Research Areas

Creative Writing; Biblical Women; Creative Ritual; Jewish Folklore; Coming of Age Rituals 


M.S.W., Boston University School of Social Work

M.A., University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Oberlin College


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Penina Adelman

Penina Adelman

Penina Adelman

Penina Adelman is working at the intersection of creative expression and spiritual quest. She has been interested in these two aspects of living since she was a young girl who wrote poetry while sitting in the woods. Her fascination with myth and storytelling began with Greek and Roman mythology and continues today with the myth that was first written down in the Hebrew Bible. She is the daughter of a feminist historian, Selma R. Williams (d.2011) and learned the art of book-writing from her.

Current Projects

I am writing a fictionalized family memoir which is integrated with Jewish history all the way back to the biblical version of Creation. This is in the tradition of “Midrash,” a Jewish literary form in which the Hebrew Bible is the foundation of a new story. The new story responds to a question the author discerns in the text. 

Representative Publications

Adelman, Penina, Ali Feldman, and Shulamit Reinharz. "The JGirl’s Guide: The Young Jewish Woman’s Handbook for Coming of Age." Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005.

Adelman, Penina. "Praise Her Works: Conversations with Biblical Women." Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2005.