The JGirl's Guide: The Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age

The JGirl's Guide: The Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age

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by Penina Adelman, Ali Feldman, Shulamit Reinharz
     
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kol k'vodah bat melekh p'nimah: The true majesty of a royal daughter is inside her. Psalm 45 provides a strong foundation for a wonderful book that, though written for the tween/teen set, has something to offer Jewish women of any age or denomination. The authors emphasize that "in modern terms, this means that to feel great about yourself-to feel majestic even-you need to listen to your inner self." Using a combination of Jewish resources, secular psychology and a wealth of input from Jewish girls and women, this guide covers the waterfront-from teenage issues of self-image, gossip, friendship and sex to more singularly Jewish issues such as the Sabbath, religious studies and the tradition of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Each chapter includes a lesson on a particular mitzvah; a variety of activities, from journal questions to suggested plans of action; introductions to famous Jewish women; and observations from everyday Jewish girls. Perfect for a young woman about to embark on preparation for a bas mitzvah, this manual also lends itself to strengthening mother/ daughter relationships, solidifying the bonds between Jewish girls coming of age, and reminding Jewish women of any age of the special people they are, both as individuals and as Jews. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Whether you are an observant Jew or not, this book can give you some important advice on speaking to and connecting with women of every age. How should the modern young woman treat her friends? Her family? Her teachers? What should she think about her own body? Her sexuality? Where do all these "shoulds" come from, anyway? How does a young woman develop the strength of body, mind, and spirit she needs to live in the modern world? The book raises all these questions, but it does not feed the reader the answers. What it does is give the reader tools so that she can discover the answers for herself. Do not skip the introduction—it is very important. If you, the adult, usually do not read the introductions to books, read this one. "The point of this book is to give you the information you need so you can make your own decisions about how you choose to be a Jew." After each chapter comes a list of activities: learn, write, think about it, discuss, do it, Jewish sources, and quotes from Jewish girls and women both historical and contemporary. What I find fascinating is this—I do not have a daughter, but I could not put this book down. There are things I wish I had known when I was young. There are things I would like to have discussed with my parents, who died years ago. The only problems I can see in trying to use this book come from the over protectiveness of some parents and the cynicism of many modern adolescents. I can just hear my friends' daughters, "Yeah, right." But give it a chance, and be open-minded. Highly recommended. 2005, Jewish Lights Publishing, Ages 12 up.
—Judy Silverman
From the Publisher

"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 cofounder 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, JVibe.com and Sh’ma; cofounder, BabagaNewz.com; 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580234993
Publisher:
Longhill Partners
Publication date:
08/25/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

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.


Ali Feldman, a marriage and family therapist and Jewish educator, gives workshops on a myriad of psychological topics through a Jewish lens. She maintains a private practice in Miami Beach, where she counsels couples, families and individuals.


Dr. 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).

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