I don’t feel like I’m restricted in my goals or dreams because of my Judaism.
We have no clue what other people are going through. He was too young [to be in the resistance]; his older brother says he was a part of it. My grandmother’s aunt’s house was in the ghetto, so she had a hiding spot. I’m involved with the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center of Westchester, which helps high schoolers tackle topics that seem unrelated to the Holocaust — like the Flint water crisis, gay rights in Russia, hunger in Uganda — and connect them with one another. Whether or not he decides to do all the things that we do now is up to him. I used to dye my hair when I was a teenager, but I only did really neutral colors because I went to an orthodox school. Even if I wasn’t covering my hair — though I do it for orthodox reasons now— even if I wasn’t doing it for that purpose, I would still wear wigs because it’s so much fun…
We might be that one moment in the day when they have a smile… They were in the same woods that the partisans were fighting. So the scene where all the kids are hiding, and they come out at night and the Germans get them; that’s what happened to her family. I was raised on the stories of my Jewish grandparents; they lived 10 minutes from me. I think I come from a place that sometimes people don’t expect, of “I’m born and raised in Brooklyn. Sometimes I’ll wear three different wigs in a day because I’m matching it to the look that I’m doing.
A lot of anti-Semitism is about not having exposure to Jewish people in the same way that any form of hate has to do with that.
I think humanizing Jews and showing that they’re real people can be really powerful.
Here, they showcase their individual style and personalities, and discuss their unique life experiences.
You’ll see very quickly that no two people have the exact same story, but they all share a fierce sense of independence, love for Jewish culture and their specific ancestry, and desire to share their world with others.
Their differences are myriad, but a strong sense of Jewish identity courses through their veins.“I grew up ultra-orthodox; Hasidic.
My Hasidic high school closed down when I was entering tenth grade. Now, I’m devout about other things; different things.
For my purposes, there’s so many things that I struggle with that are hard for me to do. I would say that the lines have become blurred in terms of people that consider themselves orthodox and modest dressers may not adhere to those specific lines anymore. Being a Jewish woman in America is just like being a woman anywhere.
Yes, there are definitely opportunities in America you don’t get in other places, but i I don’t feel like I am different. It’s something that I would definitely love to push.
I find that it’s actually not about huge things, but the smallest little details. We don’t know anyone’s story, but if we really quiet ourselves, then we can hear it. They have a [prayer book] that they basically wrote themselves, and it’s all about connecting to nature and seeing God in nature.