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Open My Lips, Ben Yehuda Press (Teaneck, NJ), 2016. ISBN 978-1-934730-48-5.

Toward Sinai: Omer Poems, Velveteen Rabbi Press, 2016. ISBN 978-1-508715-15-3

Waiting to UnfoldPhoenicia Publishing (Montreal), 2013. ISBN 978-1-927496-02-2.

70 FacesPhoenicia Publishing (Montreal), 2011. ISBN 0986690910. “The Akedah Cycle,” a series of poems in this collection, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2011.



See Me: Elul Poems, Velveteen Rabbi Press, 2015.

April Dailies, Velveteen Rabbi Press, 2014.

Through, a collection of poems arising out of miscarriage, 2009. Available as an at-cost chapbook from Lulu or a free download here at my blog.

chaplainbook, Laupe House Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4116-9590-0.

What Stays, Bennington Writing Seminars Alumni Chapbook Series, 2002.

the skies here, Pecan Grove Press (San Antonio, TX), 1995. ISBN 1-877603-31-7. Currently out of print.

Poems in Anthologies

“Eating Like Canaanites” published in Holding True: An Anthology of Berkshire Poets, Mad River Press (Richmond, MA), 1999.

“Stacking Wood” published in The Best of Pif Magazine Off-Line, Fusion Press, 2000.

“November” published in Crossing Paths: An Anthology of Poems by Women, Mad River Press, 2002.

“Christmas at the Ranch” published in Is This Forever , Or What? Poems and Paintings from Texas, Greenwillow Books, 2004.

“So Powerful Much” published in Inklings, Vol. I, Inkberry, 2004.

“What We Learn at Readings,” “How It Is For Me,” “Bird Call,” “Can,” and “Elegy” published in Cyber Collaboration, Author House, 2004.

“Psalm for Tuesday,” “The Old Year,” “Everywhere,” “Aninut,” “Longing” published in Brilliant Coroners, Laupe House Press, 2007.

“In the Same Key” appears in Before There Is Nowhere to Stand, ed. Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler, Lost Horse Press, 2012.

“El Shaddai (Nursing Poem)” will appear in The Poet’s Quest For God, ed. Oliver V. Brennan and Todd Swift, Eyewear Publishing, 2013.

“Eating the Apple” and “Command (Tzav)” appear in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Bloomsbury, 2013.

“The Permeable World” appears in The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, Holy Cow! Press, 2013.

“Miriam” appears in Annunciation: Sixteen Poets Consider Mary, Phoenicia Publishing, 2015.

“God, Let Me Cry On Your Shoulder” appears in Not By Might: Channeling the Power of Faith to End Gun Violence, ed. Rabbi Menachem Creditor, 2016.


“Airport Havdalah” appears in The Hineini Project‘s Sukkot booklet, 2015.

“A Personal Al Chet” appears in Mishkan HaNefesh, CCAR Press, 2015.

“Prayer for Tashlich” appears in Rosh Haggadah, JewBelong, 2016.

“Aspirations” appears in a high holiday supplement, the Chatham Synagogue, Netivot Torah, in Chatham, New York, 2016.


American Poets & Poetry, volume as-yet unknown, “Live Oak” and “Miami Kichel.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 4, 1996, “Carol Cable Co.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 5, 1997, “That we appear to each other at all.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 8, 2000, “Gifts.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 9, 2001, “Jazz.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 10, 2002, “Practice Piece.”

The Berkshire Review, Vol. 11, 2003, “What Comes of Trees.”

Bottomfish, Number 18, 1997, “November,” “About redemption,” “At the end of the millennium.”

Buffalo Bones, Vol. III, No. 3, 1998, “Missed the boat.”

California Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 3, “Remedy.”

Calyx, Vol. 27 No. 2 / Summer 2012, “Mother Psalm 6.”

Caveat Lector, Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 1998, “1939.”

CHEST, forthcoming, “Croup.”

