Sara Bookin-Weiner joined the New Center in 2013 as their Manager of Outreach. She previously spent two years as the Dramaturgy and Outreach Fellow at ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. She earned her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University in 2011. She also attended Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute in community-based theatre. Passionate about all of the arts (beyond theater!), Sara also serves as a member-at-large on the board of the Association for Jewish Theater and as a committee member for the JCRC's ReachOut! young-adult volunteer program. In her free time she can be found seeing arts events around town, cooking or baking, reading, and planning her next travel adventure.
As a feminist, a Jew, and a sometimes-writer, I should have had Letty Cottin Pogrebin on my top 10 list of awesome people I’d love to have dinner with someday. I can’t believe that I didn’t know about this incredible writer-activist until this summer, when I began working at the New Center for Arts and Culture. As soon as I heard that Letty co-founded Ms. magazine, her New Center program quickly became my most highly anticipated of our fall season. And I realized that I needed to know more about her than what my quick online search produced.
While I knew her New Center discussion with Robin Young would focus on her latest book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, I decided to start with her seminal work, Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America. Published in the early 1990s, I couldn’t help but read her book with a bit of curiosity: how far (or not) have things come for us as women and Jews in America, over 20 years later? And, how can we further adopt Letty’s ideas and practices? For too long, I’ve been frustrated that many in my generation see feminism as a dirty word, and that we don’t recognize the struggles of women before us that have allowed us advantages we take for granted. Reading about Letty’s life and work has been a catalyst for how I think about my own feminism and Jewish identity.