Atlantic District Blog Posts

Parashah Nitzavim

September 2, 2021
Nitzavim holds a lot of meaning for me, personally. As a parashah that states that we were and are all standing at Sinai, it specifically includes me as a woman. It tells me that the mitzvot are mine to fulfill, not as a daughter, sister, or wife, but rather as a full-fledged member of the community. I am seen and included.

Parashah Ki Tavo

August 25, 2021

My grandfather was active in the community where I grew up and held the position of President of not one but two synagogues.

Parashah R'eih

Lisa B. Schwartz, WRJ North American Board Member, Yardley, PA
August 5, 2021

Parashah R’eih (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) opens with the verse “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse (Deut 11:26-28).” Many instructions of daily living are included in the text.

Sharing Our Stories: Beshert

Luisa Narins, WRJ North American Board Member and Individual Member
June 25, 2021
Though I was not born or raised a Jew, everything in my life has guided me to Judaism as if I were being directed to a goal, as if it were beshert. I grew up in Lima, Peru, and my parents raised me in the Catholic faith. However, I found no fulfillment in that view of God or society. I asked many questions and was discouraged from doing so. I also could not abide by the minimization of women in my culture and the parallel subservience under the Catholic Church in Peru. Little by little, I found a new path...

My Jewish Feminist Journey

Lisa B. Schwartz, WRJ North American Board Member, Yardley, PA
May 28, 2021
I was born in 1961 with the last name Schwartz-- an indication to most, despite red hair and freckles, that I am Jewish. I grew up in a stereotypical, traditionally gendered, 1960s non-Jewish, white, middle-class neighborhood in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.