This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising in New York City—an event that ignited the modern gay rights movement. In honor of that powerful, life-changing legacy, I am reflecting on the grit and courage of LGBTQI leaders I have met around the world who are achieving historic victories large and small …Read More
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“You may have heard that Thailand is a paradise for transgender people. We have the beauty queens. The cabaret shows. But you don’t see the negative side of how we’re treated. And I want to make sure my sisters don’t experience what I went through.” It’s a Saturday in central Bangkok, and Jetsada Taesombat, better …Read More
Dear AJWS Community, I am writing to connect with you in the wake of this tragic weekend, marred by yet another deadly attack on American Jews worshipping in synagogues. Last time it was in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This time it was across the country in Poway, a town just north of San …Read More
“The forest is our heart!” Those beautiful words gave me chills when a village elder spoke them on a recent trip I made to Kenya. There I was deeply moved and motivated by the members of a special community—the indigenous Ogiek people, who for generations have cared for and thrived in the ancient Mau forest. …Read More
In the Warsaw Ghetto it’s now the month of Nis’n – Over goblets of borsht and matzos from bran The people again sing of the miracles of old, How the Jewish people came out of Egypt. How old is the story? How old is the melody? But now, behind shrouded windows, the Seder takes place. …Read More
My vivid Passover memories from childhood have stayed with me through my entire life, inspiring me to fight for freedom and dignity for all people, everywhere. When I was growing up, our whole family looked forward to celebrating Passover with each other. We would cram together—at least 30 people—at my aunt and uncle’s small apartment …Read More