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Kim Chernin

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Kim Chernin.
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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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Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

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Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

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An Open Letter to Whoever Finds my Menurkey

In 2013 a miraculous thing happened. Thanksgiving and Haunkuah overlapped, and the whole world went crazy. The day was deemed Thanksgivukkah and quickly became a thing of legend. Songs popped up- some genuine, some parodiesWebsites devoted to the day were designed. T-shirts in every shape and size celebrated the day. Even the Mayor of Boston proclaimed the day to be an official holiday.

And I bought a menorah shaped like a turkey—aka a menurkey . 

Celebrate Judith; Celebrate Hanukkah

Last week, JWA led the first online learning program of the year, “Hanukkah: Ignite and Inspire.” We spoke to almost 20 educators from across the country, covering topics from incorporating lessons of Jewish heroines to the challenges of creating a refreshing and relevant Hanukkah curriculum. I was most excited to talk about Judith, a Jewish, Biblical era woman whose story is not included in the Jewish scriptural canon.

Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network Flyer

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Flyer for Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network.
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Flyer for Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network.

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Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change Symposium Program, November 1995

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Program from "Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change" symposium, November 1995.
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Program from "Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change" symposium, November 1995.

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One is the Presence in our Midst Haggadah

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“One is the Presence in our Midst,“ from the Haggadah of the Seder Sisters' Women's Passover, 2000. View PDF.
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“One is the Presence in our Midst,“ from the Haggadah of the Seder Sisters' Women's Passover, 2000. View PDF.

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