Under Vines and Fig Trees

Under Vines and Fig Trees

In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Dekel-Chen about the long history of Jewish agricultural life. The episode traverses continents and centuries, describing Jewish farming from Abraham through the 21st century. Jonathan is the Rabbi Edward Sandrow Chair in Soviet & East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he holds dual a dual appointment in the Department of Jewish History and the Department of General History. He is the author of Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1924-1941 and the co-founder of Bikurim Youth Village for the Performing Arts in Eshkol.

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Learn more about the Rutgers University exhibit, “Jewish Agriculturalism in the Garden State” which Jonathan Dekel-Chen created and that inspired this episode at sites.rutgers.edu/jewish-agriculture.

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Joy and Conversation is hosted by Dan Osborn

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This episode featured music from the Sephardic group, Voice of the Turtle (www.voiceoftheturtle.com).

  • Azkir Khasdey Eyl Neh-Eman

This episode featured music from Blue Dot Sessions (www.sessions.blue).

  • Di Breun

This episode featured music from the Free Music Archive (www.freemusicarchive.org).

  • Tres Tristes Tangos- “Planta Baja”
  • Tres Tristes Tangos- “Kolderen Polka”
  • Yair Yona- “Russian Dance”
  • Alicia Svigals_Lauren Brody Klezmer Mash- “Beregovski Patch Tants”
  • Serge Quadrado- “Russian Girl”

Episode photo by Dan Osborn