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David A. Adler

Author Of Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles And Yom Kippur Shortstop

David A. Adler is the author of more than 250 books for young readers,
including the popular Cam Jansen and Young Cam Jansen series, and many books on Jewish topics.
He lives in Woodmere, New York. 

See more at www.DavidAAdler.com and www.CamJansen.com

 

Chris Barash

Author of Wait! It's Friday And Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae

 

Amanda Benjamin

Author of Journey Through Jerusalem

Amanda Benjamin is a writer, freelance editor and painter whose dream, along with her own creative projects, is to establish a small gallery for emerging artists in the eclectic south Tel Aviv neighbourhood in which she is lucky enough to live.

Please visit her instagram profile: @amandacohentelaviv

 

Leah Berkowitz

Author of the upcoming collection of Torah stories for children And Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants

Rabbi Leah Berkowitz is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, PA. She is the author of two children's books: The World Needs Beautiful Things (Kar-Ben 2018) and Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants (Apples and Honey Press 2021).  Leah is currently working on a book of Torah-based stories for middle-grade readers with co-author Erica Wovsaniker (Behrman House 2022). You can find her on social media @rabbilrb or online at leahrachelberkowitz.com

 

Barbara Bietz

Author of the upcoming Apples, Apples, All Year Round!

Barbara Bietz is an award-winning author and the creator of the
website www.JewishBooksforKids.com where she interviews authors, illustrators,
editors, and more. Barbara is a former chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards
committee (Association of Jewish Libraries).

When she isn’t writing, Barbara enjoys playing guitar and building dollhouses. She lives with her family in Southern California. Visit her at www.BarbaraBietz.com.

   

Chaim Burston

Author Of Babel 

Chaim Burston is an internationally known storyteller, and a musician. He has recorded five collections of beautiful and haunting tunes entitled Jewish Mystical Melodies. Learn more at www.Rabbiburston.com.

   

Claudia Carlson

Author Of the Avi The Ambulance Series

Claudia Carlson is the original author of the Avi the Ambulance series. Avi the Ambulance and the Snowy Day is dedicated to her memory.

See more at www.claudiagraphics.com

 

Lisa Rose Chottinger

Author of Zombie Vacation

Lisa Rose is the author of Shmulik Paints the Town, the Star Powers series, and other books for children. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.

 

Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Author of I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book

Rabbi Mychal Copeland is the spiritual leader of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco.She is both a rabbi and a certified yoga instructor who fuses Jewish spirituality with movement through yoga. Mychal is passionate about leading people toward a profound spiritual life that embraces everything that they are. I Am the Tree of Life is her first children's book.

  

Debra Darvick

Author Of We Are Jewish Faces

Debra Darvick is an author, columnist, and blogger. She lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

 

Barbara Diamond-Goldin

Author Of Passover Cowboy, A Persian Princess, And Night Lights: A Sukkot Story

Barbara Diamond Goldin received the Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. She has written many distinguished books on Jewish themes, including The Best Hanukkah Ever, The World’s Birthday: A Rosh Hashanah Story, and Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale.  A former preschool teacher, language arts teacher, and writing instructor, Barbara is currently director of a public library and lives in western Massachusetts.

   

Karen Rostoker-Gruber

Author Of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match And Maddie The Mitzvah Clown

Karen Rostoker-Gruber is an award-winning children's book author 
and humorist. She has six picture books and four adult humor books 
to her name. She is also a ventriloquist and performs with Maria, 
her puppet, in schools and libraries.

See more at www.karenrostoker-gruber.com 

 

 

Bonnie Grubman

Author Of Oy Vey! Life In A Shoe And the upcoming The Desert Unicorn

Bonnie Grubman is an early childhood educator and author. She grew up with her parents, brother and sister, pet turtles, and parakeet. (It was almost as crowded as a shoe!)

Today, Bonnie lives in New York with her husband Herby.

