Insights, Ideas and Activities for
discussing with girls what it
means to become a Jewish
A step-by-step guide to creative use of The JGirl’s Guide in the classroom, synagogue and home. Each
A clearly stated goal
A list of Hebrew words to
enrich the girls’ vocabulary
A series of engaging questions
and thoughtful activities A selection of Jewish
sources relating to each lesson’s topic
Did you ever think that Judaism had any
advice on how to deal with pressure from friends, arguing with
parents, or feeling stressed out? Well, this
first-of-its-kind book shows girls how Judaism can help them
deal with all these things—and a whole lot more. The JGirl’s Guide explores issues every Jewish girl faces:
I’m a Jewish girl and so
I’ll become a Jewish woman—is there any more to
it than that?
I love my friends, but
it’s hard to be a really good friend.
I love my parents, but do I
need to honor them, too?
I like to eat, but I think
about food a lot.
I like to be active, but I am
really stressed out.
I feel healthy most of the
time, but sometimes I don’t take care of myself.
I want to fit in, but I want
to be true to myself.
I am curious about sexuality,
but I am scared about it, too.
I need to say what I feel and
think, but I may be hurting people when I do.
I want to make the world a
better place, but there are just too many problems.
I am Jewish, but is this how I
want to identify myself?
The JGirl’s Guide provides 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, cantors, educators, athletes, writers,
scholars, musicians and great Jewish thinkers—as well as
thoughts, hopes, fears and joys from the young women of today.
Praise for The
“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.”
Wiseman, author, Queen Bees and Wannabes and
co-founder of the Empower Program
“Sit down with your daughter and
read this book together! Do it today! Open each of its
chapters, and share the wisdom and the warmth of this great
book. It has a great secret for every girl of spirit and
strength: You are not alone! You are connected to a magnificent
tradition of Jewish women who have so much to teach you! On
behalf of all our daughters, thank you Penina, Ali and Shulamit
for a gift of such depth and insight.”
Edward Feinstein, author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s
Guide to Building a Jewish Life
“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
Jeffrey K. Salkin and Nina Salkin,
authors, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Memory
An Album for Treasuring the Spiritual Celebration
JGirl’s Guide is cool.
You should check it out.”
Diamant, author, The Red Tent and The New Jewish Baby Book: Names,
Ceremonies & Customs—A Guide for Today’s