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Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam
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Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is a trained journalist, a social media maven and an avid pursuer of social justice. Though she grew up as one of only two Jewish students in a large, suburban-Ohio high school, she is now proud to say that some of her best friends are Jewish - which sounds like the punchline of a joke but isn't! Though she was always loud, liberal and opinionated, Kate honed all three traits while living in Washington, DC., where she fought for civil rights, human rights, and various other rights of vital importance. She can most often be found blogging prolifically, watching "Law & Order: SVU" reruns, and pointing out societal injustices to unsuspecting friends, family and whomever else will listen.

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Kate Bigam with her dad

My father’s daughter, my mother’s faith

This year, Father’s Day falls on June 17th, just two days before the 17th anniversary of my father’s death.

HBO's Girls

Make way for "Girls"

I was really wary of watcing HBO's new female-driven comedy, "Girls." I'd heard a lot of not-great reviews and was afraid it would read like an emo version of "Sex and the City," which I was never fan of to begin with. I don't typically fall for awkward comedies a la "Arrested Development," either, as they tend to make me, well, uncomfortable - perhaps because my life often feels like an awkward comedy, and I like for my TV shows to hit a bit less close to home. Still, I was drawn to "Girls" because Lena Dunham, its writer, creator, and star, is just 25 years old - and, oh, she's also Jewish. It's also produced by funnyman Judd Apatow (also Jewish), who has turned out such comedic greats as "Anchorman," "Bridesmaids," and "Superbad." With a behind-the-scenes cast like that, I knew I had to give "Girls" a try.

Topics: Television

Passover recipe roundup

Tonight marks the fourth night of Passover, and you’re probably running low on leftovers from the first two nights’ seders (if you had any to begin with). Fear not!

A new name for "Jew Pond?"

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. When the small, rural town made its way into national headlines this week, it wasn’t for positive reasons: This week, controversy arose surrounding the name of a Mont Vernon skating and fishing pond, which has long been referred to as Jew Pond. Yep, you read that right: Jew Pond.

Yes Virginia, Holocaust deniers still exist and run for Congress

The significance of meeting a Holocaust survivor while on my way to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, is not lost on me – but that’s what happened to me two weeks ago. While leading a trip in Israel, I made a quick stop off to visit a friend who was in a Jerusalem hospital just down the road from Yad Vashem, and when raindrops started to fall, I decided to hop a cab to meet up with the rest of my group.

Taylor Dayne

Celebrity Cook-Off's Taylor Dayne wins hearts with matzah ball soup

I happen to think “Leslie Wunderman” would’ve been a fine stage name, conjuring up images of a sort of Jewish Wonderwoman, but I guess ‘90s pop star Taylor Dayne didn’t agree.

Topics: Television, Food
Judith Resnik in space

Remembering Judith Resnik, the first Jewish American woman in space

Judith Resnik never showed any particular interest in space travel – but when NASA began recruiting women and minorities, she decided to apply anyway.

"I am Jewish" spoken word speaks volumes

Andrew Lustig is not a Jewess – but his words are applicable to all of us, male and female, young and old, who identify as Jewish.

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" poster

"In the Land of Blood and Honey" premieres at Holocaust Memorial Museum

Angelina Jolie (not a Jewess but a definite do-gooder) visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum last week to premiere In the Land of Blood and Honey, a film she wrote, directed, and co-produced.

Tila Tequila

The Superficial's moronically hateful coverage of Tila Tequila's conversion to Judaism

Let’s get the meat of the gossip out of the way: Reality show star Tila Tequila (real name: Tila Nguyen) is converting to Judaism.

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