Welcome to the writer’s pages of Virginia Avniel Spatz, a native of Chicago, living and writing in DC for more than 30 years. Although I write on many topics, my thoughts return frequently to bridge building across communities, to Jewish teaching over the ages and its application to social justice today, and to issues like gun violence and racial inequity which plague both my original and my long-time hometowns. Here are some pieces that appear nowhere else as well as links to other places I publish.
I am active in DC’s Cross River (Black-Jewish) Dialogue and help manage its inchoate website. I volunteer with #WeLuvBooks: Charnice Milton Community Bookstore and manage that website, too. I also maintain the SayThisName site, which helps congregations and others mark DC homicides and provides related resources. I used to serve as feature reporter on We Act Radio’s Education Town Hall and still manage their website.
I write on Jewish topics at A Song Every Day and published in Living Text (writing about/from within Bible stories). I still contribute occasionally to Capital Community News (see “News, Views, and Pews“). See also: Publications.