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Jewish Life

Inside of Quincy Market

My Power is My Privilege

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.

Milk Carton

Open Conversations and Dairy Products

“Where are you thinking about going to college?” I’ve been asked this question by almost everyone I know. It feels like after your bat mitzvah, there’s a second rite of passage that no one tells you about: college decisions. Since the winter of Junior year, every conversation seems to take a turn towards schools. The question, “How are you?” has been replaced with, “How are the applications coming?”

American Yiddish writers and poets, New York, 1920s.

Celia Dropkin’s Poetry

Exclusively for JWA, Maia Evrona shares two translations of Celia Dropkin’s poetry, classics within the canon of Yiddish literature.

Topics: Yiddish, Poetry
Open Hillel Protest in NYC

Who Funds Religious Life on College Campuses?

Jewish life organizations on college campuses rely on outside funders with their own agendas, and progressive religious students are left in the dust.

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, 1983

Rosalie Silberman Abella: The Canadian RBG

In my opinion, Abella has demonstrated intersectional feminism through her work as a legal advocate and supporter of civil rights for marginalized communities. Before her appointment to the bench, Abella was considered one of Canada's foremost human rights lawyers.

Ruby Russell in First Grade

Who Gets To Choose

In 2007, with long chestnut pigtails sprouting from the sides of my head, I attended my first day of kindergarten at a public school just outside of Boston. I was enrolled in what was called the Choice Program, an institution that four years later would implode with scandal.

Topics: Schools, Children
Barbara Seaman holding vaginal cap at Pre-1980 Women's March press conference

In Search of Jewish Voices from the Women’s Health Movement

How did so many Jewish women come to be leaders within the women’s health movement? Eight of the twelve creators of Our Bodies, Ourselves were Jewish. Four of the five founders of the National Women’s Health Network were also Jewish.

"Egg Cream" Film Still

Neither Egg, Nor Cream: An Afternoon at the Tucson Jewish Film Festival

When I saw a flyer advertising the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival at the Jewish Community Center, with something called Egg Cream listed as a short film to be shown toward the end of January, I was intrigued.

Topics: Food, Film
Gertrude Berg and Amy Sherman Palladino

Yoohoo...Mrs. Maisel!

Gertrude Berg and Amy Sherman Palladino are two women who have brought Jews to television in completely revolutionary ways; as funny, approachable characters who are incredibly dynamic and unapologetically Jewish.

Abigail Glickman and Brother

Siblings in Different Voices

While my brother’s intention was to help me better clarify my writing, that isn’t what my mind told me in the moment. During our conversation, I became resentful of him, and doubtful of myself. I started to question the value of the ideas I wrote about, the ones that he claimed were too big and detached.

Topics: Family, Writing

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