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Florida Matters Re-broadcast: Growing Up Jewish In Polk County

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WUSF’s Robin Sussingham recently hosted “Our Jewish Communion: Religious Identity and Growing Up Jewish in Polk County” at Florida Southern College in Lakeland to discuss what it was like to come of age in a predominantly Christian region. This week on Florida Matters, we bring you highlights of the conversation.

The panel, which was organized by Florida Southern College Professor Catherine Eskin, includes:

·         Rabbi Samuel April, who served Temple Emanuel in Lakeland from 1956 to 1958

·         Susan Eckert, a career educator who grew up in Lakeland and now lives in Sarasota

·         Jeffrey Miller, who grew up in Lakeland  and is the immediate past president of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Orlando.

Note: This is a re-edited version of the show that was first broadcast on March 15th, 2016.

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.