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When Marlene Mamiye volunteered for her children’s school, she never imagined it would lead her to create a documentary series of the Syrian Jewish Community. This accidental cinematographer has discovered not just a slew of hidden talents but also previously unrevealed layers of her community’s history.
Running a home, raising children, and holding down a job, while blessings, can sap any woman by the end of the day. Imagine accomplishing all that while trapped in a body stiff with rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s one woman’s story of how she does exactly that — and keeps a smile on her face.
Why should I want to go? To trade a warm housecoat and slippers for a Shabbos suit and shoes that pinch? To wait in the cold at the bus stop for 20 minutes and then take a bus that winds dizzyingly around and around for another 20 minutes? All for the pleasure of sitting among a bunch of ladies I have absolutely nothing to say to. With nothing to look at but fancy outfits that I could never fit into and fancy cakes that I can’t even dream about eating.