not feeling particularly joyous. I was actually feeling pretty dismal and not just because of the ache in my ankle. I have been an avid runner… >> Read More
A few days ago I was busy in my kitchen preparing a double batch of honey cakes for the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In between measuring out cups of honey, sugar, and flour, I found…myself thinking about the traditional blessing for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year that Jews around the world wish each other in the weeks and days leading up to the holiday. Mostly, I rattle off the words without much deeper thought as to what I am actually saying. Naturally I want my loved ones… >> Read More