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

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
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were

In 'The Way We Were,' The Political is Personal

Sarah Jae Leiber

The Way We Were might be an old film, but it couldn't be more relevant to today’s divided world.

Topics: Film
Rachel Brosnahan accept flowers from a man.

I’m Tired of Trying to Root for Midge Maisel

Sarah Jae Leiber

Over and over, Midge hurts people who trusted her, and the show lets her get away with it.

Topics: Television, Comedy
Illeana Douglas as Denise Waverly in Grace of My Heart

You Probably Missed This Film When It Came out 25 Years Ago. Don’t Let That Happen Again.

Sarah Jae Leiber

This holiday season, skip the blockbusters and watch Grace Of My Heart instead.

Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones

FX’s Impeachment: A Study in Caricature and Misogyny

Sarah Jae Leiber

By putting some of the show’s female stars in prosthetics, FX’s Impeachment is guilty of the same misogynistic behavior for which it faults the media.

Kathryn Hahn as Rabbi Raquel in "Transparent"

Rabbi Raquel Has a Place in the “Hahnaissance”

Sarah Jae Leiber

Let's not forget Kathryn Hahn's most Jewish performance: Rabbi Raquel in Transparent.

Topics: Television
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When the Pogrom Comes, Can I Afford to Leave?

Sarah Jae Leiber

"I wonder if I'll know when or if I need to leave. And if I do need to leave, will I be able to afford it?"

Topics: Anti-Semitism

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sarah Jae Leiber." (Viewed on January 29, 2023) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/leiber-sarah>.