Call For Submissions: The Wisdom of Reb Zalman

November 5, 2014 - 9:24pm - January 15, 2018 - 9:24pm

We heard you cry out to us in the wilderness: "We need more time!" Accordingly the new written submissions due date for the juried volume "The Wisdom of Reb Zaman" Schachter-Shalomi is the end of 2016. True quotes, vignettes, stories, ritual moments, his advocacy for feminism, tikkun olam, neo-hassidism, and other highlights from your transcriptions of his teachings that illuminate Reb Zalman's ways of being in the world are invited, up to 1800 words. jpg images of Reb Zalman facilitating ritual, teaching, caring, davenning, etc., are helpful, as well.
     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. Send submissions to Publishing Coordinator: Daniella Forstater at Up to three submissions will be considered per person. Editorial team: Goldie Milgram and Shohama Wiener [Eds] with Rachel Barenblatt, Micha-el Esformes, Rodger Kamenetz and Arthur Kurzweil.


1. Submissions will be peer-reviewed with contributing author names 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. Up to 1800 words max. per piece, double-spaced in *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf.

3. With each submission also include your bio, no longer than 100 words. This word count does not include your name, 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 taken on a rolling review basis
 and all entries must be sent to our assistant at Reclaiming Judaism Press, 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, no eulogies will be included. Bring your reader into the experience with Reb Zalman, don't talk "about him."
    Note:  An example story appears at this colorful hyperlink.

5. Works previously published in copyrighted volumes will not be accepted, items that appeared in local newspapers or on websites/blogs will be considered. 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. Revenue 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, Yaakov Gabriel, Rodger Kamenetz, and Arthur Kurzweil.n
Books and resources created by Reclaiming Judaism Press have been honored by the National Jewish Book Awards and the National Jewish Book Council.

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.