TED ROBERTS - JEWISH COLUMNIST

Ted Roberts, a Rockower Award winner, is a syndicated Jewish columnist who looks at Jewish life with rare wit and insight. His product is short fiction, commentary, and a series of wedding and bar mitzvah guides that explain the tradition behind our ceremonies. His themes explore Judaism from apple strudel to Zipporah. Though he does not boast of his piety nor his scholarly knowledge of Judaica, he looks at Judaism through a new lens. A spoonful of humor helps the learning go down, he says.

When he's not writing, Ted worships at Etz Chayim Synagogue in Huntsville, Alabama, where for 25 years he has served as Bar Mitzvah teacher.

Like your bubbe's sweet and sour cabbage soup, he has a distinctly different flavor. He laughs at our eccentricities, marvels at our survival, and brags of Judaism's contribution to the Christian and secular culture that surrounds us. His themes are parenting, synagogue, romance, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and holidays. His specialty is holidays. He never met one he didn't love, including Halloween, which he claims is of Jewish origins. Some rabbis disagree.

Besides the Jewish press, Ted's commentary has appeared in Hadassah, Jewish Action, ORT Reporter, the Forward, and other Jewish magazines. The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, New York Times, Disney magazine, and websites such as AishHatorah, Jewsweek, JewishWorldReview, Jewishmagazine have also featured his humorous commentary.

National Public Radio Station WLRH, on a weekly basis, amuses its listeners with Ted's observations on our wacky world and the local university (Univeristy of Alabama at Huntsville) hosts his storytelling class.

His inspiration is his patient wife, Shirley. Shirley, both wife and muse, and three hawk-eyed children review every word he writes - especially his stories of family life, one of his frequent themes.

NATIONAL/REGIONAL PUBLICATIONS:
Reader's Digest
New York Times
Boston Herald
Wall Street Journal
Bottomline
Knight-Ridder Financial News
Oxford American
Southern Partisan
Memphis Magazine
Birmingham Magazine
Personal Investor
Hometown Press
BAMA
Huntsville Times
Florida Nursing News
Alabama Magazine
American Journal of Nursing
Iowa State
Memphis State
University of Tennessee
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Nashville Tennessean
JEWISH PUBLICATIONS:
New York Jewish Press
Hadassah Magazine
The Forward
Jewish Action
Kosher Spirit
The Jewish Homemaker
Jewish Parent Connection
Jewish Parenting
B'nai B'rith Messenger
Atlanta Jewish Times
Washington Jewish Week
United Synagogue Review
Ohio Jewish Chronicle
LA Heritage Group
Southern Shofar
Hebrew Watchman
Dixie Jewish Journal
Heritage Florida Jewish News
San Diego Jewish Times
Washington Jewish Week
Jewish Leader (New London, CT)
Jewish Federation Louisville
Jewish Federation Greater Monmouth County
Idaho Jewish Journal
Buffalo Jewish Review
Baltimore Jewish Times
American Israelite
Jewish Bulletin (California)
Jewish Review (Oregon)
Connecticut Jewish Ledger
The Reporter
Jewish Federation of Albuquerque
Jewish Star (Edison, NJ)
The Jewish Observer (Dewitt, NY)
Jewish Journal (Youngstown, OH)
Syracuse Jewish Federation
Akron Jewish Community Federation
The Jewish Journal North of Boston, (Salem, MA)
Jewish Voice (Delaware)
American Jewish World (Minneapolis, MN)
Jewish Federation (Chicago)
Jewish Chronicle (Pittsburgh)
Jewish Herald Voice (Houston
The Link (Albuquerque)
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
Detroit Jewish News
Jewish Heritage (Los Angeles)
Jewish Community News (Clifton, NJ)
Jewish World (Albany, NY)
Rochester Jewish Ledger (Rochester, NY)
Jewish Voice (Providence, RI)
ORT Reporter