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So, when we talk about the prohibitive expense of living a Jewish life, the question is do we not have enough funds to support a community that makes it affordable for everyone to participate, or is it that we have not moved enough hearts to inspire abundant giving?

Even within our own communities, we can flatten and simplify other people’s experiences and narratives without considering the complexity and diversity among us.

To walk in someone’s shoes is to feel empathy. I want to take this maxim and go farther – all the way to Ethiopia in the winter of 2023.

It’s hard to believe that it has now been over a year since we had to temporarily close the doors to the Jewish Studio Project’s colorful, light-filled community studio in West Berkeley and, like everyone else, transition our entire organization to virtual.

One of my favorite Jewish ways to mark time is through the annual Torah reading cycle. Each week, Jews from all over the world read the exact same parasha.

But the Jewish version of “synergy” is much older, literally dating back to Genesis. Why was “That it was good” not said on the second day of creation?