Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Number 4 in the Packing for Vegas Series, ILENE SCHNEIDER!

Attention: Rollie bag police....BOLO for a New Jersey woman gearing up to test the limits of her bags...

Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Ed.D., one of the first six women ordained as a rabbi in the US, hasn't decided yet what (or who) she wants to be when she grows up. now retired and writing full time, Ilene's last assignment was Coordinator of Jewish Hospice for Samaritan Hospice in Marlton, NJ, near Philadelphia
She is the author of three books. The first, the cozy mystery Chanukah Guilt (Swimming Kangaroo Books, 2007 and re-released by Oak Tree Press 2012), was nominated for the Deadly Ink Stasher Award for Best Mystery of 2007; was named as one of 2007's Top Ten Read by My Shelf; and was chosen as a  Reviewers Choice Book, by the Midwest Book Review. 
            The second, the non-fiction Talk Dirty Yiddish: Beyond Drek (Adams Media, 2008) was praised by The Jewish Weekly Forward, the oldest and largest independent national Jewish newspaper: "Such a breezy, engaging book, I should be so lucky to write. Ilene Schneider, mazel tov.”

You can read about Chanukah Guilt and Ilene’s other writings at, and can contact her at

UNLEAVENED DEAD, 2013 Winner, PSWA Novel Writing Contest!!

Rabbi Aviva is back – and never in better form – if never more stressed. The pressure of Passover preparations with a wedding the night before, Aviva’s complicated relationship with her ex-husband and turmoil in her niece’s life should be enough, but then people close to Aviva start dying in suspicious circumstances. And then the mob shows up. As always, Schneider gives us a wonderful picture of life in a Jewish community – Chaim Potok with a wacky sense of humor. – Donna Fletcher Crow, A Darkly Hidden Truth, The Monastery Murders 2


Oy vey, this book made me smile … Unleavened Dead is a book you don't want to miss. – Barb Goffman, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-nominated author of short stories including "The Lord Is My Shamus" 

Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a fairly uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting and sinister turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer.
She doesn't expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide. Her search for the story behind the suicide (or was it murder?) will lead her to discover the truism "appearances can be deceiving" is accurate, while putting her life in jeopardy. 

Ilene has several panel assignments at the Vegas conference...and I am looking forward to some coffee-kletching with her myself/

Billie Johnson, Publisher


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Hey, Ilene, I'll see you there!

John Addiego said...

What a great professional and literary resume! I'll see you in the desert, Ilene!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

I'm running a day behind following these authors going to PSWA, but do not want to miss Ilene. I love Ilene's sense of humor and she was just beside herself wanting to let me know I'd won first place for my book last year at the conference. But she kept it to herself until I knew and then she was just so happy for me. That says a lot about her kind heart and dedication to love for her fellow man. Very nice promo, Billie.

Rabbi Ilene Schneider said...

How sweet of you, Jackie. I'm touched. (And I don't mean I'm mentally deranged. Although some may disagree.)

Rabbi Ilene Schneider said...

Looking forward to seeing you, too, Marilyn.

Rabbi Ilene Schneider said...

Desert? I thought it was dessert!