The Jewish Chronicle shares jGirls story, and how the magazine is a new place for Jewish teen girls to speak freely. jGirls Magazine hopes to combat the “media messaging, social pressures and Jewish communal mores [that] will encourage them to become quieter, smaller, self-conscious, less self-assured.”
The Value of Jewish Teen Voices
“I envisioned a project that told girls, we want you, we value your voices, we believe in what you have to say, you matter. To this end, in 2016, I started developing jGirls Magazine, an online forum for Jewish teen girl leadership and expression.”
— ELIZABETH MANDEL, jGirls Magazine Founder and Executive Director
Teens Creating Content and Community
All of the content on jGirls Magazine is created by the Teen Editorial Board. The editorial board members are “given autonomy and decision-making power, selecting content, shaping the direction of the magazine, and amplifying the voices of other girls like them.” The magazine is creating a community of support for teens today as well as “encouraging and celebrating” these writers and editors to become future Jewish female leaders, which enhances our community overall.
jGirls Magazine’s Visible Impact
“Indeed, the girls I work with, editors and writers, have told me that their experience with jGirls has made them feel more confident in school, taken seriously by those around them, and more connected to and valued by their Jewish community,” Said Mandel.
jGirls Magazine accepts content submissions from self-identifying Jewish girls, ages 13-19, from across Jewish backgrounds and across the world.
Read the full article in The Jewish Chronicle.