Channel Esther: Bobst XX (The End – For Now)

by Esther Cohen To read previous installments, search “BOBST” in our search box, or click here. Dear Jewish Currents Readers, Last week’s Bobst installment was the story’s secret ending, for now. Here’s another one, a wrap-up. What happens next will be another story. Esther Cohen RIVKA CAME to America. Like many, she found herself in the […]

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Channel Esther: BOBST, a Serial Novel, Part XVI

by Esther Cohen To read earlier installments, search “Bobst” in search engine at right.   ON A COLD October night, more winter than fall, windy and dark by 6 o’clock, the women met in Clara’s Aunt Thea’s apartment, bigger than some, on the corner of Rivington and Essex. The year was 1909. The boroughs had become one consolidated city only […]

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Mississippi Freedom Summer: Voices of the Volunteers

1. Heather Booth If we organize, we can change the world. I learned this lesson powerfully from my experience with the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964. I was 18, a white Chicago student, joining with others to shine a spotlight on the conditions in Mississippi and the horrors of America’s apartheid system. I went to […]

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Food Prices and Food Justice

Lessons from the New York Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902 by Nicholas Freudenberg In the past few years, rising food prices have triggered demonstrations, riots, and even the overthrow of governments. Hikes in food prices played an important role in the removal of Tunisian President Ben Ali and his cohort in 2011, and in other […]

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July 8: Matilda Robbins and the IWW

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), known as the “Wobblies,” concluded their founding convention in Chicago on this date in 1905. Among the few visible Jewish women in the organization was Matilda Robbins (Tatiana Gitel Rabinowitz), a Ukrainian-born immigrant who connected with the IWW during the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. […]

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Occupy the Campaign

Obama Has Done Less Than You Wanted, But More Than You Think by Bill Zimmerman Many progressive friends tell me they intend to vote for President Obama’s re-election but will not contribute or volunteer, as they did last time. The activist in me fully understands the frustration they feel. I, too, was hoping for an […]

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