 

Maxine Handelman

Author Of The Shabbat Angels 

Maxine Segal Handelman is the Early Childhood Education Specialist for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She is the author of Jewish Every Day, and What's Jewish about Butterflies.

 

Ayin Hillel

Author of the upcoming A Bath for Shabbat

 

Rabbi Ron Isaacs 

Author Of Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match 

Rabbi Ron Isaacs is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he has served for forty years. Currently, he is also serving as the Rabbi of Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood, New Jersey, which is the only synagogue in Cape May County on the Jersey Shore. Author of more than 100 books, his Ask the Rabbi book and website (www.rabbiron.com) keeps him busy answering an eggz-traordinary collection of questions.

 

Jaqueline Jules

Author Of the upcoming The Porrdige Pot Goblin

Jacqueline Jules is the author of 50 books for young readers including four Sydney Taylor Honor Award winners, Sarah Laughs, Benjamin and the Silver Goblet, Never Say a Mean Word Again, and Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva. Her books, The Hardest Word and Never Say a Mean Word Again were National Jewish Book Award Finalists. She is also the author of Picnic at Camp Shalom, What a Way To Start a New Year, Goodnight Sh'ma, and Once Upon a Shabbos. She lives in Long Island, New York. Visit her onlien at www.jacquelinejules.com
 

Eric A. Kimmel

Author Of Little Red Rosie, Big Sam: A Rosh Hashanah Story , Right Side Up: Adventures in Chelm, Shield of the Maccabees And the upcoming Miriam and the Sasquatch: A Rosh Hashanah Story

Eric A. Kimmel is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including the classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. He is the only author to have won the National Jewish Book Award five times—for The Chanukkah Guest, The Mysterious Guests, Wonders & Miracles, The Golem’s Latkes, and Hanukkah Bear. The Association of Jewish Libraries has awarded him the Sydney Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

Leslie Kimmelman

Author Of The Rabbi Slurps Spaghetti And Worse and Worse on Noah's Ark

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of many well-regarded picture books, including Everybody Says Shalom, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, and The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah. She is also a book editor at Sesame Workshop. Leslie lives with her family in New York, where she can often be found either snooping aroudn or slurping spaghetti.

Visit her at www.lesliekimmelman.net.

 

Rabbi Zoe Klein

Author Of The Goblins Of Knottingham

Rabbi Zoe Klein is the author of the acclaimed novel, Drawing in the Dust. She serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles.
www.zoeklein.com

 

Ann Koffsky

Author/Illustrator Of Kayla And KugelKayla And Kugel's Almost-Perfect Passover, Kayla and Kugel's Happy Hanukkah, Noah's Swim-A-ThonCreation Colors, And the upcoming Under the Sea Seder

Author Of Judah Maccabee Goes To The Doctor And Avi And The Snowy Day

Ann D. Koffsky is the author/or illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book and the Kayla and Kugel series. She lives in West Hempstead, New York.

See more at www.annkoffsky.com

 

Gloria Koster

Author of the upcoming Dance the Hora, Isadora

Gloria Koster – author of the upcoming Dance the Hora, Isadora!

A public and a school librarian, Gloria is a member of the Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education. She enjoys both city and country life, dividing her time between Manhattan and her longtime residence in the small town of Pound Ridge, NY. Gloria is the mother of three adult children and a bunch of energetic grand kids. Her previous published books include Mitzi’s Mitzvah (Kar-Ben) and Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale (Albert Whitman). Both of these titles are PJ Library selections.

Visit her at: www.gloriakoster.com

 

Stephen Krensky

Author of Hanukkah at Valley Forge (revised edition)

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than 150 fiction and nonfiction books for children, including Hanukkah at Valley Forge, which won the Sydney Taylor Gold Medal for picture books. He and his wife Joan live in Lexington, Massachusetts, and he happily spends as much time as possible with his grown children and not-so-grown grandchildren.

