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Alicia Jo Rabins

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March 17, 2021: Alicia Jo Rabins - My Grandfather Deserted the Czar's Army (Therapist)

Jack Straw Artist of the Week

This song is from the soundtrack to the film A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, written and created by Jack straw Artist Alicia Jo Rabins, who completed the soundtrack album through her Jack Straw Artist Support Program residency. Find more information on the film at akaddishforberniemadoff.com.

17 Mar 2021

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Structure and Spirit: Alicia Jo Rabins on Art, Heritage, and Ancestral Religion

Bella Figura, The Tradition of Living Beautifully

My guest for Episode 6, Alicia Jo Rabins, of Jewish ancestry, is a writer, musician, performer, ritualist and Torah teacher.  She is the author of poetry books Divinity School (winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Fruit Geode (finalist for the Jewish Book Award) and has released three albums with Girls in Trouble, her songwriting project about Biblical women.  She is currently at work on an independent film, "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff."  The recipient of a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Rabins lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.  Things discussed:  Being drawn to ancestral religious practices. Reconnecting to cultural traditions even after several generations of assimilation.  Re-examining the biases against organized religion. How organized religion can root us. Art as a means to explore religious experience. Embracing the roots of our adopted country in addition to our ancestral one. Emotional challenges of motherhood. Struggles of the writing life. Teaching children about their heritage. Raising children with ancestral traditions. Resources: Alicia's website A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff Girls in Trouble Alicia on Instagram "Ancestral Language for Strength," Dolores' blog post Bella Figura website Dolores on Instagram

1hr 18mins

17 Jun 2020

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World of Noise

On this week's show, composer/scholar Alicia Jo Rabins talks about her work creating Girls In Trouble, a feminist study guide for the Torah that includes poetry, artwork, and songs; Alex Schiff discusses his first solo release under the name Blue Canopy; and Todd Goldstein talks about his new album of ambient instrumentals.


21 May 2020

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Alicia Jo Rabins Writes Nightly ‘Bathtub Pandemic Poems’

Think Out Loud

Musician, Torah teacher and poet Alicia Jo Rabins has been writing nightly poems about the pandemic in her bathtub, then sharing them on Facebook and Instagram. We hear how Rabins is taking her music, writing and Jewish feminist education online in the time of social distancing.


10 Apr 2020

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Episode 188: The Art of Jewish Education - Alicia Jo Rabins

Judaism Unbound

Alicia Jo Rabins, the educator, artist, and midrashist (what’s that?? — you’ll have to listen!) who created the Girls in Trouble curriculum, joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about Jewish music, art, interpretation, and education.If you're enjoying Judaism Unbound, please help us keep things going with a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation. Support Judaism Unbound by clicking here!To access full shownotes for this episode, click here.And don't forget: Elul Unbound - SVARA-Style, a first-of-its-kind digital Jewish learning event, is taking place Tuesday, September 24th at 8 pm Eastern/5 Pacific. Register for it by clicking here!


20 Sep 2019

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Episode 70: Alicia Jo Rabins

Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, musician and Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins about her new book, Fruit Geode, and her lifelong passion for writing. In an episode rich with music, Alicia Jo describes falling in love with Jewish learning, being a classically-trained violinist, learning American fiddle music from a busker, playing in a klezmer punk band, recording three albums of Girls in Trouble songs (written in the voices of female biblical figures), her one-woman rock opera about Bernie Madoff and the collapse of the financial market, the inevitability of cycles, writing a spiritual memoir, the non-binary divine, the Jewish priestess movement, the importance of stopping writing, a hunger for integration, shame, performance, and so much more. EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 70Books by Alicia Jo RabinsFruit Geode (Augury Books, 2018)Divinity School (American Poetry Review, 2015)Other Projects by Alicia Jo RabinsGirls in TroubleA Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (the album)A Kaddish for Bernie Maddoff (the film)Chavurta: A Drummer’s Bat MitzvahOther Books and Writers Mentioned in the EpisodeRilke’s Letters to a Young PoetThe War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Orion, 2003)Claudia RankineKenneth KochRon PadgettDavid LehmanJohn AshberyNorman FischerC.D. WrightEnheduanna Other Relevant LinksAnnette Ezekiel Kogan and the band GolemPardesJerry RaikBronfman FellowshipRabbi Jill HammerLMCCBernie MadoffZak MargolisEmotive FruitionMother Foucault's Bookshop

1hr 50mins

12 May 2019

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Interview with Alicia Jo Rabins

Poetry and Everything

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, musician and teacher of Torah. She received the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize for Divinity School in 2015; her new book, Fruit Geode, was published in 2018 by Augury Books. Rabins created and performed Girls in Trouble, an ind...

23 Oct 2018

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Episode 22: “One Giggling Snowball” (featuring Alicia Jo Rabins)

Enjoy Your Life Podcast

In this episode, David Harris, Holly Hazelwood and Eric Mellor are joined by special guest, poet Alicia Jo Rabins, to discuss artists who successfully straddle multiple disciplines. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=35658686)

1hr 23mins

28 Sep 2018