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Rabbi Michael E. Harvey of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, was ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2015. He earned a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion & a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. Throughout his tenure at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Harvey served congregations, small & large, in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, & Texas.Certified as a Prepare & Enrich marital & p ...
 
Jew Too? Tales of the Mixed Multitude is a podcast created and produced by Rabbi Emily Cohen, Lab/Shul’s Rabbinic Resident, in partnership for its second season with B’nai Jeshurun’s Jewish Home Project. Jew Too highlights the stories, struggles, and visions of the many faces of our community-- including Jews of color, queer Jews, and those of us with interfaith and hybrid identities.
 
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Michelle Obama’s speechwriter takes us on her journey back to Judaism's deepest lessons.Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, starting out as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Sarah worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses…
 
Human stories of Judaism’s seismic shift, told from the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.Elisheva Carlebach, editor of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 6: Confronting Modernity, 1750–1880, is Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture, and Society and director, Institute for Israel and Jewi…
 
Managing workplace harassment through organizational awareness.Ms. Sepler is best known for her pioneering work in harassment prevention and workplace investigations. She has developed techniques and protocols used by organizations throughout the United States to investigate complaints of workplace misconduct. Ms. Sepler also wrote Finding the Fact…
 
Rabbi Seth M. Limmer on social justice, Israel, immigration (and more) at Chicago’s historic Sinai Temple.Rabbi Seth M. Limmer, DHL, serves as senior rabbi of Chicago Sinai Congregation. During his rabbinate he has served as chair of the Justice, Peace & Civil Liberties of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, as vice-chair of the URJ’s Commis…
 
Creating safe spaces on campuses for free expression and intellectual candor.Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., is the 10th President in the 144-year history of Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion. A distinguished academic, President Rehfeld brings distinctive intellectual, spiritual, and professional qualities to lead the College-Institute’s m…
 
Coalition building and grass-roots programs for gun violence prevention.Kathryn Fleisher is the founding Executive Director of Not My Generation, a nonprofit dedicated to localized, intersectional young-adult gun violence prevention organizing. She is a former NFTY North American President and current RAC Commission on Social Action (CSA) Member. S…
 
Lessons and challenges from Black church leadership for Jewish and other allies.Pastor John Cager is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has shepherded four congregations in his ministry: St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Baldwin Hills as a visiting pastor; First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Santa Monica, …
 
Fighting for gay and civil rights, and Jewish pluralism.Rabbi Noa Sattath is the Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the social justice arm of the Israel Movement for Reform Judaism. She is charged with leading the staff of the organization, developing social change strategies in the fields of separation of religion and state, wo…
 
The compelling journey of a biracial Jew.Marra B. Gad was born in New York and raised in Chicago. She is an independent film and television producer and now calls Los Angeles home. Ms. Gad is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a master’s degree in modern Jewish history from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson Un…
 
Seeking meaning in a spiritual approach to aging.Rabbi Address was ordained at HUC-JIR 1972 and currently serves as the Director of Jewish Sacred Aging® (jewishsacredaging.com) and host of weekly podcast "Seekers of Meaning." He served on staff of the URJ for over 3 decades as Regional Director and Director of Jewish Family Concerns, in addition to…
 
Leaders of Atlanta's Berman Center and Blue Dove Foundation tackle addiction and mental health in the Jewish community.Alyza Berman, LCSW, is the founder, owner, and executive director of the Berman Center, a treatment program created to address the needs of individuals who suffer from addiction, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. She is a…
 
Exploring new community models for the next generation of Jews.Rabbi Mike Uram is the Executive Director at Penn Hillel and the author of the best-selling book, Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations, which won a National Jewish Book Award in 2016. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant …
 
Off-Script: Old Wisdom, New RealtyAudio insights from religious thinkers on the Covid-19 pandemic -- a special series of the College Commons Podcast. Episode Contributors: BART CAMPOLO is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who currently serves as the humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati and the host of the award-winning Humanize M…
 
In this episode, meet Yitz Jordon (Y-LOVE) and Kim Cohen, two Jews of Color in New York City. We dig into their stories of navigating Jewish communities where white Jews are - accurately or not - considered normative, and discuss questions of history, belonging, race in the American and Jewish contexts, and the hope for a multiculturally-grounded f…
 
Sources of inspiration from great teachers—and unexpected ones, as well.Ariel Burger is the author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom, which won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in Biography. He is also an artist and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox rabbi…
 
Mutually inspiring sources of Reform Judaism—from places you may not expect.Rita Fruman was raised in the Reform Movement in Belarus, beginning in 1999. In 2001, she became a madricha and then the Director of the Minsk Netzer club, where she oversaw the training of the next generation of leaders in Jewish summer camps. In 2003, she made Aliyah, and…
 
Fighting anti-Zionism in progressive spaces.Amanda Berman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Zioness Movement, a new initiative empowering and activating Zionists on the progressive left to stand proudly in social justice spaces as Jews and Zionists. Until she recently made the transition to focusing exclusively on building the much-neede…
 
