Ellen Frankel served for eighteen years as Editor in Chief and CEO of The Jewish Publication Society. She received her BA from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton.
She is the author of ten books, including The Classic Tales, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, and The Five Books of Miriam, which has been translated into Hebrew. Her JPS Illustrated Children’s Bible won the National Jewish Book Award. She has traveled widely as a Jewish storyteller and lecturer.
In May 2022, Frankel launched a new series, The Jerusalem Mysteries, featuring maverick Israeli intelligence agent, Maya Rimon. Book 1, The Deadly Scrolls, brings together religious intrigue and contemporary detective work, against the explosive backdrop of the Dead Sea Scrolls and modern-day Jerusalem.
Frankel and her husband, Herb Levine, divide their time between Sarasota and Maine.