Coe Review, Issue 27, 1997, “At the end of the millennium.”

Comstock Review, Vol. II, No. 2, Fall 1997, “About redemption.”

Confrontation, No. 66/67, Fall 1998/Winter 1999, “November.”

Drash, Volume One, Spring/Summer 2007, “People of the Book.”

Earth’s Daughters, 2012, “Besieged.”

Faultline, Vol. VII, 1998, “Some days.”

Flyway, Vol 3.3, Winter 1997, “The artist’s barn cat.”

The Hawaii Pacific Review, Vol 12, Fall 1998, “February.”

Illya’s Honey, Vol. 3, No. 3, Fall 1997, “Resolutions.”

Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 2013, “Mother Psalm 6.”

Jewish Journal of Great Los Angeles, March 2013, “Instead of Sons.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Vol. 3, 1998, “Some days.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Vol. 4, 1999-2000, “Sometimes Still Warm.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Vol. 5, 2003, “Kneidl.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, 2011, “Mother Psalm 1.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, 2012, “Mother Psalm 3.”

Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, 2016, “Pray.”

Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 2008, “First Night.”

Mangrove, Summer 2000, “Bleach.”

Mobius, November, 1998, “Lightning and telenovelas,” “Wrapped in down.”

New Orleans Review, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 1998, “Noah is breathing language.”

No Exit, Vol. V, No. 2, Summer 1998, “Goldenrod.”

The North Adams Transcript, May 2, 2002,, “Green Thumb.”

Pax, Vol. II, No. 2, Summer 1984, “On the Outside.”

Phoebe, Vol 11, No. 2, Fall 1999, “What Stays.”

Plainsongs, Vol. XIX, No. 2, Winter 1999, “Gourmet Living.”

The Pedestal Magazine, Fall 2004, “No Alternatives.”

Poetica, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2003, “Surprises.”

Poetica, Vol. 2, No. 2, July 2004, “Uncle Bill.”

Portfolio, October 1996, “Imperfections.”

The Portland Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, Winter 1998 “Apple Season.”

Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International, June 2016, “Pray.”

The Lyric, Vol. 78, No. 4, Fall 1998, “The World Transforms.”

Response, volume not yet known, “Why Don’t We All Make Aliyah?”

The River’s Edge, No. 4, Spring 1997, “Missed the boat,” “Cut his hair ,” “Your tinfoil or your jewels.”

Running Tide, Spring 2012, “Without Ceasing.”

The San Antonio Express-News, date unknown (2000), “Victrola” and “My Grandfather Sang in Czech.”

The Texas Observer, Vol. 94, No.1, Jan. 18 2002, “Christmas at the Ranch,” “Lustre King” and “Morning Prayers.”

Texas Poetry Calendar 2003, “Live Oak.” Flying Cow Productions, Fredericksburg, TX.

The Underwood Review, Vol. 4, spring 2003, “What We Can’t Buy.”

What Canst Thou Say, May 2016, “Devotion.”

What Canst Thou Say, Joy issue 2016, “I trust you: I am not afraid.”

Wisconsin Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, fall 2003, “Coffee Talk.”

Zeek, print edition spring/summer 2005, “Asher yatzar.”


‘Afterwards’ virtual gallery, November 2013, “After”

Bluepepper, March 29, 2012, “Fever” and “Comforter”

Bolts of Silk, September 2012, “Mother Psalm 8.”

The Berkshire Eagle, March 10, 2011, “Mother Psalm 2.”, 1996, “1939“.

Free Zone Quarterly, Fall 1997, “Hills of Argos”

The Forward, January 12, 2011, “Birch Magazine.”

Frostwriting, 2008, “Lunar Eclipse,” “Tzav Pantoum,” and “Knowledge”.

Gruene Street, Summer 1996, “Your Godmother and the Egg”.

Jewish Voice for Peace Passover Haggadah, 2011, “Freedom.”

