20 episodes

What do we all have in common? We all live - and balance - complex and nuanced identities, that, when braided together, make us wholly ourselves - and “Wholly Jewish.” Join April Baskin, the Union for Reform Judaism’s former vice president for audacious hospitality, as she speaks with Jews of Color who share their experiences, insights, and how their identities enrich and create a more vibrant Jewish community.

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    • 4.8, 54 Ratings

What do we all have in common? We all live - and balance - complex and nuanced identities, that, when braided together, make us wholly ourselves - and “Wholly Jewish.” Join April Baskin, the Union for Reform Judaism’s former vice president for audacious hospitality, as she speaks with Jews of Color who share their experiences, insights, and how their identities enrich and create a more vibrant Jewish community.

    Leonard: Creating Seats at the Queer Jewish Table

    Leonard: Creating Seats at the Queer Jewish Table

    Judaism is in a constant state of reform, and our approach to LGBTQ+ inclusivity should be, too. Leonard Slutsky (he/him), a Union for Reform Judaism lay leader and college admissions counselor, shares his experiences as a gay cisgender Jewish man; how Reform Jewish spaces affirmed his gay identity; how Judaism inspires his work as a suicide hotline volunteer; and how our communities can better serve queer Jews of all backgrounds. “I feel that it’s my role as someone who has a great deal of privilege, especially within the queer community,” he says, “to use it and help support those who don’t have as much as a voice.”

    • 24 min
    Mo: Standing in the Closet Doorway

    Mo: Standing in the Closet Doorway

    Being queer means something different to everyone who identifies this way. Mo Selkirk (she/her), a queer Jewish mother, spouse, and activist, to name a few, discusses how her grandparents inspired her to embrace Judaism, what it means to be in a queer family, and how presenting as straight has been a blessing and a curse. “My [queer] invisibility is my personal superpower,” she says, “because people will say things to me [when] they don’t know who they’re talking to, and…I have the have the opportunity to educate them.”

    • 22 min
    The Secret to Eliana's Fabulous Hair

    The Secret to Eliana's Fabulous Hair

    During Shira’s conversation with Eliana Rubin (check out our June 2nd episode, if you missed it), many topics came up – including Eliana’s beautiful, curly hair! In case you couldn’t get enough from episode one, check out this bonus episode all about how she creates those perfect curls.

    • 3 min
    Eliana: Gender Diversity is So Jewish

    Eliana: Gender Diversity is So Jewish

    On the premiere episode of Wholly Jewish: Season 2, we hear from Eliana Rubin (she/her). Eliana (who went by Elias at the time of this episode’s recording) talks about when she first connected with her nonbinary transfemme identity and her desire to create more queer-inclusive classrooms. "I find that identifying as a Reform Jew and a queer person...are two parts of me that are so integral now to my core identity," she says.

    • 21 min
    B'ruchim Haba'im - Welcome Back to Wholly Jewish: Season 2!

    B'ruchim Haba'im - Welcome Back to Wholly Jewish: Season 2!

    Welcome to the first episode of Wholly Jewish: Season 2! Hosted by Jewish performance and ritual artist Shira Kline (she/her), a.k.a. ShirLaLa, this season features interviews with LGBTQIA+ Jews from the Union for Reform Judaism's JewV'Nation Fellowship. Follow along as they share their experiences in Jewish spaces, how their queerness and their Judaism intersect, and their visions of a more inclusive and equitable Jewish community.

    • 2 min
    Becky: Kimchi and Latkes

    Becky: Kimchi and Latkes

    Fashionista and future rabbi Becky Jaye talks about navigating the world as an Asian Jew – in rabbinical school, in Israel, in the broader Jewish community, and in society at large. “I'm probably the most confident I've ever been in my identity as a Reform Jew,” she says.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Hamakosan ,

I can empathize

As a Jew by choice and of color, it’s great to hear the stories of those with their Jewish and-and’s. Sometimes one can feel isolated even in the most welcoming communities when you’re the only one that’s not like the others...but now I see there is in fact a much wider community than meets the eye. Great listening!

mikethegoblin ,

An engaging, human perspective on the modern Jewish experience

As someone converting to Judaism I sometimes feel like an outsider. This podcast really helps me identify with and feel more comfortable among the Jewish community. It’s both enlightening and inspiring. Truly my favorite podcast.

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