In Our Words

World Day of Social Justice

Thirteen years ago, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously to adopt February 20th as the World Day of Social Justice. The purpose of the resolution was “the need to consolidate further the efforts of the international community in poverty...

A Very Incomplete List of Notable Black Jews

In honor of Black History Month, JWFNY wants to highlight a few of the many prominent Black Jews. Jews of color, and Black Jews in particular, are historically overlooked in the Jewish community. We want to celebrate their contributions to the worlds of...

Solidarity March

The "No Hate, No Fear" Solidarity March earlier this month, organized by New York's Jewish community in the wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks, drew nearly 25,000 individuals.I was a volunteer with the bullhorn brigade – my job was to make sure people...

Why I Became a Ta’amod Trainer

By Leemor EllmanAs a workplace training facilitator for over a decade, I have steered away from opportunities to train employees on topics related to harassment or respect in the workplace. While important and certainly timely in today’s world of work, I...

Somehow this year I missed Kristallnacht

When I was younger, I commemorated Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," each year. I attended programs at my family's synagogue and later at my college Hillel to observe the night Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools...

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th to commemorate members of the trans community who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans rights activist and a transgender woman herself, began...

After a Short 96 Years, the Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now

“And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I'm 'a compel him to include women in the sequel!”*When I was a little girl, my mother (and my father and my grandparents) told me that I could do anything and be anyone I wanted to be, if only I gave it everything I had....

Period Poverty: Closer to Home Than You Think

Tomorrow, October 19, marks the first National Period Day. Created by PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement, National Period Day is a day to break the stigma around menstruation and elevate the issue of period poverty. Period poverty occurs when a person is...

Labor Rights for Labor Day

By Natasha Mayer For all of human history, women have worked. Whether they worked on the family farm, in a factory during World War II, or in an office today, women have always been contributing to the economy and the workforce. Women have also been on the...

A Conference with a Conscience

By Rachel Siegel I recently attended the JRPO Network’s conference for Jewish communal professionals in Detroit, Michigan. Over the course of three days I had the opportunity to reset personally and professionally, meet and reconnect with leaders in the...