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Jewish Partisans in Poland

Zog Nit Keynmol: The Songs of Jewish Partisans

by Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler

Jewish partisans are far more compelling than any revenge fantasy cooked up by Quentin Tarantino because they were real.

Sargassum Seaweed

Seaweed: What's Judaism got to do with it?

by Emma Mair

Jewish tradition teaches us to care for our planet, preserve our natural resources, and generate new resources for coming generations.

Yasmine Esther Crop

A Virtual Sanctuary for Jewish Women of Color

by Allison Abrams

Instagram has allowed an inclusive, socially aware community of Jewish Women of Color to thrive.

Topics: Activism, Religion
Boer women and children in a British concentration camp during the Boer war

A Concentration Camp By Any Other Name

by Roz Tromley

A concentration camp by any other name is still a concentration camp.

Stock Photo of Water

Mikveh and Water Justice

by Steph Black

I am a mikveh guide. And I am an ecofeminist.

Flowers in Naomi Bethune's Yard

Other

by Naomi Bethune

I am not seen as average or conventional: not Black enough, but certainly not white enough; Jewish, but not “Jewish” enough for some.

Topics: Activism
Rachel Silverman Arrested on July 2

Never Again: I was Arrested Protesting ICE

by Rachel Silverman

When I learned about the Holocaust in Hebrew school, I remember feeling most disgusted by the bystanders who saw these atrocities but did nothing.

Topics: Activism
Stock Photo of Microphone

How I Became a Slam Poet

by Ruby Russell

Maybe we can shatter some glass ceilings if we shout loud enough. 

March for Our Lives, Pittsburgh, March 2018

Disarming Hate

by Ari Kane

Gun violence affects all of us, and we cannot just bury our heads in the sand and think and pray it away.

Topics: Activism
Field in Austin, Texas

How will your Jewish mother feed you on a starving planet?

by Sophie Hurwitz

Food justice is a feminist issue, and a Jewish one.

Topics: Activism, Food

Yavilah McCoy Addresses the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

February 28, 2019
On January 19, 2019, Yavilah McCoy – an anti-racism activist and Jewish woman of color – addressed the third annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Shira Minsk in theater production of The Diary of Anne Frank

Redefining Theater

by Shira Minsk

I worked with a few of my peers to found the Actors’ Helping Alliance. Every season we pick a charity to partner with whose mission is connected to central themes in the show we’re performing.

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.

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
Book display for school social justice week

Standing for Social Justice at My School

by Abigail Glickman

Every year, my high school hosts a Social Justice Week, and this year, I’m the primary organizer.

Photograph of a school classroom

Orating for Justice

by Naomi Bethune

Sometimes, we unintentionally challenge the way others think. This prompts dialogue, which is essential for creating change.

Topics: Activism, Schools

Founding of the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG)

April 22, 1944

B’nai B’rith Girls was founded by Anita Perlman.

La Croix Beverage Can

Oy, La Croix!

by Molly Weiner

In researching La Croix and the devastating effects of our cans of privilege, I began to wonder: what effect would the consumers of La Croix have if they stopped buying bubbly water and instead used that money to combat destruction, contamination, and climate change? What if we could forgo our craving for pamplemousse and instead utilize our privilege for good?

Topics: Activism

Dr. Tarece Johnson

Tarece Johnson, EdD is a womanist, entrepreneur, diversity and inclusion expert, poet, artist, author, activist, and advocate.

Emma Cohn at Social Justice Conference

Post-It Note Privilege

by Emma Cohn

Recognizing your own privilege for the first time is deeply disquieting. It can feel like you’re doing something wrong, or as if you can’t participate in social justice efforts because you benefit directly from the oppression of others. And those feelings may never fully go away, but that’s okay.

Topics: Activism, Education
Open Hillel Protest in NYC

Who Funds Religious Life on College Campuses?

by Rachel Silverman

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

Topics: Activism, Religion
Madison, Wisconsin

This is Not My Story

by Emma Nathanson

Besides its bike-friendly status, Madison also has a reputation for being incredibly liberal. You can’t go one block in Madison without spotting a Prius sporting a bumper sticker in support of a Democratic candidate. Often, Madison feels like an insulated left-leaning bubble within red Wisconsin.

Topics: Activism, Schools
Sarah Silverman's I Love You America

I Love You, Sarah

by Larisa Klebe

In this particular political moment, Sarah Silverman’s latest project, her show on Hulu called I Love You, America, is exactly what I need.

Topics: Activism, Television

Episode 27: The Power of Women's Anger (Transcript)

Episode 27: The Power of Women's Anger (Transcript)

Julia Clardy's Three Grandmothers

My Personal Imahot

by Julia Clardy

When it comes to grandmothers, I hit the jackpot. My grandmothers are some of the strongest and most incredible women I’ve ever met, and because I come from a blended family, I have three of them! My grandmothers are models of power and grace, and they haven’t sacrificed their passions and values as they’ve aged. They’re all fierce defenders of justice, and I am who I am today largely because of their influence.

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