2020 Vision: Reflections from the women and girls of Jewish Atlanta in this pivotal year

In this pivotal moment in history, we know there is so much on the minds of the Jewish women and girls of Atlanta. The struggles. The hopes for the future. The opportunities before us. We know that between the pandemic and protests, mental health and mommying, learning and living, there is much on everyone’s minds, and we want to provide a platform for you to share.

You have a story to tell, and we would love to hear it.

Quite simply, we want to know: as a self-identifying Jewish woman/girl in Atlanta, what is on your mind in 2020? 

Some potential prompts and guiding questions to get you started:

  • When you reflect on the past year, what stands out to you?
  • How has your Jewish identity impacted your experience? How has your experience impacted your Jewish identity?
  • How has your gender identity impacted your experience? How has your experience impacted your gender identity?
  • One thing I have learned about myself this year…
  • One unexpected experience this year…
  • One challenge I faced this year…
  • One unexpected but positive experience this year … 
  • One thing I’ll never forget from this year…
  • My priorities have shifted by…

Click here to submit your reflections (suggested word count: 500-1500 words) by December 31, 2020, and we will be in touch via email regarding the next steps in early 2021. 

Please note that submission does not equal publication, and all submissions are subject to editing (in partnership with you). Should your essay be included in the book, a small honorarium (in the form of a gift card) will be remitted after publication as a token of our appreciation for your participation. 

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) promotes social change and expands positive opportunities for Jewish women and girls. For eight years, JWFA has been a catalyst for change and a driver of gender equality within the Jewish community by utilizing strategic grantmaking, hosting educational programs on important challenges facing women and girls, and providing leadership training to female philanthropists and upcoming leaders.

JWFA’s Agents of Change Training program (ACT) builds the capacity of women in Atlanta’s Jewish community to become agents of change, developing their skills through exclusive, interactive seminars led by accomplished leaders, activists, and influencers, and providing networking and mentoring opportunities designed to foster a sense of growth personally, professionally, and communally. After participating in ACT’s pilot year (2019-2020), a motivated group of ACTivists were eager to work together on a group project that utilized the skills they learned in their first year of the program. What resulted is this anthology.

Each woman joined ACT with a story to tell. Her unique experiences, perspectives, and challenges have shaped her into the woman she is today. Now it’s your turn to tell YOUR story. And thus, this project seeks to collect stories from Jewish women and girls of all ages across metro Atlanta to be compiled, edited, and published by the women of the JWFA Agents of Change Training: Cohort 1.