GUATEMALA: A Photo Essay

Purim at Adat Israel our first night in Guatemala. Visiting the ancient Mayan city of Iximche. Ziplining at Lake Atitlan! Our hike up to Concepcion outside of Panajachel. Town hopping on Lake Atitlan by boat! Our day in San Juan La Laguna. We visited La Voz Organic Coffee Collective and Casa Flor Ixcaco Women’s Weaving…

Watching my Bosses get Arrested for the Cause

The past few weeks at CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) have been great. I have been able to work on job skills such as time management that I will benefit from in college and the future. But it has also taught me many lessons on how to be an activist and ways…

GUATEMALA: Our time with the Jewish Communities in Guatemala

One of the most pleasantly surprising parts of our trip to Guatemala was our visit to Adat Israel, a reform synagogue just over ten years old with around six families. To our luck, our visit happened to align with Purim. Adat Israel proved you don’t need a huge and rich congregation to have a fantastic…

My Time with the Talk Project

This year, I have had the privilege to attend some Talk Project meetings. The Talk Project is a program of the Los Angeles Branch of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) aimed at encouraging and destigmatizing the discussion of stopping sexual violence on high school campuses. On a Wednesday night, I joined the NCJW and…

Dinner at the Alexandria House

On Monday, May 1st, we set our collective record for most people fed with one meal at around twenty five. We cooked the meal for the women and children of Alexandria house, one of our community parters. Alexandria house is a transitional shelter in Koreatown for women and children who are in the process of…

Thoughts on our trip to the Mikveh

Most Reform Jews I know don’t consider a Mikveh part of their daily lives. The whole concept was certainly a mystery to me growing up, however complex my current feelings are surrounding the tradition. Such essential parts of my Jewish identity stem from values I learned in my Reform synogauge. My parents, Rabbis, and most…

Peter Yarrow & Nahko – A Concert of Unity And Restorative Justice

On Monday night, Tzedek America got the chance to go to Pico Union Project for a concert with Peter Yarrow, in unity and restorative justice for Standing Rock. Going in, I couldn’t have been more excited, my Dad had brought me up on Peter Yarrow’s songs, my favorite being “Light One Candle.” It was remarkable…