profile-rdbm  A life long reader and food lover, Rabbi Deborah Miller founded Books and Blintzes hoping to share her enthusiasm for the worlds of Jewish literature and cuisine. Understanding that the creative arts are one of the fundamental ways in which people express their connection to Judaism and that our diversity is one of the greatest gifts of the Jewish community, Rabbi Miller expanded Books and Blintzes to include all forms of art, and is devoted to the inclusion of voices from across the Jewish world. Rabbi Miller was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2011 and is a Board Certified Chaplain. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

Guest Contributors:

2011_poster2_150x150 Erica Shultz Yakovetz is a graphic designer and Judaica artist, as well as a musician, wife to Aaron and mom to Aria. After almost 25 years in Boston and NYC, she moved back to her native Northwest Indiana in April 2014. Most of her artwork is available from her Etsy shop, Schultz Yakovetz Judaica, or her Zazzle store. She also does custom work, including invitations and ketubahs. She sporadically writes about her design projects and other ideas at Follow her on Twitter or Pinterest.

5 thoughts on “Contributors”

  1. Hello Rabbi Miller, I discovered Books and Blintzes via the Jewish Book Carnival. I just published a book that might be of interest to you, and per your instructions on the Currently Reading / Upcoming Reading page, I’d like suggest it, but I don’t know if you want authors sending recommendations of their own books. Perhaps that should come from a reader instead? Please advise me on how best to proceed. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your question!
      I love to hear about new books. The best way for authors to recommend their own books is to use the Guest Contributors form – this way you can share more about your book and we can figure out how best to showcase your work on Books and Blintzes.

      1. Please confirm you received my December 8th reply. If I don’t hear back, I’ll attempt to re-send it, but my posts don’t seem to be arriving.

      2. Hello Rabbi Miller,
        Thanks for your reply to message. I sent more information on November 23rd, but haven’t had a response. Just in case, I am re-sending it on December 8th.

        I’m wondering if my recently published book, “Turning Homeward:
        Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild,” might be a good fit for Books and Blintzes. “Turning Homeward” is my story as a Jewish newcomer to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, actually) who discovers a sense of home by restoring the nature that is close to our lives. Thorny issues of urban nature and its restoration are tied to explorations of tikkun olam and other Jewish themes.

        You can find 5-star reader reviews on Amazon
        and Goodreads

        Also, High Country News recently placed it on their 2017 recommended reading list (

        The High Country News and other links can be a bit quirky, but these pages do exist. Let me know if you need me to re-send the links.

        Thank you for considering “Turning Homeward”.

        I look forward to hearing from you,


        Adrienne Ross Scanlan /
        Nonfiction Editor, Blue Lyra Review (
        Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (Mountaineer Books, September 2016)

        “Nothing bad ever happens to a writer. Everything is material.”
        – Garrison Keillor

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