6 Jewish Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

March 23, 2020Melissa Bendell

During these uncertain times, it’s difficult to find a routine and a sense of normalcy – but being a part of the largest Jewish movement in North America can help ground us.

Reform Judaism reminds us that our Judaism is one that is adaptive and manifest in many forms, from attending Shabbat via livestream to reading Jewish texts at home, and even listening to Jewish podcasts.

Here are six Jewish podcasts to help you engage with your Judaism from home.

1. On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah

What it is: Each Monday, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, shares insights into the week’s Torah portion and helps listeners think about Jewish texts and ideas and how it can influence contemporary life.

Why to listen: Each 10-minute-long episode is filled with rich Jewish history and modern-day commentary to help you bring our ancient text and rituals into your own life.

Where to find it: Subscribe on Apple PodcastsAndroidget the RSS feed, or find episode transcripts.

2. Wholly Jewish

What it is: The Reform Jewish community comprises Jews of various backgrounds, experiences, and intersectionalities – and Wholly Jewish is a podcast that discusses those differences while also celebrating what we all have in common. When the podcast is in season, new episodes drop every other Tuesday.

Why to listen: The first season of the podcast, available online in its entirety, features raw, powerful, and heart-warming interviews with 15 Reform Jews of Color. Season two will premiere this spring, with Jewish musician Shira Kline interviews Reform Jewish members of the LGBTQIA+ community – so mark your calendars!

Where to find it: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Androidget the RSS feed, or find episode transcripts.

3. Stories We Tell

What it is: Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. Whether you listen while preparing Shabbat dinner, doing chores, or getting ready for your day, each of our more than 130 episodes provides a new short story to reflect on.

Why to listen: Episodes come out on Thursdays and feature storytellers from throughout the Reform community who provide new lessons and insights about our Jewish traditions. This podcast is a great way to engage with Jewish stories and listen as they come to life.

Where to find it: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Androidget the RSS feed, or find episode transcripts.

4. College Commons

What it is: If you’re interested in learning about modern-day Reform Judaism from some of the most prominent voices of our time, start here: A project of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, episodes highlight passionate perspectives from modern Judaism’s leading thinkers.

Why to listen: Guests include Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Rabbi David Saperstein and bestselling Jewish author Anita Diamant, among others, discussing topics like religious freedom, Jewish identity, engaging with tradition, and more.

Where to find it: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Soundcloud, and find more information from HUC-JIR.

5. ANATomy of Israel

What it is: Anat Hoffman, head of the Israel Religious Action Center, created this podcast to talk about all things Israel, including its history, culture, religious DNA, politics, and more – both the beautiful and the ugly, the profanities and the poetry.

Why to listen: Each episode tackles multiple aspects of Israeli life, from how to make shakshuka to learning about the country’s public transportation, so there’s always an opportunity to learn something new.

Where to find it: Subscribe on Spotify or on omny.fm.

6. Jewish Parenting Podcasts

What it is: Created and originally distributed in an era slighty before the advent of popcasts' universal popularity, these episodes are all at least five years old (and some older) – but while the specific details may be outdated by now, the Jewish wisdom and insight they share is timeless. 

Why to listen: Episodes provide Jewish wisdom and practical guidance on a variety of topics, from family traditions to bullying to talking to kids about God. Many of the episodes touch on topics of relevance to the current pandemic, like acknowledging children's feelings, building resilience, and coping with stress.

Where to find it: These episodes were created long before it was easy to stream and subscribe via universally available platforms, which means episodes are currently only available on our website. Scroll through this list to find topics of interest to you and listen online

Each of these podcasts offers a different and unique insight into Reform Jewish life, faith, and tradition, so we encourage you to listen and see which ones resonate most with you.

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Visit reformjudaism.org/podcasts to find additional information about podcasts from ReformJudaism.org and our partners.

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