Aayisha Ruby Gold
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One of Aayisha's many humanitarian missions
is normalizing the visibility of Jews from all backgrounds. As an inaugural
member of the Jews
of Color Philanthropy Cohort, she explores the issues of motherhood, food,
culture, and justice in a series of articles that she regularly publishes
in Hadassah, Kveller, Lilith, and other Jewish magazines and websites. Her
articles often inspire dialogue with readers and encourage unity in the Jewish
community as well as visibility of Jews of color.
In her career, she is a
trained theater therapist who leads drama and literacy programs for children who
have survived trauma, are on the autism spectrum, have parents in the
military, and come from low-income neighborhoods, as well as incarcerated
women. Aayisha also supports TOV, solicits donations from local grocery stores,
bakes homemade challah for homeless people, and regularly attends Anshe Emet
Synagogue with her husband and son.
She, Her, Hers
ON THE SIDE:
Philanthropist, Theatre Therapy Artist,
A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
Joyce and Byrne Piven—as a young woman, Joyce was
both my theatrical mentor and “art-bubbie”; this power couple reinvented Chicago
theater and improv as we know it, and they did so not only as a Jewish couple,
but as the parents of a Jewish home that produced Shira and Jeremy
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
My biggest and most recent
accomplishment is raising my 2-year-old son, Asher, through a Jewish lens. In
the past two years I have learned so much about myself as an individual, a wife,
and as a Jewish mother. My son has helped bring me closer to Judaism in many
ways I never thought possible. Which in retrospect deepened my abilities in
cultivating an enriched Jewish lifestyle; learning and teaching him the
aleph-bet and other Hebrew words, the meaning of Shabbat dinner where he places
his hand on top of mine while reciting the prayer over hamotzi, participating in
Jewish events and festivals and learning his history from and multicultural and
multiracial point of view.