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Counting the Omer with Locally Grown-A Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: April 15, 2013

From Compassion to Endurance This week of the Omer we transition from week three to week four, from compassion to endurance. It’s a fitting transitional phase because it has been my experience that one cannot exist without the other. In order to be truly compassionate people we must have the endurance to do so. I’ve […]

Interview: Repair the World

Posted by: erika on: December 24, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy hit I sprung into action. Unfortunately that springing action did a number on my back. The back strain combined with carrying my computer to work every day since the Hurricane has resulted in a slow healing process and unfortunately a lack of volunteering. B’H there are many people still out there doing […]

Living Tikkun Olam

Posted by: erika on: November 11, 2012

As Jews do we talk about Tikkun Olam, or do we live it?   My partner went to Far Rockaway today and reports that Red Cross, FEMA and the National Guard were at the various locations we’ve been volunteering with. She also reports that there are lights in the stairwells of some of the buildings. […]

What’s Been Happening in Far Rockaway

Posted by: erika on: November 8, 2012

This video from UpWorthy very clearly shows how people are living in areas of Far Rockaway. This particular building is where my partner worked on Monday. Please share widely. Also read this and this and this. Donate and volunteer here.  

Some Relief to Seniors in Far Rockaway

Posted by: erika on: November 7, 2012

I got the following e-mail today : Hi Erika: A friend of mine forwarded your article to me this morning because I had been out volunteering guerrilla style out in Rockaway this past weekend.  I was at 155 Beach 19th St. a building filled with seniors who are immobile, without running water, heat, power, etc. […]

Day Three in Far Rockaway

Posted by: erika on: November 6, 2012

A cross-post from The Sisterhood. In the Far Rockaways, there is no Red Cross relief, no FEMA, no National Guard shuttling in supplies for the elderly Polish and Russian Jews living in high rises without power or heat. There is no relief for the poor black and Latino families living in low-income housing. The lights […]


Posted by: erika on: November 2, 2012

***UPDATE NOVEMBER 3rd*** Today I volunteered in a community in desperate need of help. There is no FEMA relief, no Red Cross Trucks, no ConEd restoring power, no access to public transportation or access to money or food. I volunteered in a low-income community populated by mostly black and Latino folks who are living in […]

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Posted by: erika on: October 31, 2012

All Photos from Weather Channel. Hello All. B”H my partner and I were not affected by Hurricane Sandy. When the storm came in our house shook violently with every wind gust freaking out our cats and definitely scaring us, but we had power for the entire storm and still have power. Unfortunately,the newscasts are not […]


Posted by: erika on: October 29, 2012

  So far so good here in Brooklyn, NY. I live in Flatbush, Brooklyn-which is not in an evacuation zone, though my office is. As of 10:53 AM all New York transit is suspended and the Holland and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels will be closing at 2PM. They’re also going to be closing the highways and […]

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