The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women


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 »

Talking About Genocide on the Playground

May 6, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Features

Yesterday afternoon I woke up from my Shabbat nap to my eight-year-old daughter standing over my bed. Her face was scrunched up in confusion. Before I was even fully awake I mumbled, “What’s wrong?” She replied, “Something happened.” My husband helped tell the story. Apparently, they (my two children and my husband) had been playing Continue Reading »

Infertility Awareness Shabbat: Creating a Legacy to Ensure A Feeling of Inclusion by Those Who Have Not Yet Completed Their Families

May 3, 2018 | Elie Salomon
Categories: Features

I’m not a big crier, I like to have a tough exterior and save my tears for private conversations between me and Hashem. But on March 17, and the days leading up to and after, I cried… bucketloads. But this time, it was tears of joy because of emails and facebook posts all surrounding Yesh Continue Reading »

A Legacy of Words

May 1, 2018 | Jennifer Fenster
Categories: Features

On April 22, 2010, I defined myself primarily as a mother of four young children and a wife of a loving husband. Living in these roles brought me incredible satisfaction. My life felt perfect. Four hundred eighty-three days later, on August 18, 2011, my entire identity changed as my world came crashing down. Four hundred Continue Reading »

I Came Out of Egypt

May 1, 2018 | Shoshana Ohana
Categories: Features

As time goes by, the significance of our legacy grows. Along with that significance grows the responsibility of maintaining and transmitting our legacy. The time after Pesach is significant with regards to the responsibility of maintaining that legacy. During the seder we speak of “vehigadeta levincha” – and you shall tell your child the story Continue Reading »

The Thing I Carry

April 30, 2018 | Hindy Bertram
Categories: Features

Depression is a thing of isolation. Of self-doubt and self-recrimination. Of worthlessness and disconnect. The voice of the yetzer harah is a tiny whisper compared to the voice of depression and its good friend anxiety. You may tell yourself, “I am stronger than this,” or, “I won’t give in to this,” but depression is a Continue Reading »

My Moroccan/Irish Ashkenazi Jewish Family

April 29, 2018 | Miryam DT Fay
Categories: Features

The biggest problem with creating a legacy is that you can never be sure what will be preserved and passed on. The biggest problem with following a legacy is that you can never be sure if you’re living up the values that were given to you. Orthodox Judaism relies heavily on family legacy, from specific Continue Reading »

Searching for My Father’s Legacy

April 26, 2018 | Chani Miller
Categories: Features

My mother was and is what we now respectfully call a stay-at-home-mom. Back then though she was “just” a  housewife, or to dress it up: a domestic engineer. She was determined that I would go to college and have a career; in short, she wanted to make sure I would be nothing like her. In Continue Reading »

A Clear Need for Jewish Education

April 26, 2018 | Rona Novick, PhD - Dean, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Yeshiva University
Categories: Features

As a clinical child psychologist, whether working in my office or visiting schools, I saw that schools could be scary, challenging places for children. I also noted schools that invested the time and effort to cultivate students’ emotional well-being. As a day school parent, I believed and wished that Jewish schools would be places of Continue Reading »

I Highlight

April 25, 2018 | Adina Kastner
Categories: Features

While I pursued my Master’s Degree in Teaching of English, I student-taught at a public middle school. As part of the process, I was assigned a cooperating teacher, someone who serves as a mentor to the student teacher. I respected my cooperating teacher, a brusque and fastidious woman, because she was an accomplished and effective Continue Reading »