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Hani Fish-Bieler

2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Hani Fish-Bieler

Hani Fish-Bieler is a junior at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York. She loves studying History and Hebrew, and is an active participant in her school’s Drama Society. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and commuting. Hani is incredibly excited to be a part of the Rising Voices Fellowship in the coming year.

Blog Posts

Clinton Family Portrait

The Radical Shift When Women Lead

by Hani Fish-Bieler

So, you want me to explain why I think Hillary Clinton should be president without mentioning her gender. And I get it.

Topics: Civil Service
Stack of Magazines

Celebrity Status

by Hani Fish-Bieler

I don’t think I fully understood the importance of my mother's words at the time. But looking back, this lesson, and being raised in a household that constantly preached passion and hard work over vanity, are some of the things that have shaped me most into who I am today.

Topics: Feminism, Motherhood
Man and Woman in Profile

Are they picking on you?

by Hani Fish-Bieler

I appreciate an outstretched hand in a moment of need. Kindness is a necessary building block for a just world. I do not, however, appreciate my voice being minimized because of my gender. I do not appreciate condescension in a moment when I am working to prove myself. 

Topics: Feminism, Schools
Camp Ramah

People of Valor

by Hani Fish-Bieler

It's Friday night. I'm sitting in a big tent, surrounded by some of the greatest friends I've ever made. The smell of chicken soup wafts under our noses. A man walks to the front of the room, and we smile and link pinkies with the people next to us. This is it. The moment we’ve been waiting for all week. I take a deep breath and close my eyes as he begins in Hebrew...

Topics: Summer Camps
The White House

Why I Fell in Love with The West Wing

by Hani Fish-Bieler

The West Wing is, in my opinion, one of the greatest TV shows of all time. It’s the perfect balance of seriousness and comedy, with enough storylines to keep you interested but not too many to get confused. It’s intellectual, but totally engaging. The characters are witty and lovable. I could go on about my love of The West Wing for hours. And I wouldn’t be done.

B'nai Jacob Synagogue

Come, Join Us

by Hani Fish-Bieler

I remember my excitement upon hearing about Yeshivat Maharat’s  ordination of women. As a supporter of female Jewish leadership in all of its forms, I was thrilled at the idea. Evidently, Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado, a contributor to JWA’s blog, felt the same way. In June 2013, she wrote a piece entitled, We Begin to Become a Multitude. In the piece, she describes her experience attending the first ever ordination of women as open Orthodox female spiritual leaders. 

A Translation From One Language To Another

Sharing Our Stories

by Hani Fish-Bieler

I grew up bilingual. From a young age, my parents, who are not Israeli, spoke to me in Hebrew because they felt it was an important skill to have. My ability to communicate with people outside of the English-speaking world has always felt like an incredible privilege. Although I love being able to find deeper meaning in the things I say through my dual-vocabulary, it’s the ability to share stories with people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to understand them, and the ability to hear theirs, that I find most important. 

Topics: Activism, Writing
Women Getting Hair Done circa 1960

Does Doing My Hair Make Me A Bad Feminist?

by Hani Fish-Bieler

Around the time of my bat mitzvah (the Jewish coming of age ceremony), I started to straighten my hair every Shabbat. Each Friday afternoon, I would rush home from school to make it into the shower with enough time to do my hair before the sun set. Although it was stressful at times, it became something I really enjoyed doing. 

Topics: Feminism
Nehama Leibowitz

We Should All Be Feminists

by Hani Fish-Bieler

Nehama Leibowitz, one of the greatest Torah scholars of the twentieth century, was often described as a paradoxical woman. She was a pious Jew, and a liberal. She was fiercely intelligent, and nonetheless humble. She was a Torah scholar and teacher of thousands, and she was a woman.

Topics: Feminism, Bible
Western Wall, Jerusalem

Open Eyes at the Western Wall

by Hani Fish-Bieler

My parents met at JTS. Both are committed feminists, and passionately observant Jews. As a young child, feminism and Judaism came easily to me; they were so natural that although I went through the motions of Judaism, and always believed in equality between the genders.

Topics: Feminism

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hani Fish-Bieler." (Viewed on June 25, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/hani-fish-bieler>.

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