On a sultry Minnesota summer morning, I sit on my front porch with a container full of fresh peas purchased at the Farmers' Market, a colander, and a trash bag.It will take me an entire hour to shell the peas netting just twocups worth of little green gems for almost an hour of work.I had hoped to find shelled peas at one of the stalls this morning, but today it was enough work for the f...
Doves nesting in the Arab Israeli city of Sakhnin? Are they also where they don’t belong or could these cattle egrets in winter plumage represent a piece of performance art-posing as doves at the entrance of an unusual building and museum promoting peace through dialogue and art?
Although I am not an artist, I recently tagged along on the trip my sister planned along with Robyn Awend, Rabbi ...
As the youngest child, the words “Don’t go there” seemed an invitation to peek in and investigate the mysterious forbidden place. This applied to me crawling into the fireplace in our living room, ascending the stairs at the synagogue to where I thought God lived (it was the choir loft), or breaking into the even holier sanctuary of my sister’s room to open the window seats, explore the clos...
We were featured speakers at Hadassah Brandeis Institute and Levy Summer Series. Our speaking engagements include JCCs, synagogues, libraries, book groups, retirement communities, schools, and organizations (e.g. ORT, Hadassah, and Women's League). References are available.
"I was very fortunate to be able to hear Meryll and Leslie speak at a Hadassah event in Israel. Each of the ~50 participants really enjoyed the event because Meryll and Leslie were so engaging. While they had a natural rapport with the audience, you could also tell they had prepared well so they could connect with our particular group's interests. I learned a lot from listening to them, and I found their sisterly interaction unique and fun. If you want an enlightening and uplifting experience, attend one of their book talks." Lisa Shimoni, Modiin Israel
"Truly, you have written a story that makes accessible the reality of existence in Russia, through the eyes of individuals who lived through the various regimes and dictates. It is fascinating and very well told. As I read Vera and Alla's story, I learned more Russian history than I had known from a textbook. That's a big deal, women! You tell the tale with vivid detail and hook us on the two women and their stories, then weave in the history to illuminate their journeys. It is such a necessary book. I am thrilled that the two of you collaborated, as I can see the uniqueness of your personalities come through in the stories, and that, too, makes the book a gem." Margaret Leibfried, Danielson Group consultant
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