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December 31, 2020

Quenton & Ely

When I had to fly home to see my dying great grandmother, who I am very close to and is a huge part of my life even today, in May of 2018 I had no idea that she would tell her whole family that she was in actuality a Ukrainian Jew who left Ukraine in 1936 with her sister for a better life in Canada. Her aunt and uncle had come to Canada in

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Tehila’s Story

Submitted by Tehila Daveed Imagine this –  It’s March 2007 and a  classroom of rowdy fourth graders is about to greet yet another new teacher.  Although this “problem classroom” may have been intimidating grounds for some, I was excited for the challenge, and happy to have a job after moving back to the States from Israel.  I still remember so clearly! I walked into that classroom with confidence, introduced myself as Ms. Daveed, and

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December 17, 2020

Tziporah’s Story

Esther the Teacher Submitted by Tziporah Jensen “Mom, why don’t you try Partners in Torah? They’ll match you with someone for one-on-one mentoring in learning Judaism, at your beginner level,” suggested my daughter Yael in March 2020. By the time Esther from Partners in Torah connected with me, I was newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The average length of survival was three years… “I feel this is a wake-up call to shift my negative

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December 10, 2020

Yehuda’s story

The Gift of Learning Partners Submitted by Yehuda Zimberg Hello, My name is Yehuda Zimberg. I’m from New York, I am 26 years old, and I have a stutter. I have been stuttering since I was eight years old. There wasn’t any traumatic experience that caused it; it just popped up out of the blue. I would not consider it a terrible stutter, but a stutter nonetheless. The fear and humiliation of stuttering made

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November 26, 2020

Elizabeth’s Story

A Secret Shared Submitted by Elizabeth Savetsky, Shabbos Program Participant This week I found myself sobbing on the phone to a woman I barely knew. Oh, and did I mention that she was crying too? Wait, let me back up the story and start from the beginning. But you might want to hold onto your socks. I always feel better when I’m investing in my spiritual growth, but for the past several years, that’s

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