Judy Ruden

2022-23 Rising Voices Fellow Judy Ruden

Judy Ruden is a junior at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is a mentor on her school's Speech and Debate team. She is a member of BBYO, tutors students for their b’nai mitzvot, and leads services on a regular basis at her local synagogue. In addition to writing, Judy enjoys painting and drawing as well as carefully curating Spotify playlists (usually featuring Harry Styles.)

Blog Posts

Animal drawings by Liana Finck on orange gradient background

Making Space

Judy Ruden

In Liana Finck's exploration of the kabbalistic concept of Tsimtsum, the idea of God's contraction as a means of creation, I find the beginnings of a Jewish feminist future. 

Collage of Cass Elliot and Rabbi Minna Bromberg on white and yellow checkered background

Unearthing the Fat Underground

Judy Ruden

All Jewish bodies are important, no matter what they do or don’t look like. We have to care for each other in a way that makes every single body feel included.

Collage of shelf and candles on blue background

L’dor V’dor: How Ritual Plays into Grief

Judy Ruden

This is how we grieve: crying, laughing, brisket and Yahrzeit candles. Again and again and again.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Judy Ruden." (Viewed on June 4, 2023) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/ruden-judith>.