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Seder Sisters' Women's Passover Video

E.M. Broner talks about the Seder Sisters’ Women’s Passover, 2000. 
Courtesy of E. M. Broner

E.M. Broner talks about the Seder Sisters’ Women’s Passover, 2000. 
Courtesy of E. M. Broner

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Rachel Cowan's Yom Kippur Sermon, 1991

Rachel Cowan reading an excerpt from her Yom Kippur sermon, “Paths to Healing,” which was printed in The Outstreatched Arm, newsletter of the Jewish Healing Center, Fall 1991. View transcript.

Rachel Cowan reading an excerpt from her Yom Kippur sermon, “Paths to Healing,” which was printed in The Outstreatched Arm, newsletter of the Jewish Healing Center, Fall 1991. View transcript.

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Passover in Charleston

I went to Charleston, South Carolina during the week of Passover to escape the fact that this year my holiday didn’t really feel like a holiday. My three kids were with their father for the week, according to the custody schedule. My parents and siblings were in Israel, and I’d decided not to join them there.

My boyfriend and I had picked Charleston because it was a city I’d never been to and as a Southerner myself, I’d always wanted to visit. But until now, it had never made it to the top of the list – and indeed, my own sense of myself as a Southerner was fading. The longer I lived away – in New York and now in Boston - the less present that personal and family history felt, more a piece of where I come from, but less and less who I am.

Charleston Plantation

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The Charleston Plantation.

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The Charleston Plantation.

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Ruth Weisberg

Ruth Weisberg’s art helped bring the Reform Movement’s Open Door Haggadah to life with inclusive, feminist imagery.

E.M. Broner

Esther M. Broner’s revolutionary women’s Seder opened up new possibilities for reimagining Jewish rituals to include women’s voices.

Freedom Stories

The first books I ever fell in love with were the American Girl books. The American Girl Company as a whole was a big part of my childhood, and its influence is still with me today: if it weren’t for it and Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” I don’t know if I would have passed US History last year. Educational value aside, the books have held up as fantastic examples of children’s literature, with their beautiful illustrations, interesting historical notes in the margins, diverse characters (including their cast of thirteen young female protagonists), and, most importantly to me, simple but solid stories.

The Passover Challenge: Discovering What We Take for Granted

Even though the snow has persisted through and beyond the winter season, I am glad to acknowledge that spring is finally here! But before my junior year of high school comes to a close, I still have to cross some bridges before I can sail into summertime mode. Along with my upcoming AP exam, finals, and SAT test, I will shortly face the ultimate Jewish challenge: Passover.

For those who follow the Passover tradition where all grains are cut from the daily diet for eight days, then you certainly know that blissful feeling during break-fast when you take a big bite into that challah and think “wow, I will never take bread for granted again.”

Disaster Relief After Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, May 23, 2013

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U.S. Airmen assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma provided free food to the people of Moore, Oklahoma on May 23, 2013, in the aftermath of a tornado.

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U.S. Airmen assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma provided free food to the people of Moore, Oklahoma on May 23, 2013, in the aftermath of a tornado.

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The Power of Stories

When I was younger, if you had asked me which of the many Jewish holidays is my favorite, I would never have said Passover. The restrictions that Passover requires made it hard for me to enjoy the message behind the Passover story. Plus, the drama that Passover created in my family, with my parents running around the house cleaning, only added to the stress. My grandmother changed this feeling for me.

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