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SUSANNA GRANT

SUSANNA GRANT

SUSANNA GRANT

EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR

My name is Susanna Grant and this is my second year as Educational Coordinator at Sinai Temple Religious School. The date which stands out to me is December 12, 1999 (3rd of Tevet, 5760), which is the first time I saw 311, my favorite band, in concert (I’ve seen them over 40 times live!) I was in my first semester of college, I didn’t have a cell phone and I saw the concert on my own because no one would go with me. It was the first in a number of acts that established my independence and continued to echo throughout my life as I have always gone my own way on the path of my choosing. Part of my independence led me to explore and celebrate my Jewish identity and seek connections within the community.  Maybe not so coincidentally, the parashah for the week 3 Tevet 5760 was Vayigash, which is when Joseph tells his brothers who he is after they had sold him into slavery. He tells his brothers not to be troubled by the fact that they sold him because, in fact, it was God who had brought him to his current place. I find, too, that if we explore and celebrate Jewish identity and seek connections within the community, God will bring us to the place we are meant to be.