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, 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.
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
5/15/20: Author Roberta Kwall interviewed by Jewish Boston, "Looking at Judaism through a 21st-Century Lens."
2/12/20: "How to Remix Judaism For Younger Generations," Roberta Kwall writes for Publishers Weekly.
5/4/20: Author interviewed on The Rabbi's Neighborhood with Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz.
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.
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."
5/4/20: Roberta Kwall writes for The Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
7/13/20: Roberta Kwall reflects on changing Jewish Traditions for The Jewish Book Council.
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."
9/10/20: Hadassah Magazine included book in roundup “Memoirs, Liturgy and Jewish Advice: High Holidays Nonfiction.”
10/8/20: Author interviewed on Tablet Magazine’s podcast Unorthodox; “Shake It Off.”
10/16/20: Author published op-ed in Jewish Journal: “Amy Coney Barrett is Not Alone in Her Bias.”