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.