Timmy’s Light: chaplain for the prisons

TIMMY’S WORK AS A CHAPLAIN FOR THE PRISONS IN MELBOURNE RACHELLE: Can you tell me a little bit about your work as a chaplain? TIMMY: Menashe Kaltman asked me to be chaplain for the prisons [in Melbourne, Australia]. Since then, I’ve visited most prisons – not just in Melbourne – but in the whole Victoria. We […]

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Daniella’s Light: Teaching Torah to Grandmothers in Panama

RACHELLE: Can you tell me about the work you do teaching grandmothers in your community? DANIELLA: When I came back from Bais Chana 10 years ago, I started studying and listening to many classes online. There is a program in Panama for people of all ages – including the older generation, but I decided that I […]

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Tonia’s Light: Uplifting Spoken Word Poetry

SPOKEN WORD POETRY BASED ON CHASSIDUS RACHELLE: Can you tell me a little bit about what you do with Spoken Word Poetry? TONIA: I write spoken word, often based on or inspired by Chassidus. Even if I’m not writing about a direct chassidic concept, the entire chassidic outlook is so enmeshed in my life that […]

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Carly’s Light: Kosher Food Truck on Campus

A KOSHER FOOD TRUCK BECAUSE JEWISH STUDENTS STOPPED KEEPING KOSHER RACHELLE: You help run a kosher food truck on campus. How did you get started? CARLY: I go to George Washington University. I arrived as a freshman, knowing there was no kosher food around, but I didn’t realize the extent of it. I was committed […]

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Yvette’s Light: A Guide for Victims of Domestic Abuse

SOS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE RACHELLE: Can you tell me about the work you do? YVETTE: I have two different roles. One is that I am an advocate for Jewish women survivors of domestic abuse. The second thing is that I am a professional mediator for high conflict cases. In 2014, I worked in […]

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Esther’s Light: Erasing Hate After the Holocaust

A LONELY CHILD DURING THE HOLOCAUST RACHELLE: Tell me a little bit about your artwork. ESTHER: I think that everybody just assumes that, women especially, are painters. But that’s not just it. I started drawing and painting like other artists. I went to school and started drawing a lot. You know, we just doodle as kids. […]

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Kaley’s Light: IFLA & Helping The Victims of Israel’s Fires

ALIYAH… AND THEN WHAT? RACHELLE: So you made Aliyah… What kind of work do you do now? KALEY: I raise money as the Developmental Director for the Israel Free Loan Association (IFLA). The organization was started in 1990 and has since provided 57,000 interest free loans – which equals about $250 million. One of the […]

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8 Nights. 8 Lights. 8 Stories.

This Chanukah we are shining a light on 8 remarkable women who are shining their lights on the world. You can think of it as a Chanukah story for each night. Read their stories. Listen to their nuggets of wisdom. And find out what inspires these women to keep brightening the world.  

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