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…

Our First Home-Hosted Shabbat

The other weekend, I left home for a Modern Orthodox home. I don’t like overstating things, but this experience was unforgettable and life changing – and that is not an overstatement in any way. I was very excited to experience and learn about Orthodox Judaism. Despite my efforts not to, I had many preconceived notions…

Shabbat with Shep

A great deal of our Jewish education comes through living in one of the most prosperous and vibrant Jewish communities on earth, experiencing services, cultural attractions, and knowledge from all different angles of Judaism. We at Tzedek America get all that and more, as most Tuesdays, all-star Jewish educators and voices find their way to…

Fun Times With Tzedek America

The last couple of weeks we have done many fun actives as a group, but one that I enjoyed particularly was when we went snow tubing. When we arrived, we were greeted with a beautiful design of lights and fake snow. We all waited in line, and though I didn’t want to go down the…

An Evening with AJWS

Last Thursday,  AJWS, American Jewish World Service,  invited every Tzedek American to hear an impressive panel of documentary filmmakers along with other adults in their 20s and 30s. We walked into the beautiful WME entertainment building in  Beverly Hills. We all mingled and felt much older than eighteen and nineteen years old. Every person I…

Visit to Union Rescue Mission

There’s a pretty credible thesis that says we have more in common with people who grow up as affluent as we we do with people who grow up near us. In other words, I have more in common with someone economically identical to me halfway across the world than I do with people from different…

Volunteering with NewGround

The other night three of us went to volunteer for an exciting storytelling event at the Pico Union Project put on by NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish partnership. I was very excited to have the opportunity to volunteer for such a special organization. We arrived well before the event started to help set up. Leaflets were folded…