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Who are JCBC Authors?

Bracha Goetz

Bracha Goetz is the author of over 30 Jewish picture books that can be found online here.  Her books make life's deepest concepts clear - in a delightfully simple way.   She can be contacted for presentations at  

Peshie Needleman

Peshie Needleman has been writing for magazines such as Mishpacha, Binah, Lifestyle, and The Front Page for twenty years. Her biweekly humor column in The Front Page and her monthly High Dive column in Binah help her find meaning (and some belly laughs!) in her everyday routine.

Judith Mesch  

Judith Mesch  tries to keep learning about doing mitzvos just like the little boy in her story.  She is the author of A Little Gallows Humor, Tzittering in Golus, and other occasional light verse, of children's poems including I'm Not Afraid of the Vacuum Cleaner, What Do Squirrels Do When it Rains, and The Glove Tree, and The Strange and Wonderful Cornfield, A Circle of Frogs, and The Man Who Painted Rainbows (Twenty or Less Press 20011, 2012, 2013 ), a series of three mildly magical children's books.  

H.R. Lederfeind

H.R. Lederfeind is a Brooklyn based mother, grandmother and writer. She wrote this book based on the real life occurrence of a young girl baking cupcakes for her granddaughter's kiddish! This is her first children's book and we are looking forward to her next work.

Mindy Rafalowitz

Mindy Rafalowitz has published seven children's books in Hebrew which Israeli children have been enjoying for many years. "Lefties are Alright" can finally be enjoyed by English speakers as well. Check out her new cookbook “Take it easy!”  with close to 150 gluten-free, deliciously easy recipes and tips for Pesach and all year around!

Yehudis Litvak

Yehudis Litvak lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She has been writing since an early age, and her work has been published in Hamodia, Binah, Jewish Press, Jewish Home LA, and Tachlis Magazine. While she writes both fiction and non-fiction, her passion is teaching Torah through literature, and she regularly updates her blog at with book lists and reading recommendations.

Shulem Yosef & Shanie Lieberman

Shulem Yosef & Shanie Lieberman, of Brooklyn, NY, have been published by several newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Press and Inyan Magazine.  They enjoy writing fiction and non-fiction in a format that promotes Torah values.   Pirate B.T., the story of Pirate Joe, is their first children’s book.  It is the first of a trilogy series based on the fictional and adventurous tale of a young baal teshuva.    

Menucha Chana Levin

Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Menucha Chana Levin has lived in Jerusalem with her family for over twenty years. 'My Recycled Brother', inspired by her own children, is her sixth book. 

Aviva Werner

Aviva Werner writes fiction and nonfiction for adults and children of all ages. She has published ten books for children (including Gila's Gemach, Around the Clock, and Gavriel's Storm) and countless magazine articles. Her own book gemach served as the inspiration for her newest release, Gila's Gemach.

Rochel Burstyn

Rochel Burstyn is a transplanted Aussie living in Detroit. Her two JCBC-published books brings her published works up to 8; her other picture books include Where are my shoes? (Judaica Press), Pinny the Peanut Learns About Allergies (Feldheim) and Wally the Worm Learns about Kosher (Judaica Press). Besides writing, Rochel's hobbies include spending time with her children,  consuming chocolate and winning the lottery (OK, she hasn't quite done that last one yet, but she hopes to one day and is sure it will be very fun and exciting when she does!).

Tova Younger

Tova Younger, born to holocaust survivors, attended Bruriah in Elizabeth NJ and seminary in Israel, and then earned a computer degree. That career was dropped in favor of raising a family while working part time in the family candy business in Los Angeles. During her 'Bubby with a baby' years she moved to Eretz Yisroel and became a writer and speaker. Her book, Hands-on How-to’s for the Home and Heart is an entertaining and very practical collection of tips – for day-to-day life and spiritual growth as well. 

M.C. Millman

M.C. Millman is the author of 42 novels and prolific writer contributing to countless magazines and publications, as well as weekly Hamodia columnist. She has delivered writing workshops around the world to schools, libraries, and groups of all ages - in person and via email.  Reach out to her at

Nechami Friedman

Nechami Friedman wrote Incredible as an 11-year-old student at Bais Yaakov Adas Yereim.  Although this is her first book to be published, she has been writing stories for as long as she can remember.  Nechami lives with her parents, brothers  and sister in the Kensington section of Brooklyn, New York.