The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

Profiles

Aliza’s Story: My Body, My Babies

August 7, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/7) “Unpretty” “At the time, I felt very unpretty. I felt in order to be pretty, you had to be skinny. The thing was, I was very very skinny. I thought that being skinny would make me popular. For me, I felt like I just wanted to be accepted, I didn’t have a circle of Continue Reading »

Paula’s Story- The Behind the Scenes Journey to 93Queen

July 25, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/6) ”I had to tell this story” “I found the story of the film 6 years ago. At the time, I was working on another project about my chasidic uncle and his life struggle with addiction and mental illness, called Following Boruch. After graduating NYU film school and working on other projects in the industry, 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 »

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

June 3, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
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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 »

Keshet’s Story: Offering Power to the Powerless

May 16, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
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(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
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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
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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
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(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 »