Lisa Batya Feld

Lisa Feld

Lisa Batya Feld is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton Center, Massachusetts. She is also a novelist, drawing her inspiration from history and folklore, stories of what was, what might have been, and what might yet be.

Blog Posts

Carrie Fisher

Jewish Intergalatic Princess

by Lisa Batya Feld

I was five when I saw Star Wars for the first time at my friend Danny’s house. We loved it so much that we spent the next two years playing games where we clambered up on rocks and swung down on tree branches like we were maneuvering through the Death Star together.

Topics: Comedy, Film, Memoirs
Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Feminist!

by Lisa Batya Feld

I admit, I am woefully late to the party on Supergirl. I tried the pilot episode when it came out last year and found it a little campy and contrived next to my usual superhero and science-fiction fare.

Between the World and Me

One Weird Trick for Being an Ally on the Internet

by Lisa Batya Feld

When my allies speak up, their voices can reach people who don’t want to listen to me, but who are willing to listen to someone more like themselves. And more than that, when my allies speak out, they make it clear that my issues matter to them, that I matter to them. I want to pass that on.

Women Voting in 1936

What Really Counts

by Lisa Batya Feld

As we enter an election cycle that promises to be intense and potentially groundbreaking, the Jewish Women’s Archive is looking to collect your stories about elections.

Books on a Desk

Being a Good Ally, on One Foot

by Lisa Batya Feld

In my job as staff writer for the Jewish Women’s Archive, I write short profiles about historical and living women. Each one is fascinating—and each presents its own challenges. Are there reliable sources I can use, or do I have to sift through puff pieces? If the only information I can find about someone is a résumé, how do I create some sort of throughline that turns those bullet points into a human story? And hardest of all, if each profile is just 200 words, how do I decide what to include and what to cut?

Topics: Writing
Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton

Clash with the Titans

by Lisa Batya Feld

This has been a lousy week for feminists of all ages. The longstanding tensions between second- and third-wave feminists have been boiling over as the old guard claims that younger women mistakenly think feminism is a thing of the past, that we’re distracted by other causes, that we don’t understand the importance of having the first woman president.

Judy Feld Carr

Judy Feld Carr: Rescuing Thousands from Syria

by Lisa Batya Feld

As the news is flooded with reports of refugees fleeing Syria, we have found ourselves remembering a very different Syrian refugee crisis: the mass exodus of persecuted Jews from that country from the 1970s through 2001. I recently spoke with Judy Feld Carr, who arranged 3,228 of those rescues by forging passports, bribing officials, and arranging for individuals and families to be smuggled across the border. What’s amazing about her story is that Judy wasn’t a Special Forces commando or a human rights lawyer; she had no background in this type of work.

The Marriage of Opposites

Book Review: The Marriage of Opposites

by Lisa Batya Feld

Alice Hoffman bases her story around Rachel, the mother of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and her scandalous marriage to the nephew of her dead husband, a love that caused their expulsion from the Jewish community of St. Thomas.

Topics: Fiction
Volunteer Hands

Social Entrepreneurship: When the Political Becomes Personal

by Lisa Batya Feld

The Jewish Women’s Archive and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York are joining together to honor JWFNY’s fourteen Isha Koach honorees for this year. Each of these social entrepreneurs were shaped by experiences where abstract social or environmental problems suddenly became very concrete.

French Quarter, New Orleans

The More Things Change

by Lisa Batya Feld

Susan Hess first came to New Orleans as a young bride in 1965, three days before Hurricane Betsy, and she remembered the one good thing about that storm was that it cemented her identity as a New Orleans insider in a way that would have taken decades otherwise.

Topics: Jewish History

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