Jewish social justice guru Jill Jacobs is known for her vocal advocacy work on behalf of society’s most marginalized, including undocumented workers and the poor. Now, as newly appointed executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, she will engage with the most incendiary issue in American Jewish life: public criticism of Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.16
Overcoming unique barriers of language, religion and gender, Naama Shafrir — an Orthodox Jewish woman from the Galilee — led the University of Toledo to victory in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, and was crowned MVP.23
Medical clowning, which aims to provide a modicum of levity to hospitalized patients, is on the rise in Israel — so much so that Haifa University recently launched a master’s degree program in the field.
Shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia, veteran Jewish activist Marla Gilson was abruptly fired from her job as CEO of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, an organization whose stated mission is to provide “compassionate health care.”4
In September 1909, Clara Lemlich, a young woman from Ukraine, stood up in front of a crowded auditorium in New York City’s Cooper Union. After listening to lengthy speeches by union leaders who urged caution, Lemlich said that the poor pay and unsafe working conditions could go on no longer, and she called for a strike. Her words inspired the Uprising of the 20,000, a walkout that halted work in many of New York City’s garment factories.
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