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Great Coping Strategies in the wake of COVID-19

Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, Customers, Clients and Colleagues, It’s times like these when I focus on the unique opportunities that I am afforded by having time at home. (If home is not a safe place for you, please click here.)  This post is dedicated to ways that you can help yourself and help others during the quarantine.   Although I…

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Honoring Women with the Shin Tree of Life

Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life has created a warm and loving community for seniors in the Sarasota Florida area.  Once per year, they hold an awards ceremony where they thank the people that make Aviva Campus for Senior Life such a great community.  This March they decided to honor four women for their dedication to Aviva with my…

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Bridging the Religious Divide though Art

Thanks to the J. Jewish News Weekly for this recent article on new pieces– the Priestly Blessing Bracelets and how they’ve helped me to connect to the Orthodox community to help bridge the religious divide. Click here to read the article. If you are interested in reading about the background story and the inspiration for the Priestly Blessing Bracelets,  check…

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Sharing the Torah at the San Francisco Waldorf High School

The 10th grade at the San Francisco Waldorf High School has an amazing 3-4 week course on Tanakh during the year long “Explorations in Early Literature” track course.   In the track course,  they learn the Ramayana, Egyptian Book of the Dead, Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia, the New Testament and more.  For Tanakh, students read passages, do pictorial representations of scenes,  learn…

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Tu Bi’Shvat: Never a Better Time to Plant Trees

What is Tu Bi’Shvat?  It’s “New Year for the Trees.”.   Judaism is a cosmic religion that is tied not only to the moon cycle, but also to earth.  Our holidays are universal.  They can and should be celebrated by any human being, regardless of faith tradition. Tu Bi’Shvat, which is coming soon,  is a perfect example of one of our…

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All About Mezuzahs and Peace in the World

The Mezuzah– most Jewish people have only considered this tradition for people within the Jewish faith.   Some only affix them to their doorposts because it is a commandment.  I believe a new interpretation is now appropriate for this amazing spiritual item.   If we widen our scope, and invite spiritual friends to join us in understanding and using this…

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Sha-dai – Protector of Body and Connector to Heart

The Meaning of Sha-dai: Protector of the Body/Connector to the Heart In my journey as a Jewish artist-turned-teacher, I have met thousands of people of all walks of life.  Through my artwork, I share Judaism with humanity.  In this 26-year process, I have meditated and thought about Sha-dai–a particular name of G-d–because my artistic inspiration and output have been constantly…

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Top 3 Jewish Teachings that Heal The World

Spiritual People of the World:  whether you are Jewish or not,  adopt these teachings from Judaism into your lives and the world will heal.   Bear in mind that you can use these teachings,  you DO NOT have to denounce your own religion or convert to benefit from these.  You may use Judaism as a MODEL– take the teaching and…

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A New Direction: Chabad, the Seven Laws of Noah and Sharing Judaism with Non-Jews

A New Direction:  Chabad, The Seven Laws of Noah and Sharing Judaism with Non-Jews             I began conversations with Orthodox Rabbi and director of Congregation Chevra Thilim, Shlomo Zarchi and his wife Chani, and Chabad Director in Berkeley, Rabbi Yehuda Ferris and his wife Miriam about sharing Jewish teachings with non-Jews.  I am committed to following the path of this…

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Our Family’s Holocaust Experience

The art work I create would not have come to be without the intense struggle for survival my maternal grandparents endured– all in the name of being Jewish.  It seems that the survivors of the Holocaust atrocities all have similar themes– Fascism, starvation, dehumanization– but also hope.  Our family’s story is no different.   Here’s a video of my grandmother…

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