Israel for the younger crowd

Israel for the younger crowd

Daniel Levisohn • Assistant Editor, JTNews

Posted: August 3, 2007

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Rabbi Yonah will speak at the Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun St., Seattle on Mon., Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. No cost. RSVP to Rachel Hynes at rachelh@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2216. He will also speak on the People of the Book stage at the Jewish Festival on Sun., Aug. 19, 2:10 p.m

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Judd had many reasons why he converted to Judaism, but one of them was Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

A year and a half ago, Judd discovered Bookstein’s podcasts, which address Jewish perspectives on topics ranging from sex to plastic surgery, and began downloading them on iTunes. With a conversational teaching style, Judd thought Bookstein wasn’t boring, like some of the other rabbis he’d heard.

Judd so enjoyed Bookstein’s approach to Judaism that he sparked a friendship with the rabbi. When Judd and his partner, Michael, traveled to southern California to visit family, he made a point of meeting Bookstein, who serves as rabbi at California State University–Long Beach Hillel and the Hillel Foundation of Orange County….