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Tomorrow Is A New Day

By Matana Poupko Jacobs | April 1, 2020

Tonight I decided: To say goodbye to sadness, To thank it for coming in to hold space for my pain,…

Still Here, Still Singing

By Emma | March 24, 2020

It’s the Shabbos before my wedding. Friday night. I’m sitting on the porch next to a pair of shoes that…

Torah Texts and Togetherness: Family Life in the Time of Quarantine

By Shira Hecht Koller | March 22, 2020

When life becomes disorienting, I look for frameworks that feel familiar to serve as an anchor as the ground beneath…

The Night I Took Myself Out On A Date

By Meira Lerner | January 8, 2020

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past year. The first few months were due to a high-risk pregnancy placing…

The Legacy of The Bat Mitzvah

By Shira Lankin Sheps | November 18, 2019

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan. I have been thinking a lot…

When a Kid Believes in Miracles

By Shira Lankin Sheps | November 13, 2019

Last night I was cleaning up the kitchen after a draining day. My husband is traveling for work and I…

Breaking and Rebuilding

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 27, 2019

Written by Shira Lankin Sheps & Rachel Hercman One year ago, on October 27, 2018, The Tree of Life synagogue…

Always With Me

By Aliza Stareshefsky Blumenthal | October 24, 2019

Last summer, The Layers Project did a profile on my story of Infant Loss.  When I think about the few…

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Torah Learning At Any Stage

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 6, 2019

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan- The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for…

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I Was Wrong, About Tisha Ba’av

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 11, 2019

I was wrong.  Last year on Tisha Ba’av, I was a brand new olah, living here in Jerusalem for no…

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Faith Is All You Need

By Orah Lasko | July 30, 2019

I have three kids. My two oldest are girls; Sophie is 7 and Emily is 4. My husband and I…

Post-Postpartum Depression and the Inner-Strength It Took to Get There

By Melody Coven | July 28, 2019

The night I found out I was pregnant with my second, I began to cry.  The tears were tears of…