Author Archives: Lee Frankel-Goldwater

About Lee Frankel-Goldwater

is a professional environmental educator, writer, and social good project developer as well as a recent graduate of NYU's Environmental Conservation Education masters program. Lee has also studied at the Center for Creative Ecology on Kibbutz Lotan, Israel and at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Currently he has been leading development of the Global Action Classroom, an Earth Child Institute initiative focused on global youth environmental cooperation and helping to create the Global Sustainability Fellows, a program of The Sustainability Laboratory seeking to design a new and innovative, international sustainability masters program. Other projects include: developing mobile applications for encouraging social action, mixed media video design, leading peace and environmental education workshops, and doing his best to live a life in connection with the Earth while helping others to do the same. At heart Lee is a poet, traveler, musician, and philosopher with a deep curiosity for new experiences, unfamiliar cultures, learning languages, and often dancing to the beat of a different drummer. As student of yoga, meditation, and spiritual arts, Lee aims to connect the inner journey with the outer one, hoping, as he can, to share what is learned along the way, enjoying the journey.

Returning Home

June 23, 2014

We came from the desert. Kind of, as the pre-Jewish tribes ranged across sections of Judea and Mesopotamia in an era when the Middle East was likely a bit greener than it is today, and life was still not easy. Our communities began as semi-nomadic groups, herding, then tilling, practicing disparate religious customs until one More »

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Prompt on the Existence of Self

May 27, 2014

Prompt – look at the relationship of “self” to the creative process. How do we bring all of our own lives into relationship with text and creativity—without being self-indulgent? When does the authoritative voice belong in the first person? Always a vessel, always one, always interacting. It never stops. We are generative, creative, locomotion. Seared briefly More »

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Holding On, and Letting Go

February 28, 2014

As Nate Kleinman says in this month’s issue: “Settledness is relative.” I’ll go one step further and say, settledness is an illusion, a pure manifestation of our belief that we’ve found something static, and unchanging to hold on to. Ultimately, there is little we can call our own and can be secure in. Look at More »

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A Jew Abroad in China

December 19, 2013

In 2005, as Beijing was busying itself for the Olympic Games, I had the opportunity to study abroad in China. There I found a living, conflicted culture I’d only read and dreamed about, a mesh of old and new. Do not be fooled: the Middle Kingdom is a world deep and vast, and can only More »

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Individualism, Empathy, and Love

November 20, 2013

I sit, in a mall in Jersey, watching three generations of women sharing in fundamental love and human experience. Grandma holds the bottle while baby drinks, and mom prepares the stroller. Dad is reading from an iPad. Surrounding us is Loft, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, video kiosks, and wafting smells from the coffee bar just More »

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The Kotel, Runs Deep

October 22, 2013

The Kotel runs deep. Walking through Jerusalem, with it’s markets and vendors packed into a tight space designed just for the purpose of traders and herders from corners of the Middle East to share their goods, I remember. It’s been that way, for a long time. My feet remember the feel of hard, smooth stone More »

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Azazel, Piyyutim, and Avodah

September 29, 2013

MY BODY. Is made of lead and nails of Azazel, receiver of the second goat. Sin builds us, while enlightened vision frees our souls – but the apple still tastes sweet. As a poet, finding hidden connections between my heart and my heritage always seems to bring light – a subtle hope that who I More »

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