Monday, August 12, 2019

Happy Eid Al-Adha


In a few weeks, I'll be posting an interview with Sadaf Siddique, co-founder of Kitaab World, a website focusing on South Asian children's literature.  We'll talk about the parallels between her "Counter Islamaphobia Through Stories" campaign and the "Love Your Neighbor" campaign that I spearheaded for the Association of Jewish Libraries. While I'm a little late, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Eid al-Adha, a holiday that took place just yesterday. This celebrates the end of the Hajj pilgrimage and commemorates Abraham's near sacrifice of his son. Interestingly, I just learned that there is some dispute between Judaism and Islam about which son was to be sacrificed. In any case, we can all agree that rejecting human sacrifice was the right move!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Notes from a Young Reader

Young Aria is a voracious reader. In this interview, she shares a few of her favorite titles:
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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Viewing Opportunity: The Last Shepherd


The Last Shepherd by Evil Sun Productions is a Hebrew-language indie comedy adventure scifi fantasy film with elements of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah, made in Israel. To summarize, "A geeky programmer and his rebellious co-worker are taken by a mysterious biblical figure on a cross country adventure, trying to stop an ancient evil force, while being chased by government agents." 

I podcasted an interview with the filmmakers back in August 2017, which you can listen to below. Excitingly, the film is now available to be viewed on YouTube! Check it out here:

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A Cage Without Bars

Anne Dublin is a Toronto-based author and retired synagogue librarian. She is the Canadian Correspondent for The Book of Life Podcast, performing many of our interviews with Canadian creatives. She's also the author of A Cage Without Bars, a historical middle grade novel that tells the little-known tale of Jewish children kidnapped after the expulsion from Spain and enslaved on the island of São Tomé, off the coast of West Africa.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Jewish Book Carnival: June 2019


The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. It's hosted by a different blogger each month on or near the 15th. The purposes of the Jewish Book Carnival are to build community among bloggers and to promote Jewish reading.

This month, we have some very special links for you!

***Heads-up for more upcoming Jewish literary goodness! The Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference, June 17-19, 2019, will be live-blogged on Facebook. Tune in for that you-are-there feeling!

If you are a blogger who posts about Jewish literature, you are welcome to participate in future Jewish Book Carnivals. Please visit the Jewish Book Carnival HQ for guidelines.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back


Natalie Silverstein is the New York volunteer coordinator of Doing Good Together, an organization that empowers families to raise caring, engaged children. She wrote Simple Acts: The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back to give parents practical ideas for incorporating service and the spirit of giving into family life. 



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NEWS:
The podcast Kidlit These Days honors Jewish American Heritage Month by interviewing friend-of-The-Book-of-Life Lesléa Newman, and by including Jewish kidlit reading recommendations from yours truly, Heidi Rabinowitz. Click here to listen!

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Craig Taubman & Mostly Kosher


Craig Taubman is a long-time star in the world of American Jewish rock and roll, and the founder of the Pico Union Project

Mostly Kosher is an up and coming Gypsy Rock Klezmer band whose tagline is “word to your bubbe.” 

In spring 2019, Craig Taubman brought along Mostly Kosher and together they put on a foot-stomping concert at Congregation B’nai Israel, the home of The Book of Life podcast. That gave me the chance to grab this interview, and even to include the voice of our cantor’s daughter Aria. Here’s your chance to be a fly on the wall in the green room before the show.

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