Salt and Honey: Jewish Teens on Feminism, Creativity, and Tradition


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About the Author

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, RJE, has worked in the field of Jewish education for over twenty years and currently serves as the director of learning and innovation for the Union for Reform Judaism's youth team. She is a PJ Library and Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award author and the proud recipient of the 2015 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She lives in New Jersey.
Maya Savin Miller is dedicated to the regeneration of our social and ecological soils through poetry, education, and farming. She was the head of the jGirls poetry department while in high school, and her writing has been recognized by dozens of literary journals and competitions. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Maya would always prefer to be in the mountains.
Elizabeth Mandel is the founder and executive director of jGirls Magazine. She is an award-winning documentary film producer, write, editor, and community activist. Elizabeth has built a record of using media to raise awareness and create change around social justice, gender, and Jewish community issues. Her films have screened on public television and at organizations and film festivals around the world. Mandel holds a BS in religion and a master's in international affairs, with a focus on women's economic and political development, both from Columbia University. She lives in New York.
Michele Lent Hirsch is a writer, editor, and creative writing teacher whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Bellevue Literary Review, among other outlets. Her first book, Invisible, a blend of journalism and memoir on gender, health, and inequity, came out in 2018 from Beacon Press.
Emanuelle Sippy codirected the Kentucky Student Voice Team and led the jGirls Magazine art department throughout high school. She continues to treasure and support these communities while studying at Princeton University and organizing with Future Coalition. Originally from California, Emanuelle grew up in Minneapolis and now calls Lexington, Kentucky home.
Molly Tolsky is the founder and editor of Hey Alma, a Jewish feminist website from 70 Faces Media. She holds a BA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found in Tin House, Hayden's Ferry Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is also senior editor of No Tokens.


Jewish teens share their experiences, loves, hopes, and fears in this
anthology of essays, poems, and artwork from the online publication jGirls

Split into six chapters, the works trace the young people's experiences
through triumphs and tragedies. "We Always Seem To Return" brings meditations
on memory and inheritance, highlighting how Jewish joy and sorrow often walk
hand in hand. "When We Were Small" tells stories of childhood and growing up,
interrogating such themes as gender identity, substance abuse, and
antisemitism. "A Healthy Collection of Blessings and Hardships" tells of the
body and the mind, exploring the sacred nature of the self while making space
for struggles in mental health. "Traditions, Interpretations, and
Imperfections" dives into spirituality and tradition, celebrating the rich
variety of the Jewish community. "Where Is the Peace?" confronts ignorance,
including experiences of racist, homophobic, antisemitic, and sexist violence.
Finally, in "Carving Our Own Footsteps," the artists of a new generation set
out to continue the battle for justice and freedom.

The offerings in this book
are emphatically and unapologetically Jewish, but the stories they tell will
resonate broadly.
Contributors include Jews who are Black and Asian, Sephardic
and Ashkenazi, and who reflect diversity in gender identity, sexuality, and
ability. The young artists and writers featured here bring an appetite for life
as well as the teeth necessary to enjoy the meal.

Raw, vibrant, and full of love. (artist statements, reader's guide,
resources, about jGirls Magazine, about the contributors) (Anthology.
13-18) --Kirkus Reviews

"Salt & Honey teems with the smells and images, pains and joys, memories and longings that prove that our Jewish identity is already held in spectacular trust by these voices of our future." --Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor, Slate

"Some of the works in this book will haunt you, some will surprise you, and others will buoy you. All will galvanize you." --Leora Tanenbaum, author of I Am Not a Slut: Slut Shaming in the Age of the Internet.

"This powerful work . . . is a celebration of what it truly means to be eishet chayil, a woman of valor: for to speak in one's authentic voice is valor in action." --Marra B. Gad, writer, producer, and award-winning author of The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl

"Deep and powerful, sometimes disruptive and disturbing, but most often hopeful and life-affirming . . . Don't miss this." --Ruth W. Messinger, social justice consultant