Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
October 15, 2017 is the firm and final date for submissions to the anthology of vignettes provisionally titled "Wisdom of Reb Zalman.”

If you have an experience of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l, that you’d like to share in a one page vignette (up to 3 vignettes, one per page) and haven’t yet done so, now is the time! 

Over one hundred pieces have arrived to date, and the jurying process is underway.
For submissions, criteria and author rights, e-mail Rabbi Shohama Wiener, co-editor,     

This is a juried volume by award-winning Reclaiming Judaism Press, so your name will be removed before your piece is reviewed but your name and bio will appear on your piece in the final publication. This book is for general public reading, so be careful to define Hebrew, Yiddish, or Yinglish terms. 

Editorial team: Goldie Milgram and Shohama Wiener [Eds] with Rachel Barenblatt, Yaakov Gabriel, Micha-el Esformes, and Arthur Kurzweil.


1. Submissions will be peer-reviewed with your name removed before the jury sees and decides on which piece(s) to include. Submission is no guarantee of publication, though we are open to publishing more than one submission by any given author. 

2. About one page is best  in *.doc, *.docx, or *.rtf.

3. With each submission also include your bio, no longer than 100 words. This word count does not include your name and you can also add one website. Part of the goal is for people to seek you out and learn from you as part of Reb Zalman's legacy.

3. Submissions will be accepted no later than October 15, 2017 to 
 Daniella Forstater at We have asked her to remove contributing author names before forwarding them to the jury. (Be sure to use a substitute name when talking about yourself in your story) 

4. No fiction, nor poetry, nor praise, nor eulogies will be included. Bring your reader into the experience with Reb Zalman, don't talk "about him."
    Note:  An example story is available here.

5. Works previously published in books that are in print will not be accepted. You retain the right to republish any piece accepted into this volume so long as you cite this volume as the first point of publication. [First published in ___________________, NY: New Rochelle. Reclaiming Judaism Press, 2016.]

6. Submissions must be of sound literary style with all sources cited.

Note: It is fine and recommended for you to secure editorial assistance before sending in your piece(s). Please provide appropriate credit to those who assist you.

7. As full and complete compensation, contributing authors will receive discounts on purchases of this volume. No free copies will be available.

8. Profits from book sales will be shared equally by the ordination scholarship programs at Reclaiming Judaism and ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

9. Our editorial board for this project is: Goldie Milgram and Shohama Wiener (Eds) with Rachel Barenblat, Robert Esformes, Rodger Kamenetz, and Arthur Kurzweil.

Books and resources created by Reclaiming Judaism Press have been honored by the National Jewish Book Awards, the National Jewish Book Council and featured at the Jewish Futures Conference.

This publishing house was founded by Rabbi Goldie Milgram under the supervision and guidance of Reb Zalman, z'l, Rabbi Judith Abrams, z'l, Arthur Kurzweil and Ellen Frankel. 

Our focus is the emerging field of Jewish Spiritual Education so that those we serve are supported to love life, respect life and choose life.

As a matter of policy Reclaiming Judaism Press welcomes and incorporates submissions by students and teachers from across the full spectrum of Jewish life and learning.