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Jewish Life

Susan Sontag Mural

A Visit to the Tucson Jewish History Museum

by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Visiting a Holocaust Museum as a Jew can be meaningful, painful, and sometimes, exposing.

Topics: Jewish History
Rising Voices Fellow Emma Cohn with father

How Jewish Are You?

by Emma Cohn

I have spent the last year learning that we are all at different places in our Jewish education; we have all had different sets of experiences. And they are all valid.

Zioness at the D.C. Dyke March

Lessons from the D.C. Dyke March

by Sophie Hurwitz

What can we learn from the debate about Jewish and Israeli symbols at Pride?

Orpah leaving Ruth and Naomi CROP

Orpah’s Story: A Midrash

by Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Rabbis Rachel Bearman and Paul Kipnes retell the story of Orpah in her own voice in this “Midrashic Monologue.”

Topics: Shavuot
Irma Gershkowitz in a Pussy Hat CROP

A Century of Hats and Spirit

by Leann Shamash

A new mother/daughter photo project encourages viewers to challenge ageism and value the experiences of the elderly.

Woman speaking into a megaphone

Shouting Doesn’t Have to Mean a Sore Throat

by Ilana Jacobs

While at the time I couldn’t admit it to myself, I felt deep down that the world wouldn’t end if I gave up this cause.

Sister Mary Siena Schmitt, O.P. CROP

The Women Who Organize

by Jeannie Appleman

Jeannie Appleman, Senior Trainer and Organizer for JOIN for Justice, shares five tips for organizing and honors the women who inspired her. Fearless women, presente!

Topics: Activism, Family
Hannah Downing at L'Taken Social Justice Seminar

Raising My Voice

by Hannah Downing

I was in a room full of young Jewish liberals of diverse backgrounds, taking workshops on topics such as campaign finance reform and the history of abortion in the Talmud. What could be better!?

Sondra Helene and her sister Margie

Writing Through Grief

by Sondra Helene

Author Sondra Helene describes how her sister’s death led her to write a memoir, Appearances.

Topics: Family, Memoirs
Israeli Flags in Jerusalem

Next Year in Jerusalem

by Lisa Batya Feld

A rabbinical student studying in Israel explores how it feels to say “Next Year in Jerusalem” this year, knowing that next year she won’t be there.

Topics: Passover, Zionism
Flourless Chocolate Cake

How to Pull Off Passover

by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

A first-time Seder host shares her journey to prep for Passover, and a recipe for flourless chocolate cake with ganache.

Topics: Recipes, Passover
Rising Voices Fellow Lila Zinner in Fifth Grade

American Education: Classrooms, Competition, and Corruption

by Lila Zinner

This education system, this one-sided method of teaching, this constant competition, is not working.

Topics: Schools, Children
Ima Alleluia Nwachukwu

Igbo Jews: A Threatened Community

by Patrick Egwu

Reporter Patrick Egwu details the persecution facing the Igbo Jewish community in Umuahia, Southern Nigeria.

Still Photo from "Working Woman" (2018)

Film Review: "Working Woman"

by Karen Davis

Exclusively for JWA, film critic Karen Davis reviews Working Woman, a film about one woman’s #MeToo story in Israel.

Fabric Collage

Vashti's Story: A Midrash

by Rabbi Rachel Bearman and Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Rabbis Rachel Bearman and Paul Kipnes retell the story of Vashti in her own voice in this “Midrashic Monologue.”

Topics: Feminism, Purim
Phonetic Spelling of Privilege

Privilege and the Chosen People

by Ava Berkwits

I feel as if I won the lottery by being born Jewish, as so many of my most cherished memories and values are inherently tied to this part of my identity. As proud as I am of my Jewish identity, I’ve always been troubled by one of the fundamental ideas in Judaism: that Jews are “the chosen people.”

"Jewish Feminisms/American Visions" Conference Poster

Seven Lessons from our Feminist Foremothers

by  Judith Rosenbaum

JWA’s Executive Director Judith Rosenbaum reflects on her experience at the “Jewish Feminisms/American Visions” conference at the University of Michigan.

Fallen "Israel" Sign, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 9, 2006

Writing on the Walls

by Yana Kozukhin

NYU’s Birthright trip did not give me answers. If anything, it only gave me more questions. And for that, I am grateful.

Topics: Israel, Palestine
Wherever we live is our homeland

Aunt Bev and Me: Jewish Women at a Women’s College

by Sophie Hurwitz

This Friday, as I host a social justice-themed Shabbat dinner, I’ll be thinking of Aunt Bev.

Topics: Education, Family
Broad City Lost and Found

The 8 Best Jewish Quotes from Broad City’s “Lost and Found”

by Larisa Klebe

A curated list of the eight best Jewish quotes from Season 5, Episode 6 of Broad City.

Forest Dark Book Cover

Review: Nicole Krauss's "Forest Dark"

by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Forest Dark is an exploration of what happens when the relationships, material objects, and geographic locations that have come to constitute an identity fall apart.

Lisa Feld at the Kotel

Celebrating the New Moon in Jerusalem

by  Merle Feld

Activist and writer Merle Feld recounts a harrowing experience praying at the Kotel with Women of the Wall.

Stock Photo of "I Voted" Stickers

Voting: Still a Right, Right?

by Emma Nathanson

Typically, walking through the doors of my high school gym brings on a feeling of dread, accompanied by the smell of body odor and wet paint. When I walked into the gym this past November, however, the only thing I felt was excitement. On the day of the 2018 Midterm Elections, I had decided to spend my Tuesday afternoon and evening as an election official, helping voters register, cast ballots, and, most importantly, go home with an “I Voted!” sticker proudly affixed to their shirts.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Getting "Crazy" About History

by Rebecca Brenner

Rebecca Bunch is apparently a student of history... and I don’t just mean her relationship history.

Inside of Quincy Market

My Power is My Privilege

by Naomi Bethune

Power and privilege have always played, and will continue to play, a very significant role in my life. As a biracial, Jewish woman, my life has always been complicated, and oftentimes, confusing. That being said, I acknowledge and know I have an incredible amount of privilege.

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