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On Yom HaShoah We Take the Time to Learn and Remember

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins the evening of April 27th and ends the evening of April 28th. On this day, we remember the 6 million Jews whose lives were lost in the Holocaust, celebrate the survivors, and honor the heroes who helped save Jews. While it can be difficult to reflect on this terrible moment in history, it is important that we never forget the Holocaust and that history does not repeat itself. When we have a good understanding of our history, we can recognize antisemitic behavior and speak up to make a difference in our world.

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, our Springboard team wanted to share 6 ways you can commemorate the holiday:

1. Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum

The Museum, located in Skokie, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost, and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference.

2. Learn and Share Survivors Stories

 A Springboard innovation grant supports, past 18 Under 18 Recipient Naomi Altman’s project, Messages From the Past: Never Forget. Once a month, you will receive a message featuring the stories of a Holocaust survivor who lives in the Chicagoland area. All the information in these messages comes from the book “Never Heard Never Forget” that was assembled by Holocaust Community Services at CJE SeniorLife and through interviews with Holocaust survivors themselves. To sign up, text “STORY” to (833) 711-0286.

3. Download the Yom HaShoah Candle App to Remember Those Who Died

The Yom HaShoah Candle App allows you to light a virtual candle on your smartphone. The Yom HaShoah Yellow Yahrzeit Candle Program perpetuates the memory of the 6 million Jew who perished in the Holocaust. The candle will be able to be lit by tapping the light button on April 27th and will burn for 24 hours.

4. Teach Others

You may have heard the phrase “Never Forget” in relation to the Holocaust. It is important to continue to share what happened with others. There are many resources to share with others such as the online exhibition at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, books , and movies .

5. Lead by Example

Holocaust Remembrance Day is once a year but your actions on a day-to-day basis are what really make a difference in our world. Continue to learn about the Holocaust, ask questions, and make your voice heard when you see antisemitism or other forms of hate and injustice in our world.

6. Celebrate our Vibrant Jewish Culture

While we must Never Forget, we also are proud that the Jewish community keeps building upon our traditions and passing them on. Connect with your ancestry by cooking a meal that brings happy memories of togetherness. Learn to make Aranygaluska (Hungarian Pull-Apart Bread) or another fun dessert! Can you see what other recipes you find?

Yom Hashoah

Poshmark For Change

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By Alexa Turner, Tess Adelstein, and Gabe Goldstein 

Springboard loves to elevate the great things teens are doing in the community. So, when we learned about Poshmark for Change, which was founded by three Jewish teens from the Chicago area, we reached out to the founders to learn more about this great organization.

About Poshmark for Change

Poshmark For Change is a charity organization that raises money for different causes by selling used clothing donated by the Chicagoland community. All children’s clothing is taken to Cradles to Crayons, and clothing that does not sell after a few months is donated to the Epilepsy Foundation.

The mission is to make an impact in our community by raising money for those in need, and helping save the environment by keeping clothes out of landfills and encouraging second-hand shopping.

The Origins

Alexa: 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. For me, being alone during COVID quarantine was one of the biggest challenges. I suddenly had massive amounts of free time, and the only person I could hangout with was myself. To make this time easier, I tried to think of things I could do to pass the time. I realized I had tons of clothes in my closet that I didn’t wear, and I was in need of some extra money so I wouldn’t need to ask my parents for it anymore. That was when I found Poshmark, and first dived into the world of second-hand selling and shopping.

After a year of selling on Poshmark, I had learned so much about the fashion world. One of the biggest problems I came across was the amount of clothes that end up in landfills every year, especially coming from second-hand stores. When many people donate clothes, they think automatically that they are giving their clothes a second life. While many clothes are bought and re-used, a whopping 62.5% of donated clothes are sent to landfills, with another 18.7% being immediately incinerated. (Green America) As landfills start piling up, even more clothes are incinerated to make space. This matters because when clothing is burned, they release poisonous substances and large amounts of chemicals that can negatively affect the health of our planet and nearby communities. (PSCI) Donating clothes to second-hand stores, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, is substantially better than throwing them out. These stores are important to our society because they allow for cheap, sustainable clothing options and help keep many clothes out of landfills. But, I wanted to think of a solution to help give clothes a chance for a new home before ending up in thrift stores, in order to help keep our planet healthy.

After some time, I came up with the idea for the original project. Using my background of Poshmark, I wanted to collect clothing in my community and sell it on Poshmark. Then, any money that is earned would be donated to a cause I was passionate about. But, I didn’t know where to donate. I told my camp friend, Tess, about my idea, and she was immediately on board to help. We discussed the project together, and eventually the idea bloomed.

