Writing Samples


Three Funerals and a Question

Special Report / Published in The Canadian Jewish News / July 8, 2014 Sweat ran down the sides of our faces and necks. There was no shade in which to rest at the Modi’in Cemetery, where Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach soon would be buried side by side. The bodies of the three kidnapped […]

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Supporting Israel’s Disabled Veterans

Series of giving-appeals and corresponding social media posts created for Beit Halochem Canada, during and after Operation Protective Edge, July-September 2014.   Why Beit Halochem needs your support! We take care of Israel’s wounded. As Operation Protective Edge goes on, the number of Israel’s casualties continues to rise. So far, 53 soldiers​ have given their […]

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The Saddest Lesson on the Last Day of School

Blog / Published in The Times of Israel / July 1, 2014 To celebrate our daughters’ triumphant report cards on the last day of school, Erev Hofesh HaGadol, our family was on the way to a restaurant when we heard the heartbreaking news that Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were dead. Since dining out […]

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Vaccinations for travel to India — Ouch, that hurts!

Travel / Health blog Preparing for a trip to India means first getting a round or two of vaccinations. I had to get one Hepatitis A and two Hepatitis B shots. (I have to return a third time for the final Hep-B injection in six months to a year.) And there were also needles for Tetanus, […]

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Ve’ahavta Delivers Earthquake Relief in Turkey

Feature / First-hand account of delivering earthquake relief / Excerpt published by the Canadian Jewish News (2000) Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a journal kept by Alison Epstein, who was sent on a mission by Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee. Also on the trip were her husband Stephen Epstein, founding […]

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Membership Brochure for Synagogue

Multi-page brochure written for Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation (2002) You’re home at BAYT. “BAYT”—Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation, an OU affiliate—was established in 1980 through the Tannenbaum Family’s generous support of the needs of the Jewish community north of Toronto. Originally comprised of 15 families who met in Rabbi Baruch Taub’s home, BAYT […]

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Give a Gift that Will Last

Fund-raising e-Letter /  Beit Halochem Canada / 2013 Give a Gift That Will Last – Support Our Disabled Israeli Heroes Each Hanukkah, we are reminded of the powerful Jewish victory over the ancient Greeks, the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 nights. Today, we continue to witness […]

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Review of TV Series

Written for ‘Border Collie Rescue, Ontario News’ (2000) This Show Works Hard By Alison Epstein Border Collie owners will especially enjoy a touching and entertaining new series on the Life Network. Dogs With Jobs takes a close look at the lives of hard-working dogs that are dedicated to helping their owners and handlers. What’s refreshing about this show […]

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Ad Copy

Full-page newspaper ad written and designed for UJA Federation, Toronto, ON (2002) Celebrate Israel Remember … the many who gave their lives to make Israel the strong nation that it is today. Join the Consulate General of Israel in a Yom Hazikaron  assembly  on Monday, April 15 @ 7:30 p.m. at Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am […]

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