Abigail Pogrebin begins with a fitting introduction: "We’re going to jump around because I think that’s what Jewish identity is about." Indeed, each of these famous Jews has a unique story to tell. To self-deprecating laughter, Seinfeld's Jason Alexander opines an early-life mandate from his mother, "You will go to Hebrew School to learn what it is to be a Jew - to suffer!" Conversely, Kyra Sedgwick didn’t practice Judaism as a child: It was not until she acted in Fiddler on the Roof, then visited Auschwitz, that she began to take interest in her heritage. Meanwhile, Leonard Nimoy reminisces over his childhood in a Yiddish speaking community, recalling how he learned his signature "live long and propsper" salute from the elderly patrons of his temple.
This event took place on November 16, 2005.
© and (P)2005 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association
This discussion was so personal, honest, and thought provoking. The candid and sincere attitude that these people had in discussing faith was refreshing and inspiring. I am not a Jew, and I was able to learn and understand some things, get a good range of understanding, and connect with these people as individuals and as a Jewish community. I really appreciate this production. Thank you so much.
Loved listening to the people on the panel, especially Leonard Nimoy and Jason Alexander...thoughtful, articulate, funny, touching. How lovely that someone in the audience knew Nimoy's barber dad. I liked hearng Kyra Sedgewick, also. Very different upbringing and perceptions than the guys. Only thing I didn't like: one of the women had a maniacal giggle, which invaded the discussion.
Friend of Israel
This was a very shallow piece with little incite
i read many books on Jewish history and identity
Abigail was very dry - perhaps somebody less in awe of the speakers would have been better
There were a few interesting thoughts about Star Trek
There are better books on audable for you to download
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