Jewish Voices at the Highlights Foundation

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Our Goal

To inspire children through story by amplifying the voices of Jewish authors & illustrators.

Our Action:

Craft and education, community-building, and resources and support for Jewish creatives and professionals in and around the children’s book industry.

Testimonials from Jewish community

“The impact of Highlights on my life has been tremendous. The workshops have shaped and informed me as a writer and have been enlightening. My first published [picture book], PAT, ROLL, PULL, was shaped by editor Devorah Rosenfeld during a Highlights workshop. WHISTLING FOR ANGELA, a [picture book] about open adoption was critiqued in three different workshops. It will be published this spring by Pajama Press.” (Robin Heald)

“The generous, brilliant faculty. The talented group you curated. The chance to spend a few days with a crew with similar values and passions from a variety of backgrounds. All of that plus the Highlights magic equaled the chance for my brain to really put together some of the picture book craft stuff I’ve been working to synthesize. Plus, I met some writing pals I’m sure will be on my go-to list for years to come. Sending a humungous thank you.” (Melissa Lasher)

“Sharing experiences with veteran kidlit Jewish authors to unpublished ones like me, late nights just listening to everyone talk about their paths and their thoughts and struggles – it’s all just sitting in my head, slowing unpacking.” (Yossi Mandel)

“But from the moment I stepped into the Barn, I knew all my worrying was for naught. That weekend instead was one of the most energizing and inspiring things I’ve done so far as a writer. My voice was respected in a way that I had never experienced before in a creative space.” (A.R. Vishny)

PJ Library

PJ Library Picture Book Summer Camp

In 2022 and 2023, we hosted application-based Picture Book Summer Camps in partnership with PJ Library.  Plans are currently underway for 2024.  Read the more about the programs here.

PJ Library also funds additional scholarships for creatives to attend Highlights Foundation programs.

Learn more about PJ Library’s support for Jewish authors and illustrators.

 

    Jewish Writers and Illustrators and PJ Library Picture Book Summer Camp holding rocks form the Word Garden.

    News and Resources

    Scholarships for Jewish Voices at the Highlights Foundation

    Jewish WritersIllustrators of Color Scholarship
    PJ Library Scholarship (To nurture and develop authors and illustrators of Jewish-themed books for children.)

    Blogs and Podcasts

    PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

    PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation

    Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from  PJ Library Scholarship

    Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from PJ Library Scholarship

    Attending the Jewish Symposium with Support from the PJ Library Scholarship

    Attending the Jewish Symposium with Support from the PJ Library Scholarship

    PJ Library and the Highlights Foundation Welcome Emerging Writers to the 2023 Picture Book Summer Camp

    PJ Library and the Highlights Foundation Welcome Emerging Writers to the 2023 Picture Book Summer Camp

    Upcoming Programs Featuring Jewish Voices

    Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Spring/Summer)

    Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Spring/Summer)

    Starts: April 17, 2024

    Jewish Symposium: An In-Community Gathering for Jewish Writers and Illustrators

    Jewish Symposium: An In-Community Gathering for Jewish Writers and Illustrators

    Starts: May 5, 2024

    Working Retreat: Nonfiction and Informational Fiction

    Working Retreat: Nonfiction and Informational Fiction

    Starts: May 16, 2024

    Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

    Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (August)

    Starts: August 14, 2024

    Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

    Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

    Starts: September 18, 2024

    Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

    Working Retreat: Novels in Verse

    Starts: October 6, 2024

    Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (October)

    Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (October)

    Starts: October 17, 2024

    Get Involved

    How will you inspire kids by amplifying the voices of Jewish authors and illustrators?

     

    Our Mission in Action

    Share Your Story, Inspire a Child
    Scholarships
    Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit
    Partners & Sponsors

    The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.