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Jean Meltzer

Biography

Jean Meltzer

Jean Meltzer has the unique distinction of being the world’s only Emmy-award winning, chronically ill and disabled, rabbinical-school drop-out. Yet, it is this extraordinary background --- coupled with a firm belief in holding onto your joy and seeking out happy endings --- that forms the basis of her diverse work.

Jean received her BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Dramatic Writing in 2002. After graduation, she served as Creative Director of Tapestry International, an Oscar-winning television and film production company, where she oversaw the writing, development and production for over 250 hours of children’s television, and won numerous awards for her work. In 2006, Jean moved to Israel to pursue a career in the rabbinate, and studied at several colleges and seminaries for five years. She also became an outspoken advocate for the disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). In 2012, Jean ended her rabbinical studies and spent many years homebound due to this disease.

Today, Jean lives a thriving, chronically fabulous, Jewish life in Virginia. She sees her challenges as part of a larger journey and is eager to share her stories with others. She is the author of the internationally bestselling book THE MATZAH BALL, currently in development to be a feature film, and MR. PERFECT ON PAPER. Her third and latest book is KISSING KOSHER.

Jean Meltzer

Books by Jean Meltzer

by Jean Meltzer - Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Romance

Faye Kaplan used to be engaged. She also used to have a successful legal practice. But she much prefers her new life as a potter in Woodstock, New York. The only thing missing is the perfect guy. Not that she needs one That is, until she finds her town papered with anti-Semitic flyers. Desperate for comfort, Faye drunkenly turns to the only thing guaranteed to soothe her --- pottery. A golem protector is just what her town needs...and adding all the little details to make him her ideal man can’t hurt, right? When a seriously hot stranger mysteriously turns up the next day, Greg seems too good to be true --- if you ignore the fact that Faye hit him with her bike. And that he subsequently lost his memory. But otherwise, the man checks Every. Single. Box. Causing Faye to wonder if Greg’s sudden and spicy appearance might be anything but a coincidence.

by Jean Meltzer - Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Romance

Chronic pelvic pain has forced Avital Cohen to sideline her photography dreams and her love life. It’s all she can do to manage her family’s kosher bakery, Best Babka in Brooklyn, without collapsing. She needs hired help. And distractingly handsome Ethan Lippmann seems to be the perfect fit. Except Ethan isn’t there to work --- he’s undercover, at the behest of his grandfather. Though Lippmann’s is a household name when it comes to mass-produced kosher baked goods, they don’t have the charm of Avital’s bakery. Or her grandfather’s world-famous pumpkin spice babka recipe. As they bake side by side, Ethan soon finds himself more interested in Avital than in stealing family secrets, especially as he helps her find the chronic pain relief --- and pleasure --- she’s been missing.

by Jean Meltzer - Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Romance, Women's Fiction

As the creator and CEO of the popular Jewish dating app J-Mate, matchmaker Dara Rabinowitz knows the formula for lasting love --- at least, for everyone else. When it comes to her own love life, she’s been idling indefinitely. Until her beloved bubbe shares Dara’s checklist for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on national television, and charming news anchor Chris Steadfast proposes they turn Dara’s search into must-see TV. As a non-Jewish single dad, Chris doesn’t check any of Dara’s boxes. But her hunt for Mr. Perfect is the ratings boost his show desperately needs. If only Chris could ignore his own pesky attraction to Dara --- a task much easier said than done when Dara starts questioning if “perfect on paper” can compete with how hard she’s falling for Chris.

by Jean Meltzer - Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Romance

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her Jewish family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach. But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel is determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy: Jacob Greenberg. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah --- and Jacob --- in a way she never expected.