Keeping the Faith in the Land of The Free

Keeping the Faith in the Land of The Free

Hello, my name is Robin Hanasab. My relationship with the Wise Community began in the 7th grade, roughly three decades ago. At the time, for me, it was the natural next step in my Jewish education. Growing up in a traditional Persian Jewish household, who escaped from Iran to pursue religious freedom, there was no … Continued

My Mother was the Center of our Jewish Universe

by Drew Steinberg Jewish values and the importance of family are engrained in me because of my mom. Because of her, we celebrated Shabbat every Friday night as our family of four, at a minimum, while I was growing up. High Holiday meals and Passover seders had full tables of extended family (blood relatives and friends … Continued

This is Not Your Parents’ Hebrew School

This is Not Your Parents’ Hebrew School: Wise CYE and Leo Baeck Are Reinventing Jewish Education On Sunday May 1, 2022, families at Stephen Wise Temple’s Center for Youth Engagement (CYE) celebrated an academic year unlike any other in the temple’s 58-year history, one which marked a re-imagining of Jewish education for children attending secular … Continued

THE LETTERS PROJECT: A DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY

THE LETTERS PROJECT: A DAUGHTER’S JOURNEY By Eleanor Reissa The Letters Project is about big history, the Holocaust, but it is also an extraordinarily intimate personal narrative—a rare blend of informative, poignant, excruciating, startling, humorous, and ultimately inspiring storytelling. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor Reissa went through all of … Continued

Installation of Senior Cantor Emma Lutz

Installation of Senior Cantor, Emma LutzFriday, March 25 at 6:15 p.m. | In-person and Online Since joining Stephen Wise Temple & Schools in 2016, Cantor Emma Lutz has made a significant mark on the Wise community. She has guided our Wise School students, mentored our youth, shared moments of joy and sorrow with our families, and brought beautiful, … Continued

Niver In PRINT: Blog Bytes January 2022 Jewish Journal

Thank you to the Jewish Journal for publishing me online for over a decade. Since they resumed print publication in Fall 2021, I have been in the Blog Bytes section more than sixteen times! Here are the three issues that I was in during January 2022: Jewish Journal Jan 7, 2022: p.30 From my article, … Continued

Niver In PRINT: Blog Bytes December 2021 Jewish Journal

Thank you to the Jewish Journal for publishing me online for over a decade. Since they resumed print publication in Fall 2021, I have been in the Blog Bytes section more than sixteen times! Here are the three issues that I was in during December 2021: Jewish Journal Dec 3, 2021: p.30 During COVID, have … Continued

Niver In PRINT: Blog Bytes November 2021 Jewish Journal

Thank you to the Jewish Journal for publishing me online for over a decade. Since they resumed print publication in Fall 2021, I have been in the Blog Bytes section more than fourteen times! Here are the two issues that I was in during November 2021: Jewish Journal Nov 5, 2021: p.28 During my trip … Continued

Niver In PRINT: Blog Bytes October 2021 Jewish Journal

Thank you to the Jewish Journal for publishing me online for over a decade. Since they resumed print publication in Fall 2021, I have been in the Blog Bytes section more than fourteen times! Here are the four issues that I was in during October 2021: Jewish Journal Oct 1, 2021: p.26 From my article … Continued

THANK YOU NAEJ Awards! I am a 2x Finalist

Thank you for all of your support! I am a two-time finalist for the 14th annual 2021 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards! Please find my two nominated stories below. Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club and Diana Ljungaeus, Executive Director! F18. Commentary Diversity/Gender * Lisa Niver, Jewish Journal, “The Gift of Kindness: 2020, … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel