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The Conspiracy - June 21, 2017 0 Comments

The Jewishness of Memorializing Transgender Lives

Dear Jewish community, Three years ago on Nov. 15, Leslie Feinberg passed away after a long battle with chronic Lyme disease. Ze was an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, revolutionary communist. I couldn’t help but think of Leslie on Nov. 20, the annual …

The Conspiracy - June 13, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Freshmen, Don’t Fear a Community That Challenges Your Beliefs

Dear freshmen, Last month, I helped facilitate an info session at Wesleyan University for 70 rising seniors from the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where I attended elementary school. These students sat before me in the admissions office, looking slightly perplexed about why their Jewish …

The Conspiracy - June 5, 2017 0 Comments

Where Do I Belong as the Immigrant in My Family?

Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of The Leviathan Jewish Journal. When I was young and told the other children at school that one of my ancestors came to America from the Mayflower, they looked at my almond-shaped eyes, my long black hair, and laughed. “You can’t be from the …

The Conspiracy - May 26, 2017 0 Comments

A Shabbaton Taught Me Wellness as a Woman on the Autism Spectrum

Sarah Waxman and I immediately bonded over our curly, Jew-fro-esque hair. As Jewish women have done for centuries, we swapped notes over the creams, conditioners, gels, and mousses we use to keep the frizz away. But what I really learned from Waxman, the founder of a Jewish women’s wellness …

The Conspiracy - May 11, 2017 0 Comments

Israeli Independence Day Poem: You Have to Keep Swimming

When Oceans Stand Between You and Your Dreams, You Have to Keep Swimming By Rachel Chabin, Stony Brook University Our Exodus begins with water. It begins with crossing when the water is over your head. It begins with a decision, a conviction; it begins with the choice to try to swim. When we fled to …

Mental Health Month, The Conspiracy - May 11, 2017 0 Comments

I Said No – and Now I Will Not Be Silenced

I screamed no. I screamed no, and he didn’t listen. He listened when I said yes to going to his room, he listened when I said yes to making out, but when I said no to sex, he didn’t listen. That’s rape. He took away my voice, my choice. He overpowered me, rendering me helpless. I see myself on …

The Conspiracy - May 9, 2017 0 Comments

Don’t Praise Trump for One Decent Holocaust Speech

The bar for President Trump is now set so low that he can clear it just by admitting that the Holocaust and anti-Semitism are bad. Praising Trump’s April 25 keynote speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Day of Remembrance, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said, …

The Conspiracy - May 4, 2017 0 Comments

Why We (Three Jews) Supported Tufts Divestment

We spent the night before Passover in different rooms. Some of us were in kitchens with our families, clearing our drawers of chametz. Some of us were in the library finishing homework before the start of the holiday. And some of us spent hours in the last Tufts University senate session of the …

The Conspiracy - May 1, 2017 0 Comments

My Bipolar Disorder Taught Me Strength

When I was in first grade, my family set high academic standards. From day one, my father told me I was going to Harvard, despite my learning barriers. For years, that belief was instilled in me, and I made sure to fit his dream, skeptical of whose passions drove me. To get the grades, I pushed …

The Conspiracy - April 28, 2017 0 Comments

The Nights We Remember

My mom lights the Shabbat candles as she covers her eyes with the palms of her hands. The room is dark except for the light in the kitchen, a lamp in the dining room, and the yellow glow from the flames. “Baruch atah Hashem,” she recites the prayer alone, my sisters and I sitting in silent …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2017 0 Comments

An Open Letter to Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Dear Sean Spicer, You had to do it, didn’t you? You had to play the Holocaust card. With Steve Bannon watching smugly from his perch on the president’s shoulder, you held Hitler up as a model fascist, because at least he didn’t use chemical weapons. You said this on the first day of Passover. …

The Conspiracy - April 14, 2017 0 Comments

Hillel Isn’t Homophobic – It’s My Home

When I first came to Boston University in the fall of 2014, I split my time about evenly between two places – the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (CGSA), home to all the LGBT-centric groups on campus, and BU Hillel, the center of Jewish life. But as time went by, I gravitated more and …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2017 0 Comments

The OSU Incident: The Problem Is Hillel’s Israel Policy

Ohio State University Hillel cut ties last week with an LGBTQ Jewish student organization, and possible homophobia is just the beginning of why it’s a problem. To recap, the split occurred after the group, B’nai Keshet, hosted an event to help queer refugees. They co-sponsored the event with …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Allies, Don’t Downplay Anti-Semitism in Trump’s America

There are anti-Semites in the White House. They rank among the president’s closest advisors. Still, when I tell student activists that I feel unsafe in Trump’s America, I’m met with blank stares. I may be Jewish, sure, and everyone knows Jews have been persecuted. But in today’s student …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2017 0 Comments

OSU Hillel Ousted Its Queer Group Over Israel Politics, and It’s Not Ok

LGBTQ Jews have long been on the front lines, fighting for social justice. We are found on every page of the LGBTQ movement, from Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California, to Avram Finkelstein, who co-founded the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. We are found on every …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2017 0 Comments

5 Steps for Creating LGBTQ-Friendly Hillels

I saw women and men sitting across from each other at tables and sat on the ground in between to make my presence visible. It was awkward for all of us. Apparently the irony of a heteronormative speed dating event taking place next door to a gay bar was lost on my Hillel. But the event was more than …

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