Everything is Connected
By Jonathan Blake
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Everything is Connected is about finding meaning in our lives. Each episode makes the case that our spiritual pursuits are rewarded wherever and whenever we find authentic connection with the experiences and people who make life worth living. With host Jonathan Blake as your guide, you'll get to know fascinating guest artists, creators, and thinkers who are helping us to live with purpose. Jonathan Blake is a rabbi, author, and media personality, and serves as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple, a pacesetting synagogue in the heart of Westchester County, New York.
||CleanEpisode 7. Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary. Do Politics Belong in Religion?||Should Religion Mix With Politics?||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6. Tara Stiles, Founder of Strala Yoga. Connecting with our Bodies.||A conversation with international yoga superstar and founder of Strala, Tara Stiles.||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5. Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman. Must Science be the Adversary of Religion?||We're very excited about this episode. After all, it's not every day that a one-time Jeopardy! contestant decides to come on the show. In a freewheeling conversation we focus on the uneasy relationship between Science and Religion. Are these disciplines forever destined to be enemies? Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. His work has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and his writings about the intersection of religion and science have appeared on the homepages of several sites, including The Huffington Post, Nautilus, Science and Religion Today, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and My Jewish Learning. He has been an adjunct professor at both the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the Academy for Jewish Religion, and is a sought-out teacher, presenter, and scholar-in-residence throughout the country. You can read more about this week's distinguished guest, Rabbi Mitelman, and Sinai and Synapses, here and follow him on Twitter here.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4. Abigail Pogrebin, Author. The Spirituality of Marking Time.||This week on "Everything is Connected," author Abigail Pogrebin joins Jonathan for a lively conversation about her deep dive into the heart of Judaism. We discuss what she's learned about marking time through the observance of an ancient, traditional sequence of festivals and fast-days... some of which she'd never heard of before undertaking a project that left even some of her closest family and friends scratching their heads. As she went about her immersive research, she interviewed enough rabbis to become a self-proclaimed "rabbi groupie," which is when we knew we had to have her on the show. Abigail Pogrebin is the author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew – a much-expanded chronicle of her popular column for the Forward, for which she spent 12 months researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish calendar. Pogrebin is also the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish, which went into eight hardcover printings and was later adapted for the Off-Broadway stage. Pogrebin’s second book, One and the Same, delved into every aspect of growing up as a twin, (she’s an identical), and her bestselling Amazon Kindle Single, Showstopper, recounts her teenage adventure in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s flop, “Merrily We Roll Along.” Abigail was formerly a broadcast producer for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers at PBS, then for Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. She has been published in many magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Forward, Tablet, and The Daily Beast. She has moderated conversations at The JCC in Manhattan, 92Y, The Skirball Center, and Shalom Hartman Institute. Pogrebin lives in Manhattan and is currently the President of Central Synagogue. Learn more about Abigail at her website by clicking here.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3. Michele Lowe, Playwright||Episode 3. Michele Lowe, Playwright. Writing as Spirituality||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2. Pete Malinverni, Pianist, Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase||Episode 2. Music & Spirituality with Pete Malinverni, Pianist.||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1. Rev. Wayne Francis & Rabbi Jonathan Malamy||Rev. Wayne Francis and Rabbi Jonathan Malamy.||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
An exciting beginning
I enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward to additional episodes. Rabbi Jonathan Blake is a delightful, accessible and thoughtful host. And his lineup of guests promises to offer a provocative and engaging series of conversations.
Great jazzy theme music too by Pete Malinverni.
I’m the creative director and host of “Everything is Connected.”
It’s a pleasure to bring you this podcast. I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions!
Stay connected, everyone.
Phenomenal Food for Thought
Rabbi Blake curates and directs some of the best conversation on religion, spirituality and modernity that I’ve ever come across. His guests leave me wanting more and contemplating deep religious and spiritual connections to my life. Can’t recommend enough.