The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

On Flowing Love and Tears: A Window into Postpartum Depression

On Flowing Love and Tears: A Window into Postpartum Depression

June 14, 2018 | Written By: Melody Coven
Categories: Features

Photographed By: Tzvi Feifel “You’re going to feel love like you’ve never felt it before.” That’s what they told me. In those exact words and other iterations of it, that’s the message I had been receiving about what love after childbirth would feel like since, well, maybe my own birth. Having a baby would bring Continue Reading »

Naima’s Story: Resilience Through Mental Health

June 11, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/5) “Sinking Deep” “The prologue to my story takes place seven years ago when I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Since then, I’ve taken medication (almost) every day. I was in and out of therapy, trying to learn how to cope with my spiraling thoughts. I had panic attacks in the halls of my Continue Reading »

I Have No Expiration Date

June 7, 2018 | Written and photographed by Nechama Leitner
Categories: Features

Yesterday someone told me to hurry up and get married before it is too late. Because as a woman I have an expiration date. At times I become too frozen with shock to have any ability at all to reply with a decent comeback. Even in situations when the person is saying something insane. There Continue Reading »

Bat-Sheva’s Story: Freezing Potential for the Future

June 3, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

This profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Extend Fertility.   (1/5) “Thinking About Fertility” “For many years egg freezing was considered experimental. The technology just wasn’t that good. Too many eggs would get lost in the process. With low success rates, it was only worthwhile for women about to Continue Reading »

The Art of Mentoring

May 31, 2018 | Faigie Horowitz
Categories: Features

Midlifers can make great mentors. They have the long view but are active and involved in current developments at work, in the community and within a family. They have searched for meaning, found meaning, and find meaning. They introspect and spend plenty of time with themselves. They know their strengths and weaknesses and generally can Continue Reading »

Women Empowering Women

May 29, 2018 | Elizabeth Carmen, MA, Ed.M
Categories: Emotional Wellness

As a therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, I was thrilled to hear the theme of this month’s magazine: women empowering women. While men certainly suffer from eating disorders, the patients that I see are mainly women. Whether someone is struggling with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, or any other issue, men and Continue Reading »

More than a Number: Redefining My Body

May 22, 2018 | Temimah Zucker, LMSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

I remember the first time I was aware of my own body. I was in 5th grade living through what can be considered “the awkward phase,” when my body wasn’t quite so sure where it wanted to be, much like emotionally I wasn’t so sure where I wanted to be.  Friend groups were changing, cliques Continue Reading »

Keshet’s Story: Offering Power to the Powerless

May 16, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/5) “How Identity Influences the Work” “When I went to law school I was really interested in family dynamics and social justice. Families can be so messy and complicated, and there is also a huge level of vulnerability in family structures. You really let your guard down with your family, so the possibility of harm Continue Reading »

The Collection of Jewish Moms

May 14, 2018 | Michelle London
Categories: Features

The dining room, Friday night at the Singles’ Shabbaton, buzzed with the potential of meeting one’s spouse. My friend Chaikie and I glanced around the room when a tall man with glasses walked by. I whispered to Chaikie, “He isn’t bad looking, but slightly above the age range, don’t you think?” She agreed. The man Continue Reading »

Remembering My Mother

May 13, 2018 | Rea Bochner
Categories: Features

When I was eight, my mother went back to work. She’d been a stay-at-home mom from the time I was born, dedicating her time and endless energy to me and my three younger siblings. But, eventually, she got antsy. My mother was the creative type, constantly juggling one project or another. She was also a Continue Reading »

Finding Sisterhood in Unconventional Places

May 10, 2018 | Tzipora Zelmanowitz
Categories: Features

When I was in first grade, I fantasized about having an older sister – Rachel – who was in seminary for the year.  I was born into a family with two brothers and was extremely envious of my friends who had REAL sisters. My friends would boast of sharing clothing and shoes with their sisters, Continue Reading »


May 9, 2018 | Hindy Bertram
Categories: Literary Writings

Come, sisters. Come, hearts weighed down And spirits lifted, Holding treasures in your arms. Come with your broken pieces And your shards made whole again. Weave ribbons of bright color through the air, Let the scars on your arms be seen A testament to triumph. Lift your voices high In song In wailing. Demand attention Continue Reading »

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