Weekly roundup – Vayeishev

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rabbi Bradley Artson, and students from Hand in Hand participate in the Menorah lighting during Hanukkah reception #1 in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On the Guardian, Megan Mayhew Bergman profiles Rosalind Cron, a Jewish woman who was a member of America’s first all-female, racially integrated swing band in the 1940s:

Even though the band was largely composed of orphaned young women of color from the Piney Woods school outside of Jackson, Mississippi, Cron, a white Jewish teenager with a Boston accent, felt immediate synergy. “I knew I was home,” she said. “We loved each other.”

The Los Angeles Times featured a piece by Whitney Friedlander on the relatively narrow representation of Jewish women on television:

…the evolution of Jewish women on TV will have to start, simply, with more of them: It’s harder to see yourself onscreen when there are so few reflections to choose from. Especially if you’re not from New York.

Laura E. Adkins wrote a piece for the Washington Post on the increasingly violent character of antisemitism in the US. While American Jews are mostly safe, she argues that recent incidents including the shooting at the Jersey City kosher supermarket demonstrate that this cannot be taken for granted.

Finally, Chanukah is here!

Read Ruth Ellen Gruber’s reflections on the significance of oil and creating a new Chanukah ritual.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg calls on Jews to light the darkness in the context of rising antisemitism.

The Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel said that women should not be able to light public menorahs. Check out the amazing picture CWJ Israel posted in response:

Chag Chanukah sameach!

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