Jessica Fishman

Having grown up in a Midwestern Jewish and Zionist family, Jessica Fishman moved to Israel after graduating from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and business. She spent her first few years in the country serving in the Israel Defense Forces, learning the Hebrew language, and getting acclimated to the country. Jessica has written a […] Read More

Leora-Freedman

Leora Freedman

Leora Freedman is a writer of literary fiction. Her characters attempt to find meaning in Judaism, relate to the State of Israel, and live as Jews while fully engaged in the wider world. Her first novel, The Ivory Pomegranate (Gefen Publications, Israel), is about a group of graduate students who confront their own heritage amidst […] Read More

Amy Ariel

Amy Ariel

Growing up on a horse farm west of Saint Louis, Amy Ariel wandered through her after-school and weekend hours climbing trees, walking creek beds, and making up stories. After moving to St. Louis she graduated from Parkway North Senior High School in 1993, and Grinnell College in 1997 with a BA in History. Working at […] Read More

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz was born and raised in Southern California. She received both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in education from the University of Arizona. Barbara is the immediate past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She conducts writer's workshops for adults and children and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, […] Read More

Sheyna Galyan

Sheyna Galyan

Sheyna Galyan is a two-time National Indie Excellence Award finalist and author of the Rabbi David Cohen suspense series set in Minneapolis. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online, and her essays and articles have appeared in national and local publications. She graduated from the St. Paul Police Department's Citizens' Police Academy […] Read More

Martha Rast

Martha Rast

Martha Rast was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN in spite of her intolerance to cold weather. She was fortunate to attend both The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she studied for her BFA in Painting and Drawing, and her professional certificate in Art […] Read More

Sylvia Rouss

Sylvia Rouss

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books. Even with her success as an author, Sylvia has not given up what she loves most, teaching. She is currently a preschool teacher in Los Angeles, and says that she is "inspired by the children […] Read More

Yael Unterman

Yael Unterman

Yael Unterman grew up in the UK and now resides in Jerusalem. After attending an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish high school, she moved to Israel to pursue advanced Torah studies, and went on to earn a BA in Psychology and advanced degrees in Jewish History and Creative Writing. She lectures worldwide and has published in a variety […] Read More

Janice Weizman

Janice Weizman

Janice Weizman was born in Toronto and moved to Israel at the age of nineteen. She holds a degree in Social Work from Hebrew University as well as a Masters in Creative Writing from Bar-Ilan University, where she founded and continues to act as managing editor of The Ilanot Review, a literary journal affiliated with the […] Read More

Anita White

Anita White

Anita White is an award-winning artist and a native of Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has been an elementary school art teacher for 30 years. In 2009 she co-founded a local art crawl with painter and graphic designer Bob Schmitt, which you can read more about at […] Read More

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