December 1, 2022

Are you a young Jewish writer? A new local literary magazine wants to publish you

By Daniel Shanker and Avital Vorobeychik

Machshava is the Hebrew word for thought. It’s the perfect name for the Epstein Hebrew Academy Literary Magazine, as the Machshava encompasses thoughts reflected throughout the Jewish community of St. Louis.

Thought is a deliberately vague term, opening the door to a myriad of interpretations – precisely the mood the Machshava hopes to inspire for its inaugural number.

Daniel Shanker is a Kadimah High School student who serves as co-editor of Machshava along with his classmate Avital Vorobeychik. Both students are also members of Jewish Light’s monthly Ohr Chadash teen page.

“Students in grades K-12 can submit works of art, poems or short works of fiction (500 words or less), sending powerful messages, humor and inspiration to their community “Shanker said.


EHA students will work together to edit and organize submissions as an extracurricular activity. The students plan to publish one issue of Machshava per year.

“This year, the theme we have chosen is ‘Advancing Together’. We hope that students will be inspired to share their experiences as they navigate the difficulties of the past two years,” Vorobeychik said.

Elissa Schachter is an educational advisor to the student editors of the literary magazine. She and her co-director Jackie Zitin stepped up to the students in order to give them ownership of this special project.

“The Machshava provides a wonderful opportunity for young Jewish writers and artists to showcase their unique creative talents,” Schachter said.

“This is the perfect place to post their work for the Jewish community in St. Louis to see,” Zitin added.

K-12 students from all area schools are invited to submit thoughtful and creative works in English or Hebrew, for publication in the literary magazine.

Submit original work in PDF format to [email protected]or drop it off at the main EHA office by April 29.