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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler
A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane's Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and also works as a copy editor at the Spokesman-Review. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, baby son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Welcoming the stranger: What I learned from Jewish agencies

I recently attended the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies in San Diego. The event brought together hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish human services professionals who work for Jewish organizations, most of which are akin to Spokane’s own Jewish Family Services agency, of which I am the director.

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