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.

Ronda Spinak–This Month’s Featured Reader

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Ronda Spinak–This Month’s Featured Reader

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

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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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Ping Ho

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Ping Ho

Ping Ho MA, MPH, is the Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing. As a lifelong student of the arts, with master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health, Ping observed both the healing value of creative expression and its absence in health care.  Upon discovering mental health professionals called creative arts therapists, she worked with them to make some of their practices available to professionals in other domains—in order to meet overwhelming community needs.

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Danielle Levy

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

Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy’s life goal is to contribute toward the creation of unity among all people.  To do this, she uses a framework of higher values, such as compassion, as opposed to the usual materialistic values, to analyze social problems.  She posts a written piece each week and a video every other week on her website, Inner Life Directions (www.innerlifedirections.com).  In addition, Danielle is the owner of Inner Outer Partnership (innerouterpartnership.org), a non-profit organization which offers meditation as a way for individuals to fulfill...

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