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  • Claire McMahon Fishman writes about Jewishness and other subjects related to identity and community at bit.ly/gnashingblog. Claire graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in history, writing her honors thesis on narratives about race, class and community used in the Rhode Island fair housing movement. Active in Jewish life throughout her time at Brown, she worked as Brown RISD Hillel’s Welcoming Chair and later Vice President of Social Justice and the Arts to make the community more accessible to students who hold identities commonly marginalized in Jewish spaces. She also co-led Jews of Mixed Identity, a group for students from interfaith and multiracial families. In the fall of 2019, she will begin her Avodah service year working as a case manager at Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization that seeks to end chronic homelessness in Washington, D.C.

Embracing What It Means to Be Jewish and…: Patrilineal identity

Embracing What It Means to Be Jewish and…: Patrilineal identity

I was a meticulous rule-follower as a child. My parents still tease me about how I was so terrified of the consequences of wrongdoing that I even refused to let them read me bedtime stories where the characters misbehaved. So I was understandably horrified when I...

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