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The Sound of Silence

A large part of my upbringing was my exposure to progressive education. My middle school was one that nourished not only a love for learning, but a well-rounded approach to diversity in any form it may take, including sexual orientation. However, I learned that even this inclusivity was an extraordinary privilege and not everyone, my own parents included, was raised in such a tolerant community. 

Is Grease Sexist?

I once told a friend of mine that I think Grease is horribly sexist because the plot is basically: girl changes herself to get the guy. He responded, “I always thought it was her throwing off negative social norms. It’s not like the whole goody two shoes thing was good.” His sentiments versus my own are the crux of the argument about whether Grease is a sexist movie, or one that supports feminist ideals. 

Sara Hurwitz

Upon becoming the world’s first Modern Orthodox woman rabbi, Sara Hurwitz took on the title “Rabba.”

Stop, Look, and Think: The Visual Thinking Strategies Method

Through the use of open-ended discussion questions and a group problem-solving model, the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method helps students develop visual literacy, as well as their problem solving, deep thinking, and listening skills. Using primary sources from JWA's collection, guest teacher Tamar Rosenfeld-Cohen models how to use the VTS method effectively, and ways in which to adapt and extend it for classroom use.
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Through the use of open-ended discussion questions and a group problem-solving model, the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method helps students develop visual literacy, as well as their problem solving, deep thinking, and listening skills. Using primary sources from JWA's collection, guest teacher Tamar Rosenfeld-Cohen models how to use the VTS method effectively, and ways in which to adapt and extend it for classroom use.

"True BU" Campaign Image

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Campaign image from "True BU" slate of candidates.
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Campaign image from "True BU" slate of candidates.

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Belda Lindenbaum, 1938 - 2015

In 2009, when Rabbi Weiss and I founded Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, there was only one person who we knew would be crazy enough to dream with us. I went to see Belda, to ask for seed funding. I was nervous. Having only just been ordained myself, I was not a fundraiser. So I took Rabbi Jeff Fox, our Rosh Yeshiva, along with me. We sat together and talked about an Orthodox Jewish community where men and women could be partners in spiritual leadership. Then, Rabbi Fox asked her for a gift.

Evolution Revolution

I am a member of the Marching Band and Color Guard at my high school. One challenge that we face as a group year after year is designing our costumes. The easy part is making the design fit with the show’s theme. The harder part is designing something to wear that everyone is happy with. 

Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor in Color Guard (Cropped)

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor participating in her school's Color Guard
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor participating in her school's Color Guard

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Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor in Color Guard

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor participating in her school's Color Guard.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Gabrielle Cantor participating in her school's Color Guard.

Feminism: Lab Science Or Liberation?

For the young woman, a thrift store serves as the proverbial laboratory of feminism. The reactants: bits and pieces of people left behind in coat pockets and skirt pleats (the people, hopefully, being solely metaphorical). The product: a newly formed sense of self, or the ability to form said sense of self. 

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