72 Miles Podcast: One interfaith family’s journey raising Jewish children in southern Kentucky.

$3,017   raised
GOAL: $20,000

3 days to go

60

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

This campaign receives the funds directly as soon as the funds are processed.

Dear friends,

My mother and I are excited to launch this new project, sharing the story of our family’s journey raising Jewish children in southern Kentucky. While our journey has been many years in the making, we are just beginning the process of learning how to share our story with others in a way that is funny, meaningful, and relatable.

Ultimately, we hope to create a series of materials (including a podcast, co-authored memoir, and cookbook) which reflect our family’s history. We are deep in the creative process for each, and your support at this stage is critical in allowing this project to continue. Funds will be used to support research and recording of our planned podcast (72 Miles) and recipe testing for our planned cookbook (Faith in Comfort). We aim to self-publish our podcast Spring 2021, and launch in the cookbook in Fall 2021.

This project simply won’t be possible without support from our community of family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for helping us achieve this dream!

 

WHO WE ARE

Margaret Friedman-Vaughan has spent the past forty years as a lay leader and executive professional in the Reform Jewish community. She spent most of her adult life navigating the world of interfaith life. She married her husband in 1980, and they pledged to raise their children in both of their respective faiths, a goal they now acknowledge was naïve. They discovered children who are not given a foundation in something will generally believe in nothing. They worked hard to honor two faiths and respect two sets of traditions, all while developing a strong Jewish identity in their children.

Nathan Jordan Vaughan has spent a decade as a Jewish communal professional, serving in a variety of program, fundraising, and executive roles. He moved to Boston in 2011 where he enjoys living and working in a vibrant Jewish community. He remains true to his southern roots as an avid bluegrass and Kentucky basketball fan. Nate and his wife are active members of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, MA.

 

THE VISION

Last year, Nate attended a “story slam” at Mamaleh’s Delicatessen in Cambridge, MA. “The Nosh: An Eser Storytelling Event,” sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies, invited people in the community to tell a personal “Jewish story” in front of a live audience. At the last moment, Nate decided to participate, telling the story of his senior year solo recital of “The Dreidel Song.” This experience, on top of similar previous experiences, compelled Nate to explore how to share his family’s unique story and perspective.

For those who watched the video, here’s a classic action shot of Nathan in band uniform.

THE PROCESS

We want to take the time to do this right. That means lots of flights across the country, following our stories where they naturally lead, and collecting as many memories from friends and family as possible along the way. We’ll be recording everything, from one-on-one interviews to raucous Passover Seders, and documenting our process on social media.

Your support will help fund the following estimated expenses:

  • Camera, laptop, and field recording equipment–$6,500
  • Research trip flights–$5,000
  • Studio costs–$2,500
  • Recipe testing materials–$2,000
  • Cookbook development–$1,000

This project simply won’t be possible without support from our community of family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us achieve this dream!

 

Thanks,

Nate and Margaret

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

This campaign receives the funds directly as soon as the funds are processed.

