The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

Profiles

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 »

Elizabeth’s Story: Creating a Space for Jewish Girls

April 23, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

This profile was brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with The Jewish Education Project.  (1/5 ) “A Space for Jewish Teenage Girls” “I have three daughters – almost 11, 9 and 6. They are fierce, assertive, loud, brave and fearless – and I want them to stay that way. I know that Continue Reading »

Abby’s Story: A Passion for Inclusion

April 15, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

This Profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Jewish Education Project.  (1/5) “Home for All” “I was always in the orbit of Jewish life. My family was traditional in some ways and irreverent in others. I would describe my father as someone who went kicking and screaming to shul every Continue Reading »

Tziri’s Story: Finding My Own Voice

April 2, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

This Profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Jewish Education Project. (1/6) ” I Got to be a Teacher” “My first teaching job was in 2005. It started with a mixture of panicky nausea and excitement. On the one hand, I would finally be a teacher, which was my dream, Continue Reading »

Barbara’s Story: Giving Care, Giving Love

March 26, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/5) “Decisions Needed to Be Made” “It was a reaction to the circumstance. I was trying to get my parents to understand that plans needed to be made. Though they were more independent at that time, given their ages and varied health issues, things were going to change. Quickly. They were living in Brooklyn and Continue Reading »

Donna’s Story: BRCA Diagnosis, A Hidden Blessing

February 25, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

This profile is sponsored in partnership with Sharsheret. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks Continue Reading »

Amy’s Story: Making Choices For Me

February 13, 2018 | Photographed and Written by Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/6) “The Inevitability of My Genetics” “I grew up in a household where my mother was a cancer survivor. As long as I can remember, breast cancer was discussed in my house. My mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer prior to having me, at 26, I was born when she was 34, and she Continue Reading »

Mila’s Story: You Can Never Erase Them

February 4, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

Introduction When our team at The Layers Project Magazine decided to feature a Holocaust survivor in a special edition profile, we did so in response to the decision last week by Mishpacha Magazine, the largest circulation Orthodox weekly magazine, to blur out the faces of women in an image of prisoners at a Nazi death Continue Reading »

Sivan’s Story: Taking My Own Direction

January 29, 2018
Categories: Profiles

(1/5) “Every Moment Counts More Than You Realize” “I made my first movie when I was 15, on a small handheld camcorder my dad bought me from B&H. It starred various irritated family members whom I stalked as they went about their morning routines. Eventually, though, most people got used to having me shove a Continue Reading »

Shira’s Story: Aliyah- A New Life

January 22, 2018
Categories: Profiles

(1/5) “Real Life vs. Dream Life” “My whole life I’ve always thought to myself, ‘Move to Israel. Live in Israel.’ But I never actually thought it was going to happen. When the idea came into my mind, I asked, ‘Is this really happening? Is this something I’m really going to do?’ I asked because America Continue Reading »

Dita’s Story: New Motherhood

January 9, 2018 | Interviewed by: Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

Photographed by: HedvANDan Photography (1/5) “The notions that I developed about motherhood, came from being raised by my own mother. I was raised by a mom who did not work once she started having kids. When I was growing up, she was a full-time mom- the kind of mom who would be available to just drop Continue Reading »

Shira’s Story: The Birth of The Layers Project

December 5, 2017 | Written by Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

Photographed by Sara J Dsign (1/6) “It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years. Sometimes it seems like those memories are from a lifetime ago, yet the creeping fear of those days remains. I spent that summer bed-bound. I was 28 and diagnosed with a mysterious chronic illness that never seemed to fit, the Continue Reading »