 

Tami Lehman-Wilzig

Author of the upcoming The Boston Chocolate Party

Tami Lehman-Wilzig is an award-winning author of 13 Jewish content picture books. Living in Israel for over four decades, she served as one of the country’s leading English language advertising copywriters for thirty-five years, creating the marketing image of numerous Israeli exporters. Now retired, she lives in Kfar Saba with her husband. While her grandchildren are in school, this busy Savta (Grandma) writes new picture book stories, creates fused glass art, and is an avid amateur photographer. When the grandchildren are on vacation or with her and Saba (Grandpa) on Friday nights, it’s a whole different story. Maybe even a book!

 

Michael Leventhal

Author of the upcoming The Chocolate King

Michael Leventhal is the co-author of Jews in Britain, author of The Chocolate King, and compiled Babka, Boulou & Blintzes: Jewish Chocolate Recipes From Around the World.  He eats a lot of chocolate and, in the years before becoming a father, ran a Jewish food charity named Gefiltefest. He is the publisher of Green Bean Books (www.greenbeanbooks.com) and Greenhill Books (www.greenhillbooks.com).
 

Debbie Levy

Author of Yiddish Saves the Day

Debbie Levy is the award-winning author of many books, including New York Times bestseller I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark; The Year of Goodbyes; and The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music. Her most recent book is Photo Ark ABC: An Animal Alphabet in Poetry and Pictures, featuring photographs by National Geographic Explorer Joel Sartore. She lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Washington, DC, with her husband.
 

Eric Lindberg

Co-Author Of Sing-Along Alef Bet

Eric Lindberg is an award winning multi-instrumentalist who brings his background in Jazz and classical music to the acoustic sounds of bluegrass and old-time music. He works alongside Doni Zasloff as musical director, songwriter, and producer on their recordings. Eric performs as part of their due, Nefesh Mountain, and in the Mama Doni Band for kids and families

 

Marc Lumer

Author/Illustrator Of Babel And American Golem: The New Adventures Of An Old World Mud Monster

Marc is an animation director and producer, and children’s book writer-illustrator. He produced the Netflix Original Series, Mighty Little Bheem, which has gathered more than 4 Billion views on Youtube, Netflix Jr. and the co-creator of the Amazon Series Kalari Kids. He has collaborated with two-time Oscar winning director, Brad Bird and on projects at Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Sonny and Disney. Marc has written and published 12 children’s books. See more of Marc's work at marc@marclumerproductions.com

 

Erica Lyons

Author of the upcoming Alone Together on Dan Street

Erica Lyons is chair of the Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society and publisher of Asian Jewish Life. She is the founder and director of PJ Library Hong Kong. She was a scholar with Genesis Philanthropy’s “Our Common Destiny” forum and is the Hong Kong delegate to World Jewish Congress. Visit her at https://www.erica-lyons.com

 

Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Author Of Fast Asleep In A Little Village In Israel And Pumpkin Pie for Sigd

Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod is the proud mother of four children (two big and two bigger). A freelance writer for magazines, newspapers, and online publications, she lives in Northern israel with her family. She loves creating stories for her children and their friends. 

Visit her at www.tzivia.com.

 

Pamela Moritz

Author of If I Lived with Noah And the upcoming If I Swam with Jonah

Pamela Moritz is a children's book writer and English teacher.  She is also the recipient of the SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award and the PJ Library Author Incentive Award for If I Lived with Noah.  When not writing or teaching, Pam can be found hiking or reading to her grandchildren.  She lives in Israel with her husband and children. 

   

DovBer Naiditch

Author Of Babel 

DovBer Naiditch has been published in numerous journals and small print collections. His short story The Angel in the House was named a notable selection in America’s Best Short Stories 2013, and he is also a writer for the Jewish video company, www.Shmideo.com.

 

Rona Milch Novick

Author of Mommy, Can You Stop the Rain? And the upcoming Daddy, Can You Tie my Shoe?

 

   

Allison Ofanansky

Author Of How It's Made: Torah ScrollHow It's Made: Matzah, How It's Made: Hanukkah Menorah And Esther Didn't Dream of Being Queen

Allison Ofanansky is an author and editor. She won the National Jewish Book Award for her picture book, The Patchwork Torah.

