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JRelease: Association for Jewish Studies Podcast Series Concludes First Season

November 12, 2019 9:45 AM | Deleted user

(NEW YORK, NY, November 12) Adventures in Jewish Studies, the podcast series of the Association for Jewish Studies, has successfully concluded its first season. The five-episode season focused on Jewish culture, history, and literature, with episodes on food traditions, the Jewish Bible, civil rights, Philip Roth, and whiteness, drawing thousands of listeners from 30 countries worldwide.

Each episode of Adventures in Jewish Studies is designed to inform, engage, and entertain. NPR-veteran host and producer Jeremy Shere and featured guest scholars, historians, clergy members, and Jewish community leaders share their expertise, scholarship, memories, music, and history in narrating the diverse stories of Jewish life and culture.

Considering the current upturn in antiSemitism, the most recent episode, “Are Jews White?” tackled the challenging and complex issues of Jewish identity and whiteness.  Scholars and Jewish community leaders discussed how Jews have been on the margins of whiteness, but have also occupied places of privilege within whiteness.

The season’s most popular episode asked the big question – “Where Do Jews Come From?” Historians, professors, and clergy talked history, archaeology, linguistics, and genetics as they considered the mystery of Judaism’s roots.

The season launched on a lighter note, featuring the American New York Jewish food tradition of “appetizing,” while leading listeners on a wide-ranging journey about Jewish immigration and acculturation. Other episodes featured the 50th anniversary of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the Mizrahi struggle for civil rights in Israel.

Listenership continues to grow with every episode, and the podcast is gaining mentions in mainstream media. Season Two, which will have seven episodes, will launch in November with an episode on false messiahs, followed by an episode about Jewish women comedians of the 1950s to coincide with the Season 3 premiere of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

Adventures in Jewish Studiesis available on iTunes, Spotify, and all podcasting platforms; it is also available online at

The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

If you would like more information about Adventures in Jewish Studies, please contact Amy Ronek at 212.294.8301, x6202 or

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