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In 1984, just a week after getting my letter of acceptance to Northwestern University, my father died. My finances for college became uncertain.
By the time my twins Megan and Brett were 14 months old, my marriage to their father was over. Suddenly, I was their everything. I realized it was up to me to keep Judaism alive in my little family.
After 18 years of work that I loved in the Jewish community, I found myself looking for a job in my late 50s, and suddenly my years of experience and my work ethic didn’t seem to matter.
Back in 1995, when I was the drummer in a rock band called Soup, my bass player was raving about Atlanta — cheap apartments with pools and great weather! So we moved the band down south.
When you’re the daughter of a rabbi, falling in love and marrying a Gentile isn’t exactly in the script. Before having kids, I wondered, how would we both transmit the Jewish values and traditions that were still new to Mike?
Right after graduate school, I had an experience as a teacher on an inpatient unit for children who were severely and emotionally disturbed. It left an indelible mark on my life and became the foundation of my professional work as a child and adolescent psychologist.
In preschool, our son was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction plus ADHD, and even for me, as a long-time professional in the disabilities world, Adam’s journey to inclusion has been an upward climb.
Without a doubt, there is nothing as heart-warming as hearing a thirteen-year-old sincerely say, “Attending day school created a new life for me!”
One Good Deed prides itself on great match-making, and wow, did I hit the jackpot when I was paired with 90-year-old Syd Green.
My first time giving tzedakah (charitable giving) was at the age of six. My grandma, Susan Arnovitz, who I called “Mimi,” started a fund so that each of her grandkids could pick a charity and make a donation.
“It was kind of jolting to discover that I would need to make an effort to bring meaningful Jewish experiences back into my life.”