Year: 2010

October 2010

Questioning Community, Part I

Last Thursday, I blogged about the sensation of walking through life as a visible and invisible privileged minority. I also wrote about how, within North American Judaism, Ashkenazi culture is often taken to be the Jewish culture; we ‘white’ Jews … Continue reading

18th Oct, 2010

Making Sense of the Madness in New York

Avital Aboody, from Sherman Oaks, CA, attended University of California at Berkeley and is the Tenant Organizer at Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. Read on to see how she is attempting to find sense in the madness of life in New … Continue reading

15th Oct, 2010

Thinking about Jews and Race

In May 2010, I visited Chicago for the weekend and stayed with Jenna Pollock (AVODAH New Orleans 08-09). While there, Jenna invited me to march with her to protest the racist implications and policies of Arizona’s SB 1070. We took … Continue reading

14th Oct, 2010

It’s Okay to Just Let Go

Shayna Tivona, from Ashland, OR, attended Whitman College and is working as an Associate Director at Housing Unlimited, Inc. in Maryland. In her latest blog post, Shayna describes her hectic life as a Corps member, and explains how her housemates … Continue reading

13th Oct, 2010

To New Beginnings

Washington, DC Corps member, Michal Rosenoer, works as the Behrend Builders and Community Service Coordinator at the Washington, DC JCC where she coordinates volunteers to repair, rebuild, and renovate low-income houses, homeless shelters, community centers, and other vital community facilities. … Continue reading

11th Oct, 2010

Circle Games

Emily Hoffman is from Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from Wesleyan University in May. She is currently a New York City Corps member serving as an advocate at the Brooklyn social services organization, Neighbors Together. Emily enjoys singing, dancing, and … Continue reading

8th Oct, 2010

Making the Invisible Visible

Fourteen years ago, Mark was homeless. Today, he’s the blogger behind, a simple but heartrendingly effective blog that affords us intimate access into the lives of individuals who sleep on our streets. has a single mission: To make … Continue reading

7th Oct, 2010

Dancing Between Love and Respect

The Tishrei moon was waning as we celebrated Simchat Torah last Thursday night at New Orleans’ Beth Israel Synagogue. As I nibbled on salmon salad (in my experience, an AVODAH alum will never say no to free food), I was … Continue reading

4th Oct, 2010

Ora Nitkin-Kaner Joins the AVODAH Blog Team

On October 1, 2008-2009 AVODAH alum Ora Nitkin-Kaner joined the Jewish Voices Pursuing Justice team. Ora will be blogging about the intersections of social justice and Judaism and highlighting activist movements across the country. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Ora received … Continue reading

3rd Oct, 2010

September 2010

Definition of Home: Structural or Social?

Thank you to AVODAH alum Yaeli Bronstein for contributing this post. As the summer winds down, albeit the New Orleans humidity as strong as ever, the Jewish calendar enters a period of jam-packed holy days. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur … Continue reading

29th Sep, 2010
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