Hospital Drive, issue 7, winter/spring 2012, “Change.”

Kol ALEPH, Prayer After the Bombing, April 2013.

Melusine, November 2009, “Vessel (Shemini).”

OCHO #24: Twitter Poets Edition, “Hymn to August” (also available in hard copy)

Oracle, Fall 1997, “Envelope,” “Resolutions”.

Out of Eden: Lab Talk, April 23, 2014, “Territory and Map.”

Paper, Fall 1998, “First of January”.

Pif Magazine, May 1998, “Stacking wood” (prose poem, published as microfiction).

Poetry Super Highway, April 2000, “Uncle Bill,” “Grace,” “Like the Negev,” “Mother Psalm,” “Miami Kichel” (Poet of the Week April 10-16).

Spirit Voices, April 2012, “Psalm for the Sixth Day (Mother Psalm 5.”

Toasted Cheese, 12:3, September 2012, “First Night in Buenos Aires,” “New World Order,” “Sustenance,” and “Push” (Four poems by Rachel Barenblat.)

T’ruah: the rabbinic call for human rights Human Rights Shabbat resource packet, October 2013, “On Joseph and solitary confinement [pdf].

Wild Violet, Fall 2012, “Mother Psalm 3.”

Qarrtsiluni, January 2006 “Visit.”

Qarrtsiluni, February 2007 “Last week of the farm.”

Qarrtsiluni, March 2010, “Body.”

Qarrtsiluni, November 2011,” Without Ceasing.” News and Views of Reform Jews, November 20 2012, “Prayer for the Children of Abraham / Ibrahim.”

As It Ought To Be Saturday Poetry Series, December 2012, “Sufganiyot.”

Scribblers on the Roof, November 2009, Instead of Sons.

Scribblers on the Roof, December 2009, Sufganiyot.

Scribblers on the Roof, November 2009, “Instead of Sons (Vayechi).”

Shma, September 2011, So Avraham Took the Ram ((That link goes to the poem in the beautifully-formatted digital magazine; if you prefer you can also read it as a webpage, here.) With Matthew Zapruder, Yerra Sugarman, and Kathryn Hellerstein.

Tel Shemesh, August 2004, Two Elul Poems (“Numerology” and “Immersion”).

The 365 Project, Week One, Day Three 2003, “The Message“.

The 365 Project, Month Three, Day 16 2003, “No Alternatives“.

Zeek, December 2004, “Sufganiyot.”

Zeek, June 2008, “Three poems from the Brakhot Series.”

Zeek, June 2010, “Night Feeding” and “Walking and Falling at the Same Time.”


In Books

Co-wrote the “No Longer a Wine Spectator” chapter in Tripod’s Tools for Life, Hyperion Press, 1998.

“Interview With Naomi Shihab Nye” published in The Best of Pif Magazine Offline, Fusion Press, 2000.

Co-wrote the “Planning for Long-Living Women” chapter of Money Order: The Guide to Money Management for Women, Simon & Schuster, April 2001.

“Is Judaism Necessarily Insular?” appears in The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.

“To Make Our Hands Holy” appears in The Women’s Seder Sourcebook, Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002.

“Interview With Naomi Shihab Nye” reprinted in Rising Star, a middle school ESL textbook, Longman Publishers, 2003.

Essay on the life and work of Alicia Ostriker appears in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, Oxford University Press, 2003.

Short essays on the life and work of Marge Piercy and Thomas Lux appear in Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry, Facts on File, 2004.

Essays on the life and work of David Lehman, Amy Gerstler, Wendell Berry, Maxine Kumin, and Alicia Ostriker appear in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, Greenwood, 2005.

Contributed several mini-essays to God? Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate, Torah Aura Publications, 2008.

Essay on spiritual direction in  Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education, ed. Ellie Roscher and Rabbi Hayyim Herring, Avenida Books 2014.

