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Jewish History Matters Podcast (19)

Raised toward our $8,000 Goal
100 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 06, at 09:00 AM CST
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We're Almost There!

November 22, 2019

We have been blown away by the fundraising campaign. With your help we are on the verge of reaching our initial fundraising goal, which will fully fund the podcast through the 2019-2020 season. Thank you for supporting the podcast! With the funds we've raised, we'll be able to grow the podcast, make it more sustainable, and reach a wider audience. Our vision is to showcase new research and enduring issues in Jewish studies, and we have fantastic episodes on their way. So keep your ears open and subscribe to the podcast at!


As we write this update, there is just under $100 left until we reach our initial fundraising goal. But there is still almost two weeks left in our campaign, so we wanted to share a stretch goal: If we can raise $12,000 by Giving Tuesday (12/3), that will put us in a secure position to grow the podcast not only for this year but to begin about the future beyond that. In particular, we want to be able to invest in advertising and outreach to spread word about what we're doing, potentially bring on an intern or assistant producer who can help to develop the project, and also we want to bring on more guest hosts (and get them equipment so that they'll sound great too!).


We hope that you'll consider supporting the podcast as we continue to cultivate exciting conversations about the ways in which Jewish history matters—and as we also start to think about the future of the project too.

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35 Episodes and Counting

Since we launched the podcast we've published 35 episodes. Support the podcast so we can continue publishing new conversations on compelling issues!


Make Scholarship Accessible

Each episode strives to make scholarly topics and research accessible to a wide audience. As part of that, we create a transcript to make the episodes accessible and easier to find online. Your support at this level will help us create other kinds of supplemental materials like reading lists that help to enrich the listening experience and make the podcast a resource for anyone who wants to explore Jewish history and why it matters.


Listen In

Recording an interview is only the first step to making a great episode of Jewish History Matters. Support the cost of hiring a professional audio editor for an episode! Supporters at this level and above will be added to a special email list and invited to listen to live-casts of episodes as they are recorded.


Because History Matters

We produce the podcast because we believe history matters, and that each topic we focus on in the podcast deserves attention. Producing each episode is an intensive process including research, recording, editing, and more. Underwrite the cost of producing a podcast episode: help us make the project sustainable and showcase why history matters! Each supporter at this level and above get a shout-out on the podcast episode which their generous contribution has helped to make possible.



We've experimented with producing mini-series that bring together multiple episodes on a central topic, and we want to continue to create compelling content and illustrate the dynamic facets of Jewish studies. Your support at this level will underwrite the production of three episodes, allowing us to produce mini-series on topics like antisemitism, migration, Jewish thought, and Biblical studies. Each supporter at this level get our eternal gratitude and will get a shout-out on the podcast episodes.


Fuel Our Continued Growth

In October 2018, we had about 1,200 downloads — and in October 2019, that number more than doubled to 2,987! Your support at this level underwrites our continued growth enabling us to produce new episodes and also promotional materials like short videos to spread the word about the project, or lesson plans and bibliographies that can be used in the classroom so Jewish History Matters can become a pedagogical resource too. Funders who make a tremendously generous contribution at this level will be listed,. if you want, on our website and get a shout-out in the podcast.


Season Funder

Support the production of the entire podcast season (20 episodes) with a generous donation that will fully cover the costs of recording and production. A donation at this level will radically increase our ability to spread the message about how Jewish history matters. A benefactor at this level will have our unending thanks and we will list you, if you want, on the website and in the episodes.

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