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Oct 2, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |     BUY THE BOOK     🕮   The Way Back is a strange and wonderful, life-affirming story about death, an adventure in which Bluma and Yehuda Lieb set out from the shtetl on a quest into the Far Country peopled by demons. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the young adult category and was named a Sydney Taylor YA Notable Book. It's a crossover book that will appeal to adults as well as YA readers. I am pleased to bring...
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Sep 1, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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   READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    VISIT READ IN COLOR     🕮    Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Here's an interview with Margret Aldrich, Director of Communications at the Little Free Library organization. We'll find out how this phenomenon got started, and we'll learn about how Jewish books are being included in their Read In Color program.  And as...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, library, libraries, interview
The Book of Life Podcast
Aug 9, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |     READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |     BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good by Nancy Werlin is a coming of age story with a Jewish protagonist, about the power of fandom, friendship, and finding your inner nerd. Speaking of fandom, be sure to check out my guest spot on the August episode of the podcast Star Trek and the Jews! Link below. LEARN MORE: Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good Nancy Werlin's website Casual Jewish...
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Jul 5, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Esther Safran Foer and Sadie Foer joined me in May 2021 for a podcast Live Show sponsored by The Jewish Grandparents Network in celebration of the opening of their Family Room. Esther Safran Foer is a past CEO of Sixth & I and the author of I Want You To Know We’re Still Here, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, the wife of Bert Foer...
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Jun 13, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    June is Pride Month, so I'm pleased to bring you The New Queer Conscience , a 2021 Sydney Taylor Notable Book in the Young Adult category. It's a manifesto by young activist Adam Eli, that holds up k'lal yisrael , or Jewish solidarity, as a model for the queer community to emulate. For queer kidlit with identifiably Jewish characters, see the Diverse Jewish Kidlit page within the READ section of The...
Topics: Jewish, Books, podcast, author, interview, queer, LGBT
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Apr 18, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Ambika Sambasivan is the co-founder and publisher at Yali Books, which opens a window to South Asia –India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives —and invites the rest of the world to learn more about the incredible diversity of this region. Maxine Rose Schur is the author of Brave with Beauty , a picture book biography of the the 15th century Queen...
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, kidlit, diversity
The Book of Life Podcast
Mar 18, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Linda Elovitz Marshall was excited to get her COVID-19 shot, and back in the day she was glad to be vaccinated for polio too. That gratitude led her to create the picture book biography The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine illustrated by Lisa Anchin, a 2020 Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Listen to our wide-ranging conversation about polio, COVID, writing, Passover, and baby lambs....
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, interview, polio, COVID-19
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Mar 7, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT  PART 1   PART 2    |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    My good friend  Susan Kusel has been on the podcast before, to talk about The Sydney Taylor Shmooze ,  and to announce the Sydney Taylor Book Award winners in 2018 and 2019 . She also appeared in Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays , a 2019 episode about the Highlights Foundation's writing symposium, and in the 2020 episode The Mitzvah of Voting: Part 1 .  This time she's here...
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, author, interview, Passover
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Feb 16, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY BOOKS     🕮    Aviva Brown is the author of Ezra's BIG Shabbat Question and Not Now, Mara! These picture books portray Jewish children of color without making a big deal about it, something we don't see often enough in kidlit. Listen to Aviva as she talks about her inspiration, about self publishing, and about winning Mother of the Year Award for the state of North Carolina. LEARN MORE: Aviva Brown's website Mother of...
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Jan 25, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |     READ THE TRANSCRIPT       🕮    Rebecca Levitan is the chair of the  Sydney Taylor Book Award  committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us to discuss the 2021 winners of the award, which annually recognizes the best Jewish literature for children and teens.  AJL is an affiliate of the American Library Association, so the Sydney Taylor Book Awards are announced at ALA's Youth Media Awards press conference, being held...
