Samantha Berk

2022-23 Rising Voices Fellow Samantha Berk

Samantha Berk is a junior at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. One of her greatest passions is writing, and she is an award-winning opinion writer for her school’s independent newspaper as well as a peer writing tutor. On Saturdays, she can be found sleeping late, playing goalie in field hockey or lacrosse, or competing for Milton’s Speech Team, where she is the Public Address Chair. She is co-head of her school’s Jewish Student Union, and sits on the boards of RYFTI, a Jewish youth group in Boston, and the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston, a philanthropy initiative. In her rare moments of free time, she is often puzzling through the New York Times crossword, walking her dog, Kensie, or playing guitar.

Blog Posts

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Writing as a Jewish Woman: Recording, Communicating, Counting

Samantha Berk

Being a Jewish woman means writing about what matters to me, and what I hope could matter to you. 

Topics: Writing, Family
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Spiritual Jewish Representation on Film: Next Year’s Hanukkah Gift?

Samantha Berk

Watching the Hallmark movie Eight Gifts of Hanukkah, I felt like I could relate spiritually to a Jewish character portrayed in mainstream media for the first time. 

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Reporting the Truth with Rachel Sassoon Beer

Samantha Berk

In her own way, in her own time, Rachel Sassoon Beer fought against misinformation. She’s a role model for modern feminists as well as for that little girl who yearned to hold the pages of the newspaper just right.

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Jewish Women Count: How B’midbar Taught Me to Be a Jewish Feminist

Samantha Berk

Standing in front of my closest friends and family discussing a holy text that claimed women “do not count” taught me to pay more attention. I became a Jewish feminist.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Samantha Berk." (Viewed on May 27, 2024) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/berk-samantha>.