Alan Kravitz

Alan Kravitz

Alan grew up as a quintessential East Coast Jew. That meant that the “Two Bs”—Barbra Streisand and Bella Abzug—were beyond worshipped in his household. As Alan grew, he added another B—belonging to the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler—to that list. In his fantasy life, he’s a singer-songwriter. In reality, people miles away are known to cover their ears when he sings in the shower. So, he settles for being a writer, a Red Sox fan and a devotee of many social justice causes. It makes him feel good. And he thinks Barbra, Bella and Bette would approve.

Blog Posts

Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

Alan Kravitz

"Is she Jewish?"

It's one of the first questions we Jews ask about anyone in pop culture who even slightly looks like one of the tribe, or has a "berg" or a "witz" as their name's last syllable.

Topics: Television
V-Day Logo

Thanks to Eve Ensler, every day is V-Day

Alan Kravitz

To millions of people all over the world, V-Day means much more than roses and a romantic dinner.

Hanna Weinberg

Remembering Hanna Weinberg, pioneering advocate for domestic abuse victims

Alan Kravitz

For women in the Orthodox Jewish community, domestic abuse is still too often suffered in silence.

And the winner is... Women of Valor!

Alan Kravitz
Leah Berkenwald

Leah Wolff-Pellingra is the winner of our contest to rename the History Makers series with her suggestion, "Women of Valor." As it happens, the series was originally titled Women of Valor when it was first introduced in 1997. JWA changed the name to "History Makers" in an effort to improve transparency and better characterize the women in the series in 2008. Inspired by Leah's suggestion, the Jewish Women’s Archive is returning the series to its roots and restoring the project’s original title.

Author, author! JWA inspires a novelist

Alan Kravitz

JWA often profiles authors on our website. Imagine our pleasant surprise this week when we found out we inspired an author!

Topics: Writing

Remembering Kitty Carlisle Hart

Alan Kravitz

If ever there was an unofficial Queen of New York City, Kitty Carlisle Hart was it.

Topics: Television, Film
Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein: Center stage

Alan Kravitz

I miss Wendy Wasserstein. How much so? Well, when Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president, my second thought—right after “All right!”—was: “What would Wendy say?”.

Topics: Family, Writing
Gloria Steinem, 1972

Gloria Steinem: An unheralded GLBT advocate

Alan Kravitz

As I watched HBO’s incisive documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, one irony became clear instantly: Gloria Steinem is an icon who is utterly uncomfortable with the whole idea of being an icon.


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