PJ Library Presents: Have I Got A Story For You!

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Have I Got a Story For You is a new podcast from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. In every episode families can enjoy an update of a classic Jewish folk tale. There's adventure and mischief and even a hamster named Augustus! Learn more at gotastorypodcast.com.

Episode Date
Coming Soon: Beyond the Bookcase
01:18

PJ Library Presents: Beyond the Bookcase, launches October 18th, 2021. Subscribe wherever you love to listen to podcasts. Learn more at pjlibrary.org/podcast

Sep 29, 2021
Coming Soon: Afternoons With Mimi
00:49

PJ Library Presents: Afternoons With Mimi, launches October 4, 2021. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and learn more at pjlibrary.org/podcast.

Sep 29, 2021
029: Behind The Door: A Story By Harold Grinspoon
22:24

Welcome to a very special episode of Have I Got a Story For You! Today's story was written by PJ Library's founder, Harold Grinspoon and Vivian Newman. Join young Harold and his best buddy Diane, as they journey behind a heavy door, through dark, mysterious tunnels, and back to freedom. Will they triumph over the darkness, the evil dust bunnies, the rabbi's singing? Find out in today's season finale, Behind the Door!

Aug 11, 2021
028: The Magical Letter
11:01

Today Rita narrates an audiobook for listeners: The Magical Letter. 

As he discovers writing, Nitai decides to write his first letter to his mother. The story, told from the viewpoint of the simple white page, tells how Nitai’s letter, passed from person to person, magically touches each one. This charming book speaks to the power of words to bring joy, to bridge difference and to express compassion and to encourage.

 

The Magical Letter, written and illustrated by Elinor Milchan. Published by Yedioth Ahronoth Books. Translated to Hebrew, for Sifriyat Pijama by Adi Zelichov Relevy. To learn more, visit https://eng.pjisrael.org/book/the-magical-letter/

 
Aug 10, 2021
027: The Shabbat Flood
21:56

Travel back in time to the village of Rosgart for a very rainy Shabbat. Ira and his father Jacob take great pride in baking the best challah in town -- and remembering every customer's order. But what happens when a small early Saturday morning drizzle turns into a downpour and then a flood unlike any Rosgart has ever seen? Rita, Jacob, and Ira get very creative to make sure everyone can enjoy Shabbat. This fictional episode is inspired by a very true story about an intrepid baker and a flood in Texas. 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley

Jacob: Walter Sickert

Ira: Zad Gravebone

Mr. Berkowitz/Mrs. Liebovitz: Rich Wentworth

Mr. Zimmer/ Mr. Fine: Kristofer Jenson

Mrs. Lewis; Mrs. Fine: Jen Kenneally

May 11, 2021
026: The Donkey and the Garden
09:55

How will Rabbi Akiva get over his embarrassment and learn to read when all the pupils in the class are children and he is already a grown man? In this charming, modern version of a Talmudic tale, Rabbi Akiva’s clever wife, Rachel, shows him that one should never let shyness or fear of embarrassment stand in the way of learning.

The Donkey and the Garden is written by Devora Busheri, illustrated by Menahem Halberstad, and published in English by Green Bean Books. This title was also a selection sent to children in PJ Library's sister program, Sifriyat Pijama.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

The Donkey and the Garden by Devora Busheri, illustrated by Menahem Halberstad, distributed and published in English by Green Bean Books. Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Rabbi Akiva: Walter Alice Sickert Rachel: Gwen D'Angelo Ensemble voices: Mike D'Angelo, Peter Moore, Edrie Children's voices: Wednesday Alice and Bowie D'Angelo

Apr 05, 2021
Passover Playlist
28:39

Get ready for Passover with Have I Got a Story For You! Learn the Passover story, practice the Four Questions, and follow a pirate on an epic afikomen hunt. For everything you need to enjoy Passover with your family, visit pjlibrary.org/passover.

Mar 02, 2021
Shabbat Stories Playlist
41:57

The work or school week can feel long and hectic -- that's why Shabbat is so awesome. On Shabbat, we get to take a break, take a breather, and slow down. It's the perfect reset - and that's what makes Friday nights feel so special, and dare we say, magical.  Enjoy three Shabbat-themed stories in this playlist: Sweet-Town Rivals, Miracle Bread, and The Missing Ingredient. There are also Shabbat-themed discussion questions to talk over with your family. 

