The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women


Motherhood Is A Handful — Make Sure Your Hands Are Up To the Task

March 14, 2018 | Allison Cohen, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Categories: Health

Can you imagine being reluctant to hold your new baby because every time you try a sharp pain shoots through your wrist? Or not being able to breastfeed your child because severe wrist pain makes the position too difficult? Did you know that women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum are at a higher risk Continue Reading »

Is the Jewish Community Ready to Confront its Cancer Risk?

February 20, 2018 | Chani Wiesman, MS, LCGC
Categories: Health

When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Sarah was too young to understand. Now, at age 32, she’s already started her breast screening. “I wanted to make sure that I would be around for my kids,” she said. “Who knows if I’ll ever get breast cancer? But, if I do, I want to catch Continue Reading »

Genetic Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2: To Test Or Not To Test?

February 17, 2018 | Naomi Kornhauser, MPH
Categories: Health

When we discuss testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, it means that a blood sample will be collected to test if you carry a mutation in the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes. The decision of whether to get tested for mutations in these genes is extremely personal. However, before jumping into whether or not to test, it Continue Reading »

How To Stay Safe This Chanukah

December 14, 2017 | Written by Aaryn Rubin
Categories: Health

I founded Safety Awareness Day, an event created after a tragic fire in the Jewish community. We educate the public about fire safety, and general household safety, which are matters I care about deeply.  Truth be told, my heart skipped a beat at the thought of lighting Chanukah candles Tuesday night.  However, knowledge is power, Continue Reading »