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Susan Penn is my Dad’s sister and my aunt, and she is very close to me and valued in my life. Driven by a desire to enhance the lives around her, Susan doesn't believe in any kind of discrimination or intolerance. I’m overjoyed that I get to have someone in my life who is such a strong role model, mentor, and friend. 

Rising Voices Fellow Maya Frank's Aunt, Susan Penn

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Maya Frank's aunt, Susan Penn, before she immigrated from South Africa to the United States.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Maya Frank's aunt, Susan Penn, before she immigrated from South Africa to the United States.

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Rising Voices Fellow Gabi Cantor with her Grandmother

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabi Cantor dancing with her grandmother, Gloria Fischel.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabi Cantor dancing with her grandmother, Gloria Fischel.

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Where in the World is Lorraine Basson?

When I think of a strong Jewish woman in my life, my grandmother, Lorraine Basson, immediately comes to mind. I admire my grandmother for so many of her traits: her passion, her love for her family, her intelligence, her sense of style, her chicken noodle soup recipe, her sophistication, her honesty, her boldness, her fearlessness, but one trait stands out in particular: her love of travel. 

Rising Voices Fellow Ariela Basson with her Grandmother

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Ariela Basson with her grandmother.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Ariela Basson with her grandmother.

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My Mama Loves Every(body)

I was never allowed to have a Barbie doll. My mom decreed it a rule in the Bickel household. I asked her why one time when I was six or seven, and she told me that she didn’t want us having dolls that portrayed unrealistic body standards. She didn’t want me and my two sisters growing up thinking that we were supposed to look like Barbies when we grew up

Rising Voices Fellow Rana Bickel Gardening with her Mom

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Rana Bickel gardening with her mom on Mother's Day, an annual tradition for them.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Rana Bickel gardening with her mom on Mother's Day, an annual tradition for them.

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Avi and Binyamin Rose with Children

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Avi and Binyamin Rose with their children Sarai and Atir.
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Avi and Binyamin Rose with their children Sarai and Atir.

Dana Rous and Muna

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Dana Rous with her foster child Muna.
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Dana Rous with her foster child Muna.

Not Your Average Grandma

Many people view grandmothers as sweet, docile old ladies, whose sole purposes are to bake cookies and knit sweaters for their grandchildren. While it’s true that my Grandma Brenda does greatly enjoy spoiling and feeding her grandchildren, there’s so much more to her story.

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