Home Stay at Leo Baeck Temple

The other week I joined a Reform family for Shabbat and Yom Limmud at Leo Baeck Temple. As always, it was very nice to learn about the various Jewish traditions. We drove to a modern house on the top of a hill overlooking Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. Our kind hosts, Toni, Marc, and…

The Big Bang Theory

  A couple of weeks ago, we got the chance to see a live taping of the Big Bang Theory! I was thrilled! This show has always been something close to me because it was the first television series that I watched as a teenager that showed me funny and smart women. When we arrived, we all…

The Youth Count

The Youth Count was an engaging and helpful way for us to get involved in combating homelessness in Los Angeles. Through an initiative orchestrated by Safe Place for Youth, or “S.P.Y.”, we helped to survey homeless youth in the Venice area so that SPY and other organizations could better distribute funds and resources. After a…

Amazing Site Visits

Although every site visit enhances my experience as a Tzedek America Fellow, it is rare that two site visits in a row are so pertinent to each other. Two site visits. Two afternoons that further allowed me to see that where you are born, who you are, can vastly alter the path you walk in…

A Reflection on Phoenix

The other week we travelled to Phoenix, AZ. This was a very moving and transformative experience for us. On the first day, we woke up early to serve breakfast at St. Vincent De Paul. Afterwards, we headed to a Yaqui reservation and had the privilege to teach English to a family from the Congo. They had been…

Fun with Fellows

After a relaxing winter break, moving back into the Tzedek America house has been a breeze. I have enjoyed the busy first few days back at the program. It was very nice to celebrate Shabbat together for the first time in a while. On Saturday morning, we prayed with our feet and headed downtown for…

An Evening With Avram

For one of our learnings, Avarm discussed with us the idea of G-d. We all shared our thoughts on the subject and dug deeper into why we believe in what we do. When it got to be my turn, I explained to the group that I was an atheist. That I believed in a higher…

SHARE and Worthy of Love

On Friday, January 20th, we were treated to a tour of another one of LA’s most outstanding non-profit organizations, SHARE. SHARE is an organization that provides important self-help and counseling services to addicts and those struggling with personal issues that require outside guidance. The staff was happy to show us around the facility and explain…

The Women’s March

As a Chicago native, many of my family members and friends made the journey to D.C. for The Women’s March by plane and bus. I was torn between two cities, whether to march on Washington or return to L.A for the first weekend of Tzedek America after Winter break. I settled on returning with the…