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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.

Dec 3, 2006

The Book of Life, a podcast about Jewish people and the books we read, celebrates Hanukkah! We interview Stephen Krensky and Greg Harlin, author & illustrator of Hanukkah at Valley Forge. We talk to Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter, about the new Klezmatics CD "Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah." We hear from...

Nov 19, 2006

This brief "addendum" to The Book of Life podcast offers timely information about a new book list of Hanukkah stories for children.

Oct 31, 2006

The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, celebrates Jewish Book Month! We speak to Howard Schwartz, author of Before You Were Born; to Carolyn Starman Hessel, director of the Jewish Book Council; to Esme Raji Codell, author of Vive La Paris; and to David Levithan, author of the YA novel Wide...

Oct 3, 2006

The Book of Life explores Jewish continuity with Alice Hoffman's historical novel Incantation, Abigail Pogrebin's Stars of David, in which she speaks to famous contemporary Jews, the a capella music of LISTEN UP!, and a sneak peak into the future with teenager Leah Larson and her teen magazine Yaldah.

Sep 5, 2006

The Book of Life celebrates new beginnings. We talk to Rahel Musleah, author of Apples and Pomegranates, a Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah. We interview Ken Gordon, editor of, a web site where The Book of Life will soon be broadcast. And we hear from Brenda Ferber, first time author and winner of the Sydney...