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Zoe J. Katz

Freelance Journalist

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Journalist as seen in the Forward, Hey Alma, Moment Magazine, and more. Inaugural Election SOS fellow for the Telegraph in Macon, GA. Agnes Scott College '19.

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Jewcy
10/08/2021
Hamsa Club's Fifth Collection is Jewish Pop Culture Heaven - Jewcy

When Hamsa Club's Season Five collection launches this Friday, fans of the pop culture merchandise brand can expect its largest collection ever with fresh, funny never-before-seen pieces satirizing and celebrating all things Judaism. "I feel like we're at a moment where this might be our mainstream hit," said Kevin Abner, the founder and one-man show...

Jewcy
09/10/2021
Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes Have Nothing to Do With Our Religion - Jewcy

In the most unsurprising news ever, people are using the recently-released FBI Hate Crime report to be anti-semitic. When comedian Amy Schumer shared a tweet about the FBI's 2020 Hate Crime report - that of all hate crimes motivated by religion, 57.5% targeted Jews, who make up less than 2% of the total population - the usual infuriating, anti-semitic comments rolled in.

The Forward
06/29/2021
After decades of resistance, LGBTQ marriage is Conservative practice. Is Modern Orthodoxy next?

In February 2021, Toronto's largest Conservative synagogue, Beth Tzedec, announced that they would perform LGBTQ marriages. They were one of the last major North American Conservative synagogues to do so: Beth Tzedec's announcement came nearly a decade after the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, first formally approved clergy performing LGBTQ marriage.

Healthline
05/12/2021
How I Kicked Loneliness to the Curb and Learned to Love Myself

My isolation told me I was unlovable, and I accepted that as fact. I've always been lonely. I'm a perfectly normal 24-year-old woman, and I've never had a romantic relationship. It's not like I haven't tried. I've desperately wanted a boyfriend or girlfriend.

jweekly.com
02/03/2021
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Jewish constituents must live with her hate

Disturbed, exhausted, frightened, frustrated, hurt - these are only a few words members of the Rome, Georgia, synagogue Rodeph Sholom have used to describe their reactions to Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. Within the last week, Greene, a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory, was revealed to have publicly called for the execution of top [...]

The Forward
01/12/2021
Jon Ossoff's victory is momentous for patrilineal Jews

Senator-elect Jon Ossoff's opponent in his contentious recent Senate race, former Senator David Perdue, ran ads that digitally lengthened Ossoff's nose and painted him with age-old antisemitic tropes: the socialist, the globalist, the media-controlling journalist. Perdue saw Ossoff's Jewishness as a liability. Ossoff's supporters saw it as something to be celebrated.

Moment Magazine
12/23/2020
Ossoff, Warnock and Georgia's Black-Jewish Coalitions

When Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Raphael Warnock stand together to campaign in Georgia's twin Senate runoffs, they stand on the state's well-established foundation of Black-Jewish cooperation. "The first time I sat down for a meal with Congressman John Lewis, what he wanted to talk about was the historic bond between the Black community and the Jewish community here in Georgia," Ossoff said after the Atlanta Press Club's December 6 debate.

The Telegraph
12/08/2020
Loeffler, Warnock dodge questions during debate

Three of the four candidates running for Georgia’s two Senate positions participated in a debate Sunday night hosted by Atlanta Press Club. Democrat Jon Ossoff, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue, took questions for 30 minutes after his opponent declined to participate. Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat challenger Raphael Warnock later sparred for an hour. Here are four takeaways from the debate:

The Telegraph
12/06/2020
Senate debates won't include Perdue

The Atlanta Press Club will host two “vital” debates for Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs live on Georgia Public Broadcasting Dec. 6, as part of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. While all four candidates were invited to participate, only three will debate. Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue declined to debate challenger Jon Ossoff.

