Celebrations: Lisa in Jewish Exponent Article


Happy Birthday to my nephew, Zachary! In honor of his 16th birthday, I wanted to share about Jewish Celebrations and inclusion. Thank you to Elyse Glickman for including my thoughts in her article, Room for One More. As we move from Rosh Hashannah, through the ten days to awe to Yom Kippur, I always think about my goals for the New Year. This year I hope you and your family find ways to CELEBRATE EARLY and OFTEN!

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From the Article:

Rabbi Abrahamson notes that teachers and education professionals have become more proactive with inclusiveness in their classrooms and in their lesson plans. One example of this is Lisa Niver Rajna, a Philadelphia native and Penn graduate who teaches K-6 science at Brawerman, a Jewish elementary school in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she has ensured that her lesson plans include teachable moments about diversity, inclusion and bullying.

“We are social creatures – it is part of our genetics,” Niver Rajna says. “I start this concept with my second graders – we observe how caterpillars become butterflies. Some of the butterflies emerge but may have a wing with a problem. I leave all of riiem in the habitat. When we go outside to release them, we talk about how not everyone is the same. Some butterflies or people have a problem with a wing or a limb or a part of their body, but we are all part of the community.”

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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