Queenie, my mom, worked as a social worker, she was out there everyday in the streets. I never thought of that as being an activist, but I now know that the people that go out in the neighborhoods everyday and work in the trenches and do it for whatever reason, and understand why they are doing it, that's the work.
But until I became rooted in my Jewish identity and my Jewish home and my Jewish practice, I didn't have an identity that defined my role in my work as an activist. So my husband and I decided to live a Jewish life that included Shabbat/calendar, affiliation, study... and we were determined that our son was not going to be uncomfortable in his Jewish skin and as a result of holidays and Shabbat shared with a wonderful extended family, a strong Jewish education that included Israel and graduation from the New Jewish High School, he loves being Jewish which I guess is a big success.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Pamela Sussman Paternoster on JEWISH VALUES." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
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Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - Pamela Sussman Paternoster on JEWISH VALUES," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.