Jodi shows us by her example that one can change the narrative when it comes to special needs and that love and acceptance are decisions that take hard work but are worth the effort. Rabbi Rafael Feuerstein, Chairman of the Feuerstein Institute, author of Beyond Smarter and A Think-Aloud Talk-Aloud Approach to Building Language
We can glean much from Jodi’s example of Jewish outreach as a super hostess of hundreds of events and Shabbat dinners a year. Jodi’s experiences are both inspiring and hilarious. Jamie Geller, Israeli-American food writer, celebrity chef
From Johannesburg to Jerusalem, with a stopover in Manhattan, Jodi Samuel’s mission is to change the world, one small, unique step at a time. As an entrepreneur, international speaker, special needs advocate, and super mom, on any given day you may find Jodi starting a new business, organizing a community event, or conducting an interview with the Wall Street Journal while riding a camel in Morocco.
But if you’re one of the thousands who’ve attended her events, you may be surprised to learn that Jodi was once petrified to take the stage. Jodi’s ability to lead grew with experience, determination, faith, and courage.
Jodi recounts the seminal moments that shaped her life from being held up at gunpoint in South Africa to living under rocket attacks in Israel and the shocking diagnosis of Down syndrome for her youngest child that turned her into a passionate advocate for children with special needs.
Jodi shows us that with passion, resilience, and humor, we can face life’s challenges and come out on top. Her inspiring journey, peppered with a dose of irreverence, is about learning to overcome fear, adapting to unexpected situations, and applying time-honored Jewish values to everyday challenges.
In short, it’s a story of playing — and winning — the hand you are dealt with.
About The Author
Jodi Samuels is an author, connector, speaker, non-Profit leader, world traveler, community activist, special needs advocate, wife, and mom. Jodi founded Jewish International Connection in order to provide a community for foreign Jews in New York, and now also runs outreach efforts in Israel. Jodi, her husband Gavin, and their three children currently live in Jerusalem where they host hundreds of people every month for Shabbat meals and events in their home.
Title: Chutzpah, Wisdom, and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman Publisher: Emek Valley Press ISBN US ed.: 978-965-599-264-9, Israeli ed.: 978-965-599-254-0 144 pgs., Price: Paperback: $11.95 US, Kindle: $3.99
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