Sarah Jae Leiber

Sarah Jae Leiber

Sarah Jae Leiber is JWA's culture writer. Sarah Jae Leiber is a Jewish playwright, screenwriter, comedy writer, and essayist from just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Her work exists at Bitch Media, Bright Wall/Dark Room, JTA, The Broadway Beat, BroadwayWorld, Screen Queens, Sally Mag, Small Screen, The Niche, Uncomfortable Revolution, The Validation Project, and Screen Mayhem. Sarah works in marketing and communications at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. She previously served as entertainment editor at BroadwayWorld and was a member of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 48th Professional Training Company. B.A. in theatre and history from Muhlenberg College. You can find her whole portfolio here, and you can find her on Twitter @sarahjaeleiber.

Blog Posts

Maestro Film Still

Beyond "Maestro's" Prosthetics and Into Bernstein's World

Sarah Jae Leiber

Bradley Cooper’s Maestro nose, in context, reads less to me like internalized antisemitism and more like Cooper’s deep, spiritual obsession with getting it right.

Topics: Film, Music
Barbie Film

Barbie is a Beautiful Golem

Sarah Jae Leiber

The truth at the center of Barbie is something about iconography and idolatry, and how our anxieties are valid, but projecting them onto a symbol will never save us.

Loolwa Khazzoom and her Bandmates: woman with mouth open as if screaming, man on either side of her

Loolwa Khazzoom on her new single, "The Convert's Quest"

Sarah Jae Leiber

JWA talks to Loolwa Khazzoom, frontwoman of the rock band Iraqis in Pajamas, about the inspiration for her new single.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret film still: girl with hands clasped in prayer,

A Coming-Of-Age Story for Every Generation

Sarah Jae Leiber

The film, like the book on which it’s based, acknowledges that sixth-grade feelings are among the realest we ever feel.

Topics: Film, Fiction, Children
Heart to Heart Songbook Concert

The "Heart to Heart Songbook's" Healing Message

Sarah Jae Leiber

The “Heart to Heart Songbook” is a  powerful event that centers Jewish women and sparks difficult and essential conversations about how we view ourselves, others, and our short time on this planet.

Samantha Pickette Headshot and Book Cover

Q & A with Samantha Pickette, Author of "Peak TV's Unapologetic Jewish Woman"

Sarah Jae Leiber

JWA talks to Samantha Pickette about her new book and about how TV is establishing a new version of the Jewish woman. 

Fleishman is in Trouble promo image

"Fleishman is in Trouble" Asks Universal Questions

Sarah Jae Leiber

This very Jewish TV adaptation of the bestselling novel crackles with sharply drawn characters and brilliant performances. 

Photo of Daniela Gesundheit and her album cover, featuring a woman with her face in her hands and the words "Alphabet of Wrongdoing" in jumbled letters

Q & A with Daniela Gesundheit About her New Album, "Alphabet of Wrongdoing"

Sarah Jae Leiber

JWA talks with musician, vocalist, and composer Daniela Gesundheit about how her new album, Alphabet of Wrongdoing, makes the sacred accessible. 

Film still with two women dancing with each other while a man, seated, watches

At 35, Dirty Dancing is More Than a Sexual Coming-of-Age Story

Sarah Jae Leiber

In a post-Roe world, what stands out is the story of a young woman’s moral transformation.

Cha Cha Real Smooth Film Still - young man and woman looking at each other

'Cha Cha Real Smooth' Has a Toxically Passive Leading Man

Sarah Jae Leiber

The film could have been a powerful story about self-actualization. Instead, it’s a flawed portrait of a nearly flawless main character.

Topics: Film


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