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Explore Small-Town Jewish Life in America

Hosted By: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

There are at least 5 million Jews in America. While many Jews tend to cluster in metropolitan areas with large Jewish populations, like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, many others live outside those areas in small towns with a much smaller number of Jewish residents.

Join JTA Conversations, the monthly series from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, to hear some of their stories.

Meet the panelists:
Rabbi Rachel Isaacs is the Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College, located in Waterville, Maine.

Caleb A. Guedes-Reed is a writer from the mountains of Appalachia, who is now living in sunny Sarasota, Florida. He is in the process of converting to Judaism and has worked for Hillel in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Andie Bond is a journalist, small business owner, and educator with a photography problem. Originally from St. Louis, she currently resides at The Center of the Universe in North Idaho’s Silver Valley.

Lane Kadish is a Salt Lake City native and current Montana resident. He is passionate about supporting and advancing small town Jewish communities and served as a leadership fellow for the Center for Small Town Jewish Life.


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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is the definitive, trusted global source of news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern.  Our reporting reflects the wide spectrum of religious, political and cultural identity that exists among Jews today. With correspondents in New York, Washington, Israel, Europe and cities around the globe, JTA provides extensive coverage of political, economic and social developments affecting Jews all over the world. JTA reporting also shines a spotlight on the cultural happenings, influential thinkers and leaders and milestone events defining the Jewish experience today.
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