Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish

Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish (2005) is a book by journalist and former 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The 400-page book was published by Random House.[1]

Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
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AuthorAbigail Pogrebin
SubjectSocial science, ethnic studies, popular culture
GenreBiography, interviews
PublisherBroadway Books, Random House
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The book features a series of interviews with 62 prominent American Jews discussing their feelings about being Jewish.[1][2] Among those interviewed are actress and producer Sarah Jessica Parker, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, television and radio host Larry King, director Mike Nichols, actor Dustin Hoffman, director Steven Spielberg, actor Gene Wilder, comedian Joan Rivers, political analyst William Kristol, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, baseball player Shawn Green, actress Natalie Portman, playwright Tony Kushner, and actor Leonard Nimoy.[1][5][7] Some speak about anti-Semitism that they faced. Kenneth Cole, Eliot Spitzer and Ronald Perelman discuss their intermarriages.[1] Mike Wallace, Richard Dreyfuss and Ruth Reichl discuss their feelings toward Israel.[1]

Liz Smith wrote that it "is an endearing book done with skill and taste."[2]

In 2012, Philadelphia Theatre Company presented the Philadelphia world premiere of a musical stage adaptation of the book, titled Stars of David. The script is by Tony Award nominee Charles Busch.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Pogrebin, Abigail (2007-12-18). Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. ISBN 9780307419323. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Liz (October 31, 2005). "Celebs talk about being Jewish in 'Stars of David'". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2021-02-27 – via Google News Archive.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Three Perspectives of Jewish Culture: Ethnic Identity and its Effect Examined". Hartford Courant. December 25, 2005.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Carole (December 25, 2005). "Three Perspectives of Jewish Culture". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  5. ^ a b "Excerpt: 'Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish' by Abigail Pogrebin". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  6. ^ Sher, Cindy (November 4, 2007). "Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish". JUF News. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  7. ^ Barbara Yost (October 13, 2005). "Stars Reflecting On Judaism". Arizona Republic.
  8. ^ "Stars of David, Revue of Jewish Personalities, With Songs by William Finn, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and More, Opens". Playbill. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Reflecting on Judaism, musical 'Stars of David' explores fame and faith". Newsworks. October 26, 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  10. ^ Myra Yellin Outwater (October 17, 2012). "The new musical "Stars of David" premieres at the Philadelphia Theatre Company". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 8, 2012.