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Yom Kippur

Icons for the New Year: Ray Frank

While seeking stories of transformation this holiday season, most of the tales that have caught my attention involved women who exchanged quiet domestic lives for active involvement in the public sphere. Ray Frank did the opposite: she swapped her life as a trailblazing Jewish leader for one away from the spotlight.

Ray Frank's Yom Kippur Sermon (Modified by Jonah Hassenfeld)

This excerpt was modified by Jonah Hassenfeld from the original document and a longer excerpt of Ray Frank’s Yom Kippur Sermon “A Lay Sermon by a Young Lady” published in American Hebrew, October 1890.

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This excerpt was modified by Jonah Hassenfeld from the original document and a longer excerpt of Ray Frank’s Yom Kippur Sermon “A Lay Sermon by a Young Lady” published in American Hebrew, October 1890.

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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Magda Altman Schaloum

Holocaust survivor Magda Altman Schaloum speaks out on behalf of all Holocaust survivors and their families. Born and raised in Hungary, she endured acts of antisemitism throughout her childhood, and in 1944 and 1945 Magda was sent to several concentration camps. She lost both her parents and her brother. Magda met her husband, Isaac Schaloum, in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany. Isaac was from Salonika, Greece. They emigrated to Seattle in 1950, where Isaac became a tailor and businessman, and they raised three children. Although of Hungarian descent, Magda became an active and beloved member of Seattle’s Sephardic community. She volunteers for many Jewish organizations, including the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, and continues to bear witness to the horrors of hatred and antisemitism.

Magda Altman Schaloum

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Magda Altman Schaloum.
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Magda Altman Schaloum

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Magda Altman Schaloum.
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Magda Altman Schaloum.

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Ray Frank's Yom Kippur Sermon, 1890

Ray Frank (1861-1948), called the "Girl Rabbi of the Golden West," became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a pulpit in 1890, when she delivered sermons for the High Holy Days in Spokane, WA. Although the language of her Yom Kippur sermon may sound old fashioned, Frank's message remains both relevant and compelling.

What’s in a name? Finding Solidarity in a Young Jew’s Herstory

Yesterday, as Yom Kippur approached, social justice organizers and progressive Jews gathered in downtown Boston to not only "remember" often underseen and undervalued laborers but also to stand in solidarity with the current labor struggles of our day. Here is Erica Concors', one committed organizer's, powerful speech. 

Erica Concors

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Erica Concors, JWA contributor and a resident organizer for the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House in Brookline, MA.

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Erica Concors, JWA contributor and a resident organizer for the Moishe Kavod Jewish Social Justice House in Brookline, MA.

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Erica Concors Speaking at Justice for Janitors

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Erica Concors, JWA contributor and social justice organizer (in blue shirt and tan pants), delivering her speech at yesterday's SEIU Justice for Janitors Action.

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Erica Concors, JWA contributor and social justice organizer (in blue shirt and tan pants), delivering her speech at yesterday's SEIU Justice for Janitors Action.

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