In this episode, meet Cecily-- a member of BJ who became Jewish shortly before her wedding many years ago-- and Jenny and Lucy-- a mother and daughter who are members of Lab/Shul and part of a multiheritage family. In this episode, we delve into some big questions about secular vs. religious traditions, how to navigate Hanukkah in a society where C…
 
Parenting as spiritual practice, the complexity of cultural appropriation, and the challenging work of intersectionality and feminism today.Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author and writer. She was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of ten “rabbis to watch,” by the Forward as one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis, an…
 
Policy analyst Jordan Reimer unpacks the complexities of geopolitics in the middle east.Jordan Reimer is currently a policy analyst at RAND in the defense and political sciences department. He has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and studied in Egypt and Yemen. He served as a policymaker at the Department of Defense und…
 
In this episode, our first in partnership with B'nai Jeshurun, meet Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie of Lab/Shul and Rabbi Shuli Passow of B'nai Jeshurun: two clergy who have experiences of seeking, offering, and enhancing welcome in diverse Jewish spaces. Rabbi Amichai and Rabbi Shuli share their stories of navigating our shifting Jewish world and reconcil…
 
It's a new season at "Jew Too," with opportunity for new collaboration! Curious about the partnership between Lab/Shul and B'nai Jeshurun? In this mini episode, Rabbi Emily Cohen of "Jew Too" and Lab/Shul, and Rabbi Felicia Sol of B'nai Jeshurun, set the tone for the episodes to come by delving into the risks and rewards of this season's holy, chal…
 
Campus speech and our values.Michael S. Roth is the 16th president of Wesleyan University. A professor, author and curator, Roth's scholarly interests center on how people make sense of the past. His most recent book is Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist's Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech and Political Correctness on College Campuses (2019), publis…
 
Is belief of one type or another necessary to lead a good life?Scott Shay is a leading businessman, thought leader, and author of two widely read books: Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry, and In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, the latter of which has been recognized as one of the best books of 2018 by Mosaic Auth…
 
Palestinian author and vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace, Yousef Bashir shares his compelling personal story of why we must focus on the human aspect of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Author of, The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine, Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, and the son of Kh…
 
Yogi, podcaster, and passionate Jew, Lauren Taus has a different take on being culturally Jewish.With decades of experience as a licensed clinical therapist and yoga teacher, Lauren Taus guides people in embodied healing to alchemize personal and intergeneration pain. She works with the body, the mind and the spirit to transform lives, and guide in…
 
Reform liturgy in Israel, where Hebrew content has a whole new meaning.Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at the Taube Family Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, and she teaches in various academic institutions in Israel and Europe. Marx, tenth generation in J…
 
Take a gripping glimpse behind the bars of the American criminal prison system from a Jewish social activist who's done time on the inside.Evie Litwok is the Founder and Executive Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration (WMI). WMI’s mission is to end mass incarceration by placing formerly incarcerated women and LGBTQIA+ experiences at the center …
 
“Unorthodox” Podcast host takes questions on American Judaism and Jewish culture.Author and freelance writer, Mark Oppenheimer, wrote the “Beliefs” column for The New York Times from 2010 until the summer of 2016. He now hosts a weekly podcast "Unorthodox," produced by Tablet magazine. On iTunes’s #1 Jewish-themed podcast, he delivers the News of t…
 
Poetry and prose from the pen of Yermiyahu Ahron Taub transport us from the world of Orthodox Judaism to the libraries of modern America.Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of the collection of short stories Prodigal Children in the House of G-d (2018) and six books of poetry, including A Mouse Among Tottering Skyscrapers: Selected Yiddish Poems (20…
 
Exploring the value, ritual, and tradition of storytelling while straddling different Jewish worlds.Pearl Gluck’s work has been part of the Sundance Lab, played at the Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and PBS. The Turn Out is her first fiction feature film. Her first documentary feature film, Divan (2004) opened theatrically at Film For…
 
This episode of the College Commons Podcast explores how music can be a powerful tool for bringing people together, and examines empathy's role in the core of Judaism.Senior Rabbi at Stephen Wise Temple, Yoshi Zweiback was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordai…
 
Is the Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine the best solution for a persistent conflict?David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advan…
 
How can we move past fear to find respect and acceptance in our differences? And what does it mean to think about others when we have power?Dr. Marcie Lenk has devoted her intellectual life and career to organizing educational programs and teaching Jews and Christians (and people of other faiths) to understand and appreciate the basic texts, ideas,…
 
How has American Judaism developed in the context of American Protestantism, and what have we learned from one another?Benjamin Sommer is Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz described Sommer as “a traditionalist and yet an iconoclast – he shatters idols and prejudices in order to nurture Jewish trad…
 
Examining the special relationship American Jews have had with the law, and tackling some of the thorniest controversies about the separation of Church and State.Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, has been writing their "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Ne…
 
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