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Welcome to, now owned and operated by the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, where you can contact Jewish book authors by name, location, or genre. lists only authors who have agreed to participate, with authors themselves providing their contact information, book titles, lecture topics, and areas of travel.

Author Partners

Ron Arons (The Jews of Sing Sing) lives in Oakland California, where he is an acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York's Lower East Side. Winner of a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives, Arons gives multimedia presentations on Jewish criminals, Jewish genealogy, and the use of computers in research. His talks include "The Jews of Sing Sing," "Putting the Flesh on the Bones: My Journey of Researching My Own Ancestral Past (and the Trouble I Found)," "The Men Behind the Flamingo Hotel: Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky," and "Best-Bet Websites for Genealogical Research." Arons is willing to travel anywhere if his expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email him at or visit his website

Esther Cohen (Book Doctor, Don't Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies, God is a Tree: Middle-Aged Prayers, and No Charge for Looking) lives in New York City where she is Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the national non-profit cultural program of New York's union for health care workers. Winner of a Pure Visionary Award for a photographic project she initiated to give cameras and photography lessons to working men and women across the country, Cohen is a storyteller and humorist who gives talks on "Good Jewish Stories," "Jews and Books," and "Middle-Aged Prayers." She is willing to travel anywhere within commuting distance of New York City, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email Cohen at or visit her website

Steven J. Harper (Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold) is an atttorney and adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Northwestern University's School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. In his talks, he shares the story of Richard Leopold, a secular Jew who overcame widespread anti-Semitism to become one of the country's most respect historians; as a professor at Harvard and Northwestern, Leopold shaped students who would later become famous, such as Senator George McGovern and journalist Georgie Anne Geyer. Harper is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email him at or visit his website

Amy Hirshberg Lederman (To Life: Jewish Reflections on Everyday Living and One God, Many Paths: Finding Meaning and Inspiration in Jewish Teachings) lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is syndicated columnist, educator, and national public speaker. Winner of an Arizona Book Award and several American Jewish Press Association Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Commentary, Lederman gives talks on leadership development, community building/philanthropy, Jewish ethics, and family education. She is willing to travel to Europe, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and anywhere in the U.S. Contact Lederman through her website

Tami Lehman-Wilzig (Keeping the Promise: A Torah's Journey, Mayer Aaron Levi and His Lemon Tree, Passover Around the World, and Tasty Bible Stories: A Menu of Tales & Matching Recipes) lives in Petach Tikva, Israel, where she is an English advertising copywriter. Winner of the International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award and the New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award, Lehman-Wilzig gives interactive presentations of her books for ages 6-10. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, from September, 2008, through May, 2009, she is willing to travel along the East Coast, from Maine to Florida, and to other parts of the U.S. if she can combine appearances. To arrange a program, email Lehman-Wilzig at or visit her website

Nancy Rips (Seder Stories: Passover Thoughts on Food, Family, and Freedom), lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where she is a bookseller and talks regularly about new books on radio and the CBS-TV affiliate. A performer as well, she gives heartfelt and humorous talks. "So You're Having a Seder This Year" is a talk about all kinds of Seders, from Broadway Seders to Seders in a governor's mansion, a zoo getting ready for Passover, even a Seder for 200 people. "Everything I Learned in Life I Learned from Books, and a Few Side Trips to Bloomingdales" is all about Jewish women and their lives seen through the eyes of books. Nancy is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, email her at or visit her website

Ronna Wineberg (Second Language) lives in New York City, where she is Senior Fiction Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. Winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Wineberg gives readings from her book and a talk in which she discusses how being Jewish affects the lives and choices of her characters. In a second talk entitled "Second Language: Forging a Partnership Between Literature and Medicine," she refers to stories in the book about aging and illness, and discusses the importance of literature to medicine and the need for empathy between doctor and patients. Wineberg is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact her by email at or visit her website

Writer's Digest magazine selected, created by literary agent Anna Olswanger in 2007, as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers for 2009. To participate in, contact Bob Goldfarb, president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.

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