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Collage of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" Book Covers

"Our Bodies, Ourselves" in 2022

Sofia Isaias-Day

As a Jewish feminist, I have a responsibility to further the movement started by the writers of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Collage with Image of Joyce Antler and Pen Patterned Background

Looking to Joyce Antler's Writing on Reproductive Rights

Amanda Xinhui Malnik

Through Joyce Antler’s writing, I can access the work of my foremothers on reproductive rights and can follow in their footsteps.

Judy Bolton-Fasman

Judy Bolton-Fasman, author of Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets, which recounts the search for answers to the mysteries embedded in the lives of her Cuban-born mother, Matilde Alboukrek Bolton and her elusive, Yale-educated father, K. Harold Bolton.

Liz Lerman

A dancer, choreographer, educator, writer, and collaborator, Liz Lerman is among the dance field’s prominent public intellectuals, bringing deeply researched ideas about dance and community across fields as diverse as genetics, history, ethics of justice and reconciliation, and the science and religion of the origins of the universe. She draws consciously on the Jewish value of tikkun olam—healing the world—in her work.

Diane Noomin

Diane Noomin is an acclaimed cartoonist and editor and the creator of her alter ego, DiDi Glitz. Noomin has been a central figure in women’s comics since the early feminist publications of the 1970s. In 2011 she published an anthology of her work, Glitz-2-Go: Diane Noomin Collected Comics.

Miriam Katin

Miriam Katin is an award-winning comics artist best known for her Holocaust memoir We Are On Our Own. She was born in Hungary and now lives in New York City with her husband, Geoffrey Katin, a music educator.

Page from "Mir Forn" by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

From the Archive: A Page from Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s Book "Mir Forn"

Carole Renard

The Yiddish Book Center shares a page from Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's children's book Mir Forn ("We're Off") from their archive.

Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna Cropped

Laughing and Crying: The Compassionate Humor of Gilda Radner

Jessie Schwalb

Gilda Radner demonstrated that sharing one’s struggles publicly through humor can be a powerful act.

Topics: Comedy, Writing

Daughter Zion (Bat Tzion)

“Daughter Zion” or “Fair Zion” (in Hebrew bat tzion) is the personification of Jerusalem in poetic and prophetic literature. Initially, the city is positively likened to a daughter, protected under God’s special regard, but later, under the Babylonian siege, she is devastated, even ravaged. However, when Jerusalem is rebuilt, the daughter is forsaken no longer, returning to God’s grace in the prophecies of consolation.

Jewish Women’s Comics and Graphic Narratives

The history of Jewish women’s comics and graphic novels can be traced back to early and mid-20th-century progenitors. With the underground comics scene of the late 1960s/early 1970s, several Jewish women laid the groundwork for the themes, styles, and communal ties that would be taken up by the post-underground. In the 21st century, the works of Jewish women in comics and graphic novels is booming.

Episode 53: Sabrina Orah Mark Writes Into Brokenness (Transcript)

Episode 53: Sabrina Orah Mark Writes Into Brokenness (Transcript)

2019-2020 Rising Voices Fellows Zine Cover Page Cropped

An RVF Zine: Reflecting on the 2019-2020 Rising Voices Fellowship

Rising Voices Fellows

The 2019-2020 Rising Voices Fellows reflect on their time in the Fellowship and on their collaborative zine-making process.

Topics: Activism, Art, Writing
An interviewee shakes hands with an interviewer. Another interviewer sits beside them.

"Planting Seeds": A Writer's Job Interview

Lilah Peck

Of all the interview questions I’d prepared for, I didn’t think of this one: "Why are you a writer?”

Topics: Writing, Fiction
2019-20 Rising Voices Fellow Madeline Canfield's Notebook

My Worn and Faded Yellow Notebook, a Living Record

Madeline Canfield

In my notebook, I recount anecdotes that bear the mark of the past I am reckoning with today.

Since Parkland Website Image

"Since Parkland": Writing the Stories of Youth Victims of Gun Violence

Ellie Klibaner-Schiff

With "Since Parkland," I tried to celebrate other kids' lives and acknowledge the failures that ended them.

Rebecca Walker Is Born

November 17, 1969

Rebecca Walker, who has achieved international recognition for her writings on feminism, motherhood, and multiracial identity, and for her contributions to feminist thought, was born on November 17, 1969.

Blank Journal with pen.

Finding My Words Through Writing During Coronavirus

Ilana Drake

Because my life has virtually become virtual, writing is now one of my primary means of connecting.

Topics: Writing
Forverts Columns and Headlines from 1917 about Suffrage

"Froyen Interesen": How Yiddish Newspapers Addressed Suffrage Before and After Women Won the Right to Vote

Sarah Quiat

JWA's Program Manager, Sarah Quiat, does a deep-dive into Yiddish newspapers from the 1910s to see what people had to say about women's suffrage.

Oil painting depicting the Brooklyn Bridge

On Survival: My Grandma and I Are Both High-Risk

Julia Métraux

My grandma has thrived despite the odds. I’m afraid she won’t survive this.

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

Writing the Feminist Revolution

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

Episode 15: A Day at the Met with Mixed Up Files (Transcript)

Episode 15: A Day at the Met with Mixed Up Files (Transcript)

Desk with computer, coffee, notebook, and phone on top

Find Your Voice, Then Share It

Shira Minsk

Forming strong opinions is easier said than done, and for me, the exercise of writing helps me get there.

Sneaker with butterflies on it

Butterflies and What They Mean to Me

Lila Zinner

I love butterflies because, to me, butterflies represent freedom and bliss.

Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin Leading School Walkout

Leadership as an Answer to Privilege

Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin

Because of my privilege, I had a head start: I knew where I was going, and I had support. I still had to work hard and set goals for myself, but I recognize that privilege is one of the things that has helped me get where I am today.

Topics: Schools, Writing
Hannah Downing in Yorkin, Costa Rica

Bananas and the Bourgeois (How I’m Confronting My Privilege)

Hannah Downing

Last summer, I embarked on a URJ Mitzvah Corps service trip to Costa Rica. As part of our program we spent a week in Yorkin, a community located in the Indigenous reserve of Bribri.

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