I hope you enjoy this random slideshow of pictures ranging from baby naming ceremonies to bar and bat mitzvahs with a few family pictures in between. I’ve had the honor of learning, praying, and working with some incredible people like native American elder Aggie Baker Pilgram, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Michael Medved, Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Roger Craig, CNN Hero Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Mikahala Roy, Kumu Keala, Jack Carrol, Louisa Chatroux, my mentor Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield z”l, Yehezkel Landau, Yehuda Wachsman, Laura Robin, Scott Banderoff, Debbie Friedman z”l, Patty Shelton z”l, Patti Moran McCoy, Mike McCoy, Senator Ron Wyden, Rev. Anne Bartlett, Rev. Ron Timen, Mel Brown, Holly Near, Laura Berman, Craig Benelli, Eve Ilsen, Imam Mamadou Toure, Ibrahim Abu El Hawa, Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, Ishmael Khaldi, Sheikh Ali Selah Muhammed Hussein, Deepak Chopra, Christiane Amanpour, Bruce Morris, Jon Hendricks, Laurindo Almeda, and my rebbe, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi zt”l.
One very special picture is that of a teenage, Muslim exchange student from Pakistan named Annie. She lived with a Jewish family in southern Oregon for a year around 2005. During that autumn, Yom Kippur fell during Ramadan and Annie decided to pray and fast with our synagogue community for the entire day. In the picture we are breaking fast together – what a beautiful and inspirational moment!
Of course, my favorite pictures are with family members Debra Zaslow, Rachel Zaslow, Amaya Zahar Zaslow, Ari Zaslow, Kim Zaslow, Jerry Stern, Derek Phillips, Sam Zaslow z”l, and my G-d daughter Ariel Horowitz. More pictures to come! And, umm, the hippy with hair down to his shoulders…I wonder who that was in 1969?