Friday, August 08, 2008

2 Jews, 3 Opinions


SHOW NOTES:

In this episode of The Book of Life, we talk to 2 Jews and get way more than 3 opinions! These two conversations are the last of the material recorded at Book Expo 2008.

> Kathy Bloomfield, owner of the former Jewish book fair company For Words, member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and Outreach Program Ambassador for the Union for Reform Judaism's Northeast Council talks about her life as a Jew by choice, and how it affects her reading.

> Laurel Snyder, author of secular books for kids and adults and editor of Half / Life: Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes, talks about growing up interfaith, raising Jewish children in an interfaith home, and about how questions of Jewish identity affect her writing.

SURVEY:

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NEWS:

The Book of Life has joined the Big Tent Judaism Coalition. This an umbrella group for communal Jewish institutions that strive to be inclusive and welcoming, like Abraham and Sarah in the Bible, whose big tent was open on all four sides to let guests enter. The Book of Life became a Big Tent member to show our commitment to exploring Judaism from new angles and to educating and welcoming a wide variety of listeners. The Big Tent Judaism Coalition is run by the Jewish Outreach Institute. Check out their website at joi.org/bigtent.

AUDIO:

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CREDITS:

Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band. Additional background music in this episode includes the song "Bad Writer" by Gokee Quateto from the Podsafe Music Network.

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