300 episodes

Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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    • 4.7 • 269 Ratings

Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

You can support Judaism Unbound at www.JudaismUnbound.com/donate.

    Episode 244: The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex - Lila Corwin Berman

    Episode 244: The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex - Lila Corwin Berman

    Lila Corwin Berman, director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History and author of the book The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The History of a Multibillion Dollar Institution, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about American Jewish philanthropy's history. They also explore ways in which that history opens up expansive questions about issues ranging from the Holocaust, to Israel, to sexism, and key terms in Jewish life like "continuity" and "identity."

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 243: Organizing the Grassroots - Sheila Katz, Danya Ruttenberg

    Episode 243: Organizing the Grassroots - Sheila Katz, Danya Ruttenberg

    Sheila Katz and Danya Ruttenberg, CEO and Scholar-in-Residence of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), join Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about the history and legacy of NCJW, along with the work that they're continue to do today to build a more just, more liberated world.

    • 51 min
    Episode 242: The New Jewish Canon - Yehuda Kurtzer, Claire Sufrin

    Episode 242: The New Jewish Canon - Yehuda Kurtzer, Claire Sufrin

    Yehuda Kurtzer and Claire Sufrin, co-authors of the book The New Jewish Canon: Ideas & Debates 1980-2015, join Dan and Lex for a conversation about what a contemporary Jewish canon even is, how they went about deciding the pieces that made it in, and how those questions connect to other Jewish textual canons, past, present, and (potentially) future.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 241: At The Well - Sarah Waxman

    Episode 241: At The Well - Sarah Waxman

    Sarah Waxman, founder of At The Well, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about Rosh Chodesh (the Jewish practice of marking a new month), its relationship to women's spirituality, and At The Well's work to empower women in experiencing this sacred monthly moment with one another.

    • 53 min
    Bonus Episode: Bovo-Buch III - Popularity and Prejudice

    Bonus Episode: Bovo-Buch III - Popularity and Prejudice

    Bovo-Buch: Chivalric Romance, Cultural Collision is a four-episode podcast series produced by theatre dybbuk, presented in collaboration with Judaism Unbound.

    Bovo-Buch is Elia Levita's 16th century Yiddish adaptation of the popular Italian chivalric romance Bovo d’Antona. The book was extremely popular among Jewish communities of the time, and is an example of the cultural convergence that occurs when a narrative is adapted into a new context. Our mini-series is a combination of scholarship around the book and its history – led by Erith Jaffe-Berg in conversation with Aaron Henne – and performed readings of the text by actors from theatre dybbuk.

    In this episode, the 4th of four, the focus is on the book’s reach and popularity, as well as the problematic nature of its relationship to its Muslim characters, and the divisions among the Jewish communities of Northern Italy.

    Learn more about theatre dybbuk by heading to www.theatredybbuk.org.

    • 42 min
    Bonus Episode: Bovo-Buch II - The Women and Their World

    Bonus Episode: Bovo-Buch II - The Women and Their World

    Bovo-Buch: Chivalric Romance, Cultural Collision is a four-episode podcast series produced by theatre dybbuk, presented in collaboration with Judaism Unbound.

    Bovo-Buch is Elia Levita's 16th century Yiddish adaptation of the popular Italian chivalric romance Bovo d’Antona. The book was extremely popular among Jewish communities of the time, and is an example of the cultural convergence that occurs when a narrative is adapted into a new context. Our three episode podcast is a combination of scholarship around the book and its history – led by Erith Jaffe-Berg in conversation with Aaron Henne – and performed readings of the text by actors from theatre dybbuk.

    In this episode, the 3rd of four, the focus is on investigating the social roles of both the women in the story and its female readership, as well as the sexual and gender dynamics present in the text. The remaining episode in this series will be released on September 23rd.

    Learn more about theatre dybbuk by heading to www.theatredybbuk.org.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

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Lovely podcast

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Fascinating insights

Love having a place for learning about Jewish innovative practices. Very inspiring and practical!

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Jewish adaptations

Still wanted to leave a comment that you are my favorite Jewish podcast still! Love how in-depth your team is going into each subject.

My second reason for leaving a review is because I’m finding the need for adaptation within Jewish practice very relevant right now with the spread of the corona virus. My shul just shut down Saturday Shabbat services, sent out a video of our shpiel and other unusual practices. Perhaps you guys are thinking about this but thought I would bring it up. Thanks for al the work you do!

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