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reflections of a wild feminist

Entering the Waters Again: A research presentation on the mikvah

This weekend I had the distinct honor to present my research on mikvah at the Mathias Undergraduate Research Conference. I often get so caught up in everything I’m working out outside of the classroom that I forget about my actual studies (the whole reason I’m at AU in the first place). So having my research […]

International Women’s Day and Israeli Feminism

Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s take a look at the status of women’s rights in Israel and commit ourselves to fighting for feminist values in the US and Israel. Read my latest for Student Israeli here. “Today, Israeli feminists are still fighting for equality within a state that is marred by right-wing, religiously controlled institutions. […]

Interview with Washington Jewish Week: You Should Know

Last week I had the lovely opportunity to be interviewed by Washington Jewish Week about my work at the Adas Israel Community Mikvah! Sam and I talked for almost an hour about my work, my activism, and my thoughts on Jewish justice. The result was a fun overview of what working at the Mikvah means […]

Student Israelity: Tel Aviv Pride

My first repost is up on Student Israelity! Read why this is such a big deal to me here (and why I love SI so much) and their repost here.

Certificate: Healthy Masculinity Training Institute

This January, I participated in Men Can Stop Rape’s Healthy Masculinity Training Institute to learn the theories and develop the skills that have shaped the Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP). HMAP is a national multi-year initiative designed to raise the visibility of healthy masculinity and build a new generation of male leaders across the country who model […]

Announcing: A new partnership between myself and Student Israelity!

I am SO excited to announce that one of my favorite publications, AU’s very own Student Israelity, has offered to create a partnership between my site and theirs. Having written for them before in the past (here and here), I have a deep admiration for their mission: Everything Student Designed, Everything Student Written, Everything Israel. My […]

A Dialogue on Antisemitism…again!

I am very pleased to announce the next iteration of dialoguing about antisemitism, this time as an official, 7-week dialogue through AU’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s website summarizes what to expect during these sessions with three questions: Regardless of your identity, what are your experiences with antisemitism? What […]

Press Coverage by Washington Jewish Week: Adas Israel reopens mikvah with stories

While I do subscribe and read Washington Jewish Week, this story slipped through the cracks and I am only just now seeing this wonderful story on our mikvah’s reopening. Check out the digital version of the paper here (the story is on pages 4-5).

Mayyim B’Sasson: A Joyful Mikvah Rededication Ceremony

Wednesday night, many months of hard work came to a beautiful conclusion. Though it feels like I talk about it a lot (and scream it from the rooftops) many of my friends don’t quite understand what I do when I say I work at the mikvah. I was hired in August of 2018 to aid […]

New updates!

I’m stoked to reveal some updates I’ve been making to this site! I’ve totally revamped and reorganized how my posts are categorized and they now are sorted by topic, type, and publication. I’m hoping this makes it easier to navigate and read. Also, I’m always looking for feedback (which you can always give anonymously via […]

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