Virginia Avniel Spatz, a native of Chicago, lives and writes in Washington, DC.
Spatz has lived with her husband, Cary O’Brien, in what is now known as the Hill East neighborhood of the District for close to 30 years. They have two children, graduates of DC Public high schools and years of homeschooling.
She is active in the Jewish community, advocating for cross-denominational understanding and cooperation. She helped coordinate the Washington Chapter of the AJC’s Women’s Interdenominational Leadership Dialogue and directed the local, cross-community Jewish Study Center for several years. She also worked in adult and continuing education at Gallaudet University and has an abiding interest in Deaf culture. Other passions include alternative education, including homeschooling, public libraries and independent booksellers.
Spatz ‘s current writing projects include
feature reporter on Education Town Hall,
#SayThisName (Marking DC Homicides; providing related resources),
“News, Views, and Pews” (Capital Community News),
“A Song Every Day” (Jewish Thoughts/Prayer/Misc.)