Dr. Ellen Frankel served for eighteen years as Editor in Chief and CEO of The Jewish Publication Society. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton.
She is the author of eleven books, including The Classic Tales; The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols; The Five Books of Miriam; The Jewish Spirit; and The Illustrated Hebrew Bible. With Rabbi Goldie Milgram, she co-edited two volumes of Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning; and was a contributor to Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel, and Quran, edited by Brian Arthur Brown.
Dr. Frankel has published three books for young people. Her JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible, won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award.
Dr. Frankel travels widely as a storyteller, lecturer, and scholar-in-residence.
Several of Frankel’s portraits of biblical women were set to music by Andrea Clearfield in her oratorio, Women of Valor, commissioned by Hadassah of Southern California and premiered by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in 2000. She and Clearfield later added a new piece, “Hagar.” She was also commissioned to write the libretto for Clearfield’s oratorio, The Golem Psalms, which premiered in Philadelphia in 2006. Dr. Frankel’s first opera, Slaying the Dragon, with music by Michael Ching, had its world premiere in Philadelphia in 2012. Her second opera, The Triangle Fire, premiered in New York in 2017. Her next work, Beyond the Binary, with Andrea Clearfield, about robots, artificial intelligence, and gender, will premiere in Philadelphia in Spring 2022.
Dr. Frankel is currently at work on a new series, The Jerusalem Mysteries, featuring Israeli intelligence agent, Maya Rimon. The first two books, The Deadly Scrolls and The Hyena Murders, will be published in 2022.
Dr. Frankel lives in Florida and Maine with her husband. She has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Ellen Frankel’s Books
The Classic Tales
The Deadly Scrolls, Ellen Frankel (pre-order drops in May 2022)
The Hyena Murders, Ellen Frankel (book 2 of The Jerusalem Mysteries, drops November 2022)
Children’s Bible, Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, A Woman’s Commentary on the Five Books of Moses
Dov Noy, Jewish Virtual Library, Hebrew stories of refugees to Israel after WW II, Ellen working on publishing those stories Librettist for composer, Andrea Clearfield, (Facebook, Apple Music) Opera, Women of Valor, based on Ellen’s book, The Five Books of Miriam
Robert Ludlum, Author, The Bourne Identity series.
Beyond the Binary Opera about AI, Robots, and Gender with the Mendelssohn Choir, Philadelphia, PA
Slaying the Dragon Opera Philadelphia, based on “Not by the Sword”, (author) to be revived by Michael Ching in 2023
Opera based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Patchakanak, Peruvian Folk Tale (check spelling)
Opera Philadelphia, David Davan
Folk tales of Western Africa, Uncle Remus stories, Native American Tales, The Illiad, The Odyssey
The Space Between Time, Lucinda Sage-Midgorden
Elizabeth George, mystery author
Migrations, Charlotte Mcconaghy
Finding the Mother Tree, Susanne Sigard
Overstory, Richard Power
Robert Crummey, Bedlam, etc.
Louise Penny, author, Inspector Gamache series
Daniel Silva, author Gabriel Allon series
Ann Cleeves, author The Two Rivers series
Code Breaker, Steve Jobs, Walter Issacson
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
Apeirogon: A Novel, Colum McCann
Caste, Isabel Wilkerson
H is for Hawk, Helen Mcdonald
Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings series
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist
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