Jew Too? Tales of the Mixed Multitude is a podcast created and produced by Rabbi Emily Cohen, Lab/Shul’s Rabbinic Resident, in partnership for its second season with B’nai Jeshurun’s Jewish Home Project. Jew Too highlights the stories, struggles, and visions of the many faces of our community-- including Jews of color, queer Jews, and those of us with interfaith and hybrid identities.
Episode 16: "To Jew or not to Jew?" Contemporary Thoughts on Conversion
Meet Beryl, Luis, and Sian-- 3 Jews who converted to Judaism. In this episode, they share stories of how they found home in Jewish spaces and how their multiple identities intersect as Jews in New York City.
This episode is produced in partnership with B’nai Jeshurun and Lab/Shul in NYC
Episode 15: "But You Don't Look Jewish" Race in Jewish Space
In this episode, meet Yitz Jordon (Y-LOVE) and Kim Cohen, two Jews of Color in New York City. We dig into their stories of navigating Jewish communities where white Jews are - accurately or not - considered normative, and discuss questions of history, belonging, race in the American and Jewish contexts, and the hope for a multiculturally-grounded future.
This episode is produced in partnership with B'nai Jeshurun in NYC
Episode 14: "Marry Me?" Conversations with Rabbis and Multiheritage Couples
In this episode, we hear from 2 NYC-based Rabbis-- Roly Matalon of B'nai Jeshurun and Amichai Lau-Lavie of Lab/Shul-- along with 2 interfaith couples-- Danielle and Aamir, and Lisa and John-- about the joys, challenges, complexities, and gifts religiously diverse families bring.
Special Episode: Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism
On January 5, 2020, Jews and allies from around the NYC area and beyond, gathered to march in response to a significant uptick in antisemitic attacks. Along the way, I became a bit of a field reporter and spoke with a number of folks, asking them to share about why they were present and how their own politics intersect with their Judaism. This episode is produced in partnership with B'nai Jeshurun and Lab/Shul
Episode 13: "Merry--um--Holidays!" Chrismukkah and Other Compromises
In this episode, meet Cecily-- a member of BJ who became Jewish shortly before her wedding many years ago-- and Jenny and Lucy-- a mother and daughter who are members of Lab/Shul and part of a multiheritage family. In this episode, we delve into some big questions about secular vs. religious traditions, how to navigate Hanukkah in a society where Christmas is everywhere, and whether or not getting a Christmas tree is indeed a bad idea for Jews.
Episode 12: "Warm and Welcoming?" Reflections on Congregational Inclusivity
In this episode, our first in partnership with B'nai Jeshurun, meet Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie of Lab/Shul and Rabbi Shuli Passow of B'nai Jeshurun: two clergy who have experiences of seeking, offering, and enhancing welcome in diverse Jewish spaces. Rabbi Amichai and Rabbi Shuli share their stories of navigating our shifting Jewish world and reconciling their needs and desires with a number of communities. Recorded just before this year's High Holy Days, this episode is full of reflection and intention-setting for the next decade of American Jewish life.
It was a New Years’ resolution to become more deeply connected to my Judaism. Little did I know, the pandemic and quarantine were here to help! Not only can I stream Shabbat and holiday services on Zoom, but I have recently discovered this podcast and am loving it.
Thoughtful - Interesting - Meaningful
Highly recommend the work that Rabbi Emily Cohen is doing to widen the tent and invite us to dance, sing, learn, pray, and play together within that tent. Kol haKavod!
Thank you for this great podcast. As a non-Jew considering becoming a Jew, I appreciate the complex stories told here as I learn more about Judaism. Also, just from listening, you can tell the host is a sweet and kind person which makes this even better. Thanks to all involved.