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Letter From The Editor

By on September 16, 2014

Many people have been asking me: how did you all come up with the idea of starting The Skribe? The answer is simple. We have such a tremendous community of individuals with vast experiences, knowledge, and wisdom; individuals who go above and beyond in the community and have a special passion to be The Skribes of our generation.

It has been a privilege working with individuals who have taken time out of their busy schedules to bring this magazine into fruition. We have a team of professionals from various fields and backgrounds: lawyers, psychologists, doctors, entrepreneurs, neuroscientists, all individuals who have made their community an important part of their lives.

When I was pursuing my Masters in Public Health and Community Health Sciences at UCLA, one underlying theme that I kept seeing as a determinant of one’s overall health status was social support networks. The support we receive from families, friends, and communities is linked to better health outcomes. For generations, we have relied on our communities to act as a support system, forging social ties and camaraderie. Our culture, customs, traditions and beliefs of the family and community all affect health and overall well-being. Here at The Skribe, we want to re-define what a community really is. There is no prescribed definition; we are the ones who are in control of making it something worthwhile. During these High Holidays, I challenge you to analyze your community. Are you proud to be a part of this community? Do you feel isolated from your community? If you could change something, what would it be?

When we establish a strong community, not only does it benefit the individual,  it also works towards developing a generation of individuals who selflessly work to give back to something larger than themselves. Working towards a strong community does not mean you have to necessarily start a social revolution (although you can if you want). Rather, it means engaging in small selfless acts. Whether it be participating in random acts of kindness, volunteering, or attending a social charity function, YOU have the power to make it happen.

I believe that as a community united together with various aspirations, values, and experiences, we form a voice. We are individuals that make OUR community what it is. This new year, may we all join united so that our voices can come together making an impact on our community and generations to come. #ourcommunity #ourvoice. Shannah tovah.

Signed,

Farah D. Shamolian

 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

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About Farah Shamolian, MPH

Farah Shamolian is a social entrepreneur who is involved in multiple organizations focused on reducing disparities and creating community. She is the co-founder of The Skribe Magazine and Chaya: A Community of Jewish Iranian Women. Farah is also the L.A. Program Director of JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa. farah@theskribe.com