Rodef Reads

My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays; One Wondering Jew is a much-expanded chronicle of Abigail Pogrebin’s popular column for the Forward. Employing an endearingly irreverent sense of humor and courageous honesty, Pogrebin writes about her year-long immersion into the Jewish calendar. Described as a “luminous guide through the Jewish holy days,” she shares the personal experiences of her journey. Abigail celebrates, reveres, and pokes a bit of fun at our glorious calendar of holidays, holidays she describes as “the rope pulling the ancient into today.”

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in The New York Times and featured on the Today Show. Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish was adapted for the off-Broadway stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin. A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, The 92Y, The Skirball Center, and The Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently serves as president of Central Synagogue in Manhattan.

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About Rodef Reads

Rodef Reads is TRS’ year-long congregational read with complementary programming.

Keep an eye out for opportunities to explore, examine, celebrate, and dive into the holidays, just like Abigail did in her book. Here’s a sampling of what’s to come:

  • Not Your Bubbe and Zayde’s Seder: A Fresh Approach
  • Rosh HaShanah Yoga
  • Clash of the Mixologists – Simchat Torah with a Twist
  • Prep & Practice – A Series of Holiday Essentials for Kids & Parents
  • Food Rescue – A Fresh Take on Gleaning
  • Trip to New York A Seder. . .Different from All Others
  • Shavuot Pajama Party (For Adults Only)
  • Chai Chavurah – A Crew that Celebrates 18 Jewish Holidays Together
  • The Big Read

Contact: Cookie Mandell,

Fasting Buddies

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Year of Activities

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Purchase the Book

Rodef Reads will engage every demographic in the TRS family in special programming and complementary reading for our children and young teens. The publisher has given TRS a special rate of $12 per hardback copy. Books are available for purchase now via Paypal here or by check to be paid at the Temple office. Books may be picked up at the office after payment is made.

Cost: $12 per book

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Rodef Reads is sponsored by the Adult Education Committee and generously supported with the assistance of a grant from the Simon Family Fund for Jewish Living.