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Choosing Love

By Cheryl Nayowitz | August 24, 2021

As much as I loved love and dished it out generously to others, I fed myself fear. This ingestion was…

Whole, Body & Soul

By Rivka Mazal Tauber | August 15, 2021

I remember being eight years old and getting on a scale.  I was offered $1 for every pound I would…

The Next Chapter

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 8, 2021

It’s funny how sometimes we end up creating for others what we need the most. The Layers Project was born…

Reality Under Rockets

By Shira Lankin Sheps | May 11, 2021

I had never heard a rocket siren before. I’ve watched countless videos of rocket sirens, rocket explosions, and all sorts…

My Last Trip To The Mikvah

By Michaela Abenson | April 27, 2021

I just went to the mikvah for the last time. I am 28 years old. I took my time getting…

Life in the Ghetto and Journey to Auschwitz- Excerpt from the Story of Leah Klein

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 7, 2021

“The Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1944. The first thing they did was to take away the Jewish work permits.…

Coming Back to First Position: Learning to Love My Body Again

By Anonymous | February 21, 2021

Her body moves gracefully across the room, small ballet slippers dotting the floor with lightness and strength. Her arms are…

Maybe A Little Brighter, Tomorrow

By Atara Paris | January 26, 2021

After my second son was born, I struggled with mild postpartum depression (PPD). It was bad enough to be struggling…

Persistence, Perseverance, & Triumph

By Lori Prashker-Thomas | January 17, 2021

May 2, 2020, I felt really sick. I went to my local emergency room and I was screened for COVID…

Breathless: My Struggle With Panic Attacks

By Anonymous | January 14, 2021

It starts with a tightness in my chest. Slow and searing, it feels like my heart has a clamp around…

In the Eye of the Storm

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 10, 2021

My father is in the hospital sick with COVID.  It has been many months since words like “coronavirus” “quarantine” and…

My Conversion Journey

By Kylie Ora Lobell | December 17, 2020

I’m standing in front of the Jewish ritual bath, the mikvah, wearing only a white cotton robe and clear plastic…