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Lily Winner and immigration, then and now

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Ninety-one years ago today, journalist and playwright Lily Winner published an essay in The Nation entitled "American Emigrés.&q

The Real Housewives of the Lower East Side

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"Women Resume Riots Against Meat Shops" New York Times

One hundred and ten years ago today, something surprising happened. Jewish immigrant housewives in New York City—concerned and angry about a sharp rise in the price of kosher meat from 12 cents to 18 cents per pound—launched a kosher meat boycott that lasted nearly a month, spread to several other boroughs of New York, sparked violent riots and arrests, and attracted much media attention before ending with the successful lowering of meat prices.

May Day: Celebrating through protest

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Goldman speaking about the Spanish anarchists at a May Day rally in Hyde Park, London, May 1, 1937. Photo published

Happy May Day! Originally, May Day was a pagan springtime festival, roots of which survive in the traditions of flower-festooned maypoles and the crowning of the “Queen of the May.” Since the late 19th century, it has also been a workers’ holiday. Though in the US it has been officially replaced (and I would argue, coopted) by Labor Day in September, May Day remains an occasion for social protest of many kinds.

Jewish women and marijuana: Yay or nay?

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Marijuana

If you listen closely, you may hear people wishing one another a "Happy 4/20" today. Why?

Sharon Brous: On honors and journeys

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Sharon Brous

There’s been a lot of press about Rabbi Sharon Brous lately, since she became the first woman to crack the top 5 on the Newsweek America’s Top 50 Rabbis list. Of course, this wasn’t the first recognition of Brous for her work building IKAR, a vital and exciting Jewish community in Los Angeles; she’s already been recognized by the Forward, Jewish Women International, the Jewish Community Foundation of LA, and others, who herald her as a leader in reimagining Jewish life for the 21st century.

Will an apple join the orange on your seder plate?

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This year, Hadassah Gross is asking you to put an apple on your seder plate.

A new name for "Jew Pond?"

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I’ve been living in New Hampshire for more than a year now, but until recently, I’d never heard of Mont Vernon, N.H.

pJewishMisanthropy announces "Kosher Camera" that erases women in real time

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Kosher camera

Yesterday eJewish Philanthropy released a special, satirical Purim edition of their usual newsletter called http://pjewishmisanthropy.wordpres

Occupy (Working) Motherhood

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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was born 192 years ago today; we share a birthday. I am 43. The late great suffragist once said: “Our job is not to make young women grateful.

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