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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.

Jan 27, 2017

A talk given by Leslie Kimmelman, author of the picture book Everybody Says Shalom, at the 2016 AJL conference.

Jan 18, 2017

An interview with Adam Gidwitz, Sydney Taylor Book Award winning author of The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.

Jan 13, 2017

An interview with Ellen Tillman, chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which chooses the best Jewish books for children and teens each year.

Jan 8, 2017

Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld won the 2016 Sydney Taylor Book Award. We hear about meeting Aharon, and translator Jeffrey Green speaks about the book.