Ari Kane is a high schooler living in the Boston area. She has grown up studying the intersections of race, class, and gender in and out of school, and is especially interested in how identity affects issues of feminism and gun violence. She is a passionate feminist, and in her (very limited) spare time she loves to do activism work, including lobbying at the Massachusetts state house with the ACLU and canvassing at Pride with Freedom For All Massachusetts. When she is not writing, she works as a sound designer in her school theater company and is the Social Action/Tikkun Olam Vice President of her USY chapter.
Nina Henry is a law student and policy advocate. She is an alumna of Smith College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Government and received the David Burres Memorial Law Prize. She has advocated for social change and feminist public policy at the National Council of Jewish Women’s national office and New York section, and her writing has been published in The Forward. You can find her political takes and pictures of her cat on Twitter at @nina_ecarg.
Leann Shamash is both an educator and photographer. She worked in many capacities in the field of both formal and informal Jewish education. She is currently working on bringing attention to the wisdom and beauty of the elderly through her photographs and anticipates creating a book or a blog on the stories she is collecting.
Miranda Cooper is a New York-based writer, editor, and literary translator. Her literary and cultural criticism has been published by Tablet Magazine, the JTA, Jewish Currents, the Jewish Book Council, the Yiddish Book Center, Alma, and Jewcy. Her Yiddish poetry translations have appeared in Pakn Treger, in a print anthology published by the Yiddish Book Center, and in Jewish Currents. She currently serves as an editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies and is a 2019-2020 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow.
Jeannie Appleman is Senior Trainer and Organizer for JOIN for Justice. Jeannie has been organizing and training in different models since 1987. She, and colleagues Meir Lakein, and Rabbis Stephanie Kolin and Noah Farkas, co-founded the first organizing and leadership training for Rabbis, Cantors, and Religious educators in the seminaries of all four movements of Judaism in 2005. She has trained thousands of lay leaders, and hundreds of Rabbis. She is a co-author with Meir Lakein of Creating Covenantal Communities: Building Relationships, Developing leaders and Taking Action, in the Journal of American Jewish University's Ziegler School of Rabbinics. They have an upcoming article this summer in the Reform movement's Journal of CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis). Jeannie also published Developing Rabbinic Leadership: New Measures for Success in Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas.
Ken Krimstein’s recently published graphic novel/biography of Hannah Arendt, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth (Bloomsbury 2018) has been named one of the best graphic novels of the year by Forbes, made the top ten lists of The Comics Journal and is a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s 2018 National Jewish Book Awards and the Midland Author’s Award. In addition, he has published cartoons in The New Yorker, Punch, The Wall Street Journal, and has written for New York Observer’s “New Yorker’s Diary” and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He is the author of Kvetch as Kvetch Can, and teaches at De Paul University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Patrick Egwu is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Nigeria who reports on global health, education, religion, conflict, and other development issues in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. He has been published in African Arguments, FT's This is Africa, Ozy, BRIGHT Magazine, Global Sisters Report, and IJNet, among others.
Sondra Helene is a board member and writer at GrubStreet, Boston’s center for literary arts. She is the former president of Friends of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is a member of Hadassah and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Her debut novel, Appearances, was published in April, 2019. Appearances was listed by PopSugar as one of the 10 books by debut authors to watch in 2019 and by Parade as one of 10 books to read when family drama is consuming your life. She Reads listed Appearances as a novel to read if you like the show, This is Us. You can visit her at www.sondrahelene.com. She is on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter as @sondrahelene. Sondra is a graduate of Ithaca College and Columbia University. She loves skiing, yoga, pilates, and Nantucket. She has two grown children and lives in Boston with her husband and two poodles.
Dina Adelsky was born in Russia and immigrated to Boston with her family at age 3. The kindness and philanthropy of American Jewry, concerned with the future of the Jewish people, gave Dina the opportunity to receive a Jewish education and form a strong values-based Jewish identity. Dina received her BA and MA in Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, and served as a year-long Jewish Service Corps fellow in Odessa, Ukraine through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Before joining JWA as Director of Development, she worked in development in a variety of settings, including Jewish day schools and a major Boston medical center. Grateful for the generosity of strangers and having a deep appreciation for the value of “paying it forward,” Dina is honored to develop connections between philanthropic individuals and the Jewish Women’s Archive so that the next generation can continue to build on the important achievements of our ancestors.
Rabbi Rachel Bearman is the co-creators of Midrashic Monologues, the spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown, CT, and the Communications and Marketing Vice President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. Rabbi Bearman is the seventh generation of her family to be connected with a liberal synagogue and has a deep and abiding love of Reform Judaism’s commitment to the pursuit of justice. Learn more about Rabbi Bearman and her work at www.RabbiRachelBearman.com.
Sophie Hurwitz is JWA’s 2019-2020 New Voices Fellow. She is a lifelong St. Louis resident who was recently transplanted to Massachusetts to study History and Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she serves as News Editor for the college newspaper, and is a student activist working on issues surrounding mass incarceration. Sophie is excited to bring her passion for historical writing and the Jewish community to JWA, and can be found on Twitter @sophiehurwitz.
Rebecca Brenner is a PhD candidate in history at American University in Washington, DC. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with majors in history and philosophy. Rebecca currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, frequenting many cafes while writing her dissertation on religion-state relations in US history through the lens of Sunday mail. In her spare time, Rebecca writes for the US Intellectual History (USIH) blog, plays soccer, and participates in the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue community. You can find her on Twitter at @rebeccabbrenner.