Essay on “Modah Ani” in Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People’s Commentary on the Siddur, edited by Rabbi Steven Schwarzman, 2015.

“Facing Impermanence” in Jewish Rites of Death: Stories of Beauty and Transformation, ed. Richard A. Light, Terra Nova Books, 2016.

“Using micro-spirituality to center our daily lives,” Immersed In Prayer, What Canst Thou Say Press, 2017.

Newspapers / Magazines / Journals / Radio

Regular arts/lifestyle features for The Advocate, 1998-1999.

Regular arts/lifestyle features for The Bennington Banner, 1998 – 1999.

Regular articles and stories for The Women’s Times, 1999 – 2001.

A wide variety of freelance articles from 1998 onward, from The San Antonio Express-News to Berkshire Living.

“It’s Better Blurred” appeared on The Round Table, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, July 16th, 2002.

Wearing Pants in Shul” in Lilith, Fall 2003.

Blog is my copilot” in Bitch, Fall 2004.

“Feeding the Belly, Feeding the Heart” appeared in The Women’s Times, November 2004.

“My America” appeared on The Round Table, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, November 11, 2004.

Monthly column in The Berkshire Eagle, starting with “A Passage to Pittsfield“, 2004-2005.

“Jewish Feminist Blogs — An Unlikely Sisterhood” in Lilith, Vol. 30 No. 3, Fall 2005.

“Playing in the Texts: A Conversation with Rachel Adler” in Zeek, the “Sex, Gender, and God” issue, Spring 2009.

Profile of Richard Kostelanetz in Zeek, Summer 2009.

“Transformative Works: Midrash and Fanfiction” in Religion and Literature, issue 43.2, summer 2011.

“On Poetry and Prayer” in CrossCurrents, Volume 62, Issue 1, the March 2012 issue. Read the first page of the article online.

All bodies are a reflection of God, Bloomington IN Herald-Times, February 23, 2013.


“Guide to Five-Dollar Wines”, Tripod: Living (no longer archived), 1996

“The Great American Roadtrip”, series of six travel articles, Tripod: Travel (no longer archived), 1996.

“Lali,”, 1997.

“Keeping the Faith,” unGROOM’d, October 1998.

Regular book reviews (mostly poetry and nonfiction) at Pif Magazine, from Dec. 1998.

“Religious Pluralism in Israel”, in Pif Magazine, February 1999.

“Polar Exploration: Mind Over Matter,” in Jackhammer E-Zine, Issue 9, Vol. 2, March 1999.

“Prose Poems and Microfiction” in In Posse Review, Issue 3, Vol. 1, 1999. Also published in La Petite Zine, 1999.

Interview with Naomi Shihab Nye, in Pif Magazine, August 1999.

Is Judaism Necessarily Insular?” in, Nov. 3-17 issue, 2000.

Marrying A Pareve Kid,” in, February 2001.

Review of “Yentl’s Revenge” in The Hyde Park Review of Books, January 2002.

“Writing Our Own Hagaddah” in, February 2002.

My Life in Fuck-Me Shoes” in Scarlet Letters, April 2002.

Review of “The Art of the Commonplace” by Wendell Berry in The Hyde Park Review of Books, summer 2002.

“Swimming at the Bedouin Beach” in, October 2002.

“December Holidays at Our House” in, December 2002.

“Queer Interfaith Couples Tell Their Stories” in, June 2003.

“Finding A Home” in, September 2003. Reprinted here in

“Diaspora Grrl” in Bad Subjects, issue 67, Spring 2004.

“Navigating Jordan” in, August 2004.

“Connected” in The archaeology of food series at the vernacular body, October 7, 2004.

Review of Hayden Carruth’s Letters to Jane at The King’s English, Issue 4, Fall 2004.

Review of Anna Rabinowitz’s Darkling at Web Del Sol Review of Books, 2005.

There and Back Again: A JuBu’s Passage to India in Zeek, December 2005.