Mar 01, 2021
Replay: Two Sisters
13:40

What's better than family? How about cooking for family? If you feel inspired by today's story, Two Sisters, share your favorite family recipe with PJ Library and the Jewish Food Society -- it might become a PJ Library book! The ingredients for the next classic children's story might be right in your kitchen! PJ Library is partnering with the Jewish Food Society (JFS) to find a recipe with a backstory that can be whipped up into the next great picture book. Visit jewishfoodsociety.org/pjlibrary to submit your recipe by February 26, 2021.

Feb 23, 2021
Replay: The Clever Thief
22:22

Rita Toomey has a recipe for "day off nachos" ready to share with a skateboarding piglet friend. Do you have a special family story and classic dish that's beloved by your guests? Tell us all about it! PJ Library is partnering with the Jewish Food Society (JFS) to find a recipe with a backstory that can be whipped up into the next great picture book. Give us a taste of your story at jewishfoodsociety.org/pjlibrary -- one family's recipe will be turned into a PJ Library book!  The ingredients for the next classic children's story might be right in your kitchen -- enter by February 26, 2021.

Feb 18, 2021
Replay: Sweet-Town Rivals
25:11

The ingredients for the next classic children's story might be right in your kitchen! PJ Library is partnering with the Jewish Food Society (JFS) to find a recipe with a backstory that can be whipped up into the next great picture book.  After listening to today's story, Sweet-Town Rivals, give us a taste of what's cooking in your kitchen at jewishfoodsociety.org/pjlibrary -- one family's recipe will be turned into a PJ Library book! 

Feb 16, 2021
Replay: Rena's Restaurant Reviews
13:23

The ingredients for the next classic children's story might be right in your kitchen! PJ Library is partnering with the Jewish Food Society (JFS) to find a recipe with a backstory that can be whipped up into the next great picture book. To get your creative cooking (or baking) juices flowing, we're re-airing some of our favorite food-themed Have I Got a Story For You! episodes, starting with Rena's Restaurant Reviews. 

After listening, give us a taste of your story at jewishfoodsociety.org/pjlibrary -- one family's recipe will be turned into a PJ Library book! 

Feb 09, 2021
025: The Carob Tree
06:20
Rita is out for a walk through the neighborhood, admiring all of the plants, gardens, and bushes that her neighbors have planted and cared for through the years. Her walk reminds her of another neighborhood with a special carob tree and a tale of two neighbors. The Carob Tree is a Jewish folk tale retold by PJ Library and presented to families here in audio form and as part of a special PJ Library December 2020 gift.  Jewish tradition emphasizes both taking care of the here-and-now and creating a better world for generations to come. PJ Library's special December gift invites families to “plant for today” with an at-home growing activity and “plant for tomorrow” through a tree donation campaign– two ways of highlighting for children the miracle of growth and the value of shmirat hateva (responsibility for the earth). Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Story editor: Alli Thresher The Carob Tree: A Jewish Folktale retold by Naomi Shulman and Danny Paller with illustrations by Sabina Hahn. Adapted for audio by Alli Thresher

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Young Tali: Danielle Geist Hannah, Grown-up Tali: Deirdre Wade Annabel: Gwen D'Angelo

Dec 03, 2020
Audiobook: The Sabbath Lion
12:50

In this Algerian folktale, Yosef is determined to keep the Sabbath -- even though he is in the middle of a dangerous desert journey. But he knows he’ll be all right because he is getting help from a powerful friend. The Sabbath Lion, written by Howard Schwartz and Barbara Rush, illustrated by Stephen Fieser, published by PJ Publishing. This story is narrated by Kristofer Jenson.

 

Oct 20, 2020
024: Iron Mom
23:24

Tag along with Rita Toomey to follow the adventures of Iron Mom, the world's greatest superhero! From epic battles with out of this world villains, to Shabbat dinner with the kids, Iron Mom does it all. But why does she keep sneaking out on Sundays in disguise? 

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded remotely Mixed at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg This episode was written by Daniel Ginsburg

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Devrah, Iron Mom: Jen Kenneally Crabula: Walter Alice Sickert Daniel: Zad Gravebone Darcy: Gwen D'Angelo Shady Pines' staff: Kristofer Jenson Residents of Shady Pines: Deirdre Wade, Tau Zaman The Michelson Twins: Wednesday Alice Daniel's classmate: Bowie D'Angelo

Oct 20, 2020
Audiobook: The Mouse Who Danced The Hora
05:55

Tillie Mouscovitz lives in the walls of a synagogue. She normally stays out of sight, but the joy of a wedding party dancing the hora lures her out. After all, it’s a mitzvah to dance at a wedding! Will Tillie be allowed to join in entertaining the bride and groom?

