Etta King Heisler
Etta King Heisler weaves her passions for teaching, community building, and justice activism together in her role as Camp and Public Programs Director at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Etta earned a B.A. in Education Studies from Brandeis University and studied community development in the Washington Semester Program at American University. She also completed a year-long fellowship in community organizing at JOIN for Justice in Boston, MA and holds a Certificate in Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, also in Boston. Before moving to Michigan, Etta served as the Education Program Manager at the Jewish Women's Archive and taught early childhood and Jewish education in the Greater Boston Area. Etta enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, singing folk music, going to the movies, and playing competitive board games.
Watch The Prince of Egypt. Throw the toy frogs. Have a chocolate seder. Create artistic interpretations of the Ten Plagues.
Having survived a blizzardy drive down dark, unfamiliar roads last Wednesday evening, I shook the cold and snowflakes from my coat and walked into a warm room at the Newton JCC.
Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World, (Eds Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz, Indiana University Press, 2011) is at once intellectual and imaginative.
The first thing you should know about making challah is this: DO NOT BE AFRAID! I find that many people are intimidated by the thought of making their own challah.
“How could you?!” Esther screamed.
“What? What are you talking about?” I asked.
Ask any one of my friends or family members: in the weeks leading up to JWA’s Institute for Educators, I was a mess. As the dishes piled up on my desk at the office and my eyeballs crossed from looking at spreadsheet after spreadsheet of catering orders and flight information, a battle between stress and excitement raged in my mind.
A few months back, I dragged my 12-year-old, Harry-Potter-enthusiast sister to go with me to see the new Disney princess movie Tangled (which retells the Rapunzel story). In one part of the film, Rapunzel has just escaped from the tower against her mother's wishes and is encountering the World, and her independence, for the first time. (Watch the clip here.) While her companion patiently waits for her to come to terms with her new-found freedom, Rapunzel goes from one extreme to the other, from excitement to shame and worry.
“The world is woven through us/I swear I wont forget/how her fingers hold the thread.” This is the final line of the song “Rubies,” off the amazing sophomore album "Half You Half Me" by the group Girls in Trouble, released on JDUB records earlier this month.
The first thing I thought when I read this article in Monday's New York Times was "How cool! All these women are scientists?!" What immediately followed was the thought "Too bad." Too bad I never knew that Winnie from the Wonder Years loves math. Too bad I never found out that Blossom totally digs science. Too bad I had no idea that Queen Amidala was a super science nerd in high school, or I might have found the Star Wars prequels more interesting.
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