Leah Berkenwald

Leah Berkenwald

Leah Berkenwald was born and raised in Northampton, MA, where "The coffee is strong, and so are the women."  As such, she was a feminist and equal rights activist straight out of the womb. She is particularly passionate about reproductive rights and sex education, despite her father's wish that she do something less controversial like "save the whales." Leah draws strength from the memories of her grandmothers - two incredible Jewesses with some serious attitude. After three years as JWA's Social Media Specialist, Leah moved on to Wentworth Institute, where she coordinates Wellness Education. You can read her blog at www.leahbee.net

Blog Posts

jwapedia Hashtag

Inspiration for the New Year from #jwapedia

by  Leah Berkenwald

Last week, JWA asked: Who do you choose to inspire and guide you, your community, and the world, this New Year?

jwapedia Hashtag

#jwapedia: Who inspires you?

by  Leah Berkenwald

The second round of #jwapedia, JWA's campaign to tweet its Encyclopedia of Jewish women's history, is underway!

Zelda R. Stern

Fall Donor Spotlight

by  Leah Berkenwald

This fall, JWA is recognizing the contributions of three very different donors.

"Estie the Mensch" cover by Jane Kohuth, 2011

Interview with Jane Kohuth: "Estie the Mensch"

by  Leah Berkenwald

Estie would rather be a dog or a turtle or a monkey than a person.

Week in review: Link Roundup

by  Leah Berkenwald
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Kathleen Peratis have organized a conference honoring Anita Hill and the 20th anniversary of her testimony
Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem: Her words as relevant today as ever

by  Leah Berkenwald

Last week, a group of JWA staffers gathered on our lunch break to watch the HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words.

Jewpiter Photoshop

Ultra-Orthodox photoshop of horrors: Round 2

by  Leah Berkenwald

In May, the Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, made a lot of people angry by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of a photo in the name of tzniut, or modesty. Within days, the incident spawned a fabulous internet meme where people photoshopped women out of iconic images. The point that photoshop should not be used to erase or alter women in images as to rewrite history or reality was made ... or so we thought.

Gertrude Weil Poster

Jewesses for Suffrage

by  Leah Berkenwald

On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting any citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex was ratified. Today, 91 years later, we take a look back at the Jewish women who dedicated their lives to women's suffrage in America and around the world. This is by no means a comprehensive list; so many Jewish women fought for suffrage, this is merely a sample of the stories we know.

How many more stories have yet to be told?

Best of the rest: Link Roundup

by  Leah Berkenwald
  • Don't miss the premiere of the HBO Documentary, “Gloria: In Her Own Words” on August 15th at 9PM EST. The Women's Media Center is celebrating this event with a video contest: describe your vision for the future of feminism in a 2 minute video.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. " Leah Berkenwald ." (Viewed on April 18, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/leah-berkenwald>.

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