Event explores Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

KLRU and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin in association with the PBS series The Story of the Jews presents The Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

DATE: Monday, May 19th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The PBS series The Story of the Jews explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. In conjunction with the series, KLRU has created five videos for the Austin Revealed series focusing on the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin. All five videos will be showcased at this event followed by a community discussion.  KLRU has partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin for this event.

Panel discussion moderated by Rabbi David Komerofsky, Associate Vice President for Advancement at Hillel International.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Randi Shade, entrepreneur, mother and former City Council member
  • Cathy Schechter, co-author of Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, and wrote the first article about Austin for the Encyclopedia Judaic
  • Jay Rubin, CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

This event was funded in part by a WNET Education grant in conjunction with the PBS series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. Watch the complete series plus web-only extras at pbs.org/wnet/story-jews

Austin Revealed: Neil Blumofe

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Rabbi Neil Blumofe inspires more than his growing Congregation Agudas Achim. As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Blumofe’s talents are more than meets the eye, and being in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” he engages with more than the Jewish community in KUT’s live music series Views and Brews.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Sandra Thornhill

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Sandra Thornhill.
A hairstylist. A history nerd. A Jew. Sandra now identifies as all of the above. Having converted to Judaism over 10 years ago, Sandra’s relationship with being Jewish continues to evolve.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Aviad Fuchs

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Aviad Fuchs
Aviad moved from Israel to Austin last summer, and diversity is the thing he noticed most about the Jewish community in Central Texas.  With welcoming synagogues and modern approaches, the variety of Jewish culture in Austin is intriguing for this tech engineer that identifies as a secular Jew.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Joanie Shapiro

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Joanie Shapiro
After selling her medical billing business and moving to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, Joanie and other Jews living in her area came together to form Haverah Shalom. This congregation started by in the late 1990s by meeting for Shabbat services at each other’s homes. Now, Haverah Shalom has grown exponentially in size and resources, including a portable Ark and Torah. These congregation members have come to form bonds religiously, socially, and philanthropically to create a Jewish
community.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Jennifer Greenberg Seth

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Jennifer Greenberg Seth
Growing up the granddaughter of a famous Jewish athlete, Jennifer has always identified as being Jewish. Now, she has finally found her own place in the Jewish community – singing with the Temple Beth Shalom choir. Whether at choir practice or High Holiday services, Jennifer’s bond to the Jewish community in Austin continues to strengthen through their melodic arrangements.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Story of the Jews on KLRU

In March and April, KLRU will broadcast The Story of the Jews, which explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day later this month. In conjunction with the series, KLRU is planning a significant outreach effort highlight our local Jewish community including on event on May 19th details coming soon.

Based on British historian Simon Schama’s epic book The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, the five-part series features interviews with noted academics, writers, politicians and artists. KLRU will broadcast part 1-2 on March 25 from 7-9 pm and part 3-5 on April 1st from 7-10 pm.

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things.  To some, attending regular service and participating in traditional religious ceremonies makes a person Jewish, while others see being Jewish as a cultural group or something they were born into.  KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.  Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

KLRU, along with assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin (JFGA), will interview five Central Texans about what being Jewish means to them.  These short videos will shed light on the differences and similarities between people who identify as Jewish. Watch the videos

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, there is a national essay contest to encourage high school aged students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. To enter the contest, high school students must watch a short video and answer specific questions. Get more details about the contest

Adults can share their family’s journey on the Story of the Jews website