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 an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. 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, TODAY, 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 insights. 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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