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Jenna Maio

Hi! I'm Jenna.
          I'm so glad you're here.

My Jewish journey began unexpectedly over 10 years ago when I was studying at Emory University in Atlanta. I was a secular girl from New York who happened to be Jewish. Then I found myself in a classroom at Neve Yerushalayim in Israel and everything changed.

My book, Princess Without a Crown, details how I returned to my Jewish roots. I have been privileged to share my story on podcasts and at seminaries, schools, shuls, and private events as well.

I created this site so that I could continue to share my Jewish journey through the written and spoken word. I love to share deep, beautiful Torah wisdom and discuss how we can integrate these amazing ideas into our lives. Of course, this work can be challenging, and I don’t shy away from that either. 

In sharing the real beauty and challenges of my Jewish journey with you, I hope we can learn and grow from each other. 




Princess Without A Crown

Princess Without a Crown is a coming-of-age story filled with drama and humor, as well as amazing stories of Divine Providence and Torah wisdom. Join Jenna as she discovers her heritage and navigates the newfound blessings-and challenges-on her path to growth.

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"This book tells the personal story of one young woman's path back to her ancient heritage. I found it instructive and moving. There are many lessons to be learned from it, for both students and teachers of authentic Judaism."

-Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz, international lecturer and author of note

"Jenna's engaging book about her spiritual journey into Judaism is an honest and often amusing memoir, peopled with a cast of colorful characters. Her spiritual struggles (and lapses) are a counterpoint to her God-directed, deep longings. Readers will enjoy traveling with her on her journey."

-Sara Yoheved Rigler, best-selling author and international lecturer

"As a non-Jew, with little understanding of Judaism, I was still spellbound by this book and Jenna's journey. I couldn't read it fast enough. What a beautiful talent!"

-Linda Sivertsen, best-selling author and host of the Beautiful Writers podcast


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