Jew in the City is on NPR

Jew in the City Is On NPR


After many months of email tag, interview rescheduling, and plain old waiting for the air date, my interview on NPR’s “Interfaith Voices” (and Mayim’s, which follows mine and touches on our relationship) is finally on the air! This is the largest audience we’ve ever reached at JITC (100,000 listeners on 76 stations in the US and Canada, including nationwide on XM satellite radio) and we’re very excited and hope that this will only be the beginning of more and more positive exposure for Orthodox Jews and Orthodox Judaism.

Just a couple things to note: I never called myself “modern Orthodox” in the interview. It seems to me that although the media generally likes to vilify Orthodoxy, the one thing that they can maybe handle is a little bit of Modern Orthodoxy. I like to make Jew in the City as inclusive as possible, but if I had to label myself, I consider myself Centrist Orthodox or right-wing Modern Orthodox. The answers I gave, though, apply to Orthodoxy across the board, and every community within the Orthodox world has its pluses and its minuses. Though I may not personally be ultra-Orthodox, there are still many things that I respect about that community and I wish the interview didn’t depict my positive portrayal of Orthodoxy as simply a “modern” thing.

The other thing I wanted to note was that my answer on Orthodox women rabbis was edited and did not come out how I said it. When I answered the question, I started off by telling the host that there’s no simple way to answer “why don’t we have women rabbis” in the amount of time I was allotted. In an age when everybody wants a sound bite, it’s a real challenge to not be able to properly answer something in less than a minute, and yet, that is the nature of complex issues. I then went on to give one reason as to why we don’t have Orthodox women rabbis, but the way they cut things, it made it sound like what I said was the reason. Without further ado, you can hear the interview by clicking here.




  1. Elle (Tzipporah) : March 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

    So I assume you were on already b/c My midwife heard you on NPR at some point and today asked me if I’d ever heard of you. She is non-Jewish and that the interview was very cool. She asked me a few questions about you and your “mission”.

    You certainly made an impression!

  2. Aliza Hausman : March 15, 2012 at 3:32 am

    It’s never simple when getting interviewed. I remember the NY Times quoted me as saying I call my mother ever Christmas. My friends and fans who know we are estranged were like, huh? I’m always worried about how they will twist my responses or get things wrong. I hope it went well!

  3. Very nice interview, Allison. I love your direct and honest approach. Simply beautiful. I’m not Jewish, but I’ve always been interested in Judaism, and I have learned so much from you! Thanks for what you do.

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Allison is the Founder and Director of Jew in the City. Please find her full bio here.