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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Some of America's most prominent Jewish entertainers talk about their Jewish identity (or lack of one) in a panel discussion at New York's 92nd Street Y. Speakers include Jason Alexander, Leonard Nimoy, and Kyra Sedgwick. These are just some of the personalities featured in the new book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin.

This event took place on November 16, 2005.

(P)2005 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association

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I was blown away

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.

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  • BabsD
  • Jersey City, NJ, United States
  • 01-18-11

Really fun and touching

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.

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Provoking Discussion

I enjoyed the subject matter, the participants and the setting. The sound quality was superb.

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  • Neil
  • Tsur Hadassah, Israel
  • 10-23-11

Diappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was a very shallow piece with little incite

What do you think your next listen will be?

i read many books on Jewish history and identity

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Abigail Pogrebin?

Abigail was very dry - perhaps somebody less in awe of the speakers would have been better

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were a few interesting thoughts about Star Trek

Any additional comments?

There are better books on audable for you to download

1 of 2 people found this review helpful