I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past year. The first few months were due to a high-risk pregnancy placing me on bed-rest. Then, I was on official maternity leave. I quickly decided not to go back to my job once my leave was over. Not out of a desire to be a stay-at-home mom.…

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This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan. I have been thinking a lot about the next stage of parenting for me.  I have an almost ten-year-old daughter and we all know what that means. Soon enough, she will be a bat mitzvah. Since my own bat mitzvah, I…

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Last night I was cleaning up the kitchen after a draining day. My husband is traveling for work and I was alone with the kids. We had spent the afternoon setting up the bomb shelter in case rockets and their sirens would come to Jerusalem overnight. It had been quiet in our neighborhood, but the…

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Written by Shira Lankin Sheps & Rachel Hercman One year ago, on October 27, 2018, The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA was hit with a terror attack by a gunman who killed 11 people praying together. This attack is considered the largest attack on a Jewish community in American history.  These people were…

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Last summer, The Layers Project did a profile on my story of Infant Loss.  When I think about the few days that each part of the profile was released, I think about how nervous I felt as it was starting.  Would people read it?  Did I even want people to read it?  Would people feel…

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Dr. Yael Ziegler, Matan, Jewish Education, Torah Learning, Women's Scholarship, Tanach

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan- The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in honor of their 30th-anniversary dinner this Chol Hamoaid Sukkot in Jerusalem. When we decided to move to Jerusalem, one of the selling points was the access to the multitude of Torah institutions…

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The Layers Project Magazine, Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel, Matan, Terrorism, Jewish Women, Stories of Jewish Women, Torah Teacher, Female Torah Teacher, Israel, Jerusalem

THIS PROFILE IS BROUGHT TO THE LAYERS PROJECT MAGAZINE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH MATAN, IN HONOR OF THEIR 30TH-YEAR ANNIVERSARY DINNER CHOL HAMOAID SUKKOT 2019, IN JERUSALEM. (1/6) Who We Are “For me, Torah came from my home during my upbringing. I have amazing parents and I feel privileged in many ways. They gave me the gift…

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The Layers Project Magazine, Chaya Bina Katz, Matan, Childhood Cancer, Jewish Women, Stories of Jewish Women, Profile, Jewish, Israel

This profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan, in honor of their 30th-year anniversary dinner Chol Hamoaid Sukkot 2019, in Jerusalem. (1/7) “I Should Have Known” “Matan was founded thirty years ago by a group of incredible women who learned Torah together, sitting with my mother around a dining…

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The Layers Project Magazine, Tisha Baav, Terrorism, Israel, Cancer, Tragedy, Shira Lankin Sheps

I was wrong.  Last year on Tisha Ba’av, I was a brand new olah, living here in Jerusalem for no more than two weeks. I stood out on my mirpeset, and I looked out on the city, twinkling with light and movement, while I heard the words of Eicha. I wrote a piece that night,…

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The Layers Project Magazine, Orah Lasko, Special Needs Parenting, Genetic Syndrome, USP7, Jewish Women, Portraits

I have three kids. My two oldest are girls; Sophie is 7 and Emily is 4. My husband and I had always talked about how we wanted a boy. My grandfather passed away when we got engaged 9 years ago and I so badly wanted to have a baby to name after him, as he…

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