The Mouse Who Danced the Hora is written by Pamela Mayer, illustrated by Christine Davenier , and published by PJ Publishing. This audiobook is narrated by Deirdre Wade. Visit pjlibrary.org/books to learn more.
Oct 19, 2020
Mini Minisode 3: What Is Shemini Atzeret?
02:16

Listener Addison has heard of a Jewish holiday where people pray for rain. Rabbi Naomi is here to give the scoop on Shemini Atzeret, one of the holidays right after Sukkot.  Learn more at pjlibrary.org/holidays

Oct 06, 2020
Audiobook: Never Too Quiet
09:23

Chag Sameach, it's a Sukkot surprise! This week we're changing things up with an audiobook. If you would like more audiobooks mixed in with your Have I Got a Story For You folktales, drop us a line at gotastorypodcast.com/contact.

 

Credits:

Never Too Quiet, written by Barbara Diamond Goldin and illustrated by Amanda Hall, is published by PJ Publishing. Audiobook narration by Kristofer Jenson Editing by Alli Thresher

 

Oct 05, 2020
023: The Clever Thief
21:36

A nacho-loving piglet, a very formal rooster, and a jingle-writing lion all take center stage in this week's episode. Rita Toomey is at home enjoying a mid-afternoon snack when an unexpected visitor arrives. Piglet regales Rita, and listeners, with an updated take on a midrash that reminds us all: no one is perfect (and that's okay).

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg Written by: Petey Gibson

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Piglet: Gwen D'Angelo Rooster: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge King Lion: Walter Alice Sickert The Chickens: Deirdre Wade Monkey: Peter Moore

Sep 29, 2020
Listen Again: Talking With Kids About God
19:30

Our recent episode, Carly's Cupcakes, is a story of kindness, community, and cupcakes. And it also inspired a couple of listener questions about God. This "mix" features answers to listener questions, a re-listen to Carly's Cupcakes, as well as tips from our special guest, Rabbi Avi Killip, about talking with your children about God, no matter what you believe. 

Sep 08, 2020
Mini Minisode 1: Why Do We Celebrate Rosh Hashanah?
03:37

Welcome to the first mini mini-sode of Have I Got a Story For You! This week a special guest from a recent episode is here to answer a listener question.  Eden wants to know: "Why do we celebrate Rosh Hashanah?" Listen along to learn.  And if your family is looking for help celebrating the High Holidays at home this year, visit pjlibrary.org/HighHolidays for a free digital guide and print at home resources.

Sep 08, 2020
Mini Minisode 2: Why Do We Eat Pomegranates On Rosh Hashanah?
02:44

It's time for another mini minisode. Today, trusty engineer Al, is on hand to answer a listener question from Tali. Take a listen to learn more about the tradition of eating pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah.  Check out PJ Library's free digital and print-at-home guide for the High Holidays at pjlibrary.org/highholidays.

Sep 08, 2020
022: Carly's Cupcakes
15:43

Carly makes beautiful, delicious, inventive, cupcakes in her bakery. Carlotta keeps the synagogue running and dreams of trying one of Carly's cupcakes, but doesn't have the money to splurge on sweet treats. When the two cross paths, a sweet tale of tzedakah and community begins. 

Want to experiment with cupcake flavors and cupcake baking? Visit gotastorypodcast.com for a special "short-cut cupcake" recipe that's easy to customize.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Original story, Carly's Cupcakes by Naomi Shulman Podcast episode written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Carly: Gwen D'Angelo Carlotta: Deirdre Wade Rabbi Naomi: Jennifer Kenneally Carlotta's Children: Danielle Geist and Payton James Osborne

Aug 25, 2020
020: Tali Under the Table
09:44

Have you ever felt as ornery as an ostrich? Or as prickly as a porcupine? In a very special episode, Rita Toomey reads the book Tali Under the Table, written by Tamar Weiss-Gabbay. 

 

When Tali is angry and refuses to join everyone seated at the table for lunch at Grandma’s, her cousin Shira knows exactly what to do: she joins Tali under the table, and slowly leads her back to the family gathering in this story inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s, The Turkey Prince.

