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Jonathon David Co

Hear My Story

$23.00

Jonathon David Co

Hear My Story

$23.00

The ingredients:

One) Jewish interviewer with a Sony cassette recorder and a passion for hearing the stories people tell about their lives, four hundred and twenty Jews

Two) questions:

  • What does being Jewish mean to you?
  • Can you tell me a story about it that includes the words I, Jewish, and recently?
The resulting dish is a spicy potpourri of personal reflections, intimate confessions, humorous anecdotes, pulpit oratory, and political commentary that introduces an endlessly fascinating array of Jewish voices.


For two years, writer, film director, and psychiatric discourse analyst Michael Garbutt traveled across North America, Europe, and Australia recording conversations with a cross-section of Jews who describe themselves (among other things) as philosophers, accountants, management consultants, unemployed bums, kosher butchers, vegetarians, Torah scholars, homemakers, rabbis, doctors, students, klezmer musicians, school kids, retirees, grandmothers, gays, lesbians, Ashkenazis, Sephardis, Mizrachis, Israelis, Zionists, anti-Zionists, right-wing, left-wing, centrist, liberal, reactionary, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, unaffiliated, still-looking, atheists, Buddhists

In talking of their feelings about Judaism and Jewishness, they variously characterize themselves as proud, joyful, happy, optimistic, inspired, ethically guided, spiritually nourishedand also angry, sad, hurt, depressed, pessimistic, cynical, guilty, anxious, neutraland just plain confused.

Moving, amusing, at times inspiring or outright provocative, the voices in Hear My Story provide an unusually intimate and candid insight into the remarkable diversity of the contemporary Jewish world.