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Gloria Greenfield

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Gloria Greenfield.
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Gloria Greenfield.

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Catching Fire this Hanukkah

I cannot walk out of my house (or open my laptop) without being bombarded with suggestions for Hanukkah (this year, often Thanksgivukkah) merchandise. (Ironically, I am simultaneously presented with ads for “Catching Fire” themed goods, in contrast to the movie’s message.) The Hanukkah narrative has the power to be subversive; it is a story of a minority making themselves heard, of an oppressed group claiming their rights. When those of us who are privileged to be able to buy gifts (and menurkeys) focus on the commercial elements of the holiday at the expense of the holiday’s story, we create a bubble like the Capitol. Hanukkah should be a call to remind us that we should be the districts, not the Capitol; our power should be channeled into fighting injustice, not simply consuming what is provided to us.

Editors note: If you haven’t read The Hunger Games (or seen the movies), you’ll be safe from any major spoilers in this post from one of our Rising Voices Fellows. Be sure to check the JWA blog each Tuesday for a new post from our fellows—and check out the great educational resources provided by our partner organization, Prozdor.

"Catching Fire" Movie Poster

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster. The subtitle reads "Every revolution begins with a spark."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie poster. The subtitle reads "Every revolution begins with a spark."

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Gay Block

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Photographer and film director Gay Block.

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Photographer and film director Gay Block.

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Esther Broner: A Weave of Women

Esther Broner, or E.M. as she was known, was a Jewish feminist, prolific author, professor, and pioneer of the feminist  movement. Known for re-imagining traditional Jewish customs and rituals, she co-wrote The Women’s Haggadah, which encouraged women to devise their own version of traditional rituals.

Carmel Myers dies: movie vamp and Hollywood A-List hostess

November 9, 1980

Movie vamp Carmel Myers thought "Nice ladies are just like wallpaper."

Carmel Myers

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Actress and entrepeneur, Carmel Myers (1900-1980).

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Actress and entrepeneur, Carmel Myers (1900-1980).

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Mildred Brenner-Pollner

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Dr. Mildred Brenner-Pollner, International Lecturer/Filmmaker.
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Dr. Mildred Brenner-Pollner, International Lecturer/Filmmaker.

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Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky, 1926 - 2012

Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky’s parents immigrated to the United States from Poland around the turn of the last century. Early in their marriage, they made an unsuccessful try at farming and then operated a hand laundry on New York’s Lower East Side. With the help of a land grant from Jewish charities set up for that purpose, they tried again, joining a community of Jewish farmers in Farmingdale, NJ.

Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky with Bradley Bradley, 1974

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Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky at a campaign stop with then-Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey in 1974.

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Gertrude Wishnick Dubrovsky at a campaign stop with then-Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey in 1974.

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