The Big Ponder #21: Community





Oct 14, 2021


The Big Ponder - Episode #21: Community


Community is the story of our lives. It is who we are, who we have been, and who we hope to become. Melissa Gerr visits Jewish congregations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Dresden, Germany, where she speaks with members about the importance of community.

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Audio producer Melissa Gerr lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and captures sounds and stories in the world around her. Her previous pieces for the Goethe-Institut have profiled mothers in Germany and the U.S. and the congregation at Zion Lutheran Church. In this episode, Melissa explores the idea of community through her perspective as a Jewish woman, taking a close look at two Jewish communities: Beth Am, a synagogue in Baltimore, and the Besht Yeshiva, a Jewish educational institution in Dresden. In addition to this story, Melissa Gerr also produced the episode “Wonder” for THE BIG PONDER. Most of the music for this episode comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Melissa recorded the chants and hymns at the Beth Am Synagogue and the Besht Yeshiva.

THE BIG PONDER, the Goethe-Institut Washington's transatlantic podcast is devoting itself to aspects of German and American life that often go unexplored. Each episode takes a deep dive into an abstract topic, like friendship or gardening, inviting listeners to reflect on our interconnected cultures from a new standpoint. New episode are released every other Thursday.

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