Poet, writer, and dining critic Jen Karetnick is the author/co-author of 19 books, including the forthcoming poetry collection The Crossing Over, winner of the 2018 Split Rock Review Competition, and the cookbook Ice Cube Tray Recipes: 75 Easy and Creative Hacks for Freezing, Cooking, and Baking with Ice Cube Trays (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2019). Her freelance writing has appeared widely in publications including The Atlantic, Miami Herald, Southern Living, VinePair.com, WestJet Magazine, and elsewhere. Based in Miami, she works as the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine. When she's not watching episodes of Judge Judy, she's gathering mangoes from her 14 trees and turning them into salsa.
Maia Evrona is a poet and prose writer, originally from the Boston area. Her poems, as well as her translations of Yiddish poetry, have been awarded grants from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Arts, and have been widely published. In addition to translating from Yiddish, her own poetry was included, in her own English to Yiddish translation, in Radiant Jargon; Six Poems about Yiddish, published by the Yiddish Book Center. She also translates from Spanish, and writes a great deal about chronic illness and disability. Her website is maiaevrona.com and you can find her on Twitter at @maiaevrona.
Leah Kaminsky, is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the Helen Asher Award (Vintage Australia 2015, Harper Perennial US 2016). Her second novel, The Hollow Bones, is forthcoming with Vintage in 2019 and The Fish Council will be published by UQP in 2020. We’re all Going to Die has been described as “a joyful book about death” (Harper Collins, 2016). She edited Writer MD (Knopf US, starred on Booklist) and co-authored Cracking the Code (Vintage 2015). Stitching Things Together was a finalist in the Anne Elder Award. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (www.leahkaminsky.com)
Toshe Cecev is a Macedonian native, born and raised in Veles. Currently, he is an IT student, and is in his third year at The Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. He is a history enthusiast, and is an admin and lead writer at About-History. In his spare time, he can be found swimming or watching historical documentaries. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Lisa Rickey is Archivist / Collections Manager at Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, Dayton, Ohio. She was previously Archivist for Digital Initiatives and Outreach at WSU SCA and Reference Librarian / Archivist in the Local History Room at the Dayton Metro Library. Lisa has a Master of Arts in Public History from Wright State University and an MLIS from Wayne State University. She has been interested in genealogy, family history, and local history research for over 20 years. You can find her on Twitter at @lisarickey.
Angela Himsel’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Jewish Week, Forward, Lilith, and elsewhere. Her column “Angetevka” on Zeek.net won two American Jewish Press Association Awards. Angela holds a BA from Indiana University, which included two years at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an MFA from The City College of New York.
She grew up the seventh of eleven children in rural southern Indiana in a fundamentalist, doomsday, Christian faith. She converted to Judaism and lives in New York City. Her 2018 memoir,A River Could Be a Tree, traces that journey.
Caitlin Wolper is a Brooklyn-based writer and poet whose first chapbook, Ordering Coffee in Tel Aviv, was recently released by Finishing Line Press. A graduate of Penn State's BA/MA in English, her work has previously appeared in Ghost City Review, Longleaf Review, Yes Poetry, and more. Also a journalist, she has bylines in Rolling Stone, Slate, Teen Vogue, MTV News, and Brooklyn Magazine, among others. You can catch her stray observations at @CaitlinWolper.
Dr. Lydia Yaitsky Kertz recently joined the SUNY Geneseo English Department as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and served as a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies. She comes to Geneseo after having taught in the Writing Department at Montclair State University and in the English and Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include medieval literature and material culture, romance genre, book history, and medieval visual literacy. Her recent essays have been published in Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry and Journal of the Early Book Society. At Geneseo, Dr. Kertz teaches upper level seminars on early literatures and cultures such as the Global Middle Ages and introductory level seminars in the Humanities Core Program.
Ruth Zakarin is an advocate who has spent over twenty years working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For eleven of those years, she has worked in Brockton, MA and facilitates the Greater Brockton Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force. She is passionate about prevention, community organizing, knitting, and coffee. She is the very proud mom of two fabulous teenagers, who are fast developing into our next generation of leaders.
Rabbi Claudia Kreiman is a rabbi at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) in Brookline, MA. She grew up in Santiago, Chile. In 1994, Rav Claudia’s mother, Susy Wolynski Kreiman, was killed in the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) bombing in Buenos Aires. Rav Claudia moved to Israel in 1996, received rabbinic ordination, and has since energized TBZ’s prayer through the addition of song and music, drawing members and visitors alike to Jewish prayer. Rav Claudia is married to Rabbi Ebn Leader, who is on the faculty of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. They have two daughters, Alma and Ariel.
Rachael is originally from the Nutmeg State and has done stints in Newark, DE, Washington, DC, and Portsmouth, NH. She is an alumna of University of Delaware where she received a BA in Agriculture and Communication. She went on to attend George Washington University where she received a MA in Strategic Public Relations. Rachael is the Director of Political Engagement at JALSA Impact, a newly formed 501(c)(4) organization, which harnesses the power of the progressive Jewish community to make electoral change. In her spare time, she can be found taking bachata classes or looking for inspirational events in and around Central Square. You can find her on Twitter at @redubinsky & @qweenofcamb.