Souvenir in Qarrtsiluni, December 2006.

A semi-regular interview series, beginning with Ari Weller is in the happiness business in Zeek, January 2007. Others include David Ingber: Shaping an Integral Judaism (2007), Dreaming With Rodger Kamenetz (2008), and Playing in the Texts: A Conversation with Rachel Adler (2009 — spring 2009 print issue only, not available online.)

Let’s Talk About Sex, a review of Danya Ruttenberg’s The Passionate Torah in The Jewish Daily Forward, July 29, 2009.

Allah is the Light: Prayer in Ramadan and Elul, an essay about the first Jewish-Muslim retreat for emerging religious leaders, in Zeek, September 15, 2009. NOTE: as of 2011, that link is no longer very readable, so I’ve reprinted the piece on my own blog: Allah is the Light: Prayer in Ramadan and Elul (Reprint).

Zuleikha in the Qur’an and in the Bible, a four-voiced essay (by two Muslim women and two Jewish women; I’m one of the latter) about the figure of Zuleikha, a.k.a. Potiphar’s wife, in our dual sacred stories, in AltMuslimah, October 30, 2009.

The Goldstone Report: A Jewish View, reflections on liberal Jewish response to the Goldstone Report, at Al Jazeera (English), November 3, 2009.

Sara Hurwitz’s “Rabba” Title Sparks Orthodox Jewish Condemnation , Religion Dispatches, March, 2010.

The Spirituality of Parenting, Zeek, June, 2010.

Parenthood and Prayer, Zeek, December, 2010.

New Teachings from Exodus: Berman and Waskow’s Freedom Journeys, Zeek, March, 2011.

Merle Feld: Finding Her Words, Zeek, March, 2011.

Holy longing, holy language: Yehoshua November’s “God’s Optimism”, Zeek, April, 2011.

Jewish scholars give perspective on the New Testament, The Berkshire Eagle, December, 2011.

In Song Together, interview with Linda Hirschhorn, Zeek, January, 2012.

Chava Weissler: Tradition and Renewal in Zeek, May 2012.

Administrative Detention is Not Judaism at Palestinian Talmud, May 2012.

Hasidic Tales and Prayer-Poems, a review of two books by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in The Forward, June 2012.

We Are Responsible for One Another: Outrage Over Crimes By My Own Community in The Huffington Post, June 29, 2012.

Healing Our Sight: Training Ourselves to See the Best in People during The Three Weeks, at the On Being blog, July 19, 2012.

Every body is a reflection of God at Reform Judaism Blog, February 26, 2013.

Through, reflections on miscarriage and ritual, at Ritualwell, March 2013.

Cleaning (BlogExodus day 6) at Reform Judaism Blog, March 18, 2013.

Being Meir in Zeek, April 24, 2013.

The Bitter & the Sweet: Reflections on Motherhood in Zeek, May 10, 2013.

A Blessing Over A Middle Eastern Aperitif at Reform Judaism Blog, June 6, 2013.

Unfold: poems of postpartum depression at Postpartum Progress, August 13, 2013.

Opportunity Knocks in Pew Results, Religion Dispatches (part of Pew and the Jews: “So What?”), October 7, 2013.

Tu BiShvat Reflections on Parenthood, Extreme Weather, and the Human Family Tree, Zeek, January 13, 2014.

How Shabbat is Like a Snowstorm, Reform Judaism Blog, January 22, 2014.

How Motherhood Gives Me a Glimpse of the Tender Heart of God, The Huffington Post, January 23, 2014.

Broken Justice and the Death Penalty: A Q & A with Jen Marlowe, Co-author of “I Am Troy Davis”, Zeek, March 2014.

How Meditation is Like Shabbat, Reform Judaism Blog, March 31, 2014.

Four eclipses, four worlds, four holidays, four holy perspectives (co-written with David Markus), Kol ALEPH, April 16, 2014.

