Justin Regan takes a road trip around the United States to talk to various rabbis about their thoughts on American Judaism. The positives, the challenges and the personal stories behind it.
Welcome to American Rabbi Project
American Rabbi Project is a podcast with the goal of interviewing at least one rabbi in every state about their thoughts on the Jewish experience in the U.S.
Washington: Bimah and Beats
Seattle, Washington has one of the largest communities of Sephardic Jews in the U.S. Rabbi Simon Benzaquen has been serving this community for 36 plus years. In addition to his typical rabbinical duties, he's also part of a Ladino hip-hop group, that is putting a modern twist on classic songs. He says the ancient romanzas they perform were written by the Sephardim to articulate the pain and loss of being expelled from their homeland during The Inquisition. Benzaquen talks about the importance of preserving the Ladino language, and the role rap can play in that mission, in this music-heavy season 2 finale of American Rabbi Project.
The Festival of Freedom
In this year's Passover episode rabbis from around the country share some of their favorite memories of the holiday.
Behind the Scenes
In this special episode, go behind the scenes and hear from Justin and various members of his editorial team as they talk about the podcast, the creative process, why they do what they do and answer some of the most common questions asked about the podcast. So wash your hands and listen in as the American Rabbi Project team tells you how, and why, the (kosher) sausage gets made.
History is Personal
This is the third and final episode in a special mini-series profiling Holocaust educators. First, we'll hear from a German college professor who teaches classes on the Holocaust and other genocides. He says it's important to focus on the role individuals play in carrying out a genocide and that real learning happens when students get uncomfortable. Then we'll hear from two screenwriters who wrote a children's book about the Shoah. Specifically, it's through the eyes of the cat who lived with Anne Frank while she and her family were hiding from the Nazis. They say it's a 'gentle' introduction to the Holocaust and is designed to educate and empower the youth.
Sharing the Silence
Rabbi Peter Grumbacher is the child of Holocaust survivors. His father was a prisoner of Dachau who fled to the United States and then helped liberate Europe as an American Soldier. But growing up, Grumbacher's parents told him none of this. It was not uncommon for a survivor household to be a silent one. Grumbacher eventually managed to get the story from his father and today he shares it with the world. This is the second part in a special mini-series where we hear from Holocaust educators about their thoughts on Holocaust education and remembrance today.
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So happy to discover!
I just started working my way through the archives and am so happy to discover this podcast. I love the different perspectives of American Jewry.
As with all of your podcasts they are very insightful and interesting and yes Educational. This one in particular I found very interesting not only with the Rabbi coming out about being gay but that he connected Judaism with what is going on in the country and how we as Jews are frightened. Every synagogue has guards and metal detectors. Some congregants are afraid to go to services. But his talking to me gave me hope for the future. We as Jews have survived and will continue to survive no matter who tries to bring us down. And it is a rabbis like Rabbi Steinlauf who gives us hope. I look forward to your second season. Great Job.
I’m very excited about this podcast and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. Justin is leading us on a journey to uncover the real narratives of the Jewish American identity and I look forward to listening as these layers are peeled back.