Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David and My Jewish Year. She moderates the interview series “What Everyone’s Talking About” at the JCC in Manhattan.
An excerpt from ‘Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish’
A roundtable with Black Jews about racism, antisemitism, questions of belonging, and the problem with the term ‘Jews of color’
A roundtable with ‘baal teshuvah’ Jews—who grew up non-Orthodox but later chose Orthodoxy—about why they started their journeys, what they had to leave behind, and which aspects of religious life they love the most
A roundtable discussion with Israeli expats living in the U.S. about why they came to America, how they feel about leaving Israel, the differences in Jewish life between the two countries, and what Americans get wrong about Israelis
A roundtable discussion with converts to Judaism about why they chose to become Jews, where they have and haven’t felt welcome, and what they think about everything from brisket to Zionism to wearing a Star of David
A roundtable discussion with Jewish atheists about observing religious traditions, maintaining cultural attachments, and even praying—without a belief in God
A roundtable discussion with Holocaust survivors about the rise of antisemitism in America, the importance of education, and who will pass on the lessons of the Shoah when the last survivors are gone
A roundtable discussion with Jews with disabilities about physical barriers, attitude adjustment, and how to be more welcoming as a community
A roundtable discussion with non-Jewish spouses about interfaith marriages, raising Jewish children, navigating Jewish and non-Jewish holidays, and where people do—and don’t—feel welcome
A roundtable discussion with Orthodox women about women’s religious and cultural roles, the dangers of social media, and the value of modesty
A roundtable discussion with LGBTQ Jews about making progress in the Jewish community, the barriers that remain, and the problem with ‘inclusion’
An excerpt from ‘Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish’ about the legendary husband-and-wife songwriting duo—after Marilyn’s death last weekend
An excerpt from ‘Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish’ about the legendary composer, who died Friday at age 91
A mountain-biking trip brings unexpected lessons before Yom Kippur on not dwelling in fear and, instead, focusing on what we have the power to rectify.
A holiday filled with cookies, storytelling, and the wisdom of Jackie Mason