Shabbat Shuvah 2019


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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Shabbat Shuvah 2019

(D’var Torah given at Congregation Bet Shalom, Tucson, AZ, October 5, 2019) A few years ago, I spoke on Rosh Hashanah about my struggles with the liturgy and the theology of these holy days. There is so much power and meaning in the processes of introspection and renewal that we […]


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 […]