activism

Erin Zaikis, 26

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Teaching Hygiene

Teaching Hygiene

05/23/2016 (All day)

Two epiphanies have shaped Erin Zaikis’ life.

No. 1: At 19, when she was in college, she watched “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Oscar-winning love story/adventure set in the slums of Mumbai. Upset by the depiction of poverty she had never experienced, she decided to travel there and help. Using the money saved from her bat mitzvah, she booked a one-way flight that night and spent the summer working with an anti-trafficking NGO.

Erin Zaikis, 26 - Teaching Hygiene

Arielle Kandel, 33

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Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

05/23/2016 (All day)

 

As the founder and CEO of New Women New Yorkers (NWNY), Arielle Kandel is making a big impact on the lives of many immigrant women — and helping bring her family history full circle.

Arielle Kandel, 33 - Enabling and Empowering Young Immigrant Women

Valerie Weisler, 18

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Discovering the Value of Validation

Discovering the Value of Validation

05/23/2016 (All day)

On her first day of high school, Valerie Weisler was mercilessly mocked and taunted for being shy.

 “A group of girls circulated a rumor that I was mute and even slipped notes into my locker telling me to kill myself,” said the high school senior.

But a chance encounter with another young man being bullied changed her path, and transformed what could have been a tragic situation into a spark of inspiration.

Valerie Weisler, 18 - Discovering the Value of Validation

Jessie Spector, 29

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Fighting for Class Equality

Fighting for Class Equality

05/23/2016 (All day)

As the executive director of a national nonprofit organization that fights for class equality, Jessie Spector proves that young doesn’t necessarily mean naive. “I look younger than my age — I’m often told that I look like a 15-year-old,” she said. “Being young and looking young, I often have to struggle to be taken seriously.”

Jessie Spector, 29 - Fighting for Class Equality

On Activism, Jewish Values And Honest Voices

12/22/2015 - 16:04

The experience of an intellectually serious student in the 21st century is a lonely one. On college campuses, the greatest passions soar not in response to encountering Plato or Hayek for the first time, but in response to calls for censorship, “safe” spaces, and the stifling of debate. In the name of human rights, justice, and liberty, the majority of students on campus today believe themselves to be the teachers: they are sure that history up until just recently was entirely orientalist and racist and cruel, and they know — boy, do they know — which causes are right and which are wrong. In this environment the traditional goal of education: knowledge, has been replaced with a new goal: solidarity. The desire to know has been tucked under the desire to reform, to defy, to break. 

Joshua R. Fattal

Bonna Devora Haberman, Women Of The Wall Founder, Dies

06/16/2015 - 20:00

Bonna Devora Haberman, the founder of Women of the Wall, a group pressing for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, has died.

Bonna Devora Haberman, left, at a Women of the Wall prayer service, March 3, 2014. JTA
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