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Unorthodox Podcast Co-Hosts to Share Jewish Wisdom and Culture at Kol Ami Synagogue

Kol Ami Synagogue invites you to attend a series of events on December 15 and 16, featuring Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz, two of the co-hosts of Unorthodox,” the universe’s premier Jewish podcast.” The events are part of the Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship and are free and open to the public, but you need to RSVP in advance to reserve your seat.

Unorthodox is a popular weekly podcast that features lively discussions, interviews, and “News for the Jews.”

The events will include the following:

  • On Friday, December 15, at 5:30 p.m., Butnick will join Rabbi Malcolm Cohen in a conversation about the significance of Jewish objects in our lives. You are invited to bring your own Shabbat candlesticks, menorahs, or any other Jewish item that has a personal or historical value to you. You will have the opportunity to share your stories and learn from others in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • On Friday evening, at 7:30 p.m., during the Shabbat services, Butnick and Leibovitz will discuss their co-authored book, “The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything In Between,” a comprehensive and humorous guide to Jewish culture and history. Rabbi Cohen will moderate the discussion.
  • On Saturday morning, at 9:30 a.m., during the Shabbat services, Leibovitz, will share his insights into the Talmud, the ancient collection of Jewish laws and lore. He will talk about his latest book, “How the Talmud Can Change Your Life.” Discover how the Talmud serves as humanity’s first self-help book, offering advice on navigating life’s myriad challenges, from grief to relationships.
  • On Saturday afternoon, after a kiddush lunch, you will have the option to attend one of two breakout sessions:
    • Butnick will lead a discussion about finding Judaism through children’s eyes,” where she will share her experiences as a mother and how she teaches her children about Jewish traditions and values.
    • Leibovitz will lead a session on the legendary Leonard Cohen, inspired by his book, “A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen.”

To RSVP, visit or call 520-327-4501. Kol Ami Synagogue is located at 225 N Country Club Rd.