Episode 9: A Cohen Family Case Study- Part 1


Featuring (in order of appearance): 

Olivia Cohen

Isabel Cohen

Doris Fine

Mort Cohen

Judy Cohen



In this episode, re-meet the Cohens: representatives of 3 generations of an American-Jewish (or Jewish-American) family. This episode offers space to discuss components of Jewish identity from vastly different perspectives. One shared perspective: we all love Harry Potter. 

Show Notes

  • 0:00-1:55 Hi! Thanks for listening! Please fill out the survey about your experiences with this podcast! You could win $75. Since this is Part 2 of this episode, you should listen to Part 1 first. Part 1 was more about how we got here. Part 2 is more about where we are now and where we might be going.
  • 1:55-10:30: Olivia describes her experience of having a vision while visiting a grove of petroglyphs in Nicaragua and narrates her thoughts about spirituality, religion, and theism. 
  • 10:30-12:30: Isabel speaks about cultural Judaism and her relationship to the idea of God. 
  • 12:30-15:30: Olivia speaks about her connection to God and how that is separate from Jewish practice for her. 
  • 15:30-17:00: Olivia speaks about an unfortunate experience with Chabad. 
  • 18:00-19:15: Grandma Doris talks about the importance and difficulties of carrying on Jewish tradition. 
  • 19:45-24:15: Isabel talks about her experience of "breaking" from the expectation of dating only Jews when she met her partner Ozzie. She talks about her partner's relationship to religion and her thoughts on how she'd want Judaism to be a part of their children's lives. 
  • 24:15-27:30: Grandpa Mort shares about Jews being on the outside, and I share about how that "outsider" status has shifted as more and more families become interfaith, multiracial, and intercultural. 
  • 27:30-29:30: Isabel shares about the importance of the intersection of family and Jewish practice. 
  • 29:30-30:50: Olivia shares about her love for holidays and about the baggage she carries around Judaism. 
  • 31:00-end: I wrap up our discussion a bit and remind everyone of the survey and the chance to follow on social media. Thanks for listening!