Amy Silverman is a journalist, writer, editor and teacher in Phoenix. She’s written about Arizona for The New York Times and Washington Post, and her work has also appeared in ProPublica, Literary Hub, The Guardian, Salon and on the radio shows This American Life and Here & Now. Amy is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year Award for coverage of John McCain and Arizona’s juvenile corrections system.
By Amy Silverman
Gabby Giffords’ bat mitzvah was as joyous and tearful as you’d expect
As former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords stood before the congregation of Temple Chaverim in Tucson, Ariz., and kissed her tallit, preparing to chant from the Torah for her bat mitzvah, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron placed her hand atop Giffords’ hand, her voice rising and falling along with Giffords’ own. It was an emotional moment two decades…
As Arizona tilts further right, these Mexican-American Jewish siblings push back
While headlines focus on the Arizona’s questionable audits, its challenges to voting rights and its fur-clad QAnon shaman, insiders say if you want to understand the deeper shifts going on in the state’s politics, watch the Hernandez siblings. Arizona is no stranger to political dynasties – the Goldwaters, Udalls and McCains. But no one’s ever…
In overlooking Judaism, did I miss a chance to find meaningful community for my adult daughter with Down syndrome?
When our 18 year old daughter Sophie, who has Down syndrome, graduates from high school next year, leaving both the school’s fine arts program and her dance studio, I fear she’ll lose her community and the relationships she’s worked for years to foster. This is the stuff that makes life worth living for all of…
In Arizona, where Zyklon-B and antisemitism have come back – why would a Jew stay?
Arizona is not necessarily a hospitable place, and I’m not just talking about the drought and extreme heat. There’s a lot of hate in my home state. From a sheriff who championed racial profiling and trafficked on an antisemitic web site to a legislature that just decimated what was left of the state’s public education…
Prominent law firm partners who made offensive comments about Jews and others resign
Why is the name of ‘the most vicious antisemite in the English-speaking world’ still so prominent at Cornell?
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