Fall Ideas 2014

Reveal your inner writer by submitting to Fresh Ink for Teens.

Fresh Ink for Teens (FIT) is a platform to showcase the work of Jewish teens. The benefits of FIT include the freedom of writing outside the constraints of school; the joy of seeing your words published in a respected website; and a reading audience of thousands. Plus who can resist? It looks great for college. 

You can write about anything but you must include something Jewish or Israel-related in your content. For example, if you’re a movie buff write a review of a film with a Jewish theme or actors. If you’re a foodie tell the readers about some kosher food trends or amazing new restaurants. FIT should reflect the interests, passions and ideas of Jewish teens so tell me what’s on your mind. FIT is a project of The Jewish Week, New York City’s largest Jewish newspaper. 

Send your pitches to Shira Vickar-Fox, the editor of FIT. I’m here to turn your ideas and inspirations into well-crafted articles. If you’re stumped, here are some suggested topics for the fall:

Thanksgiving/Chanukah/ Christmas  How does your family observe the holidays? Do you celebrate Christmas and Chanukah in your home? Do you enjoy feeling a part of American traditions? Do you secretly enjoy Christmas music? How should Chanukah be observed?

Ice Bucket Challenge  Did you participate this summer?  Was it a silly trend or did it teach people about the importance of tzedakah (charity)?

Go Green This is a shmita year in Israel. It happens every seven years and means the land cannot be farmed. Care to learn more about this fascinating cycle in Jewish law? How does this occurrence impact teens? Use this timely hook to write about environmentalism. 

College  It’s SAT/ACT and college application time. Are you willing to be a pioneer and go to a school building a Jewish presence on campus? What’s important to you in your college search? Do you and your parents share the same priorities?

ShabbosAapp   A new app has been developed that allows people to use their smart phones on Shabbat. Do you think this is kosher? Do you think the app is vital for teens or does it take away from the spirit of the day?

DIY Are you handy or crafty? Did you make your own tallit? Have a delicious challah recipe to share? Give the readers tips on how to make an attractive Shabbat table or unique Sukkot decorations.

People Of The Book What are you reading these days? How do movie versions compare with the books? For example—anyone see “The Giver” and read the book? Is there a Jewish message in “The Fault In Our Stars”?  

New school this year? Changes in your family? Have you sworn off facebook forever? Think about styles, trends, phases, gadgets, pet peeves and nuisances. They’re all concepts worthy of FIT.