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Nishmah – Programs for Girls

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Nishmah offers a continuum of quality Jewish programs for girls in 1st-12th grade. Girls from diverse backgrounds come together to learn from each other and experience the world through a Jewish lens.

Please note that Nishmah’s programs for girls are suspended for the 2020-2021 program year as we reimagine our offerings.


Banot Buddies

About Banot Buddies

2nd – 4th grade girls. Banot Buddies pairs girls in elementary school with the young women of Nishmah’s Teen Banot Board to take a closer look at relevant topics through a Jewish lens. The relationships between the groups foster leadership skills, self-esteem and a life-long connection to Jewish ideals.

Nishmah Teen Banot Board

A leadership development program for girls in 9th – 12th grade.

Calling all Jewish teen girls! Are you interested in making new friends while getting to know younger girls in grades 2-4? Are you looking for a powerful experience where you can develop and hone your leadership skills, hear from local women leaders, get involved in social justice and advocacy activities, as well as use your creativity and talents to develop exciting programs for others? As a Banot Board member, you participate in Nishmah’s Banot Buddies program by becoming a “buddy” to younger girls.

Why girls have loved Teen Banot Board:

I have learned a lot about women empowerment and how much embracing your Jewish identity matters.

I think the most important thing I gained is my relationship to other teenage girls my age.  I really appreciate the opportunity and cannot wait to continue to get to know these people.

This program has influenced me to engage more with my Sunday school students because I realized how much they look up to me.

Being able to understand what being a leader means.

For more information about Nishmah’s programs for girls, contact Vickie Shuchart, Nishmah Director, 314.442.3111.