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May 2022

Beginning the Conversation

I will admit it, when I was in college, Freshman English was a struggle for me. The books we read were classics that I had never been exposed to and I was in way over my head.  I can still recall the night that I threw my dictionary down the hall lamenting, “I just can’t do it!”

My “straight A” self was quite pleased to receive a C- in the class, that is, until the teacher came to me and said, “basically, you are illiterate, and you have to take this class again.”  At that point, I was certain that I would never be a writer.

And yet, here I am. I’ve been asked to share my thoughts and write a blog for the WRJ Southwest District. While I’m not sure I have anything significant to say, my goal is simply to share the Devarim Livi [the words of my heart] and I hope that you find value in these musings. I promise that this will be very informal, and I hope that by reading my words, you will find your own voice and we can create a conversation.

It is all about the connections, and I look forward to sharing our words of the heart.




Laurel Burch Fisher is a Vice President of the Board at Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas and the Immediate Past President of the Sisters of Shalom.  She is a Past President of the WRJ Southwest District and has served on the WRJ Board of Directors since 2009. When she is not teaching preschoolers at the JCC, Laurel volunteers for a variety of Jewish organizations and occasionally finds time for creative writing and poetry.

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