Each night of Chanukah you will receive a blessing from a fellow alum straight to your inbox. These 8 blessings will serve as reminders of the kind of analysis you did during your Corps year, and the types of reflections you have continued to do on your journeys as Jewish agents for social change. Happy Chanukah!

A Little Bit Can Go a Long Way

On Chanukah, we are reminded that sometimes a little help and the belief that we are being supported can keep our fire going. I have found this true for many clients, and it has kept me going myself.

I cannot change someone's health status, I cannot change a widow's empty house, I cannot change immigration and health care laws overnight, but over and over, with an open heart, an extended hand and information, I can help people feel the connection among all of us, and thereby, I can remind them of their strength to keep going. This year, at times when suffering seems overwhelming, may we be each others' miracles, and together make the world a better place. 


Shira Vardi (NY 02-03) was raised in Israel and Madison, WI, and is a social worker in the Chicago area.  Shira has experience working with trauma and training in mindfulness and somatic education. Shira currently works part time at Swedish Covenant hospital on a dialysis unit and has recently joined the integrative group practice, Healthy, Happy, Whole, where she works as a body-centered therapist.  Shira is also joining the Chicago Women's Health Center as a volunteer therapist.  


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