8 episodes

Adventures in Jewish Studies is a podcast produced by the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide. The episodes take listeners on a journey, exploring a wide range of topics, from the contemporary to the ancient, in a way that’s informative, engaging, and fun. Launched in 2018, the Adventures in Jewish Studies series produces five episodes annually.

Adventures in Jewish Studies Podcast Association for Jewish Studies

    • Judaism

Adventures in Jewish Studies is a podcast produced by the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide. The episodes take listeners on a journey, exploring a wide range of topics, from the contemporary to the ancient, in a way that’s informative, engaging, and fun. Launched in 2018, the Adventures in Jewish Studies series produces five episodes annually.

    The Marvelous Mrs. Carroll

    The Marvelous Mrs. Carroll

    Do you love The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Our latest podcast episode focuses on the life of 1950s Jewish American female comedian Jean Carroll, the Mrs. Maisel of her day. Learn about this trailblazing performer in this episode filled with lively comedic routines and scholarly insight.

    • 28 min
    (False) Messiahs: Messianism in Jewish History & Thought with David Berger, Laura Arnold Leibman & Kenneth Seeskin

    (False) Messiahs: Messianism in Jewish History & Thought with David Berger, Laura Arnold Leibman & Kenneth Seeskin

    The idea of the messiah, a divinely annointed person who will arrive and redeem the world and restore the lost tribe of Israel to the promised land, has been a central part of traditional Judaism since the time of Maimonides in the 12th century. In this episode. we explore the messianic concept in Jewish history and thought, from the time of the Bar Kohba rebellion in 132 CE to the messianic fervor surrounding Chabad Lubavitch rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson in recent times.

    • 31 min
    Are Jews White?

    Are Jews White?

    The season one finale of Adventures in Jewish Studies tackles the challenging and complex issues of Jewish identity, whiteness, and anti-Semitism in America. This episode traces the history of Ashkenazi Jews in the U.S. from the turn of the century to the present day, looking at how Jews have been on the margins of whiteness, often victims of anti-Semitism and white supremacy, but also later occupying places of privilege within whiteness as they assimilated into white, mainstream America.   

    • 33 min
    Portnoy's Complaint at 50 featuring Brett Ashley Kaplan, Warren Hoffman, Josh Lambert & Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association for Jewish Studies

    Portnoy's Complaint at 50 featuring Brett Ashley Kaplan, Warren Hoffman, Josh Lambert & Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association for Jewish Studies

    50 years ago, Philip Roth's wildly controversial and hugely successful novel Portnoy's Complaint was published. This episode tells the story of the bestselling novel – how and why Roth wrote it, the controversy and harsh criticism it generated among the Jewish establishment, and how literary critics have read and analyzed the novel in the decades since its publication.

    • 30 min
    The Yemenite Children Affair & the Story of the Mizrahi Jews in the Development of the State of Israel featuring Vincent Calvetti-Wolf, Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, Yaacov Lozowick, Bryan K. Roby Avi Shilon & Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association fo

    The Yemenite Children Affair & the Story of the Mizrahi Jews in the Development of the State of Israel featuring Vincent Calvetti-Wolf, Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber, Yaacov Lozowick, Bryan K. Roby Avi Shilon & Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association fo

    The Association for Jewish Studies looks at the Yemenite Children Affair to trace the evolution of the Mizrahi Jewish experience in the first decades of the development of the state of Israel.

    • 40 min
    The Origins of the Jews featuring Cynthia Baker, Ofri Ilany, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Steven Weitzman, David Wolpe, and Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association for Jewish Studies

    The Origins of the Jews featuring Cynthia Baker, Ofri Ilany, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Steven Weitzman, David Wolpe, and Jeremy Shere and produced by the Association for Jewish Studies

    Where do Jews come from?
    That’s the big question we’re asking in the second episode of the Adventures in Jewish Studies podcast, and we’re turning to the fields of history, archaeology, linguistics, and genetics in our search to solve the mystery of Judaism’s roots.
    Join host Jeremy Shere and his Jewish Studies experts as they discuss the intriguing origins of the Jews.
    Guests include:
    Judaism and early Christianity scholar Cynthia Baker Historian Ofri Ilany Women and religion in antiquity scholar Beth Alpert Nakhai Jewish antiquity scholar Steven Weitzman Rabbi David Wolpe

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Purpetal ,

Interesting topic

Loved learning about my favorite foods. Looking forward to the next episode.

from the middle to NYC ,

So fascinating!

And sounds just like NPR! As a transplanted New Yorker, it was so interesting to learn about a unique part of the city’s history! Excited for the next episode!

ceh37 ,

The facts behind foodways

A fascinating and elegantly produced look at Jewish immigrant foodways, and what they reveal about the distinctly American Jewish experience.

Top Podcasts In Judaism

Listeners Also Subscribed To