“For as long as there have been a Jewish people, there have been questions about what it means to be a part of the Jewish people.”
I am extraordinarily grateful to have experienced a very innovative exploration of these questions in “Authenticity and Identity,” an art exhibit house in Adas Israel Congregation here in Washington, DC. The exhibit features over 70 artworks from over 40 artists–but no criteria were given for the kind of Jew the artists had to be to enter their art, as long as the art focused in some way on the questions of Jewish identity and authenticity.
Yesterday, I had the honor of sitting on a panel called Faith Driven Activism for one of my favorite organizations, Reproaction. It was incredible getting to talk with Erin, the executive director, about all the ways my Judaism deeply informs my fight for abortion access and reproductive justice, in addition to the work I’m doing within the Jewish community to affirm that those ideals are in fact Jewish values.
What a week! I am floored and overwhelmed by how much coverage my haggadah supplement has gotten. Clearly, there is a deep need for feminist additions and interpretations of our Jewish texts, rituals, and traditions. I hope that this supplement is just the start of the conversation.
This Shabbat, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is hosting over 200 events across the country for #ReproShabbat! Local synagogues, NCJW sections, Hillels, JCCs, Federations, and more will be hosting panels, discussions, giving d’var Torahs (sermons), and inviting local reproductive justice activists to participate–all to affirm that abortion access is a Jewish value.
This year is one like no other. It makes sense, then, that the holidays would be different this year too. I come from an interfaith background, my dad’s side celebrates Christmas and my mom’s side celebrates Hanukkah. Though, it would be more accurate to say that we all celebrate together.
Looking for supplemental blessings for Hanukkah this year? Want to infuse reproductive justice into you celebration? Look no further! In my latest article for Jewish Women’s Archive, I give short and sweet blessigns for each night of the holiday to recite to spread the spark of justice.
Part way through the day, I got a lovely message from a Jewish nurse-midwife who runs an independent abortion clinic and is looking for resources for her staff about Judaism and abortion to better serve her patients. She plans on doing the same for more faiths in the future!
I’m in print for the 1st time! This is my column for Washington Jewish Week about the Women‘s March. This is the first time being printed since my The Eagle days as a staff columnist so I’d like to formally thank Nickolaus Mack and Haley Samsel for pushing me (read: putting up with me). I’m also in the same issue as Abby Stein which is […]
My fourth year at the Women’s March, my second leading a Zioness contingent. It’s been a joy, it’s been a struggle, it’s been some of the most important work I’ve done. WAMU spoke with me and my fellow Zioness marchers about why we showed up. What was written was not quite what I said, but […]
I am blown away to be featured in Amplify GA’s incredible campaign, #GodIsProChoiceAndSoAmI. They launched their campaign a few weeks ago, saying: #GodIsProChoiceAndSoAmI With the holidays approaching, we reflect on how religion and abortion, when brought up in the same space, are expected to clash irrefutably—the notion that being a person of faith means to […]