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I love having visitors and I’m excited to share:

  • Mussar Muse nourish your soul for personal introspection
  • Kitchen Whimsy nourish yourself and your people with kitchen inspirations

  • Pitome time-saving Jewish Living tools for the educator on-the-go

Intentional Living

Mussar is a path of spiritual self-introspection that builds core soul traits so you can show up with kindness and positive intention in your your day-to-day life.


“Well my Dear Nina, it is so easy to love you, bright spirit, lion’s heart. Your kindness, honesty, generosity flows.
I learned from each of us and emerged inspired to reach deeply into understanding and compassion.” ~ Alison Zuber 

“You facilitated/coached beautifully Nina. As a non-Jewish learner I felt welcomed and respected. Thank you for the fascinating ? and delicious afternoon.” ~ Christina Hammond

“Pitome Publishing has been my go-to for excellent family education programs for years.  Pitome has well-curated materials designed to help busy families (and educators!) find ways to deepen and enrich their families’ Jewish lives.  If Pitome offered nothing but their Shema Pillowcases and Jewish Bedtime Program, that would be a winner, but there’s so much more!  I have found the publisher to be very responsive and have always received excellent customer service.” 
~ Janis Knight

“Our Kindergarten families learn about the bedtime Sh’ma, add their Hebrew names and illustrate their unique pillowcase. This is a perfect way for families to bring home their learning and incorporate the Sh’ma into their bedtime rituals.”  ~ Rabbi Sandi Intraub

Kitchen Whimsy Blog

Grilled Zuke

I love a well-cooked zucchini. It’s delicious with a little olive oil and spices. If you have a mandolin, you can make a pile of thin slices. I love-hate our talented mandolin slicer because I’m always wary of slicing my fingers along with the veggies. Yet, she...

Dilly Pickle

Have you entered the world of fermented vegetables yet? Do it once, conquer the learning curve, and then it will be easy. Dilly carrots are an appealing condiment that goes with just about any lunch or dinner. Aiming for one serving per day can improve digestion and...

Basic Windfall Marmalade

Talk about a windfall, this winter provided my family with an overflowing abundance of citrus. I juiced, I made ice cubes, and there was still plenty of supply. My friends, Kelsey and Deb, eager to make marmalade gifts for their clients, offered to teach me - how . to...

Tools for the Busy Faith-Based Educator

Welcome to Pitome Publishing, LLC – Utilize our high quality products to help you DO JEWISH at home, out in the community, and/or at school. It’s time to anticipate an abundance of positive Jewish moments for you and your families.

Shema Pillowcase Pre-Order Discounts

 Back by popular demand, with thanks to some persistent educators, we are re-printing your favorite Shema pillowcasesWe’re offering the same great quality cases and quintessential purple ink.

Inventory Reduction Sales

It’s Elul, so we’re offering jump-start specials. As always, we aim to save you time and ease your work load. 
Hop to it, because we’re offering coupon specials that expire Friday September 7, 2019. 

About Nina


Nina Gelman-Gans is a multi-tasking momma. Wearing many hats, this site highlights current passions.

  • As a Jewish Family Educator, Nina sees the family as a key mentoring force for living Jewishly. Coming from an entrepreneurial family, she noticed a need for hands-on, accessible, engaging tools for Jewish families. Please visit our product line.
  • As a life-longer learner, Nina is excited about teaching and sharing Mussar, an age-old process of noticing one’s own character traits in order refine “intentions of the heart” and to show up with tranquility and inner fortitude with day-to-day living. She offers a weekly Mussar Circle and will embark with Zoom on-line communities in the fall.
  • The kitchen is usually the heart of the home. Nina loves being creative with garden offerings, thinking up food combinations, sharing fermentation techniques, and inspiring gut-healthy eating.

Nina has attended over 10 CAJE conferences, served as educator-in-residence at CO mini-CAJE, Aleph Kallah, Limmud LA, and Limmud UK’s CAJE representative. Regionally, she is available for guest educator workshops for students and families. She trained with the Hornstein and Heller programs at Brandeis University. She lives with her husband, two teens, and big-dog presence.