 

Kerry Olitzky

Author Of the upcoming The Desert Unicorn

Kerry Olitzky, named one of the fifty leading rabbis in North America by Newsweek, is the author of the Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone as well as a number of children’s books. He lives in New Jersey.

   

Rachel Ornstein Packer

Author Of Sky High Sukkah 

Rachel Ornstein Packer holds an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University and has worked in the Jewish non-profit world for many years. She is now a writer specializing in food allergies, diet, and nutrition.  Sky-High Sukkah is her first children’s book.  Rachel lives in Olney, MD.

   

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Author Of Hand In Hand

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum is an award-winning author and former special education teacher. She writes short stories, poetry, and picture books, including Trains Don't Sleep and Big Sister, Little Monster. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

   

Sylvia Rouss

Author Of King David & Akavish The SpiderA Holiday For Ari Ant, The Littlest Pair And Yosef's Dream

Sylvia Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator who created
the popular Sammy Spider books and the Littlest series.
She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. 

See more at www.sylviarouss.com 

 

Elana Rubinstein

Author of Once Upon an Apple Cake: A Rosh Hashanah Story, Starlight Soup: A Sukkot Story, And the upcoming A Donut in Time: A Hanukkah Story

Elana Rubinstein is the author of the Saralee Siegel chapter book series. Her work includes Once Upon an Apple Cake (2019 National Jewish Book Award finalist). Elana is also an early childhood educator. In her spare time, Elana enjoys drinking tea and reading fantasy books. 

   

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Author of Regina Persisted: An Untold Story, Judy Led the Way, And the upcoming Sally Opened Doors: The Story of the First Woman Rabbi

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was the first woman ordained as a rabbi by the Reconstructionist movement in the United States. She is the author of the best-selling book God's Paintbrush and many other children's books. She is rabbi emerita at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis; director of Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; and cofounder of Women4Change Indiana. She lives in Indianapolis.

   

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz

Author of Adam's Animals And Jonah's Tale of a Whale

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz is the director of The Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. He is the author of Judaism's Great Debates; Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values; Jewish Theology: A Comparative Study; and Honi the Circlemarker: Eco-Fables from Ancient Israel.

 

Carl Harris Shuman

Author of the upcoming Max Builds a Time Machine And Max and Emma Cross the Red Sea

Carl H. Shuman is a semi-retired employment law attorney who lives with his wife, Beth, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He and Beth also maintain a shoebox-size apartment in Brooklyn so that they can visit their grandchildren. Carl is the father of three children whose names all begin with the letter "S." He is also the grandfather of Jack Leo and Sonia Rose. When he is not writing stories or lawyering, he paints, gardens, and frequently leads Shabbat services at Congregation Chisuk Emuna -- which is, fortunately, only two blocks from his home in Harrisburg. Max Builds a Time Machine is PJ Library’s June 2022 selection for seven year olds. See more at www.carlshuman.com

 

Shanna Silva

Author Of Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups

Shanna Silva is the author of Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups and Passover Scavenger Hunt. She also writes leveled books for emerging readers used in schools. Her work can be found in the anthologies Multiples Illuminated I II, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and on the Jewish parenting website, Kveller. She is also a Tony award winning Broadway producer.

 

Leah Sokol

Author of the upcoming The Most Annoying Aliens Ever

Leah Sokol is the author of several books for children, including "No Day Without Torah," "The Spanish Plot," and "The King's Horse: A Purim Story." She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 

Alyson Solomon

Author of the upcoming Thank You: Modeh Ani

Rabbi Alyson Solomon is passionate about Judaism as a vibrant wisdom tradition and technology of meaning-making. “To me,” she says, “spirituality is asking questions that matter, and then living courageously in line with what I hear.” Rabbi Solomon is a courage coach, sacred maker and prayerful poet. She supports individuals, couples and companies to build, deepen and apply their own custom spiritual tool box, enriched by 4000 years of Jewish wisdom, curated by RAS. Thank You, Modeh Ani is her first published book and part of this growing spiritual tool box. Reach out at thisisRAS.com.

