Episodes List

Episode 3.10 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Israel
(Again! Because how can we not?)
with Rabbi Maya Leibovich

Even saying the word “Israel” hurt right now. So we’re extra proud to be sharing (a bit belatedly) this interview with Israeli rabbi Maya Leibovich. Emma and Marci also share their thoughts and reflections one month after Oct. 7th. And we’ve shared some of our most recommended resources in the show-notes on our website.

Am Yisrael Chai and may all the world soon know peace. #bringthemhomeNOW

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Episode 3.9 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' to Women Rabbis of the World!

In this episode Emma speaks with other female rabbis from all over the world who attended the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)’s Connections Conference, (including the incredible Ukrainian Rabbi Julia Gris, pictured here) .

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Episode 3.8 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Israel (WOW!)
with Rabbi Dana Sharon

In this episode we chat with Israeli rabbi Dana Sharon about her important work on the front lines of Israel’s fight for democracy and equality! Learn about the Israeli organisations who she works with and hear about the current political and judicial crisis in Israel.

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Episode 3.7 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Fat Torah
with Rabbi Minna Bromberg

Don’t know what Fat Torah is? Don’t worry, Rabbi Minna Bromberg will explain it all! This wise woman is so inspirational and we can’t wait to share her with you! 

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Episode 3.6 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About
How It Might Have Happened
with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz
and Ricki Wovsaniker

Rabbi Leah Berkowitz is back! And with her is the co-author of her new book “Maybe it Happened This Way”, Ricki (Erica) Wovsaniker! Join us as we learn all about their awesome collaboration and hear a bit about their awesome selves as well! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 3.5 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Mental Health
with Rabbi Sandra Cohen

Join us for this incredibly important conversation with Rabbi Cohen, who shares with us valuable insights and resources relating to mental health, as well as her own story (yes, Rabbis struggle with mental illness too!).

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Episode 3.4 (Listen Here)
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Getting Educated about Educators with Rabbi Stacy Rigler

The awesome Executive Director of ARJE (The Association of Reform Jewish Educators) takes us to the next level as she beautifully explains everything we could ever want to know about Rabbi-Educators & why they are so valuable in our Jewish education spaces! We also have a timely chat about the impact of anti-semitism on Jewish education & introduce some lesser-known women on whose shoulders we stand. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 3.3 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About The Jewish Rally
for Abortion Justice

On May 17, 2022, a large “Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice” was held in Washington, DC. Marci attended and captured the thoughts of more than twenty of her colleagues as they marched for women’s rights, reproductive rights for all pregnant individuals, and basic health care rights. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 3.2 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Abortions
with Rabbi Rachael Pass

Join us for this very important (dare we say groundbreaking?) conversation with Rabbi Rachael Pass about Jewish views on abortions and why (most) women rabbis don’t share about their personal experiences of abortion. This is an episode we are particularly proud of so don’t miss out! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 3.1 (Listen Here)
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Where Have You Been?
(with our hosts Emma & Marci)

And….we’re back! You may have noticed we disappeared for a while. Want to know why? Tune in to find out! In this episode, Rabbis Marci & Emma also discuss whether or not they apologise too often, and if Valentines Day is Jewish (or not so much). Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.10 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Foster Care
& Adoption
with Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty

Episode 2.10 TranscriptIn this episode we welcome guest Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty (yes, she was actually fully ordained with both titles! Whoa!). Raina talks with us about the true Mitzvah of Foster Care as well as adoption of children in need of families. She is a superstar of a clergy person and a mom, and we really enjoyed talking with her. Bonus: she ends the episode by blessing ALL of us. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.9 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Online Communities
with Rabbi Heather Miller

We were thrilled to welcome Rabbi Heather Miller, the entrepreneurial creator of the online Jewish community, Keeping it Sacred. In this episode, Rabbi Miller teaches us about following one’s heart, how our rabbinic work honors those who come before us, and the ways that she led the way in creating an online community before they became a necessity in the post-COVID world.

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Bonus Episode! (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About The Women's Rabbinic Network Convention!

We welcome back our Consulting Correspondents  (our Corresponding Consultants?) Rabbi Elisa Koppel and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz for a review of the highlights of the recent WRN (Women’s Rabbinic Network) Convention: Journey to 50! The Convention, celebrated virtually over Zoom, focused on five decades of women rabbis, and the coming 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand, the very first woman rabbi ordained in North America. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.8 (Listen Here)
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Does Size Matter?
Talkin' About Rabbinic Career Paths with Rabbi Tamar Grimm

Rabbi Tamar Grimm shares with us important thoughts about how we evaluate success in our own rabbinates. What are the external and internal pressures, benchmarks and factors in our personal lives that lead us to the decisions we make about our rabbinates?Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.7 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Liberal Zionism
with Rabbi Lea Muhlstein

It’s not always easy to feel passionate about Israel and passionate about liberal, progressive ideals. Rabbi Lea Muhlstein serves as the Chair of Arzenu Olami, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Liberal Zionists. She is also a Co-Senior Rabbi at the Ark Synagogue in London. Plus – what to think about all the Evangelical “Zionists” and what they really think about us! We were thrilled to talk with her, and we know you’ll love hearing from her, too! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.6 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Race and the Rabbinate with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder

Wait, there are Jews who aren’t Askenazic from Eastern Europe? Black Lives Matter isn’t just about THEM? There are rabbis and cantors who aren’t WHITE? This episode, we are honored to talk with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., Education Director and Rabbi-in-Residence at Be’Chol Lashon. We learn more about the very important work going on in the area of racial and cultural diversity and inclusion. Enjoy! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.5 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' with Sofia Zway:
Becoming a Rabbi in a Pandemic

