Sonja Lippmann

    Sonja Lippmann

    2020–21 jGirls+ Magazine Photographer
    2021–22 jGirls+ Magazine Photographer
    2022–23 jGirls+ Magazine Photographer

    Hi! My name is Sonja Lippmann, and I’m a member of the class of 2023 at Leigh High School in San Jose, California. I enjoy learning about various subjects, but I’m especially interested in science. I love playing volleyball in and out of school, and I’m also on my school’s swim team. Through BBYO, the Jewish youth group I’m involved in, I have grown as a leader and further explored my Jewish identity. It has also expanded my interest in social action, and I’m becoming more and more determined to do what I can to bring positive change in my community, including volunteering, protesting, educating myself, and continuing to be a leader on a regular basis. In my free time, I like to travel and explore new places with my friends and family, whether they’re just a short drive from my house, like Santa Cruz and San Francisco, or across the country or globe. I enjoy embroidery, playing guitar, backpacking, and experimenting with baking.

    Photography Portfolio

    In addition to the images published on jGirls+ as stand-alone works or visuals accompanying articles by other contributors, the following is a curated selection of Sonja’s works.

    Artist’s Statement

    Sonja Lippmann is a high school student from San Jose, California with a passion for social justice, Judaism, and being creative. jGirls+ has given her a platform to combine these interests and express them through photography. She has learned how to use her camera as a tool for documenting her own experiences as well as helping others convey their incredible stories. As a photographer, she is particularly inspired by people who are animated and passionate about standing up for what they believe in, so her favorite photos feature people protesting, dancing, and proudly displaying their identities and cultures. Through jGirls+, she has also learned more about the technical aspects of photography and especially enjoys experimenting with various shutter speeds to capture movement. She is excited to continue exploring both the creative and technical sides of photography on the jGirls+ Teen Staff and throughout her life.

    Sonja's Photographs are Featured in

    Header Goes Here by Haley Sandlow - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Header Goes Right Here

    "Can’t we put the formulaic writing aside for once?"
    Mad Scribble at a Speakeasy by Aliza Abusch-Magder - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Mad Scribble at a Speakeasy

    “I imbibe knowledge and coffee and out came words/Flowing through my pen, not even gracing my mind”
    A Message to my Squirrel Hill Jewish Community from a Jew With a Touch of Color by Naomi Kitchen - Photo by Sonja Lippman

    A Message to my Squirrel Hill Jewish Community from a Jew With a Touch...

    “To Jews, did my color either cancel my Jewishness or my Jewishness cancel my color, never coexisting?”
    Masquerade of fear by Emmanuelle Sippy - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    masquerade of fear

    “this is an inner struggle”
    Women Lost in History by Becca Miller - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Women Lost in History – A Villanelle

    “Let not these heroines go unseen”
    To My Grandfather: My Introduction to Climate Organizing by Lily Gardner - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    To My Grandfather: My Introduction to Climate Organizing

    “I am Generation Z, a generation that has grown up with the climate crisis at the forefront of our consciousness, a generation for whom time is fleeting.”
    Kids Deserve Queer History by Alex Berman - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Kids Deserve Queer History

    A curriculum that included queer history would incorporate the often-erased stories of queer historical figures, such as Alexander the Great, and important moments in the struggle for queer liberation.
    The Torah in the Church Basement by Gabriela Orozco - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    “The Torah in the Church Basement”

    “Amidst the ashes, our ark remains!”
    Living as an LGBTQ+ Orthodox Teen by Rivka Schafer - photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Living as an LGBTQ+ Orthodox Teen

    “By 8th grade, I was so exhausted from concealing my identity that I publicly shared my sexual orientation on a grade chat. Consequently, that was the loneliest year of my life.”
    Executioner Pierrot by Siskind - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Executioner Pierrot

    “Lewis’ back was against the door, the laughing was thunderous now”
    Is Your Favorite Season Still Fall? by Emily Bebenek - photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Is Your Favorite Season Still Fall?