Topics: podcast, books, Jewish, Sydney Taylor Book Award
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Jan 2, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    VOTE FOR MOCK AWARDS     🕮    The Sydney Taylor Shmooze is a mock award blog created in Spring 2020 by Susan Kusel, Chava Pinchuck, and me, in order to encourage discussion of Jewish children's and teen literature eligible for the Sydney Taylor Book Award. In this podcast episode, Susan and Chava join me to talk about how it's going and about how YOU can vote for the mock awards. We also get some advice from other mock...
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Jan 2, 2021 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The Sydney Taylor Shmooze is a mock book award blog that reviews Jewish children's and teen literature and invites readers to vote for the titles that they think will win the Sydney Taylor Book Award. In the last episode of The Book of Life, I spoke with my fellow admins of The Shmooze, Susan Kusel and Chava Pinchuck, about the whys and hows of this project. We also heard some good advice from the folks at other mock award blogs: Calling Caldecott, Heavy Medal, and Guessing Geisel, but we...
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, award
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Dec 17, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Daveed Digg's "Puppy for Hanukkah" video makes a great model for creating terrific Jewish children's books! LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |     READ THE TRANSCRIPT https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-puppy-test.html
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, diversity, #ownvoices
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Dec 6, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT:    PART 1     PART 2     |     BUY THE BOOK The City of Light  is an unusual collaboration between the late Theodore Bikel and his wife Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, based on an autobiographical short story left behind by the noted actor, singer, and activist. I spoke at length to the spirited and charming Aimee, who is a wonderful storyteller in her own right. LEARN MORE: Aimee Ginsburg Bikel's website Theodore Bikel's website The...
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Nov 8, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST   |   READ THE TRANSCRIPT Anya and the Dragon is Sofiya Pasternak's debut, a middle grade Jewish historical fantasy novel. It was recognized by a 2020 Sydney Taylor Honor Award. It will be joined on November 10, 2020 by a sequel, Anya and the Nightingale. Join me for a fascinating conversation with Sofiya about the history behind the fantasy.   LEARN MORE:   Sofiya Pasternack's website Buy Anya and the Dragon   Buy Anya and the Nightingale Sofiya's suggestion for...
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Oct 13, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Welcome to Part 2 of our 3 part series, The Mitzvah of Voting. It's October 2020 your favorite Jewish kidlit authors want all eligible US citizens to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, and listeners around the world to vote in their own local elections! My author guests will be sharing why they vote and they'll give you some recommendations for ways to keep democracy healthy. Listen to PART 1 | PART 3 Guest authors include: Elissa Brent Weissman , author of The Length of a String Lee...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, voting, authors
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Oct 13, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Welcome to the third and final entry in our series, The Mitzvah of Voting. It's October 2020 your favorite Jewish kidlit authors want all eligible US citizens to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, and listeners around the world to vote in their own local elections. My author guests will be sharing why they vote and they'll give you some recommendations for ways to keep democracy healthy. This time, we will leave you with some musical inspiration to carry you through Election Day....
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, voting, authors
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Oct 13, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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This episode is a call to action for U.S. citizens eligible to vote, and a reminder to listeners everywhere that voting is your superpower. If you are a U.S. citizen eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, please do so! For information about how to vote, visit VOTE.ORG . In this special 3-part series, some of your favorite Jewish kidlit authors will be sharing why they vote and they'll give some recommendations for ways to keep our democracy healthy. Listen to PART 2 | PART 3  ...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, voting, authors
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Oct 11, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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For this "Pond Life" episode, I paired the books Turtle Boy with Fish Out of Water , to highlight the similar themes I saw in both middle grade bar mitzvah novels. Wonderfully, authors Joanne Levy and Evan Wolkenstein really hit it off and they actually helped to interview each other!  And a shout-out to Sidura Ludwig for becoming a Book of Life supporter at Patreon.com ! Learn More:  Joanne Levy's website Evan Wolkenstein's website Pardes Center for Jewish Educators curriculum for...
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, authors, interview
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Sep 6, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Muslim author Saadia Faruqui and Jewish author Laura Shovan joined me to talk about their jointly written middle grade contemporary novel, A Place at the Table. This is a book about immigration, about friendship, and it will make you hungry. Learn More Saadia Faruqi Laura Shovan    Bonus recipes Blue Minaret Poem "My Best Friend is Jewish"  Poetry Friday   Guest Recommendations: Boosting Black Voices Saadia suggests Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, Your Name Is a Song by...