Poshmark For Summers of Tomorrow (SOT)

Tess: One of the biggest values Alexa and I share in our lives is love for the sleepaway camp we met at, Camp Chi. Because of Covid, we sadly weren’t able to attend camp in the summer of 2020 and experienced our lives without camp for the first time in almost a decade. While we still kept in contact with each other and our other camp friends, we realized that camp should be something everyone can have the chance to experience. Sadly camp isn’t an option for many kids due to a range of different reasons, one of the biggest being the cost. When we were talking and researching different organizations to donate the money we made from the Poshmark, we found the Summers of Tomorrow Fund and knew it was the perfect choice. The Summers of Tomorrow Fund was made in honor of Former Camp Chi Director Ron Levin and provides support for “camp scholarships” for kids who can’t afford the cost of camp. Not being able to go to camp for even just one summer made us aware of how much of a privilege it is to have camp in our lives and continue to go each summer. We want other kids to be able to have the same opportunity and experience we had, which was our biggest motivator for choosing the Summers of Tomorrow Fund and calling ourselves “Poshmark for SOT”. From the time our Poshmark account was up and running in early 2021 until right before we left for camp in June of 2021, we were able to raise more than $2,000 in total for the Summers of Tomorrow Fund. 

Alexa: During our Summers of Tomorrow campaign, we realized that we could make an even bigger impact. Donating children’s clothing directly to organizations that give to children is important as most kids can’t shop or afford clothes for themselves. As most people donate to stores like Goodwill, we thought we could do good by driving all children’s clothes down to Chicago and donating them to Cradles to Crayons. Donated clothes can then be given to local Chicago children in need (Cradles To Crayons). Additionally, we didn’t want our clothing to sit in a basement forever with no use. After a few months of being available on Poshmark, we decided we would take them off the website and donate them to the Epilepsy Foundation. The Epilepsy Foundation donates its clothes to Savers, and its proceeds help provide free programs and services to almost 140,000 Chicagoland residents. (The Epilepsy Foundation). 

Poshmark For Change

Tess: Being able to help allow kids the opportunity to attend camp was something we were extremely grateful to have the ability to do. When we came back from camp at the end of August of 2021, Alexa and I realized that attaching ourselves and our Poshmark to one organization really limited the extent of the impact we were able to have on issues we cared about locally and globally. We wanted to do more for a larger scope of people, which is when we had the idea of changing ourselves from “Poshmark for SOT” to “Poshmark for Change”. Our plan is to work with different organizations and campaigns that focus on a wide range of issues that face our community and our world. During each partnership, we continue to raise money through selling clothes on our new Poshmark, “Poshmark for Change”, and donate all of the money we make during the duration of the partnership to the organization we’re collaborating with. In addition to this, we also use our other social media platform, Instagram, to share information about the organization and help spread awareness to their cause all in hopes of helping our community and the people in it.

Chi Therapy Collective: Campaigning for Trans Lives

Gabe: I’m Gabe, the newest member of the Poshmark For Change team, and a big part of why we chose the Chicago Therapy Collective as the latest organization for our next campaign. The CTC is a Chicago based LGBTQIA institution. The central campaign of the organization is Trans Inclusive Chicago, a movement that seeks to increase advocacy and protection against violence and discrimination of transgender individuals in the Chicagoland area. I’ve been in the fight for transgender equality for a few years now, connected to the issue through my mother, Gearah Goldstein. My mom identifies as transgender and has been at the forefront of activist movements for transgender rights as well. Through the relationships she had built in the Trans-feminine community, I got to know another person well too. Elise Malary, a founding member of the Andersonville Chicago Therapy Collective, was a very close friend and fellow advocate of my mom’s. During the time that I spent with her over the time that I knew her, it was clear to me that Elise was a brilliant, vibrant, warm young individual who cared deeply about the unjust issues affecting her community. Sadly, in mid-March, Elise was found dead on the front of Lake Michigan in Evanston. To honor her life, the values she stood for, and the organization she helped found and cared so deeply for, the next campaign of Poshmark For Change will be raising money for the Chicago Therapy Collective. It is crucial now that we raise money for this charity, so that we can save transgender lives and build a safer Chicago for transgender individuals.

Support Poshmark For Change

You can support us in many ways! The main way to help is by donating used or unworn clothing from your closets. You can drop off clothes at our houses located in Highland Park and Chicago. We can also pick up from anywhere within 30 minutes of the Chicago area. 

We are looking for mostly any type of clothing, but specific items that can help are:

  • Jeans
  • Tops
  • Dresses
  • Shoes
  • Athletic Gear
  • Pants

Clothing Donation Form Link

Secondly, we have been working hard everyday to list new items on our Poshmark! Get yourself a new outfit while supporting a great cause!

Poshmark Link

Lastly, we also take cash donations if you cannot donate clothes or purchase from our Poshmark. 

Paypal Donation Link 

Venmo Donation Link 

We thank Springboard and our community for all the support we have had! We could not make anywhere near as much of an impact without the help of others. 

-The Poshmark For Change Team

Why Are These Nails Different From All Other Nails? How Judaism Inspires My Nail Art.

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By Eva Spangler 

Springboard loves to elevate the great things teens are doing in the community. So, when we saw that Cosmopolitan magazine featured Eva Spangler in their 7 Best Passover Nail Ideas and Inspo for 2022 we reached out to Eva to hear more about her nail journey.

Q: How did you get started with creating nail art?

Eva: My passion for nails started in middle school when I had a teacher who always had beautiful nails. I have also always loved art, so it felt like a great way to combine the two passions. When the pandemic started two years ago, I was really bored. To pass the time, I started looking up YouTube and Instagram videos on how to make nail art. I taught myself new designs and started to learn how to paint on press on nails. 

