Hate is Our Enemy

Tuesday evening I went to the HeartStorm Farmstead where gracious owners Kim and Mike, Rabbi Raskin from Chabad of Southern VT, and Baltic Truth Holocaust Documentary, were hosting Holocaust survivor Elly Gotz, who was there to tell his miraculous story of survival. Gotz was 13 years old and living in Kovno (Kaunas) Lithuania when warContinue reading “Hate is Our Enemy”

From Švihov to Vermont

I have received another interesting email. Dear Mr. [sic] Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh, Dear Mrs. Heidi Fishman,Last week our town has been visited by our native born Mrs. Nina Weil-Pelc again. Since 1968 she’s been living in Zurick, Switzerland. We were pleased about her wanting to see her birthplace again and being in a goodContinue reading “From Švihov to Vermont”

Švihov Torah Dedication

One month ago, I started a journey with a group of students researching a Holocaust Torah. Today, the torah was dedicated and officially took up residency at Shir Shalom in Woodstock, VT. I want to congratulate all these students for a job well done. Thank you! With everyone putting in a little time you wereContinue reading “Švihov Torah Dedication”

Vote of Confidence

I have been traveling to Connecticut a lot. I don’t mind. All the hubbub around Tutti’s Promise gives me an excuse to visit my parents. When people ask me about driving down to Southern New England I say my parents like it when I visit – but the truth is I like the visits too.Continue reading “Vote of Confidence”

Nautilus Silver Winner

More exciting news for Tutti’s Promise! Nautilus Book Awards has announced that we won Silver in Middle Grades Fiction. Now completing its 20th year, Nautilus Book Awards recognizes books that transcend barriers of culture, gender, race, and class, and promote conscious living & green values, spiritual growth, wellness & vitality, and positive social change. ThankContinue reading “Nautilus Silver Winner”

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 2018

The alarm woke us up at 4AM and Dave and I sleepily made our way to the Manchester Airport in 23 degree weather. It was colder than expected for an April morning in NH, but not entirely surprising. After a full day of travel we arrived in Austin, TX to a hot and humid 80Continue reading “IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 2018”

Noting what’s Notable

Last Tuesday afternoon the phone rang. It was my publisher, Margie Blumberg. Our conversation went something like this: Margie: Hi. What are you doing? (I noticed an unusual lilt to her voice). Me: Not much. Margie: Is Dave there? Me: Yes. Should I put the phone on speaker? Margie: Yes. I want him to hearContinue reading “Noting what’s Notable”

#WeRemember

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This past year has been full of the Holocaust for me. Since publishing “Tutti’s Promise” 11 months ago I have been speaking about the Holocaust and sharing what my mother experienced during those dreadful years. I have spoken at high schools and middle schools, public schools and private schools,Continue reading “#WeRemember”

The Student Becomes the Teacher

A high school classmate, enthused about Tutti’s Promise, introduced me to a current teacher at our former school, Eric LaForest. Eric is the Director of the Norton Center for the Common Good at Loomis Chaffee School and he invited me to spend a day teaching. We spoke on the phone, exchanged emails, and came upContinue reading “The Student Becomes the Teacher”

Thoughts after Charlottesville

This is very hard to watch. (I suggest an “R” rating and that it not be shown to children.) But if you want to really understand the face of racism and white supremacy, please watch – to the very end. This is raw and it is real and it is shocking. This is what isContinue reading “Thoughts after Charlottesville”