Live the Life You Love

When I present my profession as life coach, I am often asked what that means. By definition, coaching is an ongoing relationship between the professional and the client, which focuses on the client’s taking action toward the realization of their visions, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build… Read More

Worth 1,000 Words

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Have you heard of Instagram? It is a photo-sharing site that now boasts more than 100 million users. Facebook recently bought it for $1 billion. Instagram touts itself as the app that helps you “capture and share the world’s moments.” And that’s not so far off; Instagram is an easy, fast and fun way to… Read More

Naming the Beast: Mental Illness

This was my third funeral of a similar kind. The death of yet another young adult, Peter (Avniel) who did not simply “die,” but was pursued mercilessly by a ravaging disease that often goes unnamed at funerals and rips the heart and guts out of all who know it by name: mental illness. Depression, bipolar… Read More

My Trip To Israel

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Eighteen years ago my husband, Marvin and I took our first trip to Israel. We returned to the United States with a greater appreciation of the courageous Israelis and their country. This year, thanks to Beth El, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Israel. Even though my situation had changed (my husband passed away… Read More

Mutual Respect, Coexistence

The rose still holds its blossoms, even after a journey of 6,000 miles and several weeks. Perhaps it’s a good omen, a sign that our visit will bring long-lasting momentum for coexistence. For the 46 Krieger Schechter eighth-graders who boarded the El Al plane in May for our school trip, setting foot on the land… Read More

A Love of Heritage, Community

At 51/2 years old, I experienced one of the hardest changes of my life. My family, which until then had resided in Haifa, Israel, moved to Baltimore. Living in Israel, Judaism was constantly a part of my life. Every Friday evening, my immediate family would accompany my saba and savtah (grandparents) to shul and later… Read More

The Silence Is Deafening

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On June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry made an imp-ortant and impassioned speech to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum. His speech did not receive the media attention it deserved, neither in the general media nor in the Jewish media. Why the silence? Secretary Kerry made a strong call for American Jews to actively… Read More

Regional Chapter of the Year

I am president of the Beth Israel chapter of United Synagogue Youth, which recently was named Seaboard USY’s 2013 Chapter of the Year. As much as my ego would love for me to take credit for this, it really has been a work in progress at Beth Israel for the past six years. Many people… Read More

Powerful Partnerships

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On many occasions throughout June, I had the privilege of representing The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore at annual meetings for a number of local agencies within our system. As chair of the board of The Associated, I brought messages of praise and support for the agencies that deliver the critical programs and services… Read More