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Colleyville, Texas

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I originally planned to publish a blog post about Tu B’shvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, but after the events in Texas on Saturday I found myself writing a very different post. As a white-presenting Jew, I move through the world with an immense amount of privilege. Yet, because I am Jewish, I also move through the world with a certain amount of fear. That fear was magnified on Saturday. I recently connected with another Jewish mom in Chattanooga and we had plans to attend Shabbat services together on a Friday evening. That same day, the rabbi decided to...

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Growing Up Jew-ish

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Growing Up Jew-ish

My siblings and I were raised in Wyoming in a secular household by our Jewish mom and gentile dad, who are both originally from New York (Mom: Long Island, Dad: upstate). We celebrated most of the major Jewish and non-Jewish holidays but it was all very casual. Our town didn’t have a temple or even a rabbi but did have a small Jewish community. Holiday celebrations were either held at someone’s house or a rented space, which now seems to me a perfect metaphor for a people who persevere despite having been continually uprooted and displaced. I didn’t have Jewish friends...

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