Two items of interest for you today related to Jewish girls and women:
1) 614, the HBI ezine, "Sparking Conversation Among Jewish Women"
614 is the electronic magazine of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and it's a magazine meant to spark conversation among Jewish women. As explained on their website, "The idea of 614 is not that there is one commandment missing. Rather, it is about the idea there is always room for innovation and exploration."
The current issue of 614 is called "Jewish Fiction Goes Outside of the Box," and it's their second annual issue on Jewish books. You can read fascinating essays by authors Joanna Hershon, Tova Mirvis, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Dara Horn, Jenna Blum, and Gina Nahai. Check it out at www.brandeis.edu/hbi/614.
2) Yaldah Magazine Wins $100,000!
Back on September 24 I blogged about Leah Larson, the teenage founder of the magazine Yaldah, which is written, edited, and published by and for Jewish girls. Leah's mother Evelyn had entered the Wells Fargo Someday Stories Contest, in hopes of winning money to support expansion of Yaldah. I encouraged you to vote for Evelyn, and it looks like many of you heeded that call. Evelyn has won the grand prize of $100,000! Mazel tov to Evelyn, Leah, and all the girls who contribute to Yaldah!