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Gevalt, How Did This Happen?

GETTING OLD, STAYING VITAL by Zelda Gamson from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Either you will go through this door or you will not go through. If you go through there is always the risk of remembering your name. Things look at you doubly and you must look back and let them happen. […]

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April 17: A Few Words in the Mother Tongue

Poet, writer, and activist scholar Irena Klepfisz, a child survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, was born there on this date in 1941. Her father Michal, a leader of the Jewish Bund, was killed on the second day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Irena was 2; she and her mother escaped to the countryside and […]

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July 3: Declining the Honor

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Adrienne Rich declined to accept the National Medal of the Arts on this date in 1997, in a letter to Jane Alexander, head of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Over the past two decades I have witnessed the increasingly brutal impact of racial and economic injustice in our country,” Rich wrote. […]

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Looking Back at New Jewish Agenda

An Interview with Ezra Berkely Nepon by Ben Lorber Ezra Berkley Nepon’s book, Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda, published in May by Thread Makes Blanket Press, is the first serious attempt to document the history of this progressive Jewish organization of the 1980s and to weigh its accomplishments and […]

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May 16: Adrienne Rich

Poet and essayist Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore on this date in 1929. She completed her first book of poetry in her last year of college and began receiving what would be a slew of prominent achievement awards throughout her life. Rich married in 1953 and had three sons during that decade. The radical […]

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