For the first eighteen years of my life, my Jewish identity was completely intertwined with service work. From weekly visits to the Collingswood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with my Hebrew School class, to rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina with my Jewish sleepaway camp, to social action projects with my NFTY youth group, volunteerism was embedded in my practice of Judaism.
The newly renovated library is a state-of-the-art facility with enhanced educational programming, cutting-edge technology, and shared learning and creation spaces that will better meet the needs of the more than 1,100 patrons who visit the Central Library every day, especially children and families.
It was day three on our Reality Storytellers journey. We walked into the design savvy office of Inbar Amir for an inspirational Israeli Storytelling workshop, and let me tell you, she's no stranger to the art of great story.
As I was entering the fourth hour straight of a different language continuously being shouted loudly around me, I made a choice to shift my perspective. No longer was I going to focus on all that was less than perfect around me. I chose to shift my gaze to the focal point of all that has been breathtakingly life-changing.