Call to Authors

From Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz, JPS Director

With the early success of two emerging series, we are seeking additional authors for future volumes and series.

I share the prospective titles for these series in the hopes that you may be interested in authoring a volume or know of colleagues who might be. Some of the prospective titles have contracts pending; others are open, and new suggestions are welcome.

These volumes are aimed at the educated lay reader, older teen and undergraduate students.

We remain committed to our mission to enhance Jewish literacy while embracing creativity. Learn more about our response to recent changes in the Jewish publishing world in this September 2016 letter.

I’m eager to hear from you. I can be reached at

The JPS Anthologies of Jewish Thought

A ten-volume series encompassing comprehensive works on the denominations of modern Judaism and other important schools of thought, will feature the presentation of key primary sources with commentary. View recently published books in this series.

Prospective titles:
Conservative Judaism
Reconstructionist Judaism
Jewish Feminism
Prophetic Judaism

The JPS Essential Judaism Series

A ten-volume series intended to provide a source-rich survey of key themes in Jewish thought for use in adult education and undergraduate studies. View recently published books in this series.

Prospective titles:
Thinking about God
Thinking about Good and Evil
Thinking about Life and Death
Thinking about Repentance
Thinking about Prayer
Thinking about Love
Thinking about Justice
Thinking about Charity
Thinking about Integrity
Thinking about the Chosen People

The JPS Daily Inspiration Series

This series will present the wisdom of classic and modern works of Judaism in a bold new way: excerpts and commentary that follow the cycle of the weekly Torah portion and Jewish Year.

Prospective titles:
A Year with the Torah
A Year with the Prophets
A Year with the Wisdom Writers
A Year with the Talmud
A Year with the Midrash
A Year with Kabbalah
A Year with Maimonides
A Year with Abraham Joshua Heschel
A Year with Martin Buber
A Year with Mordecai Kaplan

The JPS Daily Series in Jewish Intellectual History

A ten-volume collection of innovative works intended to address the general sweep of Jewish history in novel ways, and to provide highly readable surveys of specific eras in the Jewish saga.

Prospective titles:
Hellenism and Judaism
The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism
The Medieval Jewish World
The Jewish Christian Encounter
The Jewish Muslim Encounter
The Birth of Modern Judaism
Controversies in American Judaism
Controversies in Modern Israel and Zionism
Great Cities in Jewish History
A People’s History of Judaism

View a full list of works in progress here.

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