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PW on the new CEO of JPS, Barry Schwartz

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Publisher’s Weekly reports on the Jewish Publication Society’s new CEO, Barry Schwartz:

When Barry L. Schwartz began his first job in the publishing industry on July 1, he started at the top: CEO of the 122-year-old Jewish Publication Society.

At 52, Schwartz brings an unusual yet relevant résumé to an institution known for producing scholarly as well as popular Jewish titles. A Reform rabbi, he’s served on JPS’s rabbinic advisory board as well as its editorial committee. He’s authored four books, including a widely used textbook: Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values (Behrman House, 1996). And for 25 years, he’s taught Jews as a synagogue leader.

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Maggie Anton Shares Her Top 10 Books About Jewish Women

Thursday, July 09, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Naomi at the Jewish Publication Society just started a new series on the JPS Blog, where she asks JPS authors to recommend a list of ten books related to the subject matter they’ve written about themselves. She posted her first entry today, which featured Maggie Anton. To view Maggie Anton’s top 10 books about Jewish women, please visit here.

JPS CEO/Editor-in-Chief Ellen Frankel Steps Down

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

This morning, the Jewish Publication Society announced that Ellen Frankel, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Publication Society since 1991, has decided to step down from that position August 1, 2009, to pursue her own writing and scholarly projects. Frankel will maintain her ties to JPS, working in an advisory capacity as Editor Emerita. More from the press release (if you have any questions, please contact Anita Bihovsky at 215-832-0601 or

Frankel is the first executive in the agency’s history to have served both as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer. She is also the first woman to have served as CEO.

While the JPS Board of Trustees engages in a search process, COO and Publishing Director Carol Hupping will serve as interim CEO.

“JPS has benefited both from Ellen’s scholarship and her leadership as the face of JPS for almost two decades,” said David Lerman, President of the JPS Board of Trustees. “Ellen has upheld the mantle of a great tradition in scholarship as well as leading us to the next phase of JPS’ mission to bring our content to new audiences online. We wish her every success and know she will continue to contribute to JPS’ evolution.”

Frankel’s tenure has been distinguished by an ambitious acquisitions program, which has included several major publishing projects, among them The Commentators’ Bible, a new English-language edition of the rabbinic classic, Miqra’ot Gedolot; Outside the Bible, the first Jewish anthology in English of Jewish extra-canonical texts; and Folktales of the Jews, a multi-volume collection of Jewish folktales from around the world. The latter two projects won major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Frankel’s focus as Editor-in-Chief has been to establish JPS as the premier Jewish Bible publisher in the English language. One of the cornerstones in this program has been the 1999 Hebrew-English Tanakh, containing the acclaimed JPS translation. JPS’ Bible program is currently being expanded through the Tagged Tanakh, a collaborative learning platform based on the Bible, and a new audio edition of the JPS translation.

Under Frankel’s direction, JPS has published a number of other award-winning titles, including Avivah Zornberg’s Genesis: The Beginning of Desire; Rachel Adler’s Engendering Judaism; We Are Children Just the Same: Vedem, the Secret Magazine by the Boys of Terezin; the Conservative Movement’s humash, Etz Hayim; Elliot Dorff’s Matters of Life and Death; and Menahem Elon’s Jewish Law, all of which have won National Jewish Book Awards.

Frankel, who received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, is a scholar of Jewish folklore and the author of nine books, including the forthcoming JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible. She has received Hadassah’s Myrtle Wreath Award as well as the Bernard Reisman Award in Professional Excellence from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. In addition to working as a consultant to JPS, she plans to devote time to writing and lecturing.

JPS is the oldest nonprofit, multi-denominational publisher of Jewish works written in English. The organization celebrated its 120th Anniversary in November 2008. For more information, please visit

JPS title on WSJ’s Best-Sellers List for Fiction

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone

Jewish Publication Society‘s Terrible Things, Eve Bunting’s illustrated children’s Holocaust allegory, is #9 on the Wall Street Journal’s Best-Sellers List. Read more here.