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The JGirl's Teacher's and Parent's Guide

 

Miriam P. Polis
with Shulamit Reinharz

8.5 x 11, 56 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-225-8

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Insights, Ideas and Activities for discussing with girls what it
means to become a Jewish woman
A step-by-step guide to creative use of The JGirl’s Guide in the classroom, synagogue and home. Each lesson includes:
• 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
About The JGirl’s Guide
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 JGirl’s Guide
“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
“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.”
Rabbi 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 time.”
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin and Nina Salkin, authors, The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Memory Book:
An Album for Treasuring the Spiritual Celebration
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

 

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