Topics: Jewish, Muslim, books, podcast
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Aug 25, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Back in August 2006, author/illustrator Simms Taback was a guest on The Book of Life. He spoke about his classic picture book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and his newer picture book Kibitzers and Fools . After the interview, he painted me the picture you see above of a dancing man with an iPod. In 2020, the dancing man returned to me in a new form as a crocheted doll! I was so impressed that I invited Patti, the artist, to be a guest on the podcast. Multi-talented mensch Patricia Portillo is an...
Topics: podcast, books, crafts, art, Jewish, video
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Aug 9, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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No Vacancy is Tziporah Cohen's debut middle grade novel. It's a story of friendship across boundaries, the importance of community as a bulwark against prejudice... and a Virgin Mary sighting. Tziporah's Tikkun Olam suggestion: Barbershop Books Tziporah's Recommendations for Boosting Black Voices Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes CLICK HERE TO BUY THE BOOK (Affiliate link, support the podcast and independent booksellers) CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast
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Jul 19, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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   This episode is all about grandparents. We hear from David Raphael, co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, and we enjoy the audiobook Bubbe & Zaide , written and voiced by Anne-Marie Asner along with the famous actor Ed Asner as Zaide. You may remember Anne-Marie from our December 2019 episode, when she told us about her Yiddish-inspired picture book series, Matzah Ball Books. Learn more: Jewish Grandparents Network Pop Up Stories Bubbe & Zaide by Anne-Marie Asner Matzah...
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Jun 28, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Heidi Rabinowitz is joined by Lee Wind, author of Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill, blogger at I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? and Heidi's partner in AJL's Through the Window diversity exchange.  See  https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/06/through-window-lee-wind.html for extensive links to more information.
Topics: Podcast, Jewish, books, queer, diversity
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May 17, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Gail Carson Levine is the author of more than 20 book for young readers and adult writers, including the Newbery Honor book Ella Enchanted , which was made into a major motion picture. Her new middle grade book A Ceiling Made of Eggshells is a historical novel about a Jewish family during the Spanish Inquisition, based on Gail's own family history. During our interview, I asked Gail about her house, which she describes on her website. You can learn more about her lovely home here . CLICK HERE...
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May 9, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |     READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |     BUY THE BOOK May is Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We celebrate both on The Book of Life by talking to Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, co-authors of  This Is Just a Test  and  Not Your All-American Girl , a pair of middle grade novels set in the 1980's that feature a Jewish Chinese American family. I also want to take this opportunity to welcome new Patreon...
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Apr 29, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Author Amy Grossblatt Pessah talks about her book Parenting on a Prayer: Ancient Jewish Secrets for Raising Modern Children, in the final installment of The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/parenting-on-prayer-books-in-time-of.html
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, parenting
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Apr 27, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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David B. Levy shares his family genealogy in Gluskin Family History on The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CREDITS: Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel   Supported in part by: Association of Jewish Libraries Theme music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band     Facebook Discussion Group: Jewish Kidlit Mavens Facebook Page: facebook.com/bookoflifepodcast ...
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Apr 23, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Author Michelle Cameron discusses her historical novel Beyond the Ghetto Gates on The Book of Life's special series Books in the Time of Coronavirus. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/beyond-ghetto-gates-books-in-time-of.html
Topics: books, Jewish, podcast
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Apr 20, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Bernice Lerner talks about her adult nonfiction title All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen as part of The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. And a special shout out to Dianne Siekmann for becoming a monthly supporter of the show at Patreon.com/bookoflife.
