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JoJo's Profile

Boston, MA

I believe every single person out there has a story, and that every single story is worth listening to and can teach us something important.

This belief is difficult to maintain when I get crappy writing at my job.

I teach English at Roxbury Community College, and usually it's great. I also run a small peer tutoring program.

I'm from Berkeley, California. I lived in Reno, Nevada for high school and college. I taught English in Korea for a year. I was raised feministly, west coast egal reform/conservatively, passionately, and messily. 

I loved my hippy Jewish day camp growing up. I loved my experience with Sigma AEPi. I loved working hard for almost nothing at my local cafe in college, but mostly because my coworkers were so great and taught me so much about life.

I live in Jamaica Plain with my wife, Suzie Schwartz, and my sister, Lilly Jacobson.

 
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JoJo's Voice

JoJo

A Staring Contest with Gd: How I'm Handling Fertility Issues at the Moment

Imagine you are standing in a crowded deli, waiting for your turn at the counter. You are holding your little number that you got from... Read More
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How to Treat People Who are Trying to Get Pregnant

Honesty! Integrity! Good luck wishes for sperm? What should a friend with a new baby say to a friend who is trying to get pregnant?This... Read More
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Tisha B' Av, Mental Health, and a Broken World

Come here and hug me. It's all going to be okay. I love you, and Gd loves you, and the world isn't perfect, but we... Read More
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Fifteen Moments in Jerusalem

Fifteen Moments in Jerusalem

          1. A delivery boy stealing a rugelah from a stand in the shuk (popped it in his mouth and winked... Read More
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JoJo

I Could Have Walked to Jerusalem

This place is like the belly-button of the world--right in the middle of everything. I've been here in Israel for one week, and so far... Read More
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Where Were You On Wednesday?

Where were you on Wednesday when you found out DOMA was overturned? I was at work, obsessively checking facebook on my phone. Suzie was in... Read More
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Travel and Belonging and Israel (My Neocolonialist Qualms)

Where do we need to go?Cambodia is a beautiful country full of monks in saffron robes, heartbreakingly poor children, and tourists with cameras.I know this... Read More
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Small Town Judaism and Israel

Where there are only 19 people, you can’t have two minyanim. I grew up in a place where there weren’t many Jews. My sister and... Read More
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Justin Beiber's Comment about Anne Frank: Unintentionally Beautiful or Completely Disrespectful?

"It's frightening and sad.""But what if it's not? I don't think this is the usual holocaust stuff."Suzie and I just had an interesting discussion about... Read More
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Ecology versus the Holocaust: A Tale of Baby Making Decisions

"I wanna have twenty-two babies!” My little sister was five years old and didn’t quite understand the mechanics of childbirth. She thought babies were just... Read More
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JoJo's Comments

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