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The JGirl's Guide

The Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age

Penina Adelman, Ali Feldman and Shulamit Reinharz

6 x 9, 240 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-215-9

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The Essential Survival Manual for Growing Up Jewish!
What does it mean to become a Jewish woman?
Did you ever think that Judaism had any advice on how to deal with pressure from your friends? Arguing with your parents? Feeling stressed out? Well, this book shows you that Judaism can help you deal with all these things—and a whole lot more.
The JGirl’s Guide is a first-of-its-kind book of practical, real-world advice using Judaism as a compass for the journey through adolescence. A fun survival guide for coming of age, it explores the wisdom and experiences of rabbis, athletes, writers, scholars, musicians, and great Jewish thinkers, as well as lots of girls just like you—girls who share your worries and concerns, and your joys.
Here’s a place to turn to for honest, helpful discussion about the things that really matter to you:
• Friendship • Eating • Health • Sexuality • Getting involved • Dealing with authority • Coping with stress • Self-esteem • Communication • Jewish Identity
Now’s the time when you are thinking: Who am I? What do I believe in? Who will I become? The JGirl’s Guide provides Jewish writings, traditions, and advice that can help.
The JGirl’s Guide is cool. You should check it out.”
Anita Diamant, author, The Red Tent and The New Jewish Baby Book:
Names, Ceremonies & Customs—A Guide for Today’s Families
“Fills a void in the Jewish world—and it does so with creativity and joy. We will be using it with our mother/daughter group at The Temple in Atlanta; it’s what we’ve needed for a long time.”
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin and Nina Salkin, authors, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Memory Book: An Album for Treasuring the Spiritual Celebration

“An invaluable tool for anyone working with Jewish girls. It incorporates important Jewish history and values into the issues Jewish girls face today. I recommend it highly.”
Rosalind Wiseman, author, Queen Bees and Wannabes and
co-founder of the Empower Program
“The arrival of The JGirl’s Guide couldn’t be more timely.... It captures the essence of a unique coming of age and skillfully provides tools to help young girls grow up with a confident sense of self and proud to be Jewish.”
Donnie Kanter Winokur, founding executive director, The Body and Soul
National Institute
“Unlocks the inner beauty and wisdom of Jewish tradition. Chock full of Jewish values, it will be a trusted friend and wise teacher to a whole new generation of sisters and daughters, our people’s next leaders.”
Yosef I. Abramowitz, publisher, and Sh’ma; co-founder,; and winner of the Covenant Award for Excellence
in Jewish Education
“A tour de force! For Jgirls of all ages…the perfect gift, for it candidly and clearly offers profound wisdom to help Jewish girls grow into healthy, Judaically knowledgeable, involved, and caring human beings. I can’t wait for my own daughter to read it.”
Rabbi Joshua Elkin, executive director, The Partnership for Excellence
in Jewish Education
Penina Adelman is the author of Miriam's Well: Rituals for Jewish Women Around the Year and The Bible from Alef to Tav which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her most recent book is Praise Her Works: Conversations with Biblical Women. She is a social worker specializing in group work and she leads pre-bat mitzvah and mother/daughter groups. She is the mother of an adolescent girl.
Ali Feldman received a masterís degree from the Avi Chai Educatorís Program at Pardes and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a BEd from McGill University. She currently lives in Miami Beach teaching character improvement classes for middle school students. Ali also gives workshops throughout the country on enhancing the bat mitzvah experience and journeying through adolescence with Judaism as your guide.

Shulamit Reinharz is the Potofsky Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, where she serves as founding director of both the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Women’s Studies Research Center. She is coauthor of The JGuy’s Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys and The JGirl’s Guide: The Young Jewish Women's Handbook for coming of Age (both Jewish Lights).

Shulamit Reinharz is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Concept of Bat Mitzvah Historically and Currently

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