 

Tali Under the Table, a Sifriyat Pijama selection, was written by Tamar Weiss-Gabay and translated in to English by Shira Atik. Learn more at gotastorypodcast.com.

 

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Tali: Wednesday Alice Shira: Danielle Geist Savta, Ima: Deirdre Wade Saba, Cousin: Rich Wentworth David, Abba: Walter Sickert 

Aug 04, 2020
021: Og Goes Rogue
21:36

Meet Og the Giant! He's a former king of Bashan, obsessed with bagels, and on a mission to rescue some animals--with the help of his new friend Dr. Noa and Rita Toomey.  Grab your fanny pack, a box of egg matzah, and some comfy sandals as the Have I Got a Story For You team does a mitzvah -- saving animals! Learn more at gotastorypodcast.com. Episode Notes

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Original story by: Joshua Chefitz Story editor: Alan Silberberg

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Dr. Noa: Gwen D'Angelo Og: Walter Sickert Shari (Kid caller): Audrey Wentworth Larry (grown up caller); Dad Tourist; Boat Captain: Rich Wentworth Special thanks to our "Kids on Liberty Island Ensemble:" Audrey, Henry, Wednesday, and Bowie. 

Aug 04, 2020
019: The Sweetest Sound
18:59

What is the sweetest sound in the world? A perfectly tuned harp? A 25 piece klezmer band? A local scream-grind sensation? Join Rita and world famous rockers Kreplach Riot, as they search for the perfect opening act. Will they find it? Or will picky front-man Mendelsohn and a small bout of "hanger" break up the band?

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded remotely Mixed at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Mendelsohn: Tau Zaman of The Whisper Forge Loretta: Jen Kenneally Max: Kristofer Jenson Kazoo Player, Klezmaniac Magee Front-person: Payton James Minyan Makers Band leader, Harpist, Haverton Symphony Conductor: Rich Wentworth The Pizza Guy: Peter Moore

Jul 01, 2020
018: The People Vs The Wind
17:44

The residents of Haverton are furious -- the wind is messing up all of their plans and ruining everyone's day! From lost balloons to spoiled cakes to popped kick balls, the townspeople want justice, and that's where Rita Toomey and Judge Solomon come in.

This episode is based on a King Solomon story -- learn more at gotastorypodcast.com.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Judge Solomon: Tau Zaman of The Whisper Forge Justine Hazelworth: Jen Kenneally Michael: Payton James Little Leah: Wednesday Alice Arlo Sumpkin: Rich Wentworth Peter Grossbaum: Kristofer Jenson The Sailor: Walter Alice Sickert

May 26, 2020
017: Al Learns About Shavuot
08:46

Rita Toomey's favorite holiday, Shavuot, is coming up -- but her trusty audio engineer Al, doesn't know much about it. Listen in as Rita and Al get together via video chat for a cheesecake baking session and a quick run-down of Shavuot history and traditions. Looking for more kid-friendly, high quality, Jewish audio content? Check out pjlibrary.org/listen.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Al: Rich Wentworth

May 19, 2020
016: Al Learns The Four Questions
12:04

Rita Toomey and Al the engineer are wrapping up the mini-season when Al admits that he doesn't know the Four Questions. Rita and a friend from PJ Library (pjlibrary.org) help Al get seder-ready.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

“Dr. Seuss’ Four Questions” used with permission from Uncle Eli’s Passover Haggadah, by Eliezer Segal, available through No Starch Press in San Francisco. 

 

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Al: Rich Wentworth Four Question Narration: Lori Hoch Stiefel

Mar 31, 2020
015: The Passover Pirate
15:56

Claire and Jamie open the door to welcome guests to their seder and Rita Toomey walks in – followed by a pirate! Find out what happens when a bearded scallywag leads the hunt for the afikomen.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score and “Pirate Dayenu” by Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Danny Paller with Alli Thresher

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Claire: Nina Sly Jamie: Cyrus Nations The Pirate: Peter Moore

Mar 24, 2020
014: Sweet-Town Rivals
25:06

Life is perfect for the candy-loving fairies of Sweet-Town! Well, except for the presence of a colony of stinky, mushroom-loving trolls at the edge of the neighborhood. Fairies and trolls have never gotten along – that’s just the way it is. But a young fairy Aviva wonders, why? And why can’t things change?

