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Episode 148: Pennies for Heaven...and Building Upkeep - Dan Judson Part II

12/14/2018
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We continue our conversation with Dan Judson, Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, in the second part of a two-episode series, turning our focus to more recent history and to the future outlook for synagogues in the face of the demographic and religious changes American Judaism has been going through. Judson is the author of the recent book Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money.

Duration:00:41:56

Episode 147: From Selling Pews to Temple Dues - Dan Judson Part I

12/7/2018
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Dan Judson, Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, joins Judaism Unbound for the first of two episodes on the story of how synagogues have sustained themselves economically throughout American history and how they will have to adjust to the great changes in Jewish life we are experiencing today. Judson is the author of the recent book Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money.

Duration:00:45:31

Episode 146: The Jewish American Paradox - Robert Mnookin

11/30/2018
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Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg are joined by Harvard Law School professor Robert Mnookin to discuss his new book, The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World, which explores what it means, and what it ought to mean, to be an American Jew in the 21st Century.

Duration:00:42:50

Episode 145: Studying Jews Differently - Tobin Belzer

11/23/2018
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Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg are joined by Tobin Belzer, an applied sociologist, for a conversation about why it might be time to re-conceptualize the study of American Jews and their identities.

Duration:00:42:57

Episode 144: Beyond Chrismukkah - Samira Mehta

11/16/2018
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Continuing their exploration of the families Jews are creating in the 21st Century, Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg are joined by Samira Mehta, scholar of American religion and author of the book Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States.

Duration:00:45:52

Episode 143: Milk and Honeymoons - Avi Rubel, Mike Wise

11/9/2018
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Returning to our exploration of the 2013 Pew Study of Jewish Americans, Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg are joined by Avi Rubel and Mike Wise, co-founders and leaders of Honeymoon Israel, the only major national initiative that we know to have been conceived and created as a direct consequence of the findings of the Pew Research Center’s population study, called “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.”

Duration:00:45:06

Episode 142: After Pittsburgh

11/2/2018
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Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg mourn the devastating murder of 11 Jews, during Shabbat services, at the Tree of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. They explore the ways that this moment requires Jews to stand both with one another and in solidarity with other marginalized groups.

Duration:00:46:03

Mid-Week Episode: Antisemitism, Nativism, and Immigration - Eli Lederhendler

10/29/2018
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After 11 were murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Judaism Unbound pre-emptively releases a conversation that initially wasn't going to be available for a few weeks. Eli Lederhendler, the Stephen S. Wise Chair in American Jewish History at Hebrew University, joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about antisemitism, nativism, and immigration in the early 20th century. It's a conversation centered in the past, but it couldn't be more relevant to our contemporary context.

Duration:00:26:28

Episode 141: Federations Facing the Future - Danny Grossman

10/26/2018
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Danny Grossman, CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, joins Judaism Unbound to look at the Bay Area as a case study for how Jewish federations address demographic and other changes in the Jewish community of the kinds revealed in the 2013 Pew Study and more recent population studies.

Duration:00:50:11

Episode 140: The Pew Study, Five Years Later - Leonard Saxe

10/19/2018
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Len Saxe, Director of Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg, to kick off a unit of episodes reflecting on the Pew Research Center’s landmark 2013 Jewish population study, entitled “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” on the fifth anniversary of its publication.

Duration:00:46:32

Episode 139: The Future of God

10/12/2018
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Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg close out their multi-episode series on God by asking what role God might play, and might not play, in the future of American Judaism.

Duration:00:42:32

Episode 138: God and Gender - Rachel Adler

10/5/2018
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Theologian Rachel Adler, of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, explores Judaism through lenses of metaphor, liturgy, theology, and more, in a conversation with hosts Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg.

Duration:00:44:39

Episode 137: God of Love - Shai Held

9/28/2018
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Shai Held, the President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about God, love, and the ways in which the two are indelibly connected.

Duration:00:54:01

Episode 136: God? Optional - Judith Seid

9/21/2018
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Judith Seid, author of God-Optional Judaism: Alternatives for Cultural Jews Who Love Their History, Heritage, and Community, joins co-hosts Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about God, from the perspective of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Duration:00:48:17

Episode 135: Putting God Second - Donniel Hartman

9/14/2018
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Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about religion's "auto-immune disease," the concept of "God-intoxication," and other key ideas from his book Putting God Second.

Duration:00:47:12

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Morning Torah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Leviticus 16, which outlines the ancient scapegoat ritual.

Duration:00:12:34

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Morning Haftarah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Isaiah 57-58.

Duration:00:11:56

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Afternoon Torah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. In this "mini-episode," they tackle Leviticus 18 and 19.

Duration:00:12:16

Bonus Episode: Yom Kippur Unbound - Afternoon Haftarah Reading

9/12/2018
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In honor of Yom Kippur, Dan and Lex are looking at the four major Biblical readings associated with the holiday. They ask how these texts can apply to 21st century life, and they provide a variety of answers, including many that incorporate historical understandings of the Bible gleaned from Biblical source criticism. In this "mini-episode," they tackle the Book of Jonah.

Duration:00:18:07

Episode 134: God on a Desert Island - Andrew Hahn

9/7/2018
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Continuing our exploration of a variety of views of God that might resonate with today's Jews, Andrew Hahn, known as The Kirtan Rabbi, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg in a conversation that introduces and explores the idea of Non-Dualism, the history of Judaism importing ideas and practices from other traditions, and hypothesizes about what Jewish theology and practice might look like outside the context of community, such as if a person were isolated on a desert island.

Duration:00:42:39