PODCASTS

Listen to shows that have hosted Zack as a guest

Binah: WHY DO JEWISH?
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KALW Public Media

April 7, 2022

Binah features creative voices from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. In this series, we bring you remarkable artists and thinkers who’ve come to speak at the JCCSF as part of their Arts & Ideas program.

 

Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, thoughtfully shifts from asking why be Jewish to why do Jewish, and provides a roadmap for anyone looking to live a more meaningful Jewish life.

DISCOVERING THE MEANING OF LIFE
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HOW'D YOU GET THAT JOB?

Season 2, Episode 7 (May 2021)

Join us as we pull back the curtain to get a behind-the-scenes look at the unique, transdisciplinary, and inspiring careers of Claremont Graduate University alumni.

 

What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your purpose? Zack Bodner (MA, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, ’98), CEO of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, tells us his remarkable journey in attempting to answer those questions for himself. Listen in as he talks about making a difference and not ruling out any possibilities that led to him interning for American social and political activist, Tom Hadden, before becoming a writer and discovering the “meaning of life.” Also, be sure to check out Zack’s book Why Do Jewish? A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood when it comes out this summer.

 

For a transcript of this episode, email cgupodcasts at gmail.com and include the episode title.

​​​​​​WHY IS "DOING JEWISH" IMPORTANT FOR JEWISH EDUCATION? 
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ADAPTING THE FUTURE
OF JEWISH EDUCATION

Season 2, Episode 5 (Nov 2021)

The Jewish world often finds itself divided on issues related to Israel, Jewish practice, and intermarriage. At times, our divisions seem to threaten the very idea of global Jewish peoplehood. On this episode Zack Bodner speaks about the imperative to “do Jewish,” what motivated him to write his new book Why Do Jewish? A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood, and the way Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California, thinks West Coast Judaism is redefining American Jewish culture for the 21st century.

​​​​​​DOING JEWISH
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JUDAISM UNBOUND

Episode 302 (Nov 2021)

Zack Bodner, CEO of The Oshman Family JCC and author of Why Do Jewish? A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood, joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about his book. They also explore together what makes West-Coast Judaism distinctive, along with whether the digital world is itself a new kind of geographic "coast."

ZIONISM 3.0
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JUDAISM UNBOUND

Episode 128

Judaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, is a project that catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century. 

 

Dan and Lex welcome back Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California. In their conversation, they explore his organization's "Zionism 3.0" conference, along with broader questions regarding the ever-evolving relationship between American Jews and Israel.

20
MINUTE
LEADERS

Episode 133 (Sep 2020)

Daily talk show with thought leaders from around the world.

 

Zack is the CEO of the OFJCC, where under his leadership they launched the Center for Social Impact, the Architects of the Jewish Future Series, and the Zionism 3.0 Project, which is creating a new paradigm for Israel-World Jewry relations. He is a writer, speaker and thought-leader on issues of modern American Judaism and Zionism. Previously he served as the Pacific Northwest Director for AIPAC. He holds a MA from Claremont Graduate School, a BA from Yale University and has studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as Stanford Graduate School of Business.

JEWISH? COMMUNITY? CENTER?
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JUDAISM UNBOUND

Episode 66

Judaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, is a project that catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century. 

Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, joins Dan and Lex in our Silicon Valley series to explore the shifting role of Jewish Community Centers, possibilities for a "Judaism 4.0," and what special role a JCC in the heart of the experimental and entrepreneurial landscape of Silicon Valley might play in playing with the possibilities.

WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS
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JUDAISM UNBOUND

Episode 61

Judaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, is a project that catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century. 

 

Dan and Lex are joined by guest co-hosts Zack Bodner and Tova Birnbaum, from the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California. In this episode, they explore the Torah's narrative of the wandering in the wilderness, asking how lessons from that story can apply to contemporary Jewish life.