End of Year Review!

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It's crazy to think that it's been 5 months since our first episode debuted in July. I am so grateful to every single person who has listened to an episode, filled out a post-episode feedback survey, shared this podcast with friends or family, and, of course, been interviewed for the show! We've come a long way, and we have so many more stories to tell!! Here's a little sum-up of the year: 


So where do we go from here? Well, that partially depends on you. In terms of content, you can fill out our "episode topic" survey to share your thoughts about what we should cover in the winter and spring, and if you want to be on the show you can fill out our submissions form! 

This podcast will get better as it grows, and the best way for the show to grow is through you: our listeners! Share the podcast on your social media accounts, forward emails to friends, and don't forget to rate and review us on iTunes.

2018 corresponds to Chai/חי in the Jewish calendar. If you know the toast "l'chaim," you know that this is a year dedicated to life! Let's make this a year in which we share the lives of today's Jews, and their loved ones of many faiths, with as wide an audience as we can. 

December Episode Submissions!

I'm trying something a little different this month. Rather than interviewing 3-4 people for this episode, I'm turning to you, my wonderful listeners, to provide the content! Let's show the Jewish world how Jewish families enjoy December holidays!

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Here's how:

Record a 3-5 minute voice memo (or whatever your phone/tablet/computer's equivalent app is!) sharing a story about celebrating a holiday other than Hanukkah with dear ones who are not Jewish, OR about inviting dear ones of other faiths to participate in your Hanukkah celebration, or both! 

Email your recording to jewtoopodcast@gmail.com! I'll use these recordings for the bulk of the content of the December episode! Get these to me no later than December 15 but the sooner the better!

Tell your friends who have great holiday stories to share, and get them to me as soon as you can so I've got lots of time to craft an episode full of holiday cheer for us all.

Want to do something else to support the show? 

Here are three little ways:

  • Rate and review us on iTunes 
  • Tell your friends about the show!
  • Post about "Jew Too" on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms

Ashamnu for the sins we have committed against interfaith families in the jewish community

I didn't plan to write this. Like many rabbinical students, my mind is in full-on "High Holiday Prep" mode right now. I'm crafting services for children and teens, brainstorming ideas for the "d'var Torah" (sermon or, literally, word of torah) that I'll be offering on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and, oh, trying to handle work for all of my classes and my two jobs. There are only so many hours in the day, and I like to spend a chunk of those hours sleeping and eating and playing with my cat. 

However, earlier today, when I sat down to hammer out a translation for a class, I instead found this prayer whacking against my brain like a gently tossed pingpong ball. I've been me long enough to know that, when I get an idea, best to let it have its day. 

Please feel more than welcome to use this Ashamnu during your High Holiday celebrations. I ask that if you will be sharing this prayer with a community that you please also share my name and the name of the podcast. And if you want to let me know that you used this or are planning to use it, I would welcome that very much! Thank you! 

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