An Unexpected Messenger, Reform Judaism Blog, April 2014.

New depths in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue: Jewish Privilege, Zeek, June 2014

A Prayer in Remembrance, co-written with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Kol ALEPH, July 2014.

Fan fiction and midrash: making meaning, Transformative Works & Cultures, September 2014.

If this is so, then why am I?, Peace Parsha, Americans for Peace Now, November 2014.

The Spiritual Journey of Living with Serious Illness, The Wisdom Daily, November 2014.

Transformative Work, Beyond Walls, December 2014.

Shmita and Interconnection, Purim => Pesach / The Shalom Center, March 2015; reprinted at Hazon.

Euphoria, Curiosity, Exile, and the Ongoing Journey of a Hasidic Rebel: Q&A with Shulem Deen, Zeek magazine, March 2015.

How I Found Jewish Renewal, and Why I Stayed, FOLD, April 2015.

The ‘Bare Vineyards’ of Baltimore, The Wisdom Daily, May 2015

The Connection Between Your Heart and Mine, The Wisdom Daily, May 2015

That Special Yearning for ShabbatReform Judaism Blog, August 2015

Looking up, looking in, The Wisdom Daily, August 2015

The Gift of Recognizing What’s In the Way, The Wisdom Daily, September 2015

Can You Learn to Love Navigating Transitions?, The Wisdom Daily, October 2015

When Sadness and Joy Co-Exist, The Wisdom Daily, October 2015

Is Putting Your Needs First Ok?, The Wisdom Daily, December 2015

Ask yourself: what do I yearn for?The Wisdom Daily, December 2015

An alternative to the life you leadThe Wisdom Daily, March 2016.

Is there a ‘Jewish’ way to parent? Moment, winter 2016.

The spiritual power of embracing uncertaintyThe Wisdom Daily, May 2016.

Moving On: A Meditation on DivorceThe Wisdom Daily, May 2016.

Using “Micro-Spirituality” to Center our Daily LivesThe Wisdom Daily, June 2016.

Exploring My Imperfection During My DivorceThe Wisdom Daily, July 2016.

When Life Feels Like A WildernessThe Wisdom Daily, August 2016.

You’ll never be ready to growThe Wisdom Daily, September 2016.

Lessons Of Divorce in a Cup of WineThe Wisdom Daily, October 2016.

Waking Up Again, People & The Book / The Jerusalem Report, forthcoming December 2016.


Local Writers’ Workshop Anthology, ed. and with introduction by Rachel Barenblat, XLibris,  1999.

MFA program chapbook, Blue Benn Review, co-edited (with Susan McHenry). June 1999.

Brilliant Coroners, co-edited with Rachel Rawlins and published by Laupe House Press, an imprint of Phoenicia Publishing, 2007.

Omer/Teshuvah by Shifrah Tobacman, March 2012. Published through Omeremo Nanopress.

Days of Awe: the Velveteen Rabbi’s Machzor for the Yamim Nora’im. Featuring liturgy both classical and innovative; translations both faithful and creative; original artwork and photographs intended to stir the soul; teachings from Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Burt Jacobson, Rami Shapiro, Hanna Tiferet Siegel, and many others; and powerful poetry by poets ranging from Yehuda Amichai to Marie Howe, David Lehman to Alicia Ostriker. With Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser; Velveteen Rabbi Press, June 2014.


Runner-up, Academy of American Poets Contest, Williams College, 1994.

Winner, Academy of American Poets Contest, Williams College, 1995.

Featured Writer, San Antonio Poets and Writers’ Page, May 1996.

“At the Races” nominated for inclusion in eSCENE, “[T]he yearly anthology of the world’s best short fiction published on the Internet”, 1998.

“Stacking Wood” chosen for Pif Magazine‘s third-year anniversary Best-of-Pif Issue, October 1998.

“The Akedah Cycle,” a series of poems published in 70 faces, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2011.

Last updated October 2016.