The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

More than a Number: Redefining My Body

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, The ribbons criss-crossing your arms A testament to triumph. Lift your voices high In song In wailing In demand for attention. Insist 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 »

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