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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.

Jul 19, 2020

We hear from David Raphael, co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, and we enjoy the audiobook Bubbe & Zaide, written and voiced by Anne-Marie Asner along with the famous actor Ed Asner as Zaide. For links to more resources, including our guests' Boosting Black Voices reading recommendations, visit

Jun 28, 2020

Lee Wind is the author of Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill and blogs at I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read? He is Heidi's partner in the Through the Window diversity exchange program sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

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May 17, 2020

Gail Carson Levine discusses her middle grade historical novel A Ceiling Made of Eggshells, about a Jewish family in the Spanish Inquisition.

Apr 29, 2020

Author Amy Grossblatt Pessah shares her book Parenting on a Prayer on the "Books in the Time of Coronavirus" series on The Book of Life,

Apr 27, 2020

David Levy shares his family genealogical work, Gluskin Family History on "Books in the Time of Coronavirus," a special series from The Book of Life,