The Telegraph
12/06/2020
Loeffler, Ossoff and Warnock to participate in Sunday debates. Here is how to watch:

The Atlanta Press Club will host two "vital" debates for Georgia's twin Senate runoffs live on Georgia Public Broadcasting Dec. 6, as part of the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. While all four candidates were invited to participate, only three will debate. Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue declined to debate his challenger, Jon Ossoff.

The Telegraph
11/06/2020
Counting continues; Georgia heads toward 'historic' runoffs

As election volunteers counted absentee ballots well into the afternoon in Georgia, the fate of the state’s 16 electoral college votes for president was unknown. It wasn’t clear, either, if a Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff would head to a January runoff election.

The Telegraph
11/03/2020
Live Updates: Middle GA religious leaders call for unity, peace on Election Day

Religious leaders across Middle Georgia are praying for a peaceful Election Day and comforting anxious congregations. “It is my big hope and prayer that we are able to use our voices. But more than that, we are in a period of tremendous pain and division as a society that as a nation,” Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar of Temple Beth Israel in Macon said. “And it’s my hope and prayer, not for today, but really for Nov. 4 and forward, that we’re able to come back together. And be once again, the United...

The Telegraph
11/02/2020
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams outlines Election Day concerns

Since her contentious loss to Brian Kemp in the 2018 governor's race, Stacey Abrams has focused on improving voting access, both in Georgia and across the country. As Americans plan to head to the polls on Election Day, Abrams discussed her concerns, including what worries her in Middle Georgia, about voter suppression and election infrastructure with The Telegraph.

Alma
10/29/2020
I Am In Love With Sacha Baron Cohen

I am in love with Sacha Baron Cohen. I am so in love with Sacha Baron Cohen, and this love is a little embarrassing. I've never published a love letter to a crush before, but wow - he deserves it.

The Telegraph
10/27/2020
Ossoffs outlines policy priorities in Senate race with Perdue

Democrat senate candidate Jon Ossoff, running against incumbent Sen. David Perdue, recently spoke with McClatchy about the race, his policy priorities and his opponent. Ossoff, a former investigative journalist and media executive, has made improving health care for Georgians a focal point of his campaign.

The Telegraph
10/29/2020
Republican Collins Speaks to Middle Georgia voters on special Senate race

Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican candidate for one of Georgia’s two Senate seats, visited Macon last week on his “Trump Defender Tour,” a series of campaign stops across the state. Bibb County has consistently voted for Democrat presidential and senate candidates, but Collins isn’t “writing off” Macon. In an interview with the Telegraph, he said Maconites “need to know that the person they need to vote for senate is Doug Collins.”

The Telegraph/McClatchy
10/27/2020
Senate candidate Jon Ossoff on what he would do on 'day one,' Medicare and COVID-19

Democrat senate candidate Jon Ossoff, running against incumbent Sen. David Perdue, recently spoke with McClatchy about the race, his policy priorities and his opponent. Ossoff, a former investigative journalist and media executive, has made improving health care for Georgians a focal point of his campaign.

The Telegraph
10/13/2020
Georgia Senate candidates Perdue, Ossoff and Hazel spar in virtual debate

Incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff are neck-and-neck as they vie for one of Georgia's Senate seats, according to recent state and national polls. They faced off Monday afternoon in The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series and spent the hour attacking each other's motives and funding sources during a terse back-and-forth.

Medium
10/12/2020
I was hit by a truck on Yom Kippur. It saved my life.

One year ago this week, I was hit by a truck on Yom Kippur. It was nine a.m., and the Atlanta rush hour traffic was congested and dense, cars honking as busses tried to merge lanes. The apartment I was subletting in Midtown was one mile away from my office.

Alma
01/24/2020
Does a Birthright Bat Mitzvah Really Count?

As I stood with a tallit wrapped around my shoulders, I couldn't help but think how different my bat mitzvah was than literally every other one I have ever attended. To begin with, I didn't even know I would have a bat mitzvah until nine days before the big day.

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