Let’s Fight Antisemitism with Truth

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As a Jew born in the former Soviet Union, I know some of the history of my ancestors, but still learning daily. I love to share stories, backgrounds, nationalities and experiences with everyone I meet.

The only way to battle hate, racism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and everything else is to speak truth.

Let’s share our history and our stories,

We are more alike than we are different.

Coach Yulia

The Big Island


Black Sand Beach                                          The Big Island, Hilo, Hawaii

We all took a local tour all around Hilo, which is barely any animals, mostly nature formed from lava, and very little people.

From the black sand beach and waterfall, to a macadamian nut farm, and finally a steaming Volcano National Park.

One more to go,

Coach Yulia








A friend was sharing pictures with me, but nothing can portray the beautiful sunrise this morning in Maui.

This is definitely an island that you have to spend some time on, we did not have a lot of time, and I definitely want to go back.

Going to the big island the next two days,

Coach Yulia


Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


Yesterday was gorgeous, sunny, and the perfect weather to explore Honolulu. We took the kids to Pearl Harbor which was amazing, and then walked around by ourselves and even went out on the town after dinner.

Today we were already to go to the beach for the day, and I thought the rain would only be in the morning; but it has lasted all day. It is a tropical rain so it’s warm, and the kids had fun swimming in the ocean.


Three more Islands to go!

Shabbat Shalom from Hawaii,

Coach Yulia


5 Days of Motion on the Pacific Ocean



We board and meet our fellow Jews at services


Luckily our only day of sea sickness


Kids swam, went to the club HAL for programs, and played basketball


Danced at a Hula class


Played at a Ukulele class


Felt so good at a stretch and Yoga class

Enjoyed being part of the Hula performance



We see land!


Coach Yulia

Family and Friends

“A mezuzah (Hebrew: מְזוּזָה‬ “doorpost”; plural: מְזוּזוֹתmezuzot) comprises a piece of parchment called a klaf contained in a decorative case and inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21[1]). These verses consist of the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, beginning with the phrase: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord (is) our God, the Lord is One”. In mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, a mezuzah is affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to “write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house” (Deuteronomy 6:9). Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah in every doorway in the home[2] except bathrooms (which is not a living space), laundry rooms and closets, if they are too small to qualify as rooms.[3] The klaf parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (“sofer stam“) who has undergone training, both in studying the relevant religious laws, and in the more practical parts i.e. carving the quill and practising writing. The verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen made either from a feather or, in what are now rare cases, a reed. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case.”



Just got our Mezuzot checked, about to say a blessing before my father hammers it into place, 8 more to go!

The past two months have been a roller coaster. Thank God we are riding the waves all the way through and into our family vacation.

Whenever things are off, it is good to get the Mezuzot checked. We have nine entrance ways, and so far all is good.

We are so blessed to have our Rabbi and friend every step of the way.

Bon Voyage Countdown!

Coach Yulia

Beautiful is a Feeling


Thank you Chris for the best Brazilian for me and trim for my daughter, we feel beautiful!

I am counting down the days! I’m preparing for our visit with our family. We really deserve this break from the world, just to relax and spend quality time together.

In between teaching classes, children are already on their holiday break at home, and being a private home nurse for my husband,  I’m so ready to disconnect.

”If you don’t take time for rest and recreation, you eventually have to take time for illness.”

Still on my agenda for today:

  • Now helping out at an office until 4pm
  • Run home, take my daughter to a hip /hop class, get a mani/pedi, then pick her up
  • Dinner
  • 7:30pm Yoga class
  • 8:45pm private couples class

Praying for rest and recreation!

Baruch Hashem

Thank God!

Coach Yulia