Yana Kozukhin

Yana Kozukhin

Yana Kozukhin grew up the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants in the greater Boston area. She now attends New York University, studying Childhood Education and Judaic Studies. She is an active member of NYU's Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and has served as a board member both on NYU's Hillel Board and its J Street U chapter. As of Spring 2019, she is currently a Global Ambassador with Kahal Abroad in Florence. Her interests include writing, linguistics, and good television.

Blog Posts

Fallen "Israel" Sign, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 9, 2006

Writing on the Walls

by Yana Kozukhin

NYU’s Birthright trip did not give me answers. If anything, it only gave me more questions. And for that, I am grateful.

Topics: Israel, Palestine
Yana Kozukhin Writing

From Wanderer to Rising Voice

by Yana Kozukhin

My experience with Rising Voices has, in many ways, mirrored my early writing experience as a little kid. Blogging was a foreign medium for me, and writing for JWA meant making my work available to a larger audience than ever before. I will admit that, at least at first, the fellowship was scarier than I had anticipated. 

Topics: Writing
Yana Kozukhin at the Bimah

Thoughts From Another Shul

by Yana Kozukhin

I have an immense amount of respect for more traditional Jewish communities, Ashkenazi and Sephardi alike. Judaism cannot and should not be only one thing; and our culture’s ability to be both united and extraordinarily multi-faceted is part of what makes it so beautiful.

Seder Plate

How and Why We Remember

by Yana Kozukhin

The people of a certain culture devote an entire week of each year to commemorating one of the worst parts of their history. They taste bitter things to appreciate the suffering of their ancestors. They consciously abstain from consuming bread to remind themselves what was eatenor rather, what was not eaten. They mourn the deaths of their ancient oppressors. They drink the metaphorical tears of their forefathers and foremothers. And year after year after year, they gather around tables to recount the suffering and the humiliation and the turmoil of their own people.

Malala Yousafzai, July 22, 2014

Getting Girls Educated

by Yana Kozukhin

Western feminists have a habit of writing about and advocating for “first world” issues: body image, television and gaming tropes, the wage gap, you name it. It’s logical to be most concerned with the society in which you live and on which you have the most influence, and there’s nothing wrong with this reality. 

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Femvertising And What It Says About Us

by Yana Kozukhin

When we see ad campaigns that preach messages about body positivity, girl power, or defying stereotypes, it’s important to take them with a grain of salt.

Text Books

The Right Rebellion

by Yana Kozukhin

I am not your classic rebel. I have never been overcome by the desire to dye my hair a shocking color or pierce a part of my body that would make strangers gag, nor is there any sort of intrinsic teenage longing to break mailboxes, have sex, and drive drunk hidden within my unstable and developing adolescent brain. It’s hard to believe that the majority of my peers could be particularly rebellious either. 

Yana Kozukhin Puts on Mascara

Dress to Impress Yourself

by Yana Kozukhin

I set the water on my stove to boil and flicked on the kitchen radio, which was, as usual, set to NPR. The announcer was giving an update on the ebola crisis, now listing fatalities from a recent accident, now discussing the stock market—I changed the channel. I’d had a long enough day already and had no desire to sit and listen to the ongoing string of bad news. I flipped through channels until I hit a pop station that wasn’t in the middle of a commercial break. As I pulled out plates and pasta sauce, a new song played in the background.

Emma Lazarus

Mining the Archive: Emma and Immigration

by Yana Kozukhin

Long before Emma Lazarus’ words were immortalized on that great copper statue, she was a young Jewish American girl growing up in New York. Throughout her life she produced numerous poems, essays, letters, translations, and even a novel.  

Topics: Activism, Poetry
Yana's Hamsa

Figuring It Out

by Yana Kozukhin

So how in the world was the rigid, traditional, millenniums-old practice of Judaism in any way connected to feminism, a movement that aims to restructure societies’ ideals and question tradition? How could I identify as both a believing Jew and as a feminist, not to mention lumping them together into one phrase? The more I repeated them to myself, the more the words ‘Jewish’ and ‘feminist’ sounded incorrect side by side, like “candied broccoli” or “kind bigot.”

Topics: Feminism

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yana Kozukhin." (Viewed on August 21, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/blog/author/yana-kozukhin>.

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