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Decompartmentalizing Jewish and Feminist Identity

In continuing with the Jewish Women’s Archive’s goal of elevating the voices and sharing the stories of Jewish women, I decided to interview and profile Yael Marans, a childhood friend and overall mensch. 

Dianne Cohler-Esses

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Photo of Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, courtesy of Dianne Cohler-Esses.
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Photo of Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, courtesy of Dianne Cohler-Esses.

Rising Above

Susan Penn is my Dad’s sister and my aunt, and she is very close to me and valued in my life. Driven by a desire to enhance the lives around her, Susan doesn't believe in any kind of discrimination or intolerance. I’m overjoyed that I get to have someone in my life who is such a strong role model, mentor, and friend. 

Ruth Behar

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Ruth Behar by Gabriel Frye-Behar
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Ruth Behar by Gabriel Frye-Behar

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Empowerment 101

Throughout my life the word “feminist” has come to take on many meanings. It’s a word I’ve both heard and used infinite times growing up in the heart of one of New York City’s most politically liberal neighborhoods. Now, the very word “feminism” is one that brings gratification. However, by the time I reached the ever-menacing years of high school, I knew that the sense of affinity that came with the word “feminist” was not shared by the general whole of the New York high school students. 

Why we need to love middle school girls. Hear me out.

I have lots of stories about preteen girls. Like, lots. I’ve done my rounds as a camp counselor, older sister, babysitter, and (recently) elementary Jewish educator. I have stories about misusing urine, ginger chews, trombones, boys, and matchmaking. I feel #blessed to have been able to witness pivotal experiences in the lives of preteen girls, because preteen girls are incredible. 

Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman's Middle School Student, Natalie

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman teaches middle schoolers in Hebrew school. This is a photograph of one of her students, Natalie.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman teaches middle schoolers in Hebrew school. This is a photograph of one of her students, Natalie.

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Coloring in Between the Lines

When I was in 6th grade, I hit a boy in my class over the head with my lunchbox because he called my best friend gay and said that my jacket made me look gay too. I knew that he wasn’t using “gay” as a nice thing, and I was infuriated on my friend’s behalf. 

Shaking it up

Shaking it up. I’ve never been a typical “shaking it up” type of person, per se. I’ve always been a more “nervously try to go with the flow and hope it ends well” type of gal. However, when I got that question, “How have you shaken things up in your community?”, not one experience came to mind. 

Maya Franks at a DECA Competition

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Rising Voices 2015-2016 fellow Maya Franks at a DECA competition
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Rising Voices 2015-2016 fellow Maya Franks at a DECA competition

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