Sam Mezrich

2022-23 Rising Voices Fellow Sam Mezrich

Sam Mezrich is a senior at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a captain of her school’s forensic speech team, as well as a member of Model UN. At her synagogue, Sam is president of her synagogue youth group. Sam loves reading, biking, and playing bass guitar. In her free time, she can be found listening to Phoebe Bridgers, walking her dog (Phoebe, like Phoebe Bridgers), and drinking boba.

Blog Posts

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The Surprising Jewishness of Avatar the Last Airbender

Sam Mezrich

ATLA's Air Nomads are based on Tibetan Buddhism, according to the show’s creators. Yet I also feel that there are also a lot of similarities between the Air Nomads and the Jewish people.


Topics: Television, Children
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The Future of Gendered Hebrew

Sam Mezrich

Grammatical gender in Hebrew fosters a culture of exclusion and denies people safety and belonging in our religious spaces. It's time for that to change. 

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The Fight for Democratic Merit in College Admissions

Sam Mezrich

Current affirmative action activists can learn from Lani Guinier: she supported affirmative action, but she also supported reforming it.

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We Need Better Holocaust Education

Sam Mezrich

If non-Jews had more understanding of what our people went through, it would take a lot of emotional labor off the shoulders of Jewish kids.


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