Topics: podcast, Jewish, books
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Apr 14, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Erika Dreifus shares her poetry collection Birthright, as part of the Books in the Time of Coronavirus series on The Book of Life Podcast. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/birthright-books-in-time-of-coronavirus.html
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast
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Apr 12, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Author Jeremy Benstein talks about his book Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes, as part of The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/hebrew-roots-jewish-routes-books-in.html
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books
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Apr 6, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Sidura Ludwig shares her short story collection, You Are Not What We Expected, as part of The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/you-are-not-what-we-expected-books-in.html
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Apr 2, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Lesléa Newman shares her picture book Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail  in The Book of Life's special series, Books in the Time of Coronavirus.  https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/04/welcoming-elijah-books-in-time-of.html
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast
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Mar 30, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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"Books in the Time of Coronavirus" special series on The Book of Life Podcast: Worse and Worse on Noah's Ark by Leslie Kimmelman. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/03/worse-and-worse-on-noahs-ark-books-in.html
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, coronavirus
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Mar 26, 2020 Heidi Rabiniowitz
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Books in the Time of Coronavirus special series: No Entry by Gila Green. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/03/no-entry-books-in-time-of-coronavirus.html
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, coronavirus
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Mar 22, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Today my husband Matthew joins me to help me run a Book of Life "Family Meeting." We've got a lot on the agenda. Listen for all the details and click the links below to get more information. Books in the Time of Coronavirus Love Your Neighbor  List #6:  Passover Stand Up Transcripts - click on the transcript link for each episode Support Feedback Jewish Kidlit Mavens The Sydney Taylor Shmooze The Book of Life Trailer We will soon be bringing you recordings from authors whose spring...
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Feb 24, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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An interview with Jeff Gottesfeld, author of No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon's Battle for Women's Rights in Japan. CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast
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Jan 27, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Rebecca Levitan is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us to discuss the 2020 winners of the award, which annually recognizes the best Jewish literature for children and teens. This is the second year that the Sydney Taylor Book Awards will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference, being held this year in Philadelphia, PA during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 27, 2020 at 8am ET. For the first time, the...
Topics: podcast, Jewish, books, award
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Jan 12, 2020 Heidi Rabinowitz
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An interview with three authors of Yiddish-related kidlit: Sue Macy (The Book Rescuer), Debbie Levy (Yiddish Saves the Day), and Valerie Estelle Frankel (Chelm for the Holidays). Find the full show notes, including a long list of Yiddish-related kidlit titles, at The Book of Life at  https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-bisl-yiddish-bikher-fur-kinder.html .
Topics: podcast, Jewish, books
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Dec 15, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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ANNOUNCING: The World Premiere of the audiobook version of Hanukkah with Noshy Boy & Friends by Anne-Marie Asner, voiced by Anne-Marie Asner and Ed Asner (yes, that Ed Asner!), on The Book of Life Podcast! Plus, we've got an interview with Anne-Marie about the story's creation! Noshy Boy, Schmutzy Girl, Kvetchy Boy, and their other friends are characters in a series from Matzah Ball Books , which shares Yiddish vocabulary and culture with young children through humor. CLICK HERE TO READ THE...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, Hanukkah, Chanukah
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Dec 2, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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On The Book of Life, we talk a lot about Jewish kidlit. But where do you go to find Jewish children's books? In this episode,  Marjorie Ingall  joins me to talk about how to discover and how to access the best Jewish kidlit. Marjorie is a  columnist at Tablet Magazine  and is well-known for her year-end "best of Jewish kidlit" lists, and she's the author of  Mamaleh Knows Best : What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children , which was...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, kidlit
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Nov 18, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The 100 Most Jewish Foods, a Highly Debatable List, started as a fun interactive feature on the website of Tablet Magazine, and then grew up to be a book. We've got an interview for you with the book's editor, Alana Newhouse, by The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent, Anne Dublin. B'tay avon...good appetite!   CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST  https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-100-most-jewish-foods.html
Topics: Jewish, podcast, books, food
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Nov 2, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Honeycake Magazine is a new Jewish magazine for kids ages 2 to 6. Creator Anna Caplan guest posted on The Book of Life about the magazine in May 2019. Now here's our podcast interview, in which I spoke to Anna about her inspiration for Honeycake and her plans for its future. Want your own copy of Honeycake? Go to HoneycakeMagazine.com and click on the Get the Magazine button . Order by November 17, 2019 to get your copy in time for Hanukkah. CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CREDITS: Produced...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, magazine, children, kidlit
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Oct 14, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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We are in a golden age of picture book biographies, and one prolific biographer is Nancy Churnin . She's got half a dozen bios out and more on the way, and each one is inspiring in its own way. Nancy attended the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries conference to take part in the author luncheon, where she represented her Jewish interest books, Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing , and Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank . I was...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, biography, interview
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Sep 23, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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In May 2019 I posted an interview with Jonathan Auxier , the author of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster . In our interview we talked about the book, of course, but we also talked about our favorite board games. I met Jonathan at the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries conference where he'd come to accept his Sydney Taylor Book Award, and we got to play one of those games together along with a roomful of other authors, illustrators, and librarians. Here's your chance to listen in as...
