Featured readers

We recognize that many of our readers are already doing exciting things to benefit the world, and we want to honor them.  Some of their projects have opportunities for involvement, so take a look.

Aziza Hasan–This Month’s Featured Reader

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Aziza Hasan–This Month’s Featured Reader

Aziza Hasan, M.A. is Executive Director of NewGround: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Aziza has been part of the NewGround team for a decade.  She has extensive experience in program management and coalition building.  She has worked with diverse groups to deliver quality programming that developed the skills of its participants in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, service learning, leadership, conflict transformation and diversity training.  An experienced mediator and conflict resolution practitioner, she has co-facilitated...

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Mary Wright

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Mary Wright

Mary Wright’s ethereal art has always been inspired by nature. Mary is guided by the interrelation between the four elements – air, earth, fire, water – and the regenerative qualities of nature.  Feathers, shells, trees and rock formations hide deeper abstract universes that stimulate her work. Of her work, architect Arthur Dyson says, “Her watercolors are a stream of experience that emphasize sensitivity to the kind of hidden structures that rest beneath the distracting glare of ordinary appearance…she has found a method to bring calm to the...

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Ronda Spinak

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Ronda Spinak

Ronda Spinak, pictured on the left with Salma Hayek and JWT’s PR consultant, Maureen Rubin, is producer and artistic director of Jewish Women’s Theatre, as well as creater and producer of JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series, now in its tenth season. She has curated more than 35 original Jewish-themed salon shows for JWT, as well as adapted many of the pieces performed. Spinak developed and produced Not That Jewish at JWT’s The Braid, which ran for 16 months, garnered an LA Drama Critics Circle nomination, only stopping to move to...

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Susan Dillon

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Susan Dillon

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1994. I then thought my life was over, but it has carried on quite happily. After doing a 12-day hike in Nepal with my husband, I returned home to Cambridge, England and thought “I have the energy to do something for others”. What first drew my attention was an article in the local church newsletter looking for people to join the support committee of the Cambridge and District MS Society. As I had then lived with MS for almost 5 years, I thought this was something that I had come to understand...

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Mollie Hogan

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Mollie Hogan

Mollie Hogan is the founder and president of Nature of Wildworks.  She started out as a professional singer, but switched careers when she toured the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo for the first time and came face-to-face with a mountain lion. She was hooked! As a student at Moorpark, she worked with that very mountain lion as well as many other wild and exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles. Upon graduation, she moved to Sedona, Arizona, where she managed an animal shelter for a year. When an employment opportunity opened up at the Los Angeles...

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David Sonnenschein

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David Sonnenschein

David Sonnenschein’s passions of art, science and communication guide the mission of his company iQsonics. A neuroscientist, musician, filmmaker and educator, David’s book Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects inspires students and professionals around the world to reach their highest creative and technical potential. This work has extended to those with even more growth potential –  young children – and their preferred learning method – play. “Music provides optimal conditions for neuroplasticity,...

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Sandra Beckwith

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Sandra Beckwith

Sandra Beckwith is the author of two ebook series teaching civility and ethics to kids:  Master Keys for Kids and A Manner for All Seasons.  Schools and families are searching for ways to counter an increasingly mean-spirited and crude world, and these tools help teachers and parents to teach kindness, respect, gratitude, and compassion.  The Master Keys Series offers almost 50 lessons in themed books that lead conversation and critical thinking for children’s emotional intelligence.  A Manner for All Seasons series uses storytelling and...

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Mary Ann Webster

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Mary Ann Webster

Mary Ann Webster is a veteran Sierra Club member and environmental activist who has served over 20 years as Chair for the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force, working to preserve the natural, cultural and historical resources of the mountains and coastal areas. The mission was (and is) protect open space and oppose wanton developments.  As an experienced hiker and “I” rated leader, Mary Ann has led a great many Sierra Club hikes, car camps and backpacks in the mountains and parks throughout California, as well as hikes on our local...

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Sita Lozoff

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Featured reader | 1 comment

Sita Lozoff

Sita Lozoff is the co-director of the Human Kindness Foundation (HKF), a project she founded with her late husband Bo Lozoff more than 40 years ago.  The foundation provides interfaith spiritual materials to jail and prison inmates across the country and world. Sita grew up in Pennsylvania but left home on a quest for a deeper purpose in life.  She first landed in Miami, Florida, ostensibly to go to college but ultimately to find Bo and begin the adventure that helped them connect to spiritual leaders like Ram Dass and the Dalai Lama, found...

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Nina Smart

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Nina Smart

Dr. Nina Smart was born in communist Romania and spent her teenage years in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Following her own harrowing escape from female genital mutilation (FGM), which is chronicled in her book, Wild Flower, she immigrated to the United States in 1992. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology, became an accomplished fashion designer, and her poetry has been published in both Romanian and English. In 2004 she founded SWF International, an NGO that works in non-violent ways to eradicate FGM in Sierra Leone.  She has received several...

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