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Donna Swarthout

Donna Swarthout
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JWA contributor Donna Swarthout.

Donna Swarthout is a freelance writer living in Berlin, Germany. She shares her views and experiences on her blog Full Circle.

Blog posts

The "Women's Room" at Rathaus Wilmersdorf

The Women’s Room: A Report from Berlin’s Refugee Centers

When I log on to the Volunteer Planner for helping at Berlin’s refugee centers I see the current tally of volunteers and hours worked: 18,000+ registered volunteers, 50,000+ hours worked. This makes me think of former President George H.W. Bush’s phrase “a thousand points of light.” Thousands in Germany are lighting the way towards a new life for thousands seeking asylum.

Topics: Activism

Jewish Identity: A Round-Trip Journey

A life-long discomfort with institutionalized Judaism is hard to shed once you reach the mid-life years. Sure, it’s great to keep an open mind, but there’s also the sense of not wanting to waste time on pursuits unlikely to enrich one’s life. Some of us narrow our options as we get older in a bargain to reduce the odds of having regrets.

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