Nishei Ora magazine includes personal and profound art and writing from Jewish women around the world, including Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Arizona, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, as well as Mexico and Israel.
Some of us are baalei teshuva — women who grew up secular and returned to Torah Judaism. Some are gerim — Jews by choice. Some are Hassidic, Litvish, Modern Orthodox, Chabad, or new to uncovering the beauty of Judaism.
We span the vast spectrum of observance, and together we have created a beautiful, one-of-a-kind publication with meaningful, thought-provoking and inspiring content.
The 12 editions of Nishei Ora we have created so far are filled with stories of women working to create within themselves a home for Hashem, bringing holiness into the world.
Editorial Director and Founder Mindy Rubenstein, originally from the Tampa Bay area of Florida, lived in Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland, before coming back to the Sunshine State two years ago. She earned a bachelor’s in business and writing from the University of Florida, a master’s in journalism from the University of South Florida, and has worked as a journalist and editor for two decades, including for Chabad.org, the Atlanta Jewish Times, the Tampa Bay Times, and other publications. She founded Nishei Ora in 2015 in Atlanta while homeschooling her oldest daughter. Mindy and her husband have four children and live in South Florida.
Contributing Editor Carin M. Smilk has worked in Jewish journalism for the past 25 years in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. She has won more than a dozen awards from various national and Pennsylvania state media outlets, and has been active in women’s press associations at the national and state levels. The mother of four sons, she and her husband live in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Contributing Editor Michele Asa, originally from South Africa, lives in the Toco Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. She works as a family nurse practitioner and is completing completed certification as a functional nutritionist practitioner. Michele leads the Atlanta chapter of OJNA (Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association). An avid reader, Michele and her husband, Rabbi Ariel Asa, have four children and multiple grandchildren.
Creative Director Regina Smeke, Originally from Mexico City, has worked as a professional graphic designer for more than 10 years. She is very involved in the Mexican Jewish Community, and since 2013 she has worked as art director for one of the local Jewish Syrian communities. Also, she has been involved in several creative projects, such as cookbooks, art publications, school yearbooks, logos and media relations. She served on the press committee for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s visit to Mexico City. She enjoys gaining inspiration from travelling, listening to great music, cooking and learning Torah.
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Tree of Life – Words of Torah and articles about Jewish holidays
Connections – Practical and spiritual advice on marriage and parenting from certified relationship coaches and therapists
Kosher Cooking – Tips and recipes from a registered and licensed dietician/nutritionist
Home & Garden – Tips and ideas for growing food from a master horticulturist, as well as home-organization and time-management advice from a professional organizer
Perspectives – Inspiring, real-life stories shared by women, from a kosher backpacker to corporate professional, as well as poetry and creative writing
Educational Insights – Out-of-the-box ideas and articles, including homeschool and Jewish educational insights from teachers and administrators
Health & Healing – from chronic illness to alternative therapies, various women share their healing journeys.
Creative Souls – Professional dancers, artists and musicians discuss and share their G-d-given talents and passions.
Book Club – Reviews and recommendations on inspiring books for women who want to learn and grow in their Judaism
Cover Art – The front and back covers of each edition spotlight the work of professional and up-and-coming female Jewish artists
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By Manya Ronay Most health columns tell the reader what to do, what to eat, yada yada, yada. I’m not interested in that right now. YOU are the expert on yourself, and this column is all about affirming your autonomy. I will explore the vital importance of listening to your internal wisdom in health, Judaism … Continue reading The Anti-Health Column
By Michele Asa A few years ago, within the space of four months, I made a Bar Mitzvah, then flew to South Africa to be with my mother who was ill and buried her the day after I arrived. One daughter got engaged while I was there. After my return, another daughter had a baby, … Continue reading Choosing to Live with Simcha (Happiness)
By Adina Chrysler No one warned me about the struggle – it’s kind of taboo, because admitting to the difficulty means acknowledging the void, the ache in one’s heart. The failed expectations, the dashed hopes and dreams. The gripping loneliness, even while surrounded by loved ones. The pain of being single. It means admitting I … Continue reading Pain of being single leads to Peace in the the Process
By Mindy Rubenstein I’ve gone through multiple miscarriages in my lifetime. The first one was around age 26, a couple months before I got pregnant with my oldest child who is now 16. If you do the math you know I’m in my 40s. The most recent pregnancy loss was last month. I was 11 … Continue reading What I learned from my recent miscarriage