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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
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
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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
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