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Ilana Drake -4 posts
Ilana Drake is a junior at the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College in New York. She is passionate about social justice and attends Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. During high school, Ilana was an Inaugural Fellow and Teen Secretary for The Greenhouse and attended Seeds of Peace Camp. Ilana is a mentee in Girls Write Now, a Rising Voices fellow, and a YouthBridge-NY fellow. Ilana’s work has been published in Fresh Ink for Teens, The New York Jewish Week, The Times of Israel, The Forward, Jewish Women’s Archive, jGirls Magazine, and other blogs for the organizations in which she participates.
Isabel Carr -1 post
Isabel Carr is a junior at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys playing volleyball, participating in mock trial at school, playing the piano, and drawing. Her favorite subjects in school are art and history, and she is especially interested in Jewish art and history.
Isabelle White -1 post
Isabelle White is a junior at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys dance and debate. In her free time, she loves cooking and spending time outside hiking and petting all the dogs she sees along the way.
Jacq Flash -1 post
Jacqueline Flash (Jacq for short) is a junior at North Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She is enrolled in her school’s JROTC program and holds the highest rank for her level. She is also the USY chapter president of her synagogue. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing and painting or spending time with her parents and two brothers.
Jade Lowe was born in Manhattan, New York, but at the age of three, moved to Melbourne, Australia. She is in 11th grade at Mount Scopus Memorial College. Jade is a member of her school debate team as well as in a leadership program to educate students at religious schools of other faiths about Judaism. Her favorite subjects at school are psychology and English, and she is passionate about traveling and fashion.
Jemima Schoen is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. Her interests include environmental science, feminism, psychology, and philosophy. Outside of jGirls, Jemima writes for her school's newspaper and yearbook, as well as managing ads for both. She plays volleyball, volunteers at Friendship Circle, and acts in her school play. She is so excited for her first year on jGirls!
Jessica Daninhirsch -2 posts
Jess is a junior at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an aspiring journalist and photographer. She enjoys dancing, playing music, taking photos, writing, making art, and playing with her two dogs.
Jessica Rosenblatt -1 post
Jessica Rosenblatt is a senior at Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, New York. Apart from writing, Jessica enjoys playing tennis, taking walks with her dog, and watching movies with her friends.
Jessie Schwalb -1 post
Jessie Schwalb is a senior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a 2020-21 Rising Voices Fellow through the Jewish Women’s Archive. Beyond her interest in writing, she is an active member of the Sunrise Movement and captain of her school’s Mock Trial team.
Jillian Miller -1 post
Jillian Miller, LSCW is a licensed clinical social worker. She has been working with children, adolescents and parents for 20 years. She lives and works in Westchester County, New York. She is married and has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school.
Joelle Reiter is a high school junior who is homeschooled and lives on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves on The Steppenwolf Theatre’s Young Adult Council, is a Goodman Theatre Young Critic and is a member of 826CHI Teen Writers Studio where her writing is published in their chapbook Let Us Keep What We Love. Her passions include many forms of storytelling, health sciences, and social justice.
Julie Edelstein -1 post
Julie Edelstein is a freshman at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. At school, she is on the fencing team and writes for the newspaper. She also loves attending concerts, marches, and going to musicals with her friends and family. When she isn’t reading or writing, Julie can be found taking photos or playing her ukulele.
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