Donna Swarthout

Donna Swarthout

Donna Swarthout is the editor and co-author of A Place They Called Home: Reclaiming Citizenship. Stories of a New Jewish Return to Germany (2018). She has been writing about Jewish life in Germany since moving from the US to Berlin in 2010.

Blog Posts

Woman with puppets on each hand staging a puppet show

Women Shaping Jewish Life in Germany

Donna Swarthout
Doris H. Gray

Women are at the forefront of efforts to change the perception and reality of Jewish life in Germany. 

The "Women's Room" at Rathaus Wilmersdorf

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

Donna Swarthout

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
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Jewish Identity: A Round-Trip Journey

Donna Swarthout

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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Jewish Women's Archive. " Donna Swarthout ." (Viewed on May 29, 2024) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/donna-swarthout>.