11 things of Matzah Ball Mix, 22 Eggs, 22 Tablespoons of Oil, cooking for 20 minutes gives us 45 Matzah Balls! I know @officialmanischewitz says each packet makes 10-12 (which would have been around 110 Matzah Balls)…but who wants tiny Matzah Balls?! #favoriteholiday #passover #matzah #matzahball #matzahballsoup #futurezeide

11 things of Matzah Ball Mix, 22 Eggs, 22 Tablespoons of Oil, cooking for 20 minutes gives us 45 Matzah Balls! I know @officialmanischewitz says each packet makes 10-12 (which would have been around 110 Matzah Balls)…but who wants tiny Matzah Balls?! #favoriteholiday #passover #matzah #matzahball #matzahballsoup #futurezeide

11 things of Matzah Ball Mix, 22 Eggs, 22 Tablespoons of Oil, cooking for 20 minutes gives us 45 Matzah Balls! I know @officialmanischewitz says each packet makes 10-12 (which would have been around 110 Matzah Balls)…but who wants tiny Matzah Balls?! #favoriteholiday #passover #matzah #matzahball #matzahballsoup #futurezeide

Getting the Matzah Ball Soup ready for my Passover Seder! This is only the first batch of 34! #passover #seder #matzahballsoup #matzahball #matzah

Getting the Matzah Ball Soup ready for my Passover Seder! This is only the first batch of 34! #passover #seder #matzahballsoup #matzahball #matzah

Getting the Matzah Ball Soup ready for my Passover Seder! This is only the first batch of 34! #passover #seder #matzahballsoup #matzahball #matzah

Blessing For The Open of a Refugee Sanctuary

Blessing For The Open of a Refugee Sanctuary

Blessed are You oh God! God of our fathers and mothers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, God of Sarah, God of Rebecca, God of Rachel, and God of Leah!

God who wrestled with Jacob and was overcome by him, and so had it proclaimed “Jacob your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans, and you have overcome!”

You, God, who in Your infinite wisdom gave Abraham the morning, and Issac the afternoon, that you choose the one who struggled – Jacob – to give control of the night to, this most precious and sacred time…

This time where we are invited to enter into the realm of our deepest truths and dreams, to dance with the Hosts of Heavens, with the music that fills our souls, and where all those who journey can find cover and safety in your blanket of darkness, and reassurance in your stars.

Mighty and awesome God, transcendent god who bestows lovingkindness and creates everything out of love: bless and protect this space, hide it from all who seek to do it harm, and yet may it shine as brightly as the Pillar of Fire that brought your people out of Egypt and into freedom, so that all those who are seeking refuge and are in need may find there way to it.

May it serve for as long as it is needed, and may we reach a time soon where we will no longer need to transport people in secret or in cover of darkness, and where nation shall not turn upon nation, but where we can accept each other as brothers and sisters as one.

– Matthew L. Schwartz
Written in Honor of the work of Rev. Justo Gonzalez II

Thank you @tedxbuffalo for what was an incredible opportunity to share @foodgnomes message! If you haven’t seen my #TEDx talk yet, please watch it at https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Thank you @tedxbuffalo for what was an incredible opportunity to share @foodgnomes message! If you haven’t seen my #TEDx talk yet, please watch it at https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Thank you @tedxbuffalo for what was an incredible opportunity to share @foodgnomes message! If you haven’t seen my #TEDx talk yet, please watch it at https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Thank you @tedxbuffalo for what was an incredible opportunity to share @foodgnomes message! If you haven’t seen my #TEDx talk yet, please watch it at https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Pleased to announce that the video of my TEDx talk is finally released! Watch it on YouTube by clicking the shortened link: https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Pleased to announce that the video of my TEDx talk is finally released! Watch it on YouTube by clicking the shortened link: https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Pleased to announce that the video of my TEDx talk is finally released! Watch it on YouTube by clicking the shortened link: https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Pleased to announce that the video of my TEDx talk is finally released! Watch it on YouTube by clicking the shortened link: https://iam.ms/TEDxBuffalo #ted #tedx #tedxtalks #tedtalks #tedxtalk #tedtalk

Obligatory first day of the semester at @universityatbuffalo #selfie! This is my *last* semester of the #MSW program at @ubssw! Today is *also* the day that my @tedxbuffalo talk is released on YouTube! Big day all around :-) #TEDx #Buffalo #UB #HornsUp #GradSchool #RoadToMSW

Obligatory first day of the semester at @universityatbuffalo #selfie! This is my *last* semester of the #MSW program at @ubssw! Today is *also* the day that my @tedxbuffalo talk is released on YouTube! Big day all around :-) #TEDx #Buffalo #UB #HornsUp #GradSchool #RoadToMSW

Obligatory first day of the semester at @universityatbuffalo #selfie! This is my *last* semester of the #MSW program at @ubssw! Today is *also* the day that my @tedxbuffalo talk is released on YouTube! Big day all around :-) #TEDx #Buffalo #UB #HornsUp #GradSchool #RoadToMSW

Obligatory first day of the semester at @universityatbuffalo #selfie! This is my *last* semester of the #MSW program at @ubssw! Today is *also* the day that my @tedxbuffalo talk is released on YouTube! Big day all around 🙂 #TEDx #Buffalo #UB #HornsUp #GradSchool #RoadToMSW

Honored to be recognized as a Difference Maker by the #Buffalo #Jewish #Federation for my work with Food Gnomes! Wish I could have been in attendance when these beautiful plaques were given out (sadly I had a chest infection that evening), but happy to receive mine just the same! Thank you to the entire Food Gnomes leadership team (and of course the Jewish Community and the Community of Pilgrim – St. Luke’s and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ for your continued support!)! 🙂

Honored to be recognized as a Difference Maker by the #Buffalo #Jewish #Federation for my work with Food Gnomes! Wish I could have been in attendance when these beautiful plaques were given out (sadly I had a chest infection that evening), but happy to receive mine just the same! Thank you to the entire Food Gnomes leadership team (and of course the Jewish Community and the Community of Pilgrim – St. Luke’s and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ for your continued support!)! 🙂

Honored to be recognized as a Difference Maker by the #Buffalo #Jewish #Federation for my work with Food Gnomes! Wish I could have been in attendance when these beautiful plaques were given out (sadly I had a chest infection that evening), but happy to receive mine just the same! Thank you to the entire Food Gnomes leadership team (and of course the Jewish Community and the Community of Pilgrim - St. Luke's and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ for your continued support!)! 🙂

Honored to be recognized as a Difference Maker by the #Buffalo #Jewish #Federation for my work with Food Gnomes! Wish I could have been in attendance when these beautiful plaques were given out (sadly I had a chest infection that evening), but happy to receive mine just the same! Thank you to the entire Food Gnomes leadership team (and of course the Jewish Community and the Community of Pilgrim – St. Luke’s and El Nuevo Camino United Church of Christ for your continued support!)! 🙂

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