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alan Silberberg This episode was written by Jan Schwaid

Cast:

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Aviva: Lyra Ericson Sarah: Nina Groskin Sly Etan: Cyrus Nations Bubbe: Deirdre Wade Tamar: Cassandre Charles Murray and other troll friends: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge Troll ensemble: Pat Bordenave

Mar 17, 2020
013: The Passover Story For Kids (mini-sode)
03:33

Instead of a full episode, this week we're trying something new with a short version of the Exodus story. Told in 10 brief passages to the sound of soothing music, this is a wonderful family-friendly version of the story, perfect for pre-naptime or right before bedtime. To see an animated version, check out PJ Library on YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/PJLibraryOfficial To learn the Passover songs in your haggadah, brush up on the Four Questions, and explore child-friendly audio, visit PJ Library's new LISTEN hub at pjlibrary.org/listen.

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Story Narration: Rachel F. Hirsch

Mar 10, 2020
012: The Purim Story (For Kids)
16:25

Purim is a holiday marked by joyous activities. We dress up in our favorite costumes, share gifts of food with friends, give charity to those in need, have a festive meal with family and friends, and read a story (PJ Library’s favorite activity) – specifically, the story of Queen Esther – together.

The story behind Purim isn’t exactly family-friendly though – so Rita Toomey and Al the audio engineer find a way to tell a version of the Purim story that works for all ages and audiences. Visit pjlibrary.org/Purim for more.

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Al: Rich Wentworth King Ahashverosh: Pat Bordenave Queen Vashti: Deirdre Wade Mordechai: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge Queen Esther: Cassandre Charles Haman: Rich Wentworth

Special thanks to Lisa Loeb. Listen to her new album A Simple Trick to Happiness, out now.

Mar 03, 2020
011: The Hanukkah Story (for Kids)
13:06

In the final episode of Season 1, Rita Toomey shares the story of Hanukkah with Al, the sound engineer. Listen in for a humorous, and kid-friendly, version of the miracle of Hanukkah and the triumph of the Maccabees. As a bonus, your family will also find a quick guide on how to say the Hanukkah blessings, in Hebrew and English, at the end of the episode. 

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Hanukkah story adaptation: PJ Library staff

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Al: Rich Wentworth Judah Maccabee: Peter Moore King Antiochus: Peter Moore Hanukkah blessings: Lori Hoch Stiefel

Dec 17, 2019
010: Bonus Episode - Where are They Now?
07:43

Surprise! It's a bonus episode of Have I Got a Story For You! Today Rita Toomey catches up with Isaac and Chef from episode 9, "The Missing Ingredient." Are they still cooking together? Or has Isaac returned to his old grumpy, lonely self? We'll find out all of this plus hear voicemails from listeners!

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Alli Thresher

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Chef & Isaac: Rich Wentworth

 

Dec 10, 2019
009: The Missing Ingredient
09:05

Isaac has everything - a sprawling mansion, a private chef, a sweet car... but he can't figure out how his friend Ruthie, who lives in a small studio, makes the best food he's ever eaten. Will Isaac learn Ruthie's secret? What IS the missing ingredient? This is the last full-length episode of Season 1 of Have I Got a Story For You! And this December, PJ Library subscribers will receive a special apron and booklet of this story, so you can cook along at home, just like Isaac and Ruthie! 

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian Story editor: Alli Thresher

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Isaac: Rich Wentworth Ruthie: Deirdre Wade Chef: Rich Wentworth Special thanks to Pat Bordenave and Johnny Blazes

Dec 03, 2019
008: Special Agent: David King
23:24

David King is a nine year-old special agent in the midst of a quest for... something. Who is he running from? Why? And what happened to cousin Jen, the previous game champion? And why are big brothers so sneaky?

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Assistant Director: Henry Wentworth Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Jason Allen

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Al, the engineer: Rich Wentworth David King: Nate Dziura Florencia: Audrey Wentworth Logan: Bear Hartley Adam: Payton James Darcie: Gwen D’Angelo Aunt Nancy: Alli Thresher Uncle Ira: Rich Wentworth Cousin Shelly: Karen Fine Extra cousins: Karen Fine, Henry Wentworth, Peter Moore

Nov 19, 2019
007: Miracle Bread
12:11

Harry and Betty don't have much, but they have each other and their community. The couple don't want anyone worrying about their lack of challah on Friday nights, so they design a very creative ruse -- but one day, something positively magical happens and transforms Harry and Betty's Shabbat dinners, and their neighborhood. This episode is based on a Hanina Ben Dosa legend, Bread from Twigs. Learn more at gotastorypodcast.com.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Harry: Rich Wentworth Betty: Deirdre Wade Lizzy: Alli Thresher

 

Nov 12, 2019
006: Rena's Restaurant Reviews
14:15

Jake and Misha are best friends eating at their favorite restaurant when Rena, the coolest food vlogger on SuperTube enters. When the restaurant owner is cruel to a poor man, Craig, Rena intervenes to teach everyone what it really means to be a mensch. Enjoy this mouth-watering update on a classic Joha folk story. Visit gotastorypodcast.com for your own bagel burger recipe and to learn more about the trickster figure, Joha, that appears in so many stories from all over the world.

