Join us on Friday, June 30th for a special Alzheimer’s Awareness Shabbat. Our own members Lainie Levin and Mia Kweskin will share their personal stories of living and loving a family member with Alzheimer’s.
Mia Kweskin graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2017. At WashU, she studied international studies and writing. She now works in the corporate reputation group at FleishmanHillard, a global public relations and integrated marketing communications agency. Previously, Mia interned at WashU’s Office of Public Affairs, Nine Network of Public Media, Town & Style Magazine, and Fox 2 News. She also served as WashU’s lead writing tutor. Mia is a St. Louis native and Parkway Central alum. During high school, she honed her passion for writing as the executive editor for The St. Louis Jewish Light’s Ohr Chadash Teen Page. She has previously shared her grandmother’s story and spoken about Alzheimer’s at Nishmah’s “The Journey” event and The Moth WashU. It is Mia’s hope that through sharing this story, the memories Grandma Bert sadly lost to Alzheimer’s disease will live on.
Lainie Levin grew up running the halls of Shaare Emeth, where she was affectionately known as “Lou and Gail Glaser’s daughter.” She currently lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two teenage boys.
Lainie has been a storyteller for almost thirty years (she’ll let you do the math). Her audiences include both children and adults, and she teaches workshops that help her students to recognize the storyteller within. She is also a full-time language arts teacher and loves having a career where she can teach writing and storytelling to the next generation.