We chat with rabbinical student Sofia Zway about how the pandemic has changed the experience of rabbinical studies and internships. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.4 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Our Comfy Pants
with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz

Just in time for Purim! We are so excited to welcome back our THREE-PETE guest, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz to talk about her awesome new children’s book, a rhyming feminist fairytale called “Queen Vashti’s Comfy Pants” (available through PJ Library or Behrman House)! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.3 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' With RBG's Rabbi -
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt

Join us to hear Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt share, for the first time, her incredible story of meeting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, becoming her Rabbi, and officiating at arguably the most notable funeral of 2020. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.2 (Listen Here)
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Talkin' About Politics (What Else?!)
with Rabbi Lauren Berkun

Rabbi Lauren Berkun, who gave the invocation earlier this year at the DNC, talks to us about rabbis and politics. How do we determine what we do and don’t say and where we can and can’t say it?Episode Transcript Available

Episode 2.1 (Listen Here)
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Season 2 Opener:
Talkin' About The 2020 Of It All

Rabbis Marci Bellows and Emma Gottlieb catch up on the past months, the changed world, what’s been lost, what’s been learned and do we dare look ahead? Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.14 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Denise Eger:
Talkin’ to the Most Famous Lesbian Rabbi in the World!

We were so relieved to take a break from worrying about COVID-19! We then had the honor of speaking with Rabbi Denise Eger, a true role model, and to hear about her two new books: Gender and Religious Leadership: Women Rabbis, Pastors, and Ministers (Lexington Press), and Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells, A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual (CCAR Press). Enjoy!  

Episode 1.13 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Miri Gold: Women. Rabbis. Israel.

Rabbi Miri Gold talks to us about being the third woman to be ordained as a rabbi in Israel and the groundbreaking work she’s been doing ever since, with some historic glass ceilings getting broken along the way as well! Episode Transcript Available

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Rabbi Lauren Tuchman:
Talkin’ About the Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah

It’s Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month #JDAIM2020 so who better to talk to than Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind woman in the world to become a Rabbi? Rabbi Tuchman talks to us about inclusion, ally-ship and accommodation. Where is the Jewish community getting it right and where can we be doing better? Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.11 (Listen Here)
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Back To School with Rabbinical Student Emily Holtzman!

Rabbinical student Emily Holtzman talks with us about the joys and oys of rabbinical school: How do they choose which school to attend? What do they do all day? What happens when they have unique learning needs or health concerns? How do they get a date? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a rabbinical student, this “tell all” episode is for you! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.10 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Karen Perolman:
Talkin’ About What Women Rabbis Wear

For our 10th episode (hooray!) Rabbi Karen Perolman tells us about her instagram account @theclergycloset and why what we wear matters (both on and off the bimah!). Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.9 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Jill Zimmerman: Rabbi-at-Large

You’ve heard of “taking it to the street” but Rabbi Jill Zimmerman takes it to the Tweet! Join us as Rabbi Zimmerman talks to us about her online rabbinate, where she shares her passion for mindfulness from the perspective of Judaism, and Judaism from the perspective of mindfulness. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.8 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Celia Surget:
Talkin’ About Multi-National Rabbinates

Rabbi Celia Surget joins us at the URJ Biennial! She tells us all about her experiences as a Jew growing up in Switzerland and as a rabbi in France and England. Together, we ponder the growing reality of antisemitism across continents. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered how to address a woman rabbi (or any rabbi) in French, this is the episode for you! Episode Transcript Available

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Live from the URJ Biennial!

Our hosts reunite with one another and with so many of their incredible female colleagues (and 5000 or so other Reform & Progressive Jews) at the URJ Biennial conference in Chicago, IL. Guest appearances by Rabbi Rachel Ackerman, Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Rabbi Hannah Kingston, Rabbi Rachel Kort, Rabbi Leah Muhlstein, Rabbi Anne Persin, Rabbi Rena Rifkin, Rabbi-Cantor Raina Siroty, Rabbi Phyllis Summer and Rabbi Mara Young! (That’s a lot of rabbis!) 

Episode 1.6 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Karyn Kedar: Talkin’ About Amen!

Rabbi Karyn Kedar talks to us about her beautiful poetry/prayers and about saying Amen to all of life’s experiences (not just the good ones). Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.5 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Jessica Marshall:
Juicy Soul Tribes

Rabbi Marshall talks to us about dancing between being a rabbi and a mystic, about innovative nature-based rituals and about a feminist approach to entrepreneurialism. Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.4 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Mary Zamore: Talkin' About why women rabbis need their own network

Rabbi Zamore talks to us about the Women’s Rabbinic Network and about her recent publications, one of which is NOT a cookbook! Also featuring a mini-interview with rabbinical student Jessica Jacobs from JStreet! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.3 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Leah Berkowitz:
Talkin’ About Beautiful Things

Rabbi Leah Berkowitz talks to us about her beautiful new children’s book, publishing challenges and tips for women, and other fun stuff! Episode Transcript Available

Episode 1.2 (Listen Here)
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Rabbi Elisa Koppel:
What do women rabbis talk about?

Our very first ever guest, Rabbi Elisa Koppel, discusses what women rabbis do and don’t talk about and whether or not “rainbow” is a color. Episode Transcript Available

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Welcome to Women Rabbis Talk!

An introduction to our podcast and hosts!

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