The new hockey season was about to begin. But in between juggling new schools and getting through the High Holidays, I had misplaced the game schedule.
So I popped into the rink’s office to…grab a new copy. There was no one there, however, so I settled in to wait. After about five minutes, the hockey administrator rushed in, breathless. “Getting a new passport in my town is the worst,” she said, by way of explanation. “I went to the post office and one of those Jews with twenty… >> Read More
Michaela Weinstein, 16, loved her hometown of Albany, California. It was small enough that she could walk to her friends’ homes and recognize all her neighbors, yet large enough that she could…always discover something new. But then, two years ago, Albany became the epicenter of a civil rights storm. Michaela was just a first-year at Albany High School when a series of racist, anti-Semitic, and sexist incidents happened. Like many of her classmates, Michaela was shocked and horrified — and knew that things had to change.… >> Read More
The news coming out of California is devastating. From the two wildfires ravaging the state (the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire), there are nearly 100 people dead and more than 1,000 people are still…missing. The fires' destruction have been rampant — impacting the rich and the poor alike. Nearly 1,200 structures have been destroyed from the Woolsey Fire (which is nearly contained as of this morning), and over 15,000 structures have been destroyed in the Camp Fire. The loss is incomprehensible. And yet, some hateful folks have managed… >> Read More
On a Friday night at Wendy's in Southern California, a group of senior citizens gather to celebrate Shabbat with milkshakes, fries, and chili, as is their tradition. Only this time, everything feels…quite different. Tearing up, an elderly man says, "I don't handle this sort of thing well." "It's just hard to believe that anybody can have so much hate," a woman shares. In this brief followup to Wendy's Shabbat, a heartwarming short film about a group of elderly Jews who celebrate the weekly Sabbath at a local… >> Read More
“Just be aware,” are three of the worst words one can say to a person who already runs moderately anxious, the way I do. And this phrase seems to be everywhere: parents’ groups on Facebook,…local “investigative” news reports, and neighborhood watch apps, all imploring us to increase the amount of attention we apply to virtually all of our daily activities. “Just be aware” is the slightly more innocuous cousin of “you can never be too safe.” It’s a phrase that is casual on the surface, but ultimately leaves you… >> Read More