 

Gloria Spielman

Author Of French Toast Sundays

Gloria Spielman was born in London, grew up in the library, and has been writing ever since she can remember. She is the author of two children's biographies, Janus Korczak's Children and the award-winning Marcel-Marceau: Master of Mime.

 

Jenna Waldman

Author of the upcoming Sharkbot Shalom, Purr-im Time, And Larry's Latkes

Jenna is the author of Sharkbot Shalom, Larry’s Latkes, and Purr-im Time. She has always loved creating for children, from her playful greeting cards, her work as a toy designer, to writing stories and poetry. Jenna lives with her husband, their two boys, and three felines in Northern CA— where there is always an experiment bubbling, fort construction underway, or cats lounging in boxes. Find our more at www.jennawaldman.com

   

Elka Weber

Author Of Shimri's Big Idea

Elka Weber is the author of the award-winning picture books The Yankee at the Seder and One Little Chicken. She lives in Jerusalem and loves bringing history to life.

 

 Vicki L. Weber

Author of Hillel Takes a Bath, And the upcoming Shabbat Shalom, A New Week, Start the Day, And Time for Bed

Vicki Weber was in third grade when her first story was published and has been writing ever since. She has published numerous non-fiction works for both children and adults and is the author of the Jewish folktale collection, It's Too Crowded in Here!. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she also earned a master's degree in religious education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She lives in suburban New Jersey with her husband David and with Ivan, the black lab left behind as the kids moved on to adventurous adult lives.

 

 

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Author Of Roller Coaster Grandma, Leopold, And Crocodile, You're Beautiful

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about intimate matters on radio. She began in September of 1980 as the host of a fifteen minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight. One year later she had a live, one-hour show on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners. Her unique and open style allowed her to communicate effectively through almost every avenue available and in addition to radio, her television career spanned both broadcast and cable, books, newspapers, games, home video, and computer software. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.

 

Bill Wurtzel

Author of the upcoming In Our Teeny Tiny Matzah House

Bill Wurtzel is a visual artist who uses food as his medium. He is also a professional jazz guitarist, so improvising even with food comes naturally.  Bill was honored in 2021 by the JCC Manhattan’s Wechsler Center and FORWARD. Bill had a career as an advertising creative director and has won over 200 awards. Bill and his wife Claire conducted workshops for thousands of children and families using food art to make it fun to learn about nutrition. They also co-authored "Funny Food", "Funny Food Made Easy" (Rizzoli) and "Foodie Faces"(Little Brown)  Bill's work has been exhibited in  the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America. http://www.funnyfoodart.com
 

Claire Wurtzel

Author of the upcoming In Our Teeny Tiny Matzah House

Claire Wurtzel has been an educator for over 40 years, helping teachers work effectively with students who struggle with learning and/or behavior challenges. Claire was on the faculty of the American Museum of Natural History as well as Bank Street Graduate School, where she taught and chaired the Department of Special Education. Claire also worked with administrators, parents, psychologists, librarians, and museum educators, and continues to train teachers both nationally and internationally. Claire is Co-Educational Director of Hidden Sparks, an organization that supports teachers in Jewish Day Schools in the U.S. and Israel. https://www.hiddensparks.org
   

Jane Breskin Zalben

Author/Illustrator of Light

Jane Breskin Zalben is the author-artist for many books, including Saturday Night at the Beastro, which she created with her husband, Steven.  She lives in Long Island, New York.

   

Doni Zasloff

Co-Author Of Sing-Along Alef Bet

Doni Zasloff (Mama Doni) is an award winning singer, songwriter, and author. Her CDs and DVDs include Hanukkah FeverShabbat Shaboom, and Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party, and she also co-authored the book Get Cooking! Doni is a beloved presence on stage and tours regularly nationwide