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The Book of Life is an interview-format podcast about Jewish kidlit, mostly, with occasional coverage of YA/adult books, music, film and web,  established in December 2005. Host Heidi Rabinowitz is a Judaica librarian at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, FL, and the podcast reveals the backstory of materials that might be found in a synagogue library like Heidi's. As director of the Feldman Children's Library at B'nai Israel, Heidi focuses on material aimed at youth, but the podcast does cover a range of subject matter for all ages. If you are a creator of Jewish books, music, film, or web content, please see our submission guidelines.

Apr 2, 2020

We hear from Lesléa Newman, author of the picture book Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail in the "Books in the Time of Coronavirus" special series on The Book of Life Podcast,

Mar 30, 2020

Part of the "Books in the Time of Coronavirus" special series on The Book of Life,

Mar 26, 2020

Today we hear from Gila Green about her eco-novel for youth, No Entry. "Books in the Time of Coronavirus"  is a special series on The Book of Life at

Mar 23, 2020

This Book of Life "Family Meeting" will fill you in on lots of information about the show that you may have been missing, as well as other Jewish kidlit-related projects that host Heidi wants you to know about. Be sure to follow all the links at to get the full details. 


Feb 24, 2020

No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon's Battle for Women's Rights in Japan by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Shiella Witanto, is a picture book biography about a Russian-Austrian-Jewish woman who grew up in Japan and became an architect of the country's post-WWII constitution, enshrining it with more women's rights than...