Q: How did you connect with Cosmopolitan?

Eva: They reached out to me!!! I posted some of my Passover nails last year and they found them when they searched the hashtag #passovernails and #jewishnails. I was so excited when I saw the DM from Cosmopolitan Magazine. 

Q: That is so cool that you create Jewish themed nail art. What inspired you to start doing that?

Eva: I am really proud to be Jewish and love to express myself. I like to create my nail art around Jewish holidays if they are coming up. I’ve made nails for Passover, Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah, and also evil eye themed nails. It is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit!

Q: Do you ever sell the press on nails that you make?

Eva: Yes, I do! I love taking requests from friends and making nail art for them. It is fun to see people wearing my art to school.

Q: What do you think is next in your nail art journey?

Eva: I know I plan to continue making nail art in college, but I am not sure what else is in my future for my nail art journey. I am just really glad I have this passion now and I am excited to continue learning and creating new nail art.

About the Author:

Eva Spangler

Eva Spangler is a senior at Oak Park River Forest High School. At school, she is a color guard section leader and a leader at Jewish Student Connection club. She also helps with special Olympics and is trying to learn sign language. Eva has her own nail business, which you can follow on Instagram @fakenailsbabe.

Evil Eye Nails

Evil Eye themed nail art

Chanukah Nail Art

Chanukah themed nail art

3D Passover Nail Art

3D Passover nail art

Rosh Hashanah Nail Art

Rosh Hashanah themed nail art

Apply to Join jGirls+ Magazine’s Teen Staff Community! by Joelle Reiter and Dalia Heller

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jGirls+ is a online publication and community by and for Jewish non-binary and female identifying teens, led by a teen editorial board and a staff photography department.

The Ed Board, as we affectionately call it, is made up of sixteen people representing four US time zones and thirteen states. We review content from all artistic genres submitted from all over the US, and even the rest of the world. Submissions are open year-round, and we accept content on any topic. Since many (though not all!) of the pieces submitted deal with complex themes related to feminism and Judaism, through disscussing them, we are exposed to a wide range of perspectives and gain an appreciation for the diversity within the Jewish community. Just recently, we’ve published a retelling of the Purim story, an essay about how Jewish values inspire social justice, and a personal narrative about self expression through music. When reviewing a piece, we discuss everything from organizational structure to how it will appeal to our community of readers, and ultimately—through exposure to so many people’s unique artistic styles and perspectives—we become more intentional writers and artists ourselves.  

It’s empowering to have so much autonomy over the decision making process when it comes to reviewing pieces, as well as about  jGirls+ policies more broadly. In a world of hierarchies, jGirls+ is a model of equal participation and input by all members. Just recently we decided, after advocacy from members of our community, to add a plus sign to our name to better reflect our range of gender identities (we plan to adapt our name even further to better suit our demographic). While there are leadership roles within the magazine, everyone has equal opportunity to shape the direction and purpose of our organization. 

Much of our job consists of emailing contributors. It is our responsibility to tell them whether or not their piece has been accepted, communicate necessary edits, and encourage them to submit again. There is an unbridled joy in helping other teens publish their writing or art—it's incredibly rewarding to see a piece go through multiple stages of edits and then share in a contributor's excitement when we let them know that the piece is finally on the website.

There is comfort in existing in spaces like jGirls+ where everyone identifies as Jews and feminists, and understands the intersectionality of our shared identities. However, perhaps more importantly, we also have a deep appreciation for the things that make us different. It is rare to find such an inclusive community of people who can balance serious passion with fun and friendship, and all value kindness, meaningful discussion, and the power of art. 

We are currently seeking applications for both teen editors and photographers. Apply here by April 14th! And be sure to submit your art and writing to jGirls+ here.  

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at this email:

About the Authors: 

Joelle Reiter Joelle Reiter

Hi! I’m Joelle, and I’m a homeschooled member of the class of 2022, who’s grown up in Queens, New York, and Chicago, Illinois. I’m passionate about different forms of storytelling. When I was younger, my favorite activity in the world was having my mom read aloud The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. Currently I serve on The Steppenwolf Theatre’s Young Adult Council and I’m a member of 826Chi’s Teen Writers Studio where my writing has been published in their chapbook Let Us Keep What We Love. In addition, I’m a Goodman Theatre Cindy Bandle Young Critic and I work for the Chicago Public Library helping to plan and launch their annual ChiTeen Literary FestIval. My interests also include health sciences and social justice.

Dalia Heller Dalia Heller

I am a member of the class of 2022 at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and I live in Buffalo Grove, a suburb outside of Chicago. I play the flute in my school’s Honor Band and am a student leader in the marching band. I am also a part of my school’s National Honor Society chapter, as well as the Spanish Honor Society. I am passionate about learning about history and foreign languages (especially Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish) and enjoy taking visual art classes. In my free time, I love painting and drawing, switching back and forth between obsessing over The Office and Parks and Recreation, and hiking with my family in the woods near my house. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a community as inspiring and welcoming as jGirls+ Magazine, and I’m excited for my third year as an editor!