Topics: Jewish, podcast, games, author, illustrator
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Sep 16, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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At the 2019 Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Los Angeles, California, we recorded a Book of Life live show. My guests were Joni Sussman of KarBen Publishing , and author/illustrator/musician Barney Saltzberg . We discussed picture book illustration while recording our conversation in front of a live audience of Judaica librarians. At the live show, I mentioned the new Listener Survey . Please take a moment to share your feedback to help me make the show the best it can be.  FYI,...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, illustration, interview
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Aug 25, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Sadaf Siddique and Gauri Manglick are the co-creators of Kitaab World , a website that promotes South Asian children's books. Within their website, they created a campaign called Counter Islamophobia Through Stories , (similar to the Love Your Neighbor campaign that I worked on to help bring Jewish books to ALL readers), and they even turned their campaign into a book called Muslims in Story .  Listen now as Sadaf joins me to talk about the kidlit of our sister religion! CLICK HERE TO READ THE...
Topics: Podcast, Jewish, books, kidlit, Muslim, Islam
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Aug 8, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Young Aria is a voracious reader. In this interview, she shares a few of her favorite titles: All Kinds of Strong by Sharon Reiss Baker Zishe the Strongman by Robert Rubinstein Brave Girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel Gittel's Journey : An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman The Harriet Hamsterbone series CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST CREDITS: Produced by: Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel  ...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, kidlit
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Jul 10, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Anne Dublin is a Toronto-based author and retired synagogue librarian. She is the Canadian Correspondent for The Book of Life Podcast, performing many of our interviews with Canadian creatives. She's also the author of A Cage Without Bars , a historical middle grade novel that tells the little-known tale of Jewish children kidnapped after the expulsion from Spain and enslaved on the island of São Tomé, off the coast of West Africa. CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE...
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Jun 13, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Natalie Silverstein is the New York volunteer coordinator of Doing Good Together , an organization that empowers families to raise caring, engaged children. She wrote Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back to give parents practical ideas for incorporating service and the spirit of giving into family life.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST NEWS: The podcast Kidlit These Days honors Jewish American Heritage Month by interviewing...
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May 30, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Craig Taubman  is a long-time star in the world of American Jewish rock and roll, and the founder of the  Pico Union Project .  Mostly Kosher  is an up and coming Gypsy Rock Klezmer band whose tagline is “word to your bubbe.”  In spring 2019, Craig Taubman brought along Mostly Kosher and together they put on a foot-stomping concert at  Congregation B’nai Israel , the home of The Book of Life podcast. That gave me the chance to grab this interview, and even to include the voice of...
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May 1, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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May 1 is  May Day , the chimney sweeps’ holiday. It’s the perfect day to bring you a podcast about  Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster  by  Jonathan Auxier . The book introduces us to Nan, a chimney climber, and her golem friend Charlie, a creature made of soot. This middle grade novel won the  2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award  for Jewish children’s books, along with numerous other literary awards. In this lush, dense interview, Jonathan gives us much to think about! Here are...
