Educator, Social Justice Advocate and Musician
“You can’t plan what the future holds, and I am okay with that.”
Expression comes in many different forms. Erez Zobary takes advantage of multiple outlets through which to share her own message.
With a love of music and social justice education, Erez works as a History and English supply teacher, is a program specialist at social justice organization Facing History and Ourselves, and has just released her first album, July Clouds.
Her passions are multifaceted, but everything she does is based on the same underlying principles of justice, self expression and honesty. “It’s all hand in hand for me.”
“I am fighting for art forms that are real and honest and true, art that you can’t even help but get consumed by. I want more people to have confidence to put out their art, not to question themselves, and to be only themselves.”
In all she does, Erez faces the inner critic that lies in every one of us. “The biggest obstacles on any journey come from within: believing in yourself enough, telling yourself that you can do it, not letting worry and fear get in the way. The more you do it the more competent you feel.”
Music has always been a part of Erez’s life, and her love for it stems from the community that it creates. “Every show creates a temporary community. It feels so profound to create those moments.”
Just like her shows leave people feeling differently, her work at Facing History and Ourselves is creating platforms for teachers nationwide to discuss openly and honestly about the past, developing a community of thoughtful students who are aware of history’s mistakes and who will actively prevent them in the future.
The power in these moments of vulnerability and reflection propel Erez to make opportunities for herself, despite the fear and discomfort they may bring initially.
With so many avenues of enjoyment, Erez is ready to embrace where life takes her. “You can’t plan what the future holds, and I am okay with that. ”
RANDOM RAPID FIRE WITH EREZ
1. Skim milk or 2%? I’m lactose, so ALMOND!!
2. Classical or Jazz?
3. Tattoo or Piercing?
4. Last book you read? Educated by Tara Westover
5. Useless talent? Making really good peanut dipping sauce!
Erez Zobary grew up in Thornhill, and had music around her for as long as she can remember. She now works as a supply teacher for the TDSB, and is also a program specialist at Facing History and Ourselves. In addition, she has released her first music album and is now working on her second.
July Clouds album: https://song.link/album/ca/i/1470569689