Happy Chanukah and Thanksgiving from Jewrotica!


Rated PGIt’s that classic Thanksgiving question with a bit of a Chanukah twist:

What are you thankful for? And what is that thing in your life you consider to be your own personal miracle?

Earlier this week, each Jewrotica team member took a few moments to reflect on and appreciate the blessings and miracles in our lives.  We wish for you, dear readers, a holiday filled with love, family, friends, compassion, gratitude and great food!

Ayo Oppenheimer

Ayo Oppenheimer

I’m thankful for my devoted family, my loving and supportive friends and the Jewrotica team who continue to make this project possible. I am excited to be putting together and mentoring the 2014 North American Jewrotica leadership team who will grow our community-based activities, workshops and events as I cross the ocean to spend the coming year in Jerusalem.

Leora Flax

Leora Flax

This has been a year of personal transformation for me, and I’m very proud the person I’m becoming. I guess that’s my miracle-I’ve changed my whole life around and I’m still in one piece! I’m so thankful for the people who have helped me get through it all and that I’ve had the inner strength to follow through. I’m also extremely thankful for Ayo, who gave me the opportunity to help out with Jewrotica. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’m thankful for it every day!!

Happy Thanksgivingukkah!

Emma Morris

Emma Morris

Like Ayo and Leora, I’m so grateful for Jewrotica. In many ways, becoming involved with it has been a miracle for me. Communicating with people who are excited by Jewrotica and want to be involved is such a thrill. It has been a very meaningful experience for me, as it has taught me so much about the exciting diversity and contemporary relevance of Jewish traditions. This has also been a bit of a transformational-year for me as well, and Jewrotica, along with several related projects, have done wonders for me in this process.

team_davidThere are so many things for me to be thankful for, I hardly know where to begin. But, for the sake of brevity, I can focus on the source of all my bounty, and that would be my parents. Everything I have that is good in my life has either come from them or has been influenced by them in some way. My worldview, my Jewish identity, my love of Israel and the Jewish people, my choice in friends and how I spend my time – everything I have or am is thanks to them. I know, it sounds pretty hokey, but it’s totally true. If you’re ever in Montreal, stop by and say hi to them. My Mom will make you a sandwich, my Dad will tell you a joke. You’ll totally understand.

Founder and editor of Jewrotica, Ayo spent the past two years full-time RVing North America with her Jewish educational film program.

Ayo alternates between intensely pursuing fun new experiences and equally intensely trying to do good by people. She would love to hear from you.

  • Ayo Oppenheimer

    Thanks for the love, Leora and Emma! You are such vital parts of the Jewrotica family and I appreciate you both.

    David, your comments are so sweet. You gotta share this with them. 🙂