Kwall is at her best in discussing creative marriage practices. The Shabbat chapter offers multiple accounts of “remixed” ways families observe the Sabbath: one family drives some distance Friday nights to share Shabbat dinner together during dad’s break, since he cannot get off to join the family at home. Other chapters discuss food, education and bar/bat mitzvahs, grandparents, Tikkun Olam, and mourning. Kwall argues that the Jewish community should embrace these remixed practices as authentic ways of inculcating Judaism . . . Kwall’s book should resonate with readers familiar with modern Jewish life, yet also be accessible to others, especially to those in ethnic or religious groups facing similar issues and to students in religious studies courses interested in contemporary hybrid observances.”
Remix Judaism shows the diversity of opportunities for engagement in Jewish life that exists today. . . . Kwall’s book brings plenty of material to a book club discussion [and] has the potential to encourage conversations in families and among close friends . . . a remarkably accurate snapshot of where American Jews find themselves right now.
Remix Judaism, a beautifully written and deeply personal book, rooted in both wisdom and scholarship, deserves the wide readership that its author hopes to find.
Through numerous examples Kwall teaches that non-Orthodox Judaism can be flexible enough to embrace the Jew throughout their lives, nurturing them at every step, sustaining them with a rich sense of heritage . . . Remix Judaism gives us permission to connect to Jewish life and traditions on our own terms and to see our experience as an authentic and meaningful expression of Jewish life.
Remix Judaism is a must-read for Jews of all levels of observance. It creates the space for such an important discussion on how we can, and are, preserving the most vital aspects of Jewish tradition for generations to come."
As thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring, 'Remix Judaism' is an exceptionally well written, organized and presented study that will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated contribution to the growing body of Contemporary Judaic Studies literature.
Kwall’s Remix Judaism is not a Judaism of pick-and-choose, but a Judaism of “go out and observe what the people are doing and act accordingly” (Talmud Bavli, Berakhot 45a). It recognizes that individual and familial practices vary widely, but calls for meeting people where they are and encouraging them to build on their practices by starting with what is already most meaningful about Jewish life to them and expanding outward.
- Contemporary Jewry
5/29/19: Author interviewed on the Jewish Journal podcast “Rosner’s Domain;” “Roberta R. Kwall: Can you ‘remix’ Judaism?”Link: https://jewishjournal.com/podcasts/rosners-domain-podcast/298998/roberta-r-kwall-can-you-remix-judaism/?fbclid=IwAR1Ar3dMCUVz88ux_35Vm8yxPgems0vDyYrQKrSf8ddt8SV1lizW00tD5ys
10/18/2019: Read about an illuminating conversation had by author Roberta Kwall in her new article for The Chicago Jewish Times.Link: https://www.chicagojewishnews.com/2019/10/strangers-share-an-emotional-connection-at-a-chicago-kosher-restaurant/
12/23/2019: “Want your interfaith kids to love Hanukkah? Expose them to Jewish traditions year-round,” writes Roberta Kwall for JTA News.Link: https://www.jta.org/2019/12/23/opinion/want-your-interfaith-kids-to-love-hanukkah-expose-them-to-jewish-traditions-year-round
1/2/2020: Author published column in The Jewish Journal; “Revisiting the Misheberach and Debbie Friedman’s Spiritual Legacy.”Link: https://jewishjournal.com/columnist/309032/revisiting-the-misheberiach-the-debbie-friedmans-spiritual-legacy/
1/8/2020: Author published column in The New York Jewish Week; “Disruptive Innovation When It Comes To Prayer.”Link:; https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/disruptive-innovation-when-it-comes-to-prayer/
3/4: What does Remix Judaism mean for Tikkun Olam? Find out with the new excerpt published in EJewishPhilanthropy.Link: https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/creating-space-for-tikkun-olam-as-part-of-remix-judaism/
3/2/2020: Roberta Rosenthal Kwall writes on the power of Purim to bind families in her new op-ed for The Jewish Week.Link: https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/the-power-of-purim-to-bind-families/
7/10/20, Jewish Week / Time of Israel: Author Roberta Kwall and her book are profiled with book cover and discussion of the ideas in the book in a feature piece by Andrew Silow-Carroll. Link: https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/a-rousing-defense-of-pick-and-choose-judaism/
5/15/20: Author Roberta Kwall interviewed by Jewish Boston, "Looking at Judaism through a 21st-Century Lens." Link: https://www.jewishboston.com/looking-at-traditional-judaism-through-a-21st-century-lens/
2/12/20: "How to Remix Judaism For Younger Generations," Roberta Kwall writes for Publishers Weekly. Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/82352-how-to-remix-judaism-for-younger-generations-roberta-kwall.html
5/4/20: Author interviewed on The Rabbi's Neighborhood with Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjAKKITCUGs&feature=youtu.be
4/20/20: "Religious Observance Is An Asset, Regardless of The Faith," writes Roberta Kwall in Jewish Journal.
4/23/20: "Programs Fostering Meaningful Connections to Jewish Tradition Cannot be Side-Lined," writes Roberta Kwall for eJewishPhilanthropy. Link: https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/programs-fostering-meaningful-connections-to-jewish-tradition-cannot-be-side-lined-a-response-to-grinstein-shayson/?utm_source=April+23%2C+2020&utm_campaign=Thurs+Apr+23&utm_medium=email
4/23/20: Read Roberta Kwall's Op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, "Disagreement can be the basis of Jewish unity – even during a pandemic." Link: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/disagreement-can-be-the-basis-of-jewish-unity-even-during-a-pandemic-625528
5/4/20: Roberta Kwall writes for The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Link: https://www.jta.org/2020/05/04/opinion/making-traditions-work-for-you-isnt-a-contingency-plan-its-the-authentic-jewish-way
7/13/20: Roberta Kwall reflects on changing Jewish Traditions for The Jewish Book Council. Link: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/pb-daily/a-remixed-yahrzeit-two-years-in-a-row
8/12/20: The Jerusalem Post published the author's latest op-ed, "Why Yitz Greenberg’s ‘road’ may lead to a stronger Jewish center."Link: https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/why-yitz-greenbergs-road-may-lead-to-a-stronger-jewish-center-637433
9/10/20: Hadassah Magazine included book in roundup “Memoirs, Liturgy and Jewish Advice: High Holidays Nonfiction. Link: https://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2020/09/10/memoirs-liturgy-jewish-advice-high-holidays-nonfiction/
10/8/20: Author interviewed on Tablet Magazine’s podcast Unorthodox; “Shake It Off.” ink: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5tZWdhcGhvbmUuZm0vdW5vcnRob2RveA/episode/NTM3Mzk0ODQtZjllYS0xMWU5LThiZTItM2ZlZDhjOGI0OGM4?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwjko8O_9aTsAhVRCM0KHbWoA2QQjrkEegQIDRAF&ep=6
10/16/20: Author published op-ed in Jewish Journal: “Amy Coney Barrett is Not Alone in Her Bias.”nk: https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/opinion/322962/amy-coney-barrett-is-not-alone-in-her-bias/
1/08/21, Moment Magazine: Writer Amy Schwartz article “The Books That Got Away” featuring books from 2020 that are just as relevant in 2021 lists Remix Judaism. Link: https://momentmag.com/books-that-got-away/
1/08/21: Moment Magazine Writer Amy Schwartz article “The Books That Got Away” featured Remix Judaism as part of her list of books from 2020 that are just as relevant in 2021 lists Remix Judaism.