& raised in Chicago, I attended Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston,
Illinois from January 1964 through June,1966.
Leaving the academic world by choice, I joined the corporate
world for thirty years. Twenty three years I worked with Continental
Airline-first as a flight attendant, then as a supervisor of flight
attendants, and sixteen in Sales & Marketing. After leaving the airline
industry I started my own travel agency called DG Travel. I parlayed
my experience as a stewardess and staff supervisor for Continental Airlines
into a travel agency specializing in group tours to Israel, Egypt and
I served as a Christian minister in the African American community both
in Chicago and Los Angeles for fourteen years. I left that world in
1996 to fulfill my spiritual yearnings and to become a Jew.
After visiting Israel fourteen times in five years, I presented
myself before the Jerusalem Beis Din-rabbinical court- as a candidate
for conversion to Judaism. My halachic conversion process took two years.
I identify with the Charedi-traditional Orthodox-community and
have lived my life daily according to the mitzvots of the Torah since
1996. I presently reside in Bayit V'gan, Jerusalem and pray at the Gra
shul every Shabbath & festivals.
My Jerusalem neighborhood is far from my grandparent's & parents
roots in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, but close in spirit to the sentiments
of my loving family. I still maintain a close relationship with the
surviving members of my family. It has been my privilege to meet many
fascinating people from all walks of life.
have influenced my appreciation for the world at large, and for the
innate dignity of the human soul. My autobiography, My Sister the Jew,
was published by Targum/Feldheim in 2001. Gifts of a Stranger my second
book an anthology of my travels was published by Targum/Feldheim in
I taught a tephillah-prayer- class at "Michlalet Esther",
a division of Neve
Yerushalayim (a women's seminary in Israel) and have traveled around
the world as a speaker on behalf of my book, recently speaking at Oxford
University. In terms of my professional work, I am author, lecturer
and tour guide. I recently started a small business in Israel as a marketing
consultant for small businesses. In addition, I specialize in motivational
seminars, as well as in workshops focusing on prayer, inspiration and
career objectives. I am also available for ghost writing and editing.
In November, 2002, I lectured for Encounter. It's the largest Kiruv
movement throughout England. I was the keynote speaker with the following
Rabbis: Yisrael Meir Lau, Rabbi Jonathan Sachs, Rabbi Akiva Tatz, and
Rabbi Lawrence Keleman.
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