Author Archives: Zoe Jick

Zoe Jick

About Zoe Jick

is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she studied religion. Currently, she works as the New York Regional Director for the World Zionist Organization and she holds a recruitment position for Masa Israel Journey. Zoe also writes a travel food blog, which can be found at www.everywhereeating.wordpress.com

Ever Relevant

Zoe Jick
May 4, 2012

I have never studied Torah. For all my years of Jewish education, this essential element of Judaism has somehow eluded me. Perhaps my gaping hole of knowledge comes from personal choices- opting out of text based electives during Hebrew school, for example. Perhaps the void stems from systematic choices, wherein my day school teachers veered More »

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Avi Schaefer’s Method

Zoe Jick
April 27, 2012

With the AIPAC and JStreet conferences just behind us, the topic of “American students’ engagement with Israel” is the most frequent subject between those of us working in organizations that do Israel campus engagement. The David Project recently released its “White Paper,” a call to action for strengthening American youth’s Jewish identity and connection to More »

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Remembering to Eat

Zoe Jick
March 19, 2012

A year has passed since handing in my senior thesis, a paper entitled “The Jewish Relationship to Ethical Food,” which I quoted in my blog post last month. For months, I immersed myself in Jewish texts regarding food. Many of the authors I read are published in this issue of Sh’ma, including Joel Hecker and More »

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Ethical Eating

Zoe Jick
February 20, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my senior thesis for the religion department at Wesleyan University. The title of this essay is “The Jewish Relationship to Ethical Food,” and throughout the esssay, I point to moments where Judaism and values of ethical consumption converge in the act of eating. “When I began learning to More »

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Voting My Issue

Zoe Jick
January 30, 2012

When George W. Bush was up for re-election, and I was certain that a president so universally mocked could never earn a second term, I saw a t-shirt that changed my mind. This shirt had big bubble letters across its front that read “Vote Your Issue.” The bubble letters were colored blue and white. The More »

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Still Searching

Zoe Jick
December 27, 2011

Its always been straightforward before. My go-to community was right in front of me. Growing up in Reform day school, my Jewish circle didn’t extend far passed my family and my classmates. In high school, I found NFTY and Israel summer programs. My Jewish support system lay in late night phone calls with fellow campers More »

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September’s Dread

Zoe Jick
November 17, 2011

I’ve never felt so close to politics. Literally: close. My office is at 41st and 3rd, the UN at 42nd and 1st. I noticed the enhanced police presence on my way to work for the entire week of September 20th. I suffered from the traffic chaos, crowded commutes and blocked streets. I fielded provocative questions More »

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Seeing the Impact of Donations

Zoe Jick
October 11, 2011

My family used to keep a JNF tzedakah box on our kitchen counter. You know the one I’m talking about, that little blue box speckled with images of greenery and Israeli flags. In my home, the JNF tzdeakah box served as a constant reminder of the Jewish rebuilding of our ancestral homeland. The advertising of More »

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