Nechama Liss-Levinson


Welcome to Tzedakah Club, Sandy Grandson

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

Welcome to Tzedakah Club, Sandy Grandson
Our youngest grandson will turn one year old this month. He was born last October as Hurricane Sandy swept up the East Coast.Read More


Kotel Struggle a Civil Rights Battle for Jews

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

Kotel Struggle a Civil Rights Battle for Jews
Fifty years ago civil rights activists staged a sit-in at the lunch counter of Woolworth’s in Jackson Mississippi to protest the segregated seating which existed, mandating separate areas for black and white patrons.Read More


Those Princesses Are Not My Reality

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

We all knew it was coming. A medium as rife with ethnic stereotypes as reality television was bound to, one day, find a few spunky young Jewish women and present them to the world as JAPs. Well, that day has come. Read More


Shul Cancels Pamela Geller — But Fails To Take Stand

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

Shul Cancels Pamela Geller — But Fails To Take Stand
It was after 11 p.m. yesterday that I first heard the news that my synagogue, the Great Neck Synagogue, had announced the cancellation of a speaking engagement by Pamela Geller, founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. I breathed a great sigh of relief. I quickly stopped writing the piece I was working on about how my heart was broken by the intransigence of the synagogue and its leadership in confronting a moral challenge.Read More


Passover At YOUR House?

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

Passover At YOUR House?
Every Seder has its own story. There was Passover circa 1960, when Uncle Buddy stood in for Elijah. Or the Passover of 1985, when we started the Seder as we got up from sitting shiva for my father. I will never forget the Passover Seders when each of our children recited the Four Questions for the first time. Or the Passover when our first grandson made his appearance, and we all were transformed in our familial relationships and identities.Read More






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