 

Episode Credits

 

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Jason Allen

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Rena: Rachel F. Hirsch Hamu Robbie: Rich Wentworth Craig: Tau Zaman of the Whisper Forge Misha: Gwen D’Angelo Jake: Payton James Dina: Alli Thresher

Nov 05, 2019
005: Yitzi, The Trusty Tractor
12:17

Sarah gets a lot of work done with the help of her trusty tractor, Yitzi. And every Friday night they rest in the fields together to enjoy Shabbat. When times get tough, Sarah has to sell Yitzi. Luckily her best friend, Farmer Madge, buys him -- but what happens when Yitzi wants to power down for Shabbat and Madge wants to keep working?

 

This week's story is an updated take on an old folktale about a cow who observed Shabbat. Learn more and find book suggestions at gotastorypodcast.com.

 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Directed by: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering by: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian This episode was written by: Naomi Shulman with Alli Thresher 

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Sarah: Deirdre Wade Madge: Rachel F. Hirsch

Special thanks to Johnny Blazes

Oct 29, 2019
004: A Whisker of Magic
15:08

Mara and Malka are sisters with a lot in common, including a tendency to lose their tempers. To help the girls get along, Mama Mouse sends them on an epic quest. Will the sisters find shalom bayit, peace in the home? Will they steal a whisker from a cat? Will Mama ever buy them that new smoothie maker? Find out in this episode.

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Director: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman and Alli Thresher

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Mama Mouse: Deirdre Wade

Mara: Nina Groskin Sly

Malka: Lyra Ericson

The Cat: Rich Wentworth

Oct 22, 2019
003: Moon Station One
16:57

It's 70 years in the future and Judi and Daniel are tasked with helping NASA's most brilliant, but curmeoudgenly, scientist, Doctor Michael J. Epstein as he manages Moon Station One. Dr. Epstein thinks Moon Station One is too crowded with eight other people living there and talking while they do work. And his room doesn't feel spacious enough. Judi and Daniel enact something called "Epsilon Protocol" to help Dr. Epstein feel more "at home" and hilarity ensues. Come along as we follow these futuristic adventures and learn all about the Jewish value of hakarat hatov, recognizing the good, in the process.

Oct 15, 2019
002: Two Sisters
13:23

Amy and Emily are sisters, and best friends. They're alike in every way except that one of them has lots of pets while the other has lots of allergies. When each sister decides to surprise the other, lots of late night antics eventually help the pair find a fun and positive way to channel their passion for doing good deeds.  Curious about the folktale that inspired this story? Visit gotastorypodcast.com for more information. You'll also find book recommendations, discussion questions, and more.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Directed by: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering by: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian This episode was written by: Naomi Shulman and Jason Allen

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Amy: Deirdre Wade Emily: Rachel F. Hirsch Harvey: Peter Moore

Aug 12, 2019
001: The Truth About Cats and Dogs
15:30

Cat and Dog are best friends, happily living in the garden of Eden. But one day Cat decides to live in a house with Adam and Eve. When Dog decides to join Cat, the friends have their very first disagreement.

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher Directed by: Alli Thresher Additional production: Craig Rossein Website design: Christina Rizer Audio editing, mixing and mastering by: Peter Moore Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley Score: Peter Moore Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA. Cover art: Barb Bastian This episode was written by: Naomi Shulman and Alli Thresher 

Cast: Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley Cat: Rich Wentworth Dog: Deirdre Wade Adam: Rich Wentworth Eve: Rachel F. Hirsch

Aug 12, 2019
Introducing Have I Got A Story For You!
00:46

Where can you find brave mice, trips to the moon, bagel burgers and more? In every episode of Have I Got A Story For You your family can enjoy an updated version of a classic Jewish folktale. Have I Got A Story For You is produced by PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Learn more at pjlibrary.org.

Jun 26, 2019