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Posts by Leah Garber

Stronger Than Hate

I consider the Jewish community of Pittsburgh home. For three amazing years my family and I lived there. I was fortunate to serve as the community shlicha—emissary, at the local Jewish Federation. Pittsburgh is where our daughters went to one of the local Jewish day schools. Pittsburgh welcomed us with open hearts, endless warmth, and … Continued

Autumn breeze

Autumn’s wandering birds carry with them foreign scents, exotic fragrances, and a slight touch of mystery. One can only wonder what secrets hide under their wings, carried away like blowing leaves by autumn winds. Exaltation is in the air. I love the High Holidays. I love the spirituality, the sense of connection, shared hopes, joint … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – August 2018

  In a few days, the Jewish world will mark the first day of the month of Elul, known as the month of mercy and forgiveness. It is the month leading us into the holiness and sanctity of the high holidays. Through the month, many will blow the Shofar each morning—a reminder to transcend the … Continued

A View From Jerusalem

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy“… Israel’s steamy, sticky summer brings with it packed beaches, blue chilled water to escape to, families enjoying the breeze, while flying kites tangle in it high and above. Kites, coming in all shapes and colors carry with them hopes and dreams, secret whispers and mysteries, all tossed by the … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – June 2018

Playing the game The power of sport extends beyond its immediate, most obvious advantages. Yes, it is healthy; sure, it is good for our mind, our soul. No doubt, it is fun, but above all, sport’s biggest contribution to humankind is bringing people together. Since the ancient days of Sparta, through the Olympics Games and … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – May 2018

A week to remember On Sunday, Jerusalem, our capital, the city of gold and light, celebrated the 51st anniversary of its unification with tens of thousands of teenagers dancing the streets, waving blue and white flags in honor of this landmark occasion. These endless circles of dancers were the warm up show for today’s historical … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – April 2018

Pride is in the air! “As long as deep in the heart, The soul of a Jew yearns, And forward to the east To Zion, an eye looks.” —Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem Driving around Israel these past few days offers an emotional experience, almost spiritual. All streets are decorated for festivity—blue and white flags hang … Continued

A View From Jerusalem – March 2018

A few days ago, I joined one of our JCCs visiting in Israel on a tour of the Hall of Independence in Tel Aviv, a place I consider a modern-day shrine. This is the holy place of where the State of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, on May 14, … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – February 2018

Tikkun Olam “I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.” —Abraham Lincoln On a sunny but chilly morning a few weeks ago, I had a fascinating conversation with a Houstonian taxi driver who drove me across town from one of … Continued

A View from Jerusalem – January 2018

One hundred and sixty years ago today, one of the great modern day innovators was born, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who revived the Hebrew language. Ben Yehuda dedicated his life to renewing an extinct langue that up to that moment belonged to prayer books and Jewish texts only. He fought shatterd barriers, broke conventions and led … Continued