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Little Free Libraries

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    VISIT READ IN COLOR     🕮    Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Here's an interview with Margret Aldrich, Director of Communications at the Little Free Library organization. We'll find out how this phenomenon got started, and we'll learn about how Jewish books are being included in their Read In Color program.  And as someone who receives a LOT of Jewish book donations, many of which duplicate titles I already have, I can tell you from personal experience that Little Free Libraries are a wonderful way to get those books off my own shelf and share them with the world. LEARN MORE:  Margret Aldrich's website Little Free Library website Read In Color program Jewish Read In Color Recommended Reads Buy The Little Free Library Book by Margret Alrich Tikkun Olam suggestion: sign the Read

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good by Nancy Werlin is a coming of age story with a Jewish protagonist, about the power of fandom, friendship, and finding your inner nerd. Speaking of fandom, be sure to check out my guest spot on the August episode of the podcast Star Trek and the Jews! Link below. LEARN MORE: Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good Nancy Werlin's website Casual Jewish Representation: Jewish Readers Deserve to See Themselves Outside of the Holocaust and Holidays , blog post from We Need Diverse Books People of the (Futuristic) Book , bibliography of Jewish science fiction Star Trek and the Jews podcast (Heidi is the guest)   CREDITS: Produced by Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel Theme Music: The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band Facebook Discussion Group: Jewish Kidlit Mavens Facebook Page: Facebook.com/bookoflifepodcast Twitter: @bookoflifepo

Star Trek and the Jews

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I am thrilled to be a guest on the podcast Star Trek and the Jews, a monthly podcast using Star Trek to boldly explore the world of Jews and Judaism! We discussed the Star Trek stories Creative Couplings about a Klingon/Jewish wedding, and the revenge/forgiveness story "An Easy Fast" in Tales from the Captain's Table . My interview appears in Part I of a two-part series. The second part features an interview with the authors of the above stories. Check it out at StarTrekandtheJews.Podbean.com . Here's my episode: Part I - Captain David Gold: Don't Call It a Midrash   Heidi's Star Trek cosplay at the local science museum  Additional books and media discussed in this episode: Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 edited by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath  Atalanta from Free to Be You and Me K'Tonton's Sukkot Adventure by Sadie Rose Weilerstein All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor [ Book of Life, October 2007 ] The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screami

Family Stories: A Podcast Live Show

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    Esther Safran Foer and Sadie Foer joined me in May 2021 for a podcast Live Show sponsored by The Jewish Grandparents Network in celebration of the opening of their Family Room. Esther Safran Foer is a past CEO of Sixth & I and the author of I Want You To Know We’re Still Here, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, the wife of Bert Foer (an attorney and public interest advocate), the mother of three sons (bestselling authors Frank, Jonathan, and Joshua Foer), and the grandmother of six. Sadie Jean Foer is one of Esther's six grandchildren. She's a high school student and self described family historian, and the host of the podcast Rooted History. Jacqueline Jules is an author and poet who enjoys The Book of Life from Arlington, Virginia, and who is our newest Patreon patron. Shout out to Jackie! If you'd like to join her in supp

The New Queer Conscience

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST    |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT    |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    June is Pride Month, so I'm pleased to bring you The New Queer Conscience , a 2021 Sydney Taylor Notable Book in the Young Adult category. It's a manifesto by young activist Adam Eli, that holds up k'lal yisrael , or Jewish solidarity, as a model for the queer community to emulate. For queer kidlit with identifiably Jewish characters, see the Diverse Jewish Kidlit page within the READ section of The Book of Life. Look for the tag LGBT. You'll find about 30 titles. If you know of any books I've missed, please drop me a line at bookoflifepodcast@gmail.com .  Speaking of solidarity, it's always a good time to push back against ongoing antisemitism. Please click on the tab labelled JUSTICE at The Book of Life to find resources that will help you do just that. LEARN MORE: The New Queer Conscience Adam Eli on Instagram Adam on I Weigh   Adam in Tablet Pride Month CREDITS: P

Not Your All-American Girl

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    READ THE TRANSCRIPT     |    BUY THE BOOK May is Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We celebrate both on The Book of Life by talking to Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, co-authors of This Is Just a Test and Not Your All-American Girl , a pair of middle grade novels set in the 1980's that feature a Jewish Chinese American family. I also want to take this opportunity to welcome new Patreon patron Erica Lyons, a listener who lives in Hong Kong and is raising a child who is both Chinese and Jewish. If you'd like to join Erica in supporting the podcast, please visit patreon.com/bookoflife . LEARN MORE: Wendy & Madelyn hula hooping Madelyn Rosenberg's website Wendy Wan-Long Shang's website Madelyn's Tikkun Olam suggestion: ihollaback.org Wendy's Tikkun Olam suggestion: Shout Mouse Press Book that Wendy mentioned: From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the

Podcast Live Show!

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REGISTER FOR LIVE SHOW     |    BUY THE BOOK     |    VISIT JGN     🕮    The Book of Life is doing a virtual Live Show on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00PM Eastern Time, presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network Family Room Initiative! Guests will be Esther Safran Foer, the matriarch of a prominent literary family and author of I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir , joined by her teenage granddaughter Sadie, each giving their perspective on how sharing stories can help us better understand each other and bring our families closer together. This is a FREE event.  << Please click on the Jewish Grandparents Network logo to register!