A Canadian view of the refugee crisis

Like all Canadians, I am fascinated and horrified by the news of desperate refugees seeking asylum in Canada. It boggles my mind. I am transfixed. These stories are too close to my heart.  Over thirty years ago I came to Canada as a young refugee, but to get here I had to first walk over… Read More

Welcoming refugees: a moral imperative

In his newly-revised, controversial executive order, President Trump suspended significant parts of the United States refugee program for 120 days and also decreased the number of refugees allowed into our country by 50%. It blocks the entry of people who are suffering greatly and are fleeing their country because of persecution. I feel personally connected to… Read More

Charlene Sorkine: Unknown hero of the French resistance

In Nice, France, during World War II, Charlotte Sorkine as a teenager conveyed groups of children to the Swiss border to be rescued. Under Maurice Loebenberg, a member of the French Resistance and former engraver, she created thousands of false papers. It is estimated that some 20,000 identity cards were produced, saving many lives. Among… Read More

Stitch us back together

Lost sleep Strife in families Ignoring and unfriending friends in real life and on Facebook Screaming matches Post-traumatic stress These are only a few of the consequences that our polarized country and American Jewish community have dealt with through the course of a long, contentious presidential campaign culminating in the election of Donald Trump. Jewish… Read More

Letter from my niece — sort of

Dearest Auntie  Carole, Hey there. We will be flying in for your and my birthdays next week  and I can’t wait to see you. However, I wanted to write this ahead of time  so you can think about  the reason I am writing  before you see me. I know you are a psychotherapist (did I… Read More

Elie Wiesel, the boy from Taverny

Some fifty years have passed since that memorable evening when, as a participating author, I was invited to attend a private reception to honor the Keynote speaker at a Florida Book Event. Could the man, who was to address us, have been one of the youngsters in my charge when as a volunteer social worker… Read More

Each stitch of the basket

The following is Sam Slater’s graduation speech at Shoresh Hebrew High School in Rockville. The graduation was June 5. My shoreshim in Shoresh are very deep and something of which I am very proud. I am the fourth Slater to graduate from Shoresh and I still remember my first Shoresh class – I was in… Read More