Jews w/ Tattoos

Body-art is a fascinating way of communicating. And behind each piece of ink-work is a real human story. On this podcast we find and share those stories, and will shed light on how members of our tribe, the Jewish tribe, express themselves and walk in this world.

Jews With Tattoos - Ep 1: Jaime Becker - All In the Family

In this episode we meet Jaime Becker who loves her family so much she got reminders of them tattooed on her body. Interestingly, for as much as Jaime loves her family she shares some tension about her families reactions to the the tattoos themselves.

Jews w/ Tattoos: Episode #2 - Alan Platock - Be Who You Are, Wherever You Are

In this episode Alan shares with us a what his Jewish identity means to him; and how his tattoos have helped him express his identity, for better or worse.

Jews w/ Tattoos: Episode #3 - Aaron Bock - In Spite Of...

In this episode, Aaron Bock takes us on journey around the world and his spiritual development. During our discussion we also venture into the topic of dual-identity and explore the overlap between Jewish and American values.

Jews w/ Tattoos: Episode #4 - Sam Ogren - Finding a Family At Home and Abroad

One of my best episodes to date! Not only because this was an in-person conversation, but also because the sound quality is the best so far :) Sam is a Warrior-Brother of mine from the Mankind project, which we discuss a little bit. And yet this episode is chock full of interesting conversation points: From Jewish identity, personal growth, family, to anti-semitism, white-privilege and hoping people see you as a Jew. This is a conversation you don't want to miss!

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These is the quote from Rabbi Heschel and Rev King that I reference in the episode:

I solemnly pledge to uphold the fair name of Jews. Not only because we need their friendship, and surely we do, but mainly because bigotry in any for is an affront to us all. (Rev Martin Luther King Jr.)

One hundred years ago, the emancipation was proclaimed. It is time for the white man to strive for self-emancipation, to set himself free of bigotry. (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)

Jews w/ Tattoos: Episode #5 - Rabbi Iggy - Transcending Self Through Juxtaposition and Awe

Our first, and I suspect, not our last interview with a tattooed rabbi. Rabbi Iggy is a friend from my days at Camp Ramah. Like all of us, Iggy has evolved in different ways in his life. The one consistent is that he's a good person. Today we find his as the founder and director of the T'shuvah Center in New York City (, offering recovery and support to those suffering from the disease of addiction.

In our conversation Rabbi Iggy teaches us what it means to transcend what we, and other people, might think about us through living a life of juxtaposition and awe. And what couldn't be more of a juxtaposition than a rabbi who bears the Torah on his skin.

Jews w/ Tattoos: Episode #6 - Ethan Mayo - The Blessing of Memory and the Infinite Within

It was great to catch up with an old student of mine who challenged me as a younger rabbi, and who now challenges all of us. Ethan's message about loving ourselves to the point where we see how infinite we are internally is a necessary message for today. In his life Ethan has transcended not only the limits that others placed on him, but also the one we mistaken place on ourselves.

Jews w/ Tattoos: Ep 7: Julee Snitzer Levine - Hanging On

In our newest episode I sit down with Jewish educator extraordinaire and friend, Julee Snitzer Levine. Julee shares her experiences finding herself and the excitement she feels expressing her deepest values. She reminds us how important it is, particularly during a time of pandemic, to hang on and seek out kindness and help when necessary.

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Jews w/ Tattoos: Ep 8: Thea Lavin - Hineini - Here I am, Bringing the Light and the Strength

Our first new episode in a long time... But it's a good one that's been worth the wait. In this episode we are joined by Thea Lavin who rolls her sleeves up to do the dirty work of trauma education and peace-building. This episode has a poignancy brought on by the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza. A conflict and war that took the lives of many innocent children. Thea teaches us what it means to step up to the table and share a voice for the purposes of bringing strength and resiliency to the lives of others.

Jews With Tattoos - Ep: 9 - Cindy Chisvin - My Story Isn’t Over

Cindy helps people recovering from divorce and reminds them that there is much more of their story to write.

Jews with Tattoos - Ep 10: Katie Penna - Freedom and Rebirth

In episode 10 we meet Katie Penna who teaches us about what freedom and rebirth look like after relationships end.

Jews with Tattoos - Ep: 11 - Mara Cella - Self Protection and Self Portraits

In episode 11 I catch up with an old friend from high school, Mara Cella. Mara talks about the ideas of protecting herself with the hamsa, and how body art is an exercise is painting a self-portrait.