I’m an anthropologist and a writer, working at the intersections of social science, spirituality, and social change. I have 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector, as well as academic training in Cultural and Medical Anthropology and Public Health.

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I do evaluation, assessments, applied research, writing, and editing to help scholars, social justice organizations, and spiritual innovators tell the stories of the work you’re doing.

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I am an award-winning writer and essayist, exploring the messy complexities of this human journey. I write most often about religion, health, and ritual. My recent personal essays are about mourning as a Jewish woman.

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This Friday will mark 3 years without my mother.  For the last few days, I have found myself on the verge of tears at random moments. Memories surfacing in the midst of a busy day; images and feelings appearing as if out of nowhere, unconnected to what I am doing […]

Awe and gratitude

I spent 5 hours in the last few weeks in the infusion clinic, while a machine, tubes, needles, and gravity worked together to slowly drip artificial minerals into my body, replenishing what apparently my body cannot produce on its own.  I have many, many reasons to be angry and frustrated […]

A promise

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Yesterday I led a discussion on end-of-life issues in a Jewish context. Someone thanked me for taking on such a difficult and challenging topic. In many ways, it was not a choice. In many ways, I was born into this work; it came to me with my mother’s milk. When […]

Why we write

“I write not so much to cause people to know things in their heads, but I write to affect their hearts. I believe that the heart is where the most potential for change lies. The seat of the will is in the heart, and that’s where I want to go. […]