One week removed from the lockdown of my city, spring is reclaiming our streets. In the moments and days following the Boston Marathon bombings, I watched my hometown transform into a combination of tragedy and heroism. In the week since, I have seen us move forward stronger and prouder, ever more dedicated to the causes [...]
I woke up clutching my bed frame, heart pounding, mind reeling – three nights in a row – when I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I could not escape this story, both novel and film, and wondered how it could change The United States. It was one of two striking stories of civil [...]
The most fulfilling and reassuring conversation I had in the days following the 2012 election was with someone whom I deeply disagree with. As a liberal Jew from the Northeast, my beliefs about American were dramatically reinforced by a phone call with a conservative evangelical friend in the South. Our country is extremely and increasingly [...]
I was walking through downtown Boston in late August, and passed a group of men dressed as Minutemen, as Revolutionary soldiers. This is a common sight during the tourist season, in the birthplace of the Revolutionary War. However, the most recent time I had seen someone dressed as a minuteman was in Tampa, FL – [...]
As an interfaith organizer, anyone who gives me advice is likely to affirm the value of building one-on-one, trusting relationships. As a social entrepreneur, many people give me advice to focus on design for scale. On face value, I find this amusing: “the interfaith entrepreneur must manufacture as many genuine relationships as can be.” Upon [...]
David is a 2012 graduate of Oberlin College, where he completed majors in Jewish Studies and Environmental Studies and launched Interfaith Appalachia in his senior year. Interfaith Appalachia brings people together across differences of faith, politics, and environmental perspective for service, dialogue and community development in central Appalachia.