Jewish Voices at the Highlights Foundation
To inspire children through story by amplifying the voices of Jewish authors & illustrators.
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“Sharing experiences with veteran kidlit Jewish authors to unpublished ones like me, late nights just listening to everyone talk about their paths and their thoughts and struggles – it’s all just sitting in my head, slowing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)
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.
News and Resources
Scholarships for Jewish Voices at the Highlights Foundation
Blogs and Podcasts
PJ Library Summer Camp Brings Jewish Creatives to the Highlights Foundation
Studying Picture Book and Nonfiction Craft With Support from 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
Upcoming Programs Featuring Jewish Voices
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
Starts: May 5, 2024
Working Retreat: Nonfiction and Informational Fiction
Starts: May 16, 2024
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)
Starts: September 18, 2024
Working Retreat: Novels in Verse
Starts: October 6, 2024
Whole Novel Workshop: An In-Person Retreat for Novelists (October)
Starts: October 17, 2024
How will you inspire kids by amplifying the voices of Jewish authors and illustrators?