Community & Relationships

Episode 18: The Invisibility of Russian Speaking Jews w/Alex Zeldin

Episode 18: The Invisibility of Russian Speaking Jews w/Alex Zeldin

Alexander Zeldin is the former Senior Communications Associate at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He is currently a strategic planning senior analyst for American Express. Alex graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Political Science. As talented and creative as he is in his day job, Alex is also an active writer and political pundit. You can find his work in publications such as The Jewish Daily Forward and Tablet Magazine. You can always reach out to him directly at his Twitter account: @Wonko_the_sane_ just be sure you are bringing your A-game, because he sure will be.

Episode 12: Just A Dash of Orange Blossom Water with cookbook author Sara Gardner

Episode 12: Just A Dash of Orange Blossom Water with cookbook author Sara Gardner

My involvement with the Reform Jewish community of Madrid was a main part of my Fulbright experience - a main part of my living in Spain. And so when I got back, I missed them a lot and I was talking to Yael one day and had been thinking like, how do I stay connected to this community?

Episode 10: Inviting All To Participate; Inclusion and Disability Advocacy w/Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Episode 10: Inviting All To Participate; Inclusion and Disability Advocacy w/Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

“So when people with disabilities or other identity categories that are “outside” of a typical embodied “norm”, when we engage in ritual and when we honor holy ritual objects that we place on our bodies, I think that that's a way of reclaiming the divinity that we all have.”

Episode 8: Travel and Global Jewish Communities w/Rabbi Elie Lehmann

Episode 8: Travel and Global Jewish Communities w/Rabbi Elie Lehmann

We began our conversation with a bit of myth-busting. When some imagine communities in Africa it is easy to envision a dusty village by the side of the road. Rabbi Elie talked about the diversity in the many global Jewish communities. Some are, indeed, subsistence farmers while others work in the medical field and are very much connected to the broader world through more traditional avenues.

Episode 7: The Bravery Needed to Lead As Your Authentic Self w/Rachel 'Bluth' Rosenbluth

Episode 7: The Bravery Needed to Lead As Your Authentic Self w/Rachel 'Bluth' Rosenbluth

Bluth is currently studying for rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Har El, a co-ed Orthodox Rabbinical program in Jerusalem. She is the Founder and Educational Director of Achvat Amim Ruchani, a program for Israeli-Palestinian peace and justice volunteer work, focused on Jewish learning. Born in Toronto to two amateur Klezmorim, Bluth lives in a plant-filled home in Yafo.

Episode 6: Discussing Depression, Growth and Surviving Suicide Loss w/Dr. Natalya Bogopolskaya

Episode 6: Discussing Depression, Growth and Surviving Suicide Loss w/Dr. Natalya Bogopolskaya

Working in the school system, and conducting suicide risk assessments almost once every other week, Dr Natalya Bogopolskaya was interested in better understanding what protective factors communities can help build in its members to better cope with stressors, mental health illnesses, and traumatic events as well as what kind of negative life events people are truly wired to handle.

Episode 2: Extra Addition to Intro - Special Guest Anabelle Harari

Episode 2: Extra Addition to Intro - Special Guest Anabelle Harari

What started as a simple sound check to test the microphone before recording the first ever episode of the Raising Holy Sparks podcast - ended up being a really interesting conversation in and of itself about community, prayer, and how to be our truest selves.

Why watching a baseball game is not a religious experience.

Why watching a baseball game is not a religious experience.

The World Series is soon upon us. With the lead up to these games come the talking-heads pontificating about who they think will likely win it all, car and beer companies producing eye-catching commercials, and street vendors thinking up the designs for their next viral t-shirt.

What this also means is that between October 23–31st there will be millions of people screaming in jubilation or crying in intense anguish.

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