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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.


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Want to be interviewed?

The Book of Life Podcast covers Jewish kidlit, mostly, with occasional coverage of Jewish books for teens and adults, albums, films, websites, or other cultural artifacts that could be found in a Judaic library like our sponsor, the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida. If you have created such a work, then you are welcome to submit it to The Book of Life to be considered for an interview.


  • Material for early childhood and middle grade readers is most welcome. 
  • Young adult literature and works for adults may be considered, but children's books are given highest priority.
  • Jewish content is required; Jewish authorship is not.  
  • We rarely cover Torah-related ("Old Testament") stories written from a non-Jewish perspective.
  • We rarely cover war-related or Holocaust-related materials, due to "Holocaust fatigue" on the part of host Heidi Rabinowitz. 
  • We rarely cover memoirs.
  • We rarely cover scholarly works. 

To be considered for an interview, email with a description of your work. If we are interested, we will ask you to mail a hard copy (print book, CD, DVD, etc.) or digital copy. Please be patient while waiting for your submission to be reviewed: it may take several months. Heidi's "to be read" pile is very large!

If selected, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Interviews are performed by Zoom or in person when convenient. We audio record the interviews and edit them before publishing. Because there are usually many recordings already in the queue, it may take several months before your interview is published.

Interviewees who live in Canada or will be visiting the Toronto area may be interviewed by Anne Dublin, The Book of Life's Canadian Correspondent.

Guests should plan to help promote their appearances on The Book of Life. Please see below for suggestions.

We look forward to your submissions!


Resources for Guests

How can you, as a guest on The Book of Life, help to promote your appearance on the show?

As soon as your interview has taken place, even before it has been published, you can let your fans know about it through word of mouth, email, blogging, social media, and so on. Tell them that you were excited to be interviewed, or about any details of the experience that you found interesting. Ask your publisher to mention it as well. If we met in person, share any photos we may have taken.

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Use The Book of Life's logo on your website, blog, social media, etc. when telling fans about your interview. Right-click on the image to save it to your own computer.

Create an email signature that promotes your upcoming appearance on The Book of Life. For example:

Listen to my interview about [TITLE] on The Book of Life Podcast
Coming in [MONTH, YEAR]

At the time your interview is published, I will send you a permanent link to the blog post where it is featured. Please share this link with friends and colleagues through email, social media, etc. You are also welcome to download the mp3 audio file of the episode to post on your own website or blog. Let me know if you need technical assistance.

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The Book of Life and the Jewish Kidlit Mavens have created a Media Pitch Kit for Jewish Children's Literature as a courtesy. You can find this resource at

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