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"Courage" Spelled in Felt Letters

Gathering the Energy to Fight: Redefining Moral Courage

by Eleanor Harris

In my view, moral courage isn’t really about courage; it’s about gathering up the energy to fight. This looks different for every person.

Topics: Activism
Teen Sitting on Steps of a Monument

A New Yorker Teen on Coronavirus, Homelessness in the City

by Ilana Drake

I hear other teenagers throw around comments about getting rid of “these people.” Thousands of teenagers in New York City are homeless or facing food insecurity.

Topics: Activism
Protester Holding Sign, "There is No Planet B."

Recollections of a Relentless Teen Climate Activist

by Madeline Canfield

Our group of youth climate activists clings to the conviction that our activism ceases for nothing. Really, we’re ride or die.

Topics: Activism
Woman Looking at Painting of Mona Lisa with Face Mask.

Rising Voices Fellows Respond to Coronavirus

by Rising Voices Fellows

As Rising Voices Fellows, we want to give a glimpse into our lives as high school students during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Old Olive Tree," 1935

The Wise Child of Climate Activism

by Sasha Azizi Rosenfeld

When I asked my mom how she relates to the climate crisis through Judaism, she said, “I’ve never thought about it. I guess I’m the simple child.”

Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg and My Anticapitalist Politics

by Ari Fogel

I believed that my anticapitalist views clashed with my other identities until I read the works of Rosa Luxemburg.

Topics: Activism, Socialism
Sketch of Ray Frank, 1893

"L'dor Vador": Like Ray Frank, Paving the Way for Progress

by Eleanor Harris

Rabbinic ordination was not one of Ray Frank’s goals; yet, she paved the way for other women to become rabbis.

National Women's Convention March, November 1977

Activists: Let's Learn from Bella Abzug

by Lila Goldstein

 After looking into the achievements of her extensive career, I see that Bella Abzug is the perfect role model for activists just beginning in their work.

Ruth First

First, Unity

by Mica Maltzman

Just as Ruth First did in her work, contemporary feminist activists must prioritize maintaining a united, intersectional movement.

Cover of the First Issue of Emma Goldman's Magazine, "Mother Earth," March 1906

Writing the Feminist Revolution

by Shoshanna Hemley

I believe that, if Emma Goldman were alive today, her emphasis on writing and lecturing would reshape the modern feminist movement.

Topics: Activism, Writing
Album Cover for "If Not Now, When?" by Debbie Friedman

Inspired by Debbie Friedman: Building Inclusive Movements

by Maddy Pollack

I hope that contemporary feminists can learn from Debbie Friedman and bring people together through interactive art.

Mixed-media landscape

The Promise of the Land: An Interview with Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

by Catherine Bell

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein talks about Jewish ecology and her environment-focused Passover haggadah, The Promise of the Land.

Topics: Activism, Passover
Folded Road Map

Road Map to Combatting Injustice

by Mica Maltzman

The second pin on this road map is moving beyond research to action. I should use my voice to speak up; but I cannot speak for everyone. 

Topics: Activism, Education
Tree Silhouette

Tu B'Shevat in The Age of Ecofeminism

by Steph Black

How are you celebrating Tu B'Shevat in 2020 as the threat of climate change looms?

Topics: Activism, Tu B'Shvat
Close-up photo of computer code.

What a Coding Program Taught Me about Privilege

by Ellie Klibaner-Schiff

As one of four white girls in my Girls Who Code Summer Immersion class of twenty, I was confronted by my privilege in a way that I'd never been before.

Topics: Activism, Technology
DNA Double Helix

"Jewish DNA"

by Belle Gage

My aunt sent a tube to the DNA analyzing company, 23andMe. The results she received identified her as 99% Ashkenazi Jew.

Topics: Activism, Religion
Pencil with sharpener resting on a notebook.

Magnet School

by Maddy Pollack

If tikkun olam is something that we believe in fully, then our work will not be complete until every student is empowered with an equitable education.

Checklist, checked boxes with a pink highlighter.

Checked Boxes

by Shoshanna Hemley

I’ve been told that, because I’m not white and because I’m queer, I don’t have to stress about college applications.

Close-up of a parsley plant.

Parsing the Meaning of Parsley

by Ella Plotkin-Oren

Parsley reminds me of my Judaism.

Topics: Activism, Food, Passover
Shoshannah Hemley and another student stand in front of a crowd of students, shouting in protest. Someone in the crowd holds a sign that says "girls against guns."

“Too Loud” and "Too Jewish": Standing up for Gun Control

by Shoshanna Hemley

We were at a school open mic about gun control in the weeks following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Topics: Activism, Schools
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

If I Am Not for Myself, Who Will be For Me?

by Hannah Kornblut

White Jews benefit from the system of white supremacy, and are often complicit, until their Jewish identity is revealed. 

Bill Maher

Zap the Fat Shaming

by Larisa Klebe

No, fat shaming doesn't need to make a comeback.

Topics: Activism, Television
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
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