    “Is your favorite season still fall? I ask because we have both changed. And now that you face me after all these years I no longer know who you are."
    Kitchen + Chaos = Community by Emma Nathanson - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Kitchen + Chaos = Community

    “Cooking and coping went hand in hand.”
    Cracks in the Pavement by Dalia Kushnir - Photo by Sonja Lippmann_CracksinthePavement

    Cracks in the Pavement

    “Although I am with them, I walk alone”
    no-AH, NO-uh by Noa Kalfus - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    no-AH, NO-uh

    “What is a namesake and who is mine?”
    Enter: Watershed by Anonymous - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Enter: Watershed

    "Doesn’t she know? It’s all for the scale."
    Did You Know That an Apple Has 95 Calories by Dahlia Matank - Photo by Sonja Lippman

    Did You Know That an Apple Has 95 Calories?

    “I thought that the Apple would be enough.”
    HIs Name was Paul by Lily Granai - photo by Sonjia Lippmann

    His Name Was Paul

    "Every 73 seconds someone is raped or sexually abused, but I am not supposed to say that."
    1973-&-1971-&-1969 by Jamie Klinger - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    1973 & 1971 & 1969

    "He saw her four times, in starving women that could not bear to look at him."
    The Power in Jewish Youth By Ofek Preis - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    The Power in Jewish Youth

    Jewish identity can collectively remind us of our ethical responsibilities.
    The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For by Jemima Schoen - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

    “Esther had prayed, fasted, and pleaded for so long that her already-pale skin had an otherworldly glow.”
    Dear Justice Ginsburg by Gabriella Naveh - Photo Sonja Lippman

    Dear Justice Ginsburg

    “Thank you for fighting for the rights of so many, for speaking for the voiceless and for standing up even when you had to stand alone.”
    When You Ask Me Why I Fight by Alexa Hulse - Photo by Sonja Lippman

    When You Ask Me Why I Fight

    “blood-stained sheets like a declaration of war”
    My Many Moms Are Matriarchs by Sasha Rosenfeld - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    My Many Moms Are Matriarchs

    "Silence and falsities around matriarchies in families and governments lead women and girls to doubt their leadership abilities."
    What Depression Feels Like by Abby Rickin-Marks - Photo by Sonja Lippmann(1)

    What Depression Feels Like

    "I am stronger than this room"
    Ocean Girl by May Lafer-Kirtner - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Ocean Girl

    "I can’t remember the last time I have ever loved a girl not made of liquid nitrogen"
    Tapuzim by Hannah Cohen - Photo by Sonja Lippmann


    "I learned my prayers from stuffy sanctuaries and you/stole them from the inside of my cheeks."
    Häagen-Dazs: A Jewish Story of Immigration, Entrepreneurship, and Ice Cream by Ilena Moses - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Häagen-Dazs: A Jewish Story of Immigration, Entrepreneurship, and Ice Cream

    "When life gives you lemons—build an ultra-premium, kosher ice cream empire."
    Medical Perspective by Sonja Lippmann

    Abortion Rights from a Medical Perspective

    “I think that's a very complicated decision for people, so I don't ask my patients why they're there, because when we get right down to it, it's really none of my business.”
    Pro-Choice: An Interview Series - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    Pro-Choice: An Interview Series

    As Jewish feminists, we are deeply frustrated and disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson case to overturn...
    Halachic Perspective by Dalia Heller - Photo by Sonja Lippman

    Abortion Rights from a Halachic (Jewish Legal) Perspective Part I

    “I think it’s important to remember that religious traditions are multivocal.”
    Body Language by Rachel Dinces - Photo by Sonja Lippman

    Body Language

    “I turned what I considered a fact into a sound, three letters that didn't mean anything more than what it says in the dictionary.”
    A World on Fire by Eliana Pasternak - Photo by Sonja Lippmann

    A World on Fire

    “This is it, she thought as a metal support beam groaned and fell into one of the grocery aisles. If only she could force herself to move.”