The book has been written by a diverse range of awesome Jewish women from across the globe. They are:
Julie Apfel grew up in London, studied at LSE and is a graduate of the Susie Bradfield Educators Fellowship. She teaches at the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning; the London School of Jewish Studies; and JW3. In her day job she produces advertising campaigns, websites, videos and marketing materials, working as a copywriter, editor and communications consultant.
Nicola Behrman is a writer, motivational speaker and soul-centered life coach living in Los Angeles. She leads a monthly new moon fire ceremony, supports others in identifying and living into their dreams, and believes deeply in the power of wish-making.
Claire Berliner is a writer, editor, puppetmaker and was, once upon a time, a batmitzvah girl. She lives in rural Devon where she and her husband are Centre Directors of Totleigh Barton, a residential creative writing centre owned by leading UK writing charity, Arvon.
Rebecca Guber is currently the Director and Founder of Asylum Arts. She has worked with artists for 15 years, and before Asylum Arts was the Founding Director of the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Over the past 10 years, Rebecca has built a community of artists exploring Jewish ideas and identity through fellowship commissions for new work, international retreats, and professional development. Rebecca has also worked at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and founded the Shpatzirin Festival. Rebecca lives in utopian Brooklyn where she spends her time quilting, raising bees, shopping at farmer’s markets, drinking artisanal whiskey and watering her terrarium several times a day.
Natalie Barnett is passionate about alternative forms of education and has overseen projects ranging from storytelling around HIV/AIDS, developing a school readiness programme in disadvantaged schools, to coordinating the Brundibár Project for the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. She pursues her thirst for Jewish learning at the Florence Melton School of Adult Education, the Professional’s Beit Midrash Cape Town Torah Learning Program, The Cape Town Jewish Learning Institute, Sinai Indaba and Limmud. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa and also loves bird watching, art-making and meditation, and is fascinated that what we learn in Tanach and Talmud is still completely relevant today!
Cindy Katz grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Ra’anana Israel with her husband and twin girls. She works as a freelance writer and in media for Rabbis for Human Rights.
Naomi Less is a rock musician, musical leader and educator. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she has dedicated her life to putting out music and programming that promotes the full inclusion of un-objectified girls and women in Jewish Rock Music – and all music for that matter.
Ever since learning for her Bat Mitzvah that took place in Israel, Lauren has been passionate about Women learning Torah and Israel! She lives with her husband Rabbi Eli in London UK, with their four children. Lauren created a Bat Mitzvah programme in her synagogue over a decade ago, and has continued to be involved in various bat mitzvah courses ever since then. She looks forward to her two girls, Rachel who is 7, and Chani who is 5, celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs in a few years!
Ariella Levy was born and raised on farmland in Pennsylvania. Ariella discovered the beauty of Torah and Judaism through mystical teachings, experiencing Shabbat filled with song and soulful prayer, and meeting observant Jews with inpsiring lives. Ariella studied at Nishmat Women’s Seminary, is a graduate of the Susie Bradfield Educators Fellowship, and holds a BA in education and pyschology.
Rachel Mars is a performance maker, borrowing from theatre, live art and comedy. Her work is about coping, about the idiosyncratic constructs that surround social interactions, about cultural habits and about inheritance. Over the past couple of years Rachel has interrogated some ‘big’ subjects – envy, humour, rage, pop/politics and gender. Her portfolio includes a pop-up choir singing found and collected texts; the mashing together of Margaret Thatcher’s top ten speeches with chronologically matched pop hits by female artists; and arming small children with hammers, playing them Motorhead and inviting them to smash up her dad’s terrible pottery creations. Rachel’s work has been performed all over the UK and at festivals around the world.
Shlomit Naim Naor
Shlomit Naim-Naor is a Jewish Educator, Poet and a Feminist. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Ben Gurion University, and a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the Hebrew University. She was the Jewish Agency Shlicha to London, and currently works at Makom- the Jewish agency`s content unit. Shlomit is an international speaker on the subjects of Jewish learning, Israeli Poetry and Gender, and co-translated to English Admiel Kosman’s anthology “Aproaching You in English”. She lives in Jerusalem with Nissimmi and their two daughters Aviya Tzhali and Maayan Miriam.
Alicia Jo Rabins
Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher based in Portland Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. (www.aliciajo.com)
Adina Roth is a clinical pyschologist and Jewish educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She founded and teaches at B’tocham education, an after- school Hebrew and Jewish Studies programme to prepare Jewish teens for their coming of age. She is interested in using Jewish tradition and exploring creative innovations to help usher girls and boys towards a more mature, embodied sense of Jewish adulthood.
Lindsay Simmonds is currently working towards her PhD at the LSE, London. She studied at Nishmat – The Centre for Advanced Women’s Torah Study and was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Israel. She is a graduate of the Susie Bradfield Educators Fellowship and is currently an associate faculty member at the London School of Jewish Studies. Lindsay is a member of the Cambridge Co- Exist Leadership Programme promoting friendship between faith leaders in the UK. She lectures widely on Judaism, gender and feminism. She lives with her husband and five children in London.
Jack Slater is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Nottingham. In late Summer 2013 he graduated with First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Graphic Design at the University of Lincoln. He likes making stuff, hand drawn type, and mid-century modern design. You can see some of his work at jackslater.co.uk
Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Teaching Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, and also edits and translates books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She is currently finishing a part- time PhD at UCL, investigating the religious lives of Orthodox Jewish women in contemporary London. True to her archaeological background, she enjoys hobbies related to prehistoric technology, including knitting and spinning!
Jane Tobin Green
Previously an editor and writer, Jane now teaches the Alexander Technique. An obsessive family cook, her Thursday and Friday pupils are accosted by the aroma of pickling cucumbers, bubbling salt beef and rising challah. She has achieved her self-imposed goal to bake what she sees is the perfect challah and now gives regular demonstrations to friends and community.
Abbi Waxman wasn’t born Jewish, but it was destined to be. Born in England, Abbi moved to the U.S. after college, and married a Jewish American guy. Their 3 daughters are being raised as Jews, and gradually Abbi was drawn to Judaism, appreciating its simplicity, intelligence and love of a good family meal. She converted in 2009. She is a writer, and lives with her three kids, three dogs, three cats, nine chickens (and her patient husband, David) in Los Angeles, CA.
Jude Williams is the Chief Executive of Tzedek, the Jewish community’s response to global poverty. Always a Jewish educator and organisational builder, Jude has worked and studied in Israel and the UK. She has four children which turn out to be her greatest Jewish educational project of all.