Faces and Voices From Jewish Tulsa

  • Living a Jewish Life

      American religious life is moving through a period of rapid change. Many people find themselves establishing families or living alone in a religious tradition different than the one from which they came. Thinking through these issues is important in the way we give meaning and value to our lives. If you are part of Continue Reading

  • Thoughts about the Israel Connection

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Lately I have been confessing in various occasions: true, I have an agenda. Funny thing is that it’s not even hidden, first because whoever has known me for five minutes can probably testify that I am open with my thoughts. Second, because I am actually hired to do what I am Continue Reading

  • Highlights from the Federation

    A Jewish proverb reminds us “Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.” The Jewish Federation of Tulsa has been wise in deeds this past year. The Federation continues to be a cornerstone for Jewish culture and life in Tulsa. We remain true to our mission to advance and promote Jewish life Continue Reading

  • A Canine Mitzvah Tale

    Who says happy endings are only for fairy tales? (Or “tails”, as the case may be). When the following story about second chances was brought to our attention, we just had to share the difference that Jewish Federation of Tulsa executive board member Lori Frank made in a woman’s life. Dear Lori, You’re probably wondering Continue Reading

  • Israel at 67

    by Shiri Achiasaf West At precisely 8 p.m. on May 14, the Israeli flag was lifted once again to high mast and the State of Israel went immediately from grief to joy, to mark 67 years since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. On top of Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, the annual Continue Reading

  • Midrasha Spring Break Trip: Remembering the Shoah

    By Eliyahu Krigel The experiential spring break trips at Midrasha are all about bridging the formal and informal. What happens in our classrooms on Wednesday evenings during Midrasha represents the formal aspect of our engaging seventh through twelfth-grade program. The informal learning transpires when we have the opportunity to travel with our high school students Continue Reading

  • The Young and the Restless

    by Shiri Achiasaf West Every year it seems that the Teen Mifgash gets better, touches more aspects of the life here in Tulsa. Each year it seems as though the experience is becoming more and more meaningful, not only for the teens on both sides of the ocean, but also for the entire community and Continue Reading

  • The Cool Factor – Binyamin Zomer: Tulsa Born, Israeli Proud

    by Shirley Burger In my volunteer capacity at Mizel Jewish Community Day School, I was recently researching past students who attended the school (aka Heritage Academy). I came upon a child of the Zomer family, Binyamin, who was a student in the 1980s. His is an international success story, beginning in the Tulsa Jewish community. Continue Reading

  • P2G Visits Israel

    by Drew Diamond, Executive Director The Jewish Federation of Tulsa Partnership2Gether (P2G) leadership team—Shlicha Shiri West, Israel Committee Chairperson Jennifer Paxton, committee members Mark Lobo and Gyla Carter and myself— began 2015 with a partnership meeting in Israel. Our team met with our Israeli colleagues, as well as our counterparts from Milwaukee, WI, Madison, WI, Continue Reading

  • Dr. Marc Goldberg: Improving the Vision of Low Income Children in Tulsa

    By Felipe Oyarzo Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. The various site coordinators in Tulsa make sure that these children have all Continue Reading