We are multisensory, multidimensional beings, impacted by an untold number of variables inside and around us: The food we eat. The chemistry of our brain. The religion we practice. The history of our family. The resources in our community. The color of our skin. These variables flow into, through, and across each other, weaving together a unique tapestry of individual and collective reality that affects us on every level, every day.
In 1997, I was in a hit-and-run, head-on car collision that threw me into the cauldron of the healthcare system, where I went from bad to worse and ended up alternately bedridden, housebound, and wheelchair bound, over the course of the next decade. Prior to that, I was super athletic – jogging up to 12 […]
My new album, ANCESTRAL WAYS: Iraqi High Holiday Hits, is available exclusively to KHAZZOOM patrons and program participants, and is free for those participating in the Iraqi High Holiday Hits program on Sept 18. It’s a unique collection of 20 selihoth and related prayers for R’shana (Rosh Hashana) and Kip’r (Yom Kippur), chanted by a […]
Absence in Jewish, Women’s, and Middle Eastern Studies Courses With rare exception, indigenous MIddle Eastern Jewish history, heritage, and socio-political concerns are glaringly absent in Jewish, women’s, and MIddle Eastern Studies courses – this despite the growing consciousness about intersectionality, and despite the fact that indigenous Middle Eastern Jews are a critical mass of Jewish […]
Expert Programs without Effort or Expense:Become a Jewish Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Affiliate! In the wake of Black Lives Matter, your community organization may be looking for ways to ramp up your diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. But your staff may struggle with lack of knowledge or resources about global Jewish heritage, in particular, […]
Learn more about indigenous Middle Eastern Jews in my upcoming event, “Iraqi High Holiday Hits,” in which I will teach you my favorite Iraq prayers for R’shana (Rosh Hashana) and Kip’r (Yom Kippur). No knowledge of Hebrew or Judaism is needed for this event. You can be assured that I have decades of expertise teaching Eastern melodies to Western ears, and choosing sections of text that are easy and fast to break down, follow, and master!
On the High Holidays, Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews may feel torn between orthodox Mizrahi/Sephardi services or progressive Ashkenazi services. Meanwhile, Jewish community leaders and laypeople alike may be ignorant of the High Holiday prayers from anywhere other than Central and Eastern Europe. For these reasons, on Sept 18, trailblazing Jewish multicultural educator and hazzan Loolwa […]
After moving to Israel in 2002, amidst a wave of terrorist attacks, I realized that the feeling of chronic anxiety and uncertainty – never knowing if this cafe or that bus would get blown up – was identical to the feeling of chronic anxiety and uncertainty that I had experienced as a young woman in […]
Imagine if Israel had embraced the Jewish refugees from Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Iran, and other countries throughout the Arab and Muslim world. I mean, if Israel had really embraced us – inviting us to lead the government instead of sweep the streets. Diplomatic conversations could have been conducted in Arabic and Farsi, instead of the […]
Almost 30 years ago, I applied to be the director of a major Jewish community center. Despite being in my mid-20s, with a BA in political science, I outperformed numerous experienced Jewish educators with rabbinical and PhD degrees, and was one of the last two candidates being considered for the position. I was well-known for […]