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Apr 15, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The Length of a String  won a 2019  Sydney Taylor Honor Award  in the Older Readers Category. It's a middle grade novel about Imani, an adopted black Jewish girl who wants to learn about her birth parents. When she inherits a Holocaust-era diary from her Jewish great-grandmother, she begins to see family in a whole new way. I spoke to author  Elissa Brent Weissman  by Skype. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-length-of-string.html
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Mar 31, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Paula Shoyer is known as  The Kosher Baker . I met her at  Limmud , a one day conference of Jewish learning on a wide variety of topics, held in December 2018 in Boca Raton, Florida. Paula was there to present two sessions: " Are Your Jewish Holiday Meals Dangerous? " and " Jewish Cookbooks Tell Our Stories ." We sat down  between sessions in the breezy courtyard for this interview. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-kosher-baker.html
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Mar 18, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Craig Taubman is coming to Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton! If you will be in South Florida, don't miss this show! Call 561-241-8118 for tickets or BUY TICKETS HERE . Listen to a special message from Craig now, and keep an eye on The Book of Life for an upcoming full-length interview! https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2019/03/craig-taubman-is-coming-to-town.html
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Mar 11, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The Book of Life’s Canadian Correspondent Anne Dublin spoke to author Anne Renaud after she won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fania’s Heart , a Holocaust picture book for older readers. It’s the true story of a heart-shaped birthday card created in Auschwitz at great personal risk by women prisoners, from scraps of fabric, stolen materials, and glue made out of bread and water, for the 20 th birthday of fellow prisoner Fania Landau Fainer. The real heart is now in the...
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Feb 20, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Before I moved from Massachusetts back to Florida, I visited with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin to talk about their joint book of original feminist midrash, Meet Me at the Well: The Girls and Women of the Bible . We sat down in Jane’s sunny kitchen and they just let it all pour out; I hardly needed to ask any questions! I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite Biblical women, so please do call our voicemail at 561-206-2473 or leave a comment at bookoflifepodcast.com ....
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Jan 28, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Susan Kusel is the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She joined us by Skype from her home in Falls Church, VA. to talk about the 2019 winners of the award (and so did her dog Harry).  This year's Sydney Taylor Book Awards are being announced at the  ALA Youth Media Awards  press conference in Seattle, WA during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 28, 2019 at 8am PT. You can watch a live webcast  here  (and check back later for a...
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Jan 6, 2019 Heidi Rabinowitz
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"Beyond the Holocaust and Holidays: Who Are We and What Are We Writing?" is a symposium for Jewish children's literature, welcoming novelists and publishing professionals to Honesdale, PA, March 15-18, 2019. ( Click here for info on scholarships .) A stellar faculty will lead discussions on issues both practical and philosophical. For this episode of The Book of Life, we've gathered four of those faculty members for our own discussion: Adam Gidwitz , author of The Inquisitor's Tale ,...
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Dec 16, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Hillary Saxton is a children's librarian at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library , and the creator of the event series "Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice." She was originally scheduled to participate in the " Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books " panel at the Association of Jewish Libraries conference, featured on The Book of Life in August 2018. She was sick and couldn't make it, so I caught up with her later by Skype. Find the titles used in the 2017-18...
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Dec 2, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Remember All-of-a-Kind Family ? It's the classic chapter book by Sydney Taylor, of five sisters living on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. Now Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky have created an original picture book based on those same characters, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah . Illustrator Zelinsky attended the 2018 Association of Jewish Libraries conference where he gave us a sneak peek at his artistic process, as you can see in the photo below. I snagged his email address and...
Topics: Jewish, books, podcast, Hanukkah, Chanukah
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Nov 19, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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At the 2018 Association of Jewish Libraries conference, I bumped into author  Jacqueline Jules . She's been on the podcast before in  2014  to talk about  Never Say a Mean Word Again . Her new picture book is  Light the Menorah: A Hanukkah Handbook , which offers meditations for candle lighting. We grabbed a quick interview after lunch in the busy dining hall, so you will have a "you are there" experience listening to our conversation about this wonderful new holiday book!...
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Nov 6, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Jane Breskin Zalben  is an artist/illustrator and the author of over 50 books for children. Her recent picture book,  A Moon for Moe and Mo , was featured in the  Missing Voice picture book discussion group on Facebook  in September 2018. The Missing Voice group was created by another author,  Lisa Rose , to bring books about under-represented populations into the limelight. You may be familiar with Lisa's book, Shmulik Paints the Town . I spoke with Jane and Lisa by conference call, in...
