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Adventures in Jewish Studies

The Adventures in Jewish Studies podcast was created to fulfill the AJS mission of fostering greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public. Podcast episodes are designed take listeners on exciting journeys while exploring a wide range of topics, from the contemporary to the ancient, in ways that are informative, engaging, and fun.

Launched in 2018, the Adventures in Jewish Studies series produces five episodes annually. Each episode features the voices of AJS members as they share their expertise and research with listeners.

This podcast is generously supported by The Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation.

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Episode 32

Jewish Head Coverings: A Blessing On Your Head

Episode 31

Episode 31: Yiddish Socialists and the Garment Industry

Episode 30

Episode 30: Rethinking Holocaust Education

Episode 29

Episode 29: Jews in Colonial America

Episodes 20-28

Episode 28: Jewish Pilgrimages
Episode 27: The Many Lives of Kabbalah
Episode 26: Do Jews Believe in Magic?
Episode 25: The Many Genders of Judaism
Episode 24: Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur's Most Famous Melody
Episode 23: Disability & Inclusion in Judaism
Episode 22: The Future of Kosher Food
Episode 21: Jewish Honor Courts
Episode 20: 5782: A Shmita Year

Episodes 13-19

Episode 19: Israeli Pop Music
Episode 18: Rethinking Intermarriage
Episode 17: America's First Bat Mitzvah
Episode16: The Protocols, Henry Ford, & the International Jew
Episode 15: The Jews of Persia
Episode 14: Is There a Jewish Environmental Ethic?
Episode 13: Why Most American Jews Are Democrats

Episodes 6-12

Episode 12: Rethinking Black-Jewish Relations
Episode 11: Camp!
Episode 10: The Conversion Episode
Episode 9: The History of the Passover Haggadah
Episode 8: The World of Jewish Languages
Episode 7: The Marvelous Mrs. Carroll
Episode 6: (False) Messiahs: Messianism in Jewish History and Thought

Episodes 1-5

Episode 5: Are Jews White?
Episode 4: Portnoy's Complaint at 50
Episode 3: The Yemenite Children Affair & the Story of the Mizrahi Jews in the Development of the State of Israel
Episode 2: The Origins of the Jews
Episode 1: Appetizing: An American New York Jewish Food Tradition
Introduction to the Podcast Series



Avishay Artsy

Avishay Artsy is an audio and print journalist based in Los Angeles and a senior producer of Vox's daily news explainer podcast Today, Explained. He also hosted and produced the podcast Works In Progress at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, and produced Design and Architecture at KCRW. His writing has appeared in the Jewish Journal, The Forward, Tablet, JTA, and other publications and news outlets. His audio stories have appeared on NPR's Marketplace, KQED's The California Report, WHYY's The Pulse, PRI's The World, Studio 360 and other outlets. He is also an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips is an audio producer, communications professional, and Jewish educator from Alexandria, Virginia. She has a BA in Social Innovation and Enterprise from George Mason University. Erin has produced thought-provoking stories for popular shows like Out There and the Duolingo English podcast, as well as local community radio.

Episodes 1–19 Host


Jeremy Shere, PhD

Jeremy Shere, PhD, is a podcast producer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Jeremy earned his doctorate in English Literature and Jewish Studies from Indiana University. He is currently the producer of the Frankely Judaic podcast for the Jewish Studies program at the University of Michigan.

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Executive Producer: Warren Hoffman, PhD

Producers: Avishay Artsy and Erin Phillips