The Seattle Limmudcast is a new podcast of interviews with past, present, and future Limmud Seattle presenters. It aims to be as wide ranging and informative as Limmud itself, bringing you thoughts and ideas in intimate interviews. Links to the episodes will direct you to SoundCloud, or you can listen on your phone by searching "The Seattle Limmudcast" on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.
Cara Abrams-Simonton and Robert Hovden -- Enabling Connections (posted March 14th, 2019)
Limmud Seattle 2019 presenters and co-chairs Cara Abrams-Simonton and Robert Hovden talk about how they first encountered Limmud and eventually decided to co-chair a festival. While co-chairing had its challenges, Cara and Robert speak of the joy of connecting with volunteers and participants, as well as the pleasure of introducing community members to one another. Robert explains how intentional succession planning makes each year new. Interview by Tamar Libicki.
Joshua Horowitz -- Researching and Playing Historical Music (posted on February 7th, 2019)
Limmud Seattle 2018 presenter Joshua Horowitz talks about how a resurgence of antisemitism that he observed while studying music in Austria in the 1980s led him to research and start playing historical Jewish music. He speaks about how his quest led him to searching out village musicians in Eastern Europe, combing archives and listening to old recordings, and finding historical musical instruments. He also discusses projects with his bands Varetski Pass and Budowitz. Interview by Carl Shutoff
Miriam Libicki -- Engaging in Jewish Identity through Comix (posted on January 24th, 2019)
Limmud Seattle 2018 presenter Miriam Libicki talks about her process for creating autobiographical and non-fiction comics. She discusses how her comics have led to meaningful connections and served as a therapeutic outlet. She also talks about her use of childlike faces to make hard subjects more accessible and using an avatar to embody her personal perspective. Interview by Tamar Libicki conducted on 12/13/18.
Colin Marshall -- Spinoza's Divine Joy of Knowledge (posted on January 8th, 2019)
Limmud Seattle 2019 presenter Colin Marshall discusses the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza. A 17th century philosopher who was born and raised Jewish, Spinoza was exiled from his community in Amsterdam for his radical ideas questioning organized religion. Colin discusses Spinoza's views of G-d, religion, and the pursuit of knowledge. Interview by Sergey Feldman.
Limmudcast Pilot Episode - Karen Trieger -- Writing a Holocaust Memoir (posted on December 30th, 2018)
Limmud Seattle 2019 presenter Karen Treiger discusses the writing process for her book "My Soul is filled with Joy: a Holocaust Story." She talks about wanting to write the story about her in-laws Sam and Esther Goldberg for a long time then finally quitting her job and devoting three years to making it happen. This included research that led to meeting the Stys family who saved Sam and Esther, and connecting with a long-lost cousin Yusuf 'Idu' Lys. Interview by Tamar Libicki.
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