More Ways to Learn About this Cause

No new updates
2020-03-17
Sho and Susannah Garland
2020-03-09
72 Miles Podcast
$25
2020-03-09
Anonymous donor
"I'm excited to hear about your journey!"
2020-03-09
Anonymous donor
2020-03-07
Jenny
$36
2020-03-06
Jodie
2020-03-06
Anonymous donor
2020-03-04
Amy Green
$50
"Wishing Margaret and Nate so much joy on this adventure!"
2020-03-04
Danielle Marsh
$72
"I remember that concert from Sr YR! It was a great moment in my mind!!! So many over the years!! I wish you all the best of luck on this adventure!!!"
2020-03-03
Anonymous donor
"Good luck with your project!"
2020-03-03
Anonymous donor
$36
"Good luck! It will be amazing!"
2020-03-03
Anonymous donor
2020-03-02
Rebecca Strauss
2020-03-01
The Podell Family
$18
2020-03-01
Jacob Paul & Sara Miller-Paul
"Excited to see this happen!"
2020-02-29
Lisa and David Rosenstock
$36
"Interesting idea, good luck!"
2020-02-29
Sheryl Oliver
$100
2020-02-28
Tommy Davis
2020-02-28
Rachel and David Goldman
2020-02-28
Gabe Rutan-Ram
$18
2020-02-28
Will and Glyn Melnyk
$36
"Sounds like an exciting project! Best wishes!"
2020-02-27
John and Lyn Knepler
2020-02-27
Matthew Feinberg
2020-02-26
Yvonne Knight
$50
"God bless your precious family!"
2020-02-26
Anonymous donor
$36
"Best wishes as you embark on this lovely project!"
2020-02-25
Anonymous donor
2020-02-24
Anonymous donor
2020-02-23
Peggy and Bill
"For Margaret, my friend and role model"
2020-02-22
Cathryn Cohen
$10
"Best of luck on this fun endeavor! I'll follow you closely on the journey."
2020-02-21
Anonymous donor
$18
2020-02-21
Anonymous donor
2020-02-20
Larisa Klebe
$18
2020-02-20
Daniel J. Hoffheimer
$36
2020-02-20
Darryl Dick
$36
"Good luck with the Podcast, Margaret! Very exciting! Darryl :)"
2020-02-20
Anonymous donor
2020-02-20
Teri McGuire
$18
"Best of luck!"
2020-02-19
Elizabeth & Matt Bonney-Cohen
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
2020-02-19
Jana Jopson
""Remember only this one thing. The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That i"
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
$36
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
2020-02-19
Alec Delaney
$25
2020-02-19
Herb Cohn
$36
"In appreciation of Margaret & her strong support of Mizpah Congregation."
2020-02-19
Richard Zachary; Ruth Longway
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
$500
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
2020-02-19
Rabbi Rachel Timoner
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
"Good luck, Nate!"
2020-02-19
Anonymous donor
"What a wonderful project. Good luck!"
2020-02-18
J. Sam Frankel
"To my second family."
2020-02-18
Ryan and Dalia
"So excited for this project. Sending love."
2020-02-18
Anonymous donor
"I'd like to get on a mailing list for your project Nate."
2020-02-18
Anonymous donor
$5
2020-02-18
Rachel Netz
$5
2020-02-18
Anonymous donor
2020-02-17
Anonymous donor
2020-02-17
Matt Boxer
$36
2020-02-17
Zach Bronstein & Tracey Scaro
$36
2020-02-14
Rachel
$90
"So proud of you babe :)"

72 Miles Podcast: One interfaith family’s journey raising Jewish children in southern Kentucky.

$3,017   raised
GOAL: $20,000

3 days to go

60

 Donors

Campaign organizer profile img
Campaign by
Nathan Vaughan
MA, USA

Margaret Friedman-Vaughan has spent the past forty years as a lay leader and executive professional in the Reform Jewish community. She spent most of her adult life navigating the world of interfaith life. She married her husband in 1980, and they pledged to raise their children in both of their respective faiths, a goal they now acknowledge was naïve. They discovered children who are not given a foundation in something will generally believe in nothing. They worked hard to honor two faiths and respect two sets of traditions, all while developing a strong Jewish identity in their children.Nathan Jordan Vaughan has spent a decade as a Jewish communal professional, serving in a variety of program, fundraising, and executive roles. He moved to Boston in 2011 where he enjoys living and working in a vibrant Jewish community. He remains true to his southern roots as an avid bluegrass and Kentucky basketball fan. Nate and his wife are active members of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline, MA.

  • Handwritten Thank You
    9 claimed out of 100 available

    Help us reach our dreams and we'll send you a handwritten thank you card, expressing our gratitude. Each card features a classic Vaughan family photo.

  • Thank You Phone Call
    3 claimed out of 100 available

    Help us reach our dreams and we'll call you to say thank you personally.

  • Handwritten Recipe Card
    3 claimed out of 30 available

    Help us reach our dreams and Nate will send you a handwritten recipe card containing his prized challah recipe, a variation of the recipe he and his mother regularly baked in southern Kentucky.

  • Sponsor an Episode
    0 claimed out of 8 available

    Sponsor a single episode of the 72 Miles Podcast. Your name and tagline will be announced at least once during the specific episode. We will work with you to determine the appropriate language for this recognition, and the appropriate episode for you to sponsor.

  • Sponsor the Podcast
    0 claimed out of 2 available

    Sponsor the entire 8 episode 72 Miles podcast series. Your name and tagline will be announced at least once during each podcast. We will work with you to develop the appropriate language for this recognition.

  • Don't see the amount you want to donate? Every contribution helps!

If you find this campaign interesting, you might also like these ones:

Urgent need in Madrid

Pledge with us for Congregacion Bet-El in Madrid, distressed from COVID during Pesach season

by Jewish Masorti congregation in Madrid, Spain with 200 members/families
  • 43%funded
  • $3,025raised
  • 42 days to go
  • 8 donors
Solomon Hoffman’s First Album of Original Jewish Liturgical Music

Help Solomon record new settings of Jewish prayers with an ensemble of 50+ musicians/singers

by Solomon Hoffman
  • 35%funded
  • $3,488raised
  • 10 days to go
  • 16 donors
Help YAAANA Yiddishize North America!

Support our Yiddish Programing in 2020!

by The Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA)
  • 34%funded
  • $1,008raised
  • ongoing
  • 15 donors