Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sonia Levitin's Return

SHOW NOTES:

Sonia Levitin, author of over 40 books for children and teens, has turned her award-winning 1987 novel The Return into a a musical stage play. RETURN chronicles an Ethiopian Jewish girl's walk to freedom in Israel via Operation Moses.

After hearing The Book of Life's "Black History Month, Jewish Style" episode, with its feature on the Abayudaya of Uganda, Sonia emailed to tell us about RETURN, and this podcast interview is the result!

Scroll down to watch a video of the musical number "Falasha" from the play, RETURN.

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Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

Your feedback is appreciated! Please write to bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Black History Month, Jewish Style

SHOW NOTES:

The Book of Life celebrates Black History Month, Jewish style!

> Richard Michelson was a May 2007 guest on The Book of Life, talking about his baseball-related story Across the Alley. Now he's won the 2009 Sydney Taylor Book Award for his picture book, As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr & Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom, and we've brought him back to talk about this new title. We also have a repeat appearance by graphologist Arlyn Imberman. She analyzed author handwriting on our September 2008 episode, and returns to talk about the handwriting of King, Heschel, and Michelson.

> Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the first black sub-Saharan rabbi, joins us to talk about the Abayudaya people of Uganda, his CD Sing for Joy, and Be'chol Lashon ("In Every Tongue"), an organization that supports the diversity of the Jewish people.


AUDIO:


Click the play button on this flash player to listen to the podcast now:

Or click MP3 File to start your computer's media player.

VIDEO:





CREDITS:

Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

Your feedback is appreciated! Please write to bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com!