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Sonia Freedman

2022-23 Rising Voices Fellow Sonia Freedman

Sonia Freedman is a junior at Menlo-Atherton High School in Northern California. At her school newspaper, she started “The Music Moment” and “Dear Bearby,” an advice column. She is also co-president of her high school’s book club and holds a part-time job at an independent bookstore. Sonia is the sh'licha (community service organizer) for her chapter of BBYO, where her focus is on sustainability, and she was a CIT at Camp Tawonga last summer. In her free time, she makes elaborate Spotify playlists, spends time with friends and in nature, and browses thrift shops.

Blog Posts

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My Search for Meaningful Mainstream Jewish Music

Sonia Freedman

While I can bop to a prayer in the right setting, my playlists have a dismal lack of casual English music that reflects my Judaism. 

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It-Girls, God, and Me

Sonia Freedman

Just as the it-girls online promised, working through my issues by connecting to a feminine God works, even if it is extremely different than what they envisioned.

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Celebrating An Inter-religious Couple on Love Is Blind

Sonia Freedman

Although I was somewhat unimpressed by Love Is Blind’s surface-level coverage of inter-religious relationships, it was beautiful to watch the Lemieux fall in love despite their very different backgrounds.

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Opposing Book Bans with Judy Blume

Sonia Freedman

Having the option to read Blume’s book about growing up as a girl did not necessarily change my view on womanhood, but taking away a comforting story that offers reassurance about a girls’ preteen years is disappointing and ridiculous.

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Why Do I Cry at Services?

Sonia Freedman

With all the joy in the room, I didn’t understand why my eyes would begin to water.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sonia Freedman." (Viewed on March 3, 2024) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/freedman-sonia>.