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Improv brings women together

WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK - June 26, 2019

“Four women stand on a makeshift stage, the only clue to the setting are the words “Metro car” written on an easel. Taped to their clothing are tags: police officer, Metro driver, Passenger #1, Passenger #2. The Metro car is stuck on the tracks and the passengers, one of whom is pregnant, are panicking.

“It could happen. Sometimes, they’re born early. It could happen, it could totally happen,” one passenger says to the other. She’s interrupted by the Metro driver breaking into song.

Some 40 women squeezed into the Bump n’ Grind coffee shop in Silver Spring on Monday for a night of
improv…”

 
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Sivan - What does it mean to form a community?

PODBEAN - June 13, 2019

“A conversation about creating Jewish communities. I speak with Ariele Mortkowitz, creator of SVIVAH, and Lauren Spokane, the Lead Instigator and Board Chair of the New Synagogue Project, about their efforts in forming strong, modern, Jewish communities in the DC area.”

 
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A seat at my seder table

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL - APRIL 18, 2019

“Add these women’s perspectives -- diverse in affiliation, background, and more -- to your discussions on leaving Egypt and feel more like you were there…”

 
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HerTorah Inaugural Women’s Learning Event Explores Storytelling in the Haggadah

KOL HABIRAH - APRIL 11, 2019

“Writer and speaker Rachel Sharansky Danziger wove together the biblical exodus from Egypt with her family’s contemporary exodus from the former Soviet Union at the inaugural HerTorah event. “HerStory: Making the Exodus Our Own,” was held April 2 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event attracted 110 women and girls from across both the Greater Washington area and the Jewish denominational spectrum…”

 

A place for Jewish women, of all kinds

Washington Jewish Week - DECEMBER 26, 2018

“Svivah comes from the Hebrew word “sivuv” meaning circle, to surround, explained Arielle Mortkowitz. “And that is exactly what we intend to do.”

Mortkowitz is the founder of Svivah, a new Jewish women’s group that officially launched earlier this month. She wanted to create a place to “inspire, support, connect and celebrate Jewish womanhood,” so on Dec. 16, the group met in the meeting room of the Blair Apartments in Silver Spring for conversation and kosher snacks…’

 
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New Communal Network Taps into Hopes and Needs of Today’s Jewish Women

KOL HABIRAH - December 20, 2018

“Earlier this month, 50 Jewish women gathered to launch a new kind of Jewish communal space. SVIVAH is both a community and a resource clearinghouse, providing for the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional needs of Jewish women. The initial lineup of events demonstrates this commitment to serving a broad spectrum of women’s interests and needs…”

 
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Spotlight: Ariele Mortkowitz, SVIVAH

GLEAN NETWORK - DECEMBER 18, 2018

“The 2018-2019 START cohort kicked-off in-person in mid-November, convening 24 faith leaders from around the country in Providence, RI. Ariele Mortkowitz shares her reflections on her experience in the cohort so far, as well as some early successes!"…”