Bella Book

Bella Book

Bella Book grew up in Whitsett, North Carolina, before attending Mount Holyoke College where she recently earned a BA in English and in History. She discovered her love of public history while studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Bella's interests include the democratization of storytelling, championing women's stories, and creating safe spaces for dialogue and learning. She currently attends law school at the University of Michigan. During her time at JWA, she managed the office, social media, and Jewish Women, Amplified

Blog Posts

"Nostalgia" from Anita Steckel's Giant Woman series

These Jewish Women Think You Should Masturbate

by Bella Book

May is both Jewish American Heritage Month and National Masturbation Month, which is a great convergence, because Jewish women have played an integral role in advocating for and destigmatizing female masturbation throughout American history. May earned this lesser-known title in 1995 as a way to protest the firing of the first black Surgeon General, Jocelyn Elders. When asked about masturbation at the United Nation World Aids Day in 1994, Dr. Elders responded, “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.” Dr. Elders was quickly fired.

Topics: Feminism
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Feminism, Podcasted: an Interview with The Book of Life's Heidi Rabinowitz

by Bella Book and Emily Cataneo

Podcasts are all the rage these days, but Heidi Rabinowitz’s The Book of Life podcast is no flash in the pan: on the contrary, this show about Jewish authors, books, and arts has been going strong for twelve years.

Topics: Writing
Image from Muslim Ban Protest

When Women Take the Lead

by Abby Richmond and Bella Book

On January 29, 2017, a lone gunman entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City during the evening prayer and opened fire. He injured nineteen people and killed six. Less than a month later, the windows of Al-Tawuba Mosque in Montreal were vandalized. These two incidents are just a few of the many that have been on the rise in recent months. One young Muslim woman, Mona Abdullah, took the feelings of frustration and anger that this violence caused and channeled them towards rebuilding the Muslim community in Canada.

Rising Voices Fellow, Madisen Siegel '16-'17 at January Retreat

Being Fearlessly Feminist

by Bella Book

Radical things happen when women come together. Whether it’s to plan a strike, march for the right to vote, or use their networks to spread information about birth control, when women come together, the establishment trembles. As Bella Abzug reminds us, “the establishment is made up of little men, very frightened.” If history is any indication, women who are brave enough to speak out can create an earthquake of social change, shattering any delusions little men may have about women and women’s equality.

Topics: Feminism
2016-2017 Rising Voices Fellows during book swap

Rising Voices Fellows Daring to be Themselves

by Bella Book

With so many issues and challenges facing the world today, it’s easy to believe that effecting change must happen on a large scale in order to make an impact. However, small actions can often make big waves, and for teenage girls, one of the most radical and brave things you can do is be yourself. In a world that actively encourages teens to conform, sit still, and stay silent, having the courage to be your authentic self is no small feat, and it can have a lasting impact on the surrounding culture.

Pauline Newman and Josephine Goldmark

The Organizers and Researchers of the Labor Movement

by Bella Book

This Women’s History Month, the Jewish Women’s Archive is celebrating the thousands of Jewish women who have participated in activism and resistance in the United States. We all know the names of the most famous women who shaped these movements, from Gloria Steinem to Emma Goldman: the women with the megaphones, with the loud voices and stirring speeches, the women whose names made it into the history books.

Topics: Labor Rights
As We Are: A Jewish Feminist Theatre Project poster

As We Are: A Jewish Feminist Theatre Project

by Bella Book

As We Are: A Jewish Feminist Theatre Project critically examines the aspects of Judaism that are tied to patriarchy, limiting representation of women and femme people.

Topics: Theater
Rebecca Traister with All the Single Ladies

Video Interview with Rebecca Traister

by Bella Book
Rebecca Traister talks to JWA about her book, All The Single Ladies.
Topics: Non-Fiction
Paid Sick Time Rally, 2016

The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: An Interview with Sherry Leiwant

by Bella Book

Abortion rights often dominate our national conversation about reproductive justice. There’s another side to this issue that doesn’t make as many headlines: the right to parent.

Playbill Image for Shades, a 2016 play by Paula J. Caplan

Shades and Stories: An Interview with Paula J. Caplan

by Bella Book

The people who make stories a central focus of their life come in all genders, colors, creeds, and professions. JWA was lucky enough to speak with Paula J. Caplan, who first championed women’s stories as a clinical and research psychologist,and has now turned her attention, as a playwright, to the struggles that returning veterans face. Her newest play, Shades, is at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York until December 17th.

Topics: Plays

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bella Book." (Viewed on April 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/bella-book>.

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