Yael Unterman was born in Jerusalem, Israel.

She grew up in Manchester, England, and returned to Israel at the age of 18. In addition to spending several years on advanced Torah studies, she earned a BA in Psychology/Talmud (Bar-Ilan University), and Masters degrees in Jewish History (Touro College) and Creative Writing (Bar-Ilan University).

 The many hats she wears include:

  • Poet
  • Author
  • Actress
  • Life Coach
  • Teacher & Lecturer
  • Translator & Editor                                                                
  • Bibliodrama Facilitator
  • Coordinator, Cardozo Academy Think Tank

Her first book is Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Urim Publications), a biography of the legendary Torah teacher. Finalist in the 2009 National Jewish Book Awards, Modern Jewish Thought category. 

Her second book The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing (Yotzeret Publishing) is a collection of fictional tales of young Jews searching for love, spiritual connection and identity. Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards, Religious Fiction category.

Yael lectures regularly around the world. Go to her lectures page to see what's on offer.

 

UPDATES: 

#  Recent feedback on a Bibliodrama workshop: "Thanks again for yesterday's session. It was rich in ideas, concepts, and educational wisdom. As you saw, the students were most engaged in the bibliodramas and gained much from this experience. Several mentioned how they are keen to experiment with this approach in their educational work." (Hebrew U course)

#  The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing. Ebook and paperback available, click here for details and ordering.

You can read some stories online - "Ged and God" (excerpted from a longer story) in Ilanot Review, and "Glove" on Jewishfiction.net.

# Article on Nehama Leibowitz in Torah and Western Thought published by YU's Straus Center, now out.

# Latest book review, The Gate of Tears in the Jerusalem Post

# Times of Israel Blog Posts

# רות שדרשה  a modern Midrash on Ruth, due to be published in Dirshuni Volume II along with two other "midrashim." 

# The poem "Whitewash" inspires Scottish painter Arie Vardi. Click here for his painting "White Wash."

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