Los Angeles: Send Forth Graduates and Stories

 

wise school la graduation 2015From Rabbi Joshua Knobel:

“Send forth…So begins this week’s parasha, shelach-lecha, in which God commands the Israelites to send emissaries to investigate the land. When the spies return with reports burdened by fears, they create a panic among the Israelites, who are condemned to remain in the wilderness after wondering, yet again, why they had abandoned Egypt.

At Stephen S Wise Temple, we heeded the command to send forth, as we celebrated the graduation of Wise School’s Class of 2015. With song, video, and dance, 48 students emphasized the import of their Jewish education – our people’s values, traditions, and language – to their future.

Like our ancestors, these students enter a land flowing with milk and honey, with opportunity around every corner. Also, like our ancestors, they enter a world fraught with peril. Well documented are the prospects of assimilation and irrelevance that accompany Jewish life in America.

They enter this world, however, armed with the skills and fearlessness necessary to traverse a constantly changing global landscape and to create our Jewish future. The Jewish world they create will not resemble the Jewish world of today. However, they remain eager for the opportunities and undaunted by the challenges that await.

Unlike our ancestors, let us send forth our emissaries with confidence in the future they will create, as their path is the only way out of the wilderness.”

What choice will you make about how to educate your children? What choice will you make about how to spend your time? Will you worry about peril? Will you look forward to challenges? Will you worry less about how others see you and more about who you are and about who you are capable of becoming?

Share your story about how you are brave in the We Said Go Travel Summer Independence Writing Contest

Summer 2015

Independence Travel Writing Contest #8

We are looking for an article about your independence. Where do you feel free and the most true version of your self?

The movie, The Book of Life, asks us to have the courage to really live and to live life as if it is a song. “It is all right if it goes wrong, just keep calm and carry on.”

the-book-of-life-poster-sliceWill you write your own story? Will you follow your heart? Will you sing your song? Or will you play along to the script you think your parents and ancestors predetermined for you?

Maria Posada, the star-crossed lover from The Book of Life,  says, “I belong to no one.” Please share a story about where you belong and if your family and country want you to play along or find your own path. Are you independent? interdependent? Where do you find freedom and joy?

In her book, I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” Brene Brown says: “When we tell our stories, we change the world.” Be Brave! Be Bold! Tell us your Tale.

DATE: Enter from May 18, 2015 to July 4, 2015.

THEME: Independence: A Place that Makes You Feel Free to be Yourself

**Over 1800 writers from 75 countries have participated in contests #1-7 since Jan 2013. Share your story!**

DEADLINE: Enter by midnight PST on July 4, 2015

To EnterSubmit your entry here

PRIZES: 1st Prize – $500 usd cash 2nd Prize – $100 usd cash 3rd Prize – $50 usd cash

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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