Global Torah Podcast Returns

7 new episodes offer thoughtful explorations of Jewish global responsibility

Global Torah, a podcast created by OLAM and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, will release its second season on September 12. Dubbed Global Torah LIVE, the new season features 7 episodes, each recorded before a live audience in London, New York or Jerusalem.

Global Torah explores the intersections of Jewish life, values and text with the practice of global service, social justice and international development. Each episode highlights voices of both scholars of Jewish tradition and Jewish professionals working to address global challenges, often in conversation with each other. The result is a dynamic and engaging look into key issues facing the Jewish people as part of a global community.

The success of the first season showed us that there was a real thirst in our community for deep engagement with global challenges through a Jewish lens, says Dyonna Ginsburg, OLAMs Executive Director. Im thrilled that Global Torah has set a standard of approaching these conversations with sophistication and integrity.

Aaron Dorfman, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, and Caryl M. Stern explore 'talking global in 2017' at the OLAM Focal Point conference
Aaron Dorfman, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, and Caryl M. Stern explore 'talking global in 2017' at the OLAM Focal Point conferenceLarsen Harley

The new season, recorded in early June 2017, comes at moment in which many Jewish communities are grappling with increased political polarization and a heightened focus on domestic challenges.The podcast tackles this head-on in its fifth episode, guest-hosted by Lippman-Kanfer Foundations Aaron Dorfman, who moderates a thoughtful conversation between Caryl M. Stern of UNICEF USA and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of HIAS about talking global in 2017.

Rosenn, whose organization, HIAS, has been active in the Supreme Court case combating US President Trumps travel ban, expresses cautious optimism. There are more refugees and displaced people than at any other time in recorded history, she notes, but were also at a moment where people are awake, and the Jewish community is mobilized and really taking action - and that gives me hope.

Global Torah LIVE features some veteran voices, as well as fresh insights from giants of the field. Jewish social justice junkies will be thrilled to hear AJWSs Ruth Messinger featured in Episode 1; for Jewish text lovers, Episode 3 brings a dialogue between Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and her son, Yarden, who runs the global Jewish volunteerism organization Project TEN.

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie shares insights from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic in a Global Torah mini-episode
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie shares insights from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic in a Global Torah mini-episodeLarsen Harley

Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer Kossoy, Director of the Social Justice Track at Pardes, feels such cross-sector conversations between scholars and practitioners are crucial within the Jewish community. Living Torah is that which speaks to the issues that are most pressing in our world, she says. I am inspired and enlightened to hear activists from the field and Torah scholars in dialogue with one another in frank, thoughtful ways. Both Torah and activism are enriched.

You can listen and download online via Elmad, Pardes's online learning website; on OLAMs website, or on podcast apps iTunes and Stitcher.


#1 Jews, Justice and Global Giving

Ruth Messinger, AJWS

Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, JHUB

In a world when were confronted by enormous need, how do we prioritize our giving?


#2 The Spiritual Power of Solar

Dyonna Ginsburg, OLAM

Rabbi Yedidya Julian Sinclair, Solar Energy Entrepreneur

How do our conversations about text inform our pursuits as drivers of global justice?


#3 Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, MATAN

Yarden Zornberg, Project TEN

What can the book of Ruth teach us about encountering - and feeling like - foreigners?


#4 Disaster Relief and Beyond

Mandie Winston, JDC

Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, Tevel bTzedek

Paul Anticoni, World Jewish Relief

As we respond to global crises, can we also help prevent them?


#5 Why is this Year Different from All Other Years? Talking Global in 2017

Caryl Stern, U.S. Funds for UNICEF

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, HIAS

Guest Host: Aaron Dorfman, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

In a moment when communities may be looking inward, how can we stay engaged in global action?



The Boundaries of Our Town

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavi, Lab/Shul

In a globalized world, what are our local Jewish responsibilities?


Be an Upstander

Mark Hanis, United to End Genocide

How can we make never again more than an empty promise?