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Robin Rood and her daughter, Rachel Rood, have a history of collaborating in media and Jewish realms. 

In 2011, they made a documentary on the history of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, now in Pepper Pike, where they conducted 36 interviews with congregants and others associated with the synagogue. Now, the duo has created a podcast, “Cleveland Schmooze,” which features in-depth interviews with people in the local Jewish community. 

The Cleveland Jewish News is a partner with the Roods on the podcast. 

Robin Rood, of South Russell, said starting a podcast was a good way to share stories essential to the history of the local Jewish community.

“Everybody in the Jewish community, I believe and Rachel believes, has a story to tell – either where you came from, where your parents came from, how you got there, what you doing with your job or what you are involved in,” Robin Rood said. 

Rachel Rood is a Northeast Ohio public radio producer and Robin Rood is a registered dietician, has a master’s degree in Judaic studies and gives community lectures.   

Moreover, as a baby boomer, Robin Rood said she’s hoping to turn her peers on to podcasts, possibly by featuring them. She aims to have a variety of age groups represented in the stories. 

Rachel Rood, of downtown Cleveland, added that they aim to represent all segments of the diverse local Jewish community in the podcast – some guests thus far have been Faye Sholiton, a local playwright who founded Interplay Jewish Theatre, Rabbi Stephen Weiss of B’nai Jeshurun, and Kelly Fedak, a recent convert to Judaism. In the third episode, the Roods discuss their own backgrounds and why they wanted to start the podcast. 

“It’s showing that there’s not just one way to be Jewish, but you can come to it from a million different ways and still be excited by Judaism,” Rachel Rood said. 

The podcast comes out biweekly and the first season is wrapping up in mid-June, with two new episodes scheduled. The Roods will return for their second season in the fall, likely around the High Holy Days. 

The Roods are members of B’nai Jeshurun and they also do many of their recordings there.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Rachel and Robin on their new podcast and think our readers will enjoy hearing their interviews with members of our Jewish community,” said Rebecca Fellenbaum, Digital Marketing Manager at the CJN.  

The podcast can be found at, as well as on Stitcher, Google Play and Apple Podcasts. Readers can also look for new episodes on the CJN Facebook page,


Listen to the episodes here 

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