Religion. Faith. God. Community. Almost impossible concepts to explain from the outside, which is why my parents’ astronomical investment in my religious-private school education paid off when it came to my journalism (although not necessarily in following through in my religious life).
Although I started my journalistic career as part of the religious Jewish community with a journalistic mission to right the wrongs there, over the last two decades my stories — for places like The Huffington Post, Salon and Jewish newspapers like The Forward, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles — I ended up outside of it, as you can see from some of the stories below and from some of my Investigative work. But journalism does that to you sometimes: instead of you changing something, it changes you.
Exodus from Brooklyn
After spending Passover seder with my husband’s family, I learn how different we really are. Read Article
Dark World against Religion in Newest Dystopian Series
The themes in “Divergent” point to a different message than “The Hunger Games.” Read Article
The Wicked Child
The ghosts of Passovers past haunts my family seder holiday meal… Read Article
Sin: A Memoir of Yom Kippurs Past
“By the time you read this, it’s probably too late for me. To repent, I mean.” Read article.
Leaving the Fold, Not the Family
“But how did your family take it?” Is the first thing most people want to know when they find out I used to be reigious. Read Article.
The Secret Sabbath-Breakers
I go undercover to expose those on the DL — pretending to be religious for the sake of their family. Sound familiar? Read PDF.
Judaism Vs. The Secret
How does our ancient tradition hold up against the new-age bestseller? Read Article.
Who You Calling JAP, Shiksa?
Is it okay to use stereotypes? (Read article)
Shalom, Hoodio: The Secret Jews of the Southwest
From Juarez to Texas to New Mexico,a steady trickle of Hispanics in the Southwest are discovering their Jewish roots. Read Article