“The Sunflower experience is transformational,” she beams, “Students come in and they don’t leave as the same people. The growth, self-confidence, and self-esteem are life changing.”
I understood that my life isn’t only my own. I am of my family and I’m of my people and I’m for my family and I’m for my people. So, I better make the most of it.
I came out of my Jewish shell the first time I put on a kippah (yarmulke). It was overwhelming. I was glowing. The cameras began to flash and suddenly I was wishing people all across the world a Shabbat Shalom on Instagram.
“We count our success not in the statements we release, but in the people we help and the antisemites we hold accountable. We model the saying that ‘actions speak louder than words’ every day by upholding our mission statement.”
“They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!” That may be the underlying theme of all Jewish holidays, which is perhaps why every traditional holiday meal is focused on the pure comfort and pleasure of tucking into a plate full of food prepared with and surrounded by love.
“it’s all about giving viewers a sense of artistic connection to the stories that have brought us to this point in our Jewish evolution,” explains co-founder Neil Friedman.
Not to diss our religion or anything. But, when I think about beatboxing, scratching, and mic drops, Jews are not the first people who come to mind.
But as today is hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, let’s celebrate the Jews who have had a real impact on the genre.
If you’ve ever picked up a bottle of OPI nail polish, you’ve likely giggled at the names like “Ladies and Magenta-men,” “Orange You Glad it’s Summer” and “Suzi Sells Sushi by the Seashore.”