1. The Jewish Review, Portland's longest-running Jewish newspaper, has returned in digital form after a hiatus. I'm glad it's back!
And I'm honored to have been one of multiple musical and visual artists interviewed for the latest edition, in anarticle about how artists in Portland's Jewish community have dealt with the challenges of doing creative work during the pandemic shutdown. You can read the article here:
2. I've been doing a ton of drumming, as you know, since the shutdown. I'm also hanging out with my guitar and working up old and new songs to share with you online at two upcoming events:
First, this Sunday at 1pm PDT/4pm EDT, I'm honored to be part of Kol HaChaverim's Queer Kolot, a songwriter's roundtable by Queer Jewish artists, live on Facebook:
4. Later this summer I'll be hanging out with my friends in the Women Cantors' Network as we move our conference online; and and I'm looking ahead to High Holy Days, also online, with my friends at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton, WA.
5. Finally, in light of the protests around the country and around the world in support of Black Lives Matter, I am doing what I can in quarantine, by donating to protest support funds and to the NAACP's legal fund. I've also got some books on order to better educate myself on how to be a better ally to Black people and to Black communities during this time of profound cultural shift. I'll post what I read on my FB page in case anyone else is looking for good reading material that can inspire us to sit with our discomfort and grow from it.
Meanwhile -- Stay home! Stay safe and wear a mask when you venture out. Wash your hands with soap and water often! And above all let's be kind to each other. We can get through this together, one step at a time.