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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021

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Emily Jenkins

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Emily Jenkins is an American writer of children's and adult fiction who writes under the pen-name E. Lockhart. She is known best for the Ruby Oliver quartet, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and We Were Liars. Most recently, Jenkins created the first Jewish character unveiled by DC Comics in 44 years – Whistle, also known as Willow Zimmerman, a New York City activist turned masked superhero who draws inspiration from Jewish teachings. “I had done research on the Jewish history of the Lower East Side for another book, so when DC invited me to create a new Gotham City hero, it felt natural to use some of that research and my own love of the neighborhood to create a new part of Gotham that’s a lot like the LES of the 1980s,” Jenkins explained in a recent interview. (Photo: Author homepage, photo by Heather Weston)

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