The Forward recognizes jGirls for providing an outlet that “encourages self-expression and community” for Jewish teenage girls. The author praises jGirls and admits that had the magazine been around when she was a teen, she would be a “frequent visitor (and maybe even contributor) to jGirls Magazine.”
Building a Future for Jewish Female Creatives
jGirls is overseen by an editorial board of 14 Jewish teen girls, as well as three alumnae advisors, who are assigned to various committees and run all aspects of the magazine. Audrey Honig, previously of the jGirls teen editorial board and now an alumnae advisor, is a freshman at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. After serving as head of the poetry department on the board, she is majoring in English with a concentration in poetry.
“Participating on the jGirls board changed my ability to speak up. Having a space where my ideas are celebrated has given me the confidence to express myself. We get training that applies to working on the magazine, but it’s also useful as a Jewish woman in the world,” said Audrey Honig, jGirls Alumnae Advisor.
The Importance of Diverse Content
The content of jGirls Magazine ranges from such topics as growing up interfaith and living with special needs to campus anti-Semitism, LGBTQ issues and the #metoo movement.
“With jGirls, we are telling them that they matter and others believe them. And that’s a fundamental piece of activism.” — ELIZABETH MANDEL, jGirls Magazine Founder and Executive Director
Read the full article in The Forward.