Hello TOS friends!

I am fortunate to be joining this special community as your new Events and Engagement Coordinator, and I want to introduce myself.  My name is Nikk Modell-Wasserman, and I just moved back to the Boston area after a little more than a year in Washington, D.C.  I last worked at Adas Israel Congregation, but I have also worked as a counselor, educator, and coordinator at Brandeis’ Queer Resource Center, a teaching assistant with a high school performing arts program, as well as in a variety of customer service positions. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing.  My passion is storytelling and community building, and with those in my heart I am working towards becoming a chaplain.

While I’m thrilled to be beginning this new adventure with you, I’m very aware of the fact that I’m starting this journey while racial and anti-Semitic violence in this country is more visible than ever.  The atrocities in Charlottesville and the repeat vandalism of the Holocaust Memorial here in Boston have unearthed hatred that hasn’t been validated for a long time. While Boston came out in droves over the weekend to prove that hatred has no place here, I still spent last week wondering if the world had turned inside out overnight.  Now that we know that white supremacists are present and that there are enough of us in this city to outnumber them, we must continue to sweep the corners and shine light in all of the places we took for granted before.  I am reminded of the passage from Pirkei Avot:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”

This is a kehilah kedosha—a holy community—and we can create resources and work in allyship together in ways that we cannot alone.

I look forward to connecting with you to help plan the events you know and love, such as Shabbat B’Yachad, holiday celebrations, and B’nei Mitzvah, and to designing new and exciting programming.  Because I am new to this community, I would love to hear from you. Please, send me an email at nmodellwasserman@ohabei.org or call at (617) 277-6610 ext. 128 to introduce yourself—how are you involved here at TOS, and what programming would you like to see?  I can’t wait to build community together!