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Oct 21, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The Girl with the Red Balloon  is a magical time travel, historical fiction, kind-of-sort-of Holocaust book that won a Sydney Taylor Honor in the Teen Readers Category for 2018. I met the author,  Katherine Locke , at the  Association of Jewish Libraries conference  in Boston, where we snuck into a side room to talk – please excuse the faint hubbub coming from outside. We discussed not only Katherine’s book, but also her article on Medium.com, “ Thinking about Jewish Children’s...
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Oct 2, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Before I moved back to Florida from Massachusetts, my friend  Barbara Bietz , author of The  Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat , came to Amherst, MA for a  workshop  about Jewish kidlit. We got together while she was in town and recorded our conversation for you. https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-sundown-kid.html
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Sep 12, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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American Golem: The New Adventures of an Old World Mud Monster by Marc Lumer is a new picture book from Apples & Honey Press. I ran into Vicki Weber of  Behrman House  (the parent company of Apples & Honey) at the Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Boston, MA this June, and grabbed a quick interview about  American Golem . You'll notice the loud buzz of conference-goers in the background because we spoke in the dining room after lunch. Hopefully, that will give you a...
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Aug 12, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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On Monday June 18, 2018 at the 53rd annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries in Boston, MA, Book of Life Host Heidi Rabinowitz participated in a panel discussion of "Social Justice and Jewish Children's Books." Other panelists included author Lesléa Newman , and Horn Book editors Shoshana Flax and moderator Elissa Gershowitz . www.bookoflifepodcast.com
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Jan 10, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Susan Kusel makes the official Sydney Taylor Book Award announcement with the full list of winners, honors, and notable books: click here www.bookoflifepodcast.com
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Jan 4, 2018 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee Chair Susan Kusel thanks the hardworking committee in this teaser for the upcoming announcement of 2018 winners.
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Dec 14, 2017 Heidi Rabinowitz
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In this twelfth anniversary episode of The Book of Life, we hear from listeners and past guests about some of their favorite interviews. If we missed YOUR favorite, check out the right-hand sidebar at bookoflifepodcast.com for past episodes or go to the Internet Archive at archive.org/details/@TBOL .
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Dec 3, 2017 Heidi Rabinowitz
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I convened a virtual roundtable among the creators of two books related to The Ethics of the Fathers, aka the Pirkei Avot. Goodness knows, this is a time when the world needs moral guidance! Why not turn to ancient and modern teachings of Judaism for help? I spoke with Jessica Deutsch, creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics , and with Lois Shenker and Rabbi Eve Posen, co-authors of Pirkei Imahot: The Wisom of Mothers, The Voices of Women ....
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Nov 14, 2017 Heidi Rabinowitz
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Tasa's Song by Linda Kass is a story of a young musician in WWII Poland. I met the author at "A Book in Concert" where she read excerpts interspersed with musical performances by the Carpe Diem String Quartet . They played classical music that Tasa would have played herself, and they played the original piece "Tasa's Song," written by Charles Weatherbee as a tribute to the book. Linda is not only an author, she's also a bookseller! If you're ever in Bexley, Ohio, visit her...
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Oct 25, 2017 Heidi Rabinowitz
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The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA rescues Yiddish books and puts them in context to broaden our understanding of modern Jewish identity. This June I visited the Yiddish Book Center, where I spoke to Communications Director Lisa Newman, and to Christa Whitney, director of the center's Wexler Oral History Project . They both offered exciting backstage views of the Yiddish Book Center, and they even helped me clear up an old family linguistic mystery! By the way, here's a link to Lisa's...
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Sep 13, 2017 Heidi Rabinowitz
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In My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew , Abigail Pogrebin takes readers on a journey through every single Jewish holiday ever. As a non-Orthodox Jew, many of these holidays were unfamiliar to her before this; she explains these holidays and finds meaning in them at the same time. Abigail last appeared on The Book of Life in October 2006 , talking about her book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish . https://jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2017/09/my-jewish-year.html
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