Consistently engaging, these 60 interviews conducted by journalist Pogrebin explore the thoughts of well-known artists, politicians and others in the public eye on the complexities of Jewish identity;and the emotions they engender. The issues touched on range from the legacy of the Holocaust to the Middle East, Jewish traditions, intermarriage and much more. The conflicts are typified by Sarah Jessica Parker, who says her supportive feelings about Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians make her feel more Jewish, but she is uncertain about the religious education she will give her child. Others, like Dustin Hoffman and William Kristol, have been firmly committed to passing on Jewish rituals and history to their children. Gloria Steinem, who joyfully attends feminist seders, still remains alienated by the sexist bias of most religions. In two arresting pieces, politician Barney Frank and playwright Tony Kushner address what it's like to be both gay and Jewish. Pogrebin says this book grew out of her efforts to clarify her own Jewish identity. But you don't need to be on such a quest to enjoy the wide range of experiences and feelings recorded here. Photos.
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Pogrebin not only succeeded in securing access to dozens of celebrities, but also managed the difficult task of getting them to open up about a facet of their very public lives that generally has remained private.” —The Forward
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Very interesting book includes interviews with celebrities about their feelings about their Jewishness. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shirley Friend
INTERESTING READING. BOUGHT IT BECAUSE I HAD JUST SEEN THE SHOW. ENJOYED THE SHOW; THE BOOK WAS FAIR.Published 6 months ago by BARBARA F. AMES
Some of the people were well known and others I never heard of. I skimmed over those because after a while, the stories were repetitive in some cases.Published 7 months ago by Mosesgold
When I first got this book I was hoping to learn more about how judaism influenced their careers. Instead what I got was a mostly people who had almost no connection to their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. B. Steinberg
Very interesting book about Jews in the public eye. Some surprises as to to their Jewish affiliationPublished 8 months ago by David Wechsler
Hard to put down. A must for everyone's bookshelf, especially Jewish folks!