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Emma Mair

2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow Emma Mair
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Emma Mair, 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellow

Emma Mair is a junior at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts. At school she is part of the Women and Gender Studies Club and the Gender Sexuality Alliance. Outside of school she is an active member of her temple community, the North Shore Jewish community, and her dance studio. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and taking naps. Emma hopes to become a Rabbi one day.

Blog posts

Emma Mair in Jerusalem

Debbie Coltin: Now on Your Radar

When you google Debbie Coltin, not much comes up. If you ask her why, she’ll say it’s because she’s a private person; she’d much rather fly under the radar. But as a writer, a Jew, and a young woman, I feel that Debbie’s contributions to the North Shore Massachusetts Jewish community are too valuable to simply “fly under the radar.” Luckily, since Debbie has given me permission to share her story, they no longer have to!

Poster for The L Word

Taking an L? Maybe, maybe not.

First aired on Showtime in 2004, The L Word became the first ever TV series that documented the lives of an ensemble of queer women. Modeled after the life of creator, screenwriter, and director, Ilene Chaiken, The L Word includes a groundbreaking set of TV firsts: television’s first deaf lesbian, its first regularly occurring transgender character, and its first interracial lesbian couple. The L Word pushed social boundaries and explored taboo themes such as: bisexuality, gender nonconformity, same-sex parenting, addiction, and rape. Over the almost 14 years since the show was first aired, The L Word has received much praise for its intimate storylines, representative depiction of the lesbian community, smart humor, and affinity for drama. However, because a monolithic gay experience or gay culture does not exist, The L Word didn’t (and perhaps couldn’t) capture the full picture of what it means to be a lesbian.

Topics: Television
Rising Voices and Havdallah Candle (Winter 2018)

Rising Voices Fellows Respond to Parkland

In response to the Parkland school shooting on February 14, 2018, JWA’s Rising Voices Fellows decided to put their minds together and do what they do best: write. These are the stories of teenage girls from all over the United States, who have grown up after Columbine, after 9/11, and in the age of gun violence and terrorism.

Rising Voices Fellow Emma Mair at her Bat Mitzvah

The First Hero

Robert Lappin, Jewish philanthropist and the man who’s foundation sent me to Israel this past summer, has said that interfaith families who choose to raise their kids Jewish are the heroes of Judaism. With Jews making up only .2% of the global population, Judaism is both the oldest and the smallest monotheistic religion, meaning that families who tackle raising their children Jewish in this Christian-normative society are much needed. 

Emma Mair with Family

Two Jews, Many Opinions

In the 12th century the great Jewish philosopher Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, commonly referred to as Maimonides, put together the Thirteen Principles of Judaism. The Thirteen Principles serve as the fundamental truths of the Jewish religion, and in many congregations it’s customary to say “Ani Maamin” (I believe) when reciting them.

Rising Voices Fellow Emma Mair with her Cousin Izzy

A Letter to My Little Cousin

In the past year a lot has changed in the world that we live in, and all of these changes–many scary–have inspired me to try my hardest to tell you the truth about the reality that girls once lived in, and the reality we live in today.

Rising Voices Fellow Emma Mair

From Scared to Empowered

It happened at a bar mitzvah. I remember their faces as clear as day and their voices as dark as night. Encircled by seven boys, I couldn’t move and no one could see me. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Emma Mair." (Viewed on May 22, 2018) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/emma-mair>.

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