Roses and Respect: Dissecting International Women’s Day in the Context of Soviet and Russian Jewish Women

In February 2018, my application for the Tikkun Fellowship was accepted.  The Tikkun Fellowship is an initiative of Jewish United Fund (JUF) of Metropolitan Chicago's Russian Jewish Division (RJD) that helps develop and support projects created by Russian-speaking Jewish individuals ages 22 to 40. With my family, community and my own rich experiences in mind, I’ll be focusing on … Continue reading Roses and Respect: Dissecting International Women’s Day in the Context of Soviet and Russian Jewish Women

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Introducing “Identity Diaspora: A Collection of Essays by an American Daughter of Soviet Jewry”

In February 2018, my application for the Tikkun Fellowship was accepted.  The Tikkun Fellowship is an initiative of Jewish United Fund (JUF) of Metropolitan Chicago's Russian Jewish Division (RJD) that helps develop and support projects created by Russian-speaking Jewish individuals ages 22 to 40. The word Tikkun means "to repair" and comes from the phrase Tikkun Olam - "repairing … Continue reading Introducing “Identity Diaspora: A Collection of Essays by an American Daughter of Soviet Jewry”

Ghosts: a poem in homage to Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ for Poems While You Wait and Classic Album Sundays Chicago

I wrote a typewriter poem with Poems While You Wait for Classic Album Sundays Chicago during their monthly album presentation. This one in particular was for Steely Dan's "Aja." The poem is an homage to Steely Dan's history and story. You can view the typewritten poem here or read it in plain text below. "Ghosts" By … Continue reading Ghosts: a poem in homage to Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’ for Poems While You Wait and Classic Album Sundays Chicago

Human Garden, for the project Parental Dissonance

I wrote a creative piece (something between prose and poetry) about my experience with parental dissonance for Esther Gutkovsky (selectivelyrussian)'s first installment of her blog project "Parental Dissonance." Read the essay posted online here. The full text of the article can be viewed by clicking below. “Human Garden” The garden has long served as a metaphor for living, … Continue reading Human Garden, for the project Parental Dissonance

By Day I’m Grayscale, By Evening I’m Fully Saturated

I wrote an essay about my post grad experiences in the working world: how I had to "dim down" my creative and artistic experiences to fit the profile of what my future employers wanted. Read the essay posted on December 18, 2015 online here. The full text of the article can be viewed by clicking below. … Continue reading By Day I’m Grayscale, By Evening I’m Fully Saturated

The Gentrification Within South Side

This is a braided narrative on the South Side neighborhood in Pittsburgh, coupled with readings from "South Side Stories" by Tami Dixon. Based and Adapted from "South Side Stories" by Tami Dixon Written and Presented by Danielle Levsky PART 1 In Tami Dixon’s “South Side Stories,” the playwright presents the vibrant and dynamic South Side … Continue reading The Gentrification Within South Side