Baby Guru and Jewish Atheists

Photo Credit: <a href=''>Dan Bock</a>

Photo Credit: Dan Bock


Season 18: Episode 38

This week, two terrific documentaries: first, the story of a man who was looking for someone to help him understand why he felt disconnected. He didn't turn to a therapist or a spiritual advisor. He found what he was looking for in a nursery. Then, is being Jewish about following the religion? Or is it possible to be agnostic, or even an atheist, and still call yourself Jewish?

For more about this week's show...


If you've ever felt unsure about your life - anxious, confused, adrift - you should meet Gary Davis. Gary is in his sixties. He's happily married, happily a father to two grown kids. He also has a successful career as a business consultant. In short, a life well lived.  But Gary Davis will tell you he's has nothing figured out and that's okay. 

Years ago, Gary identified the problems in his life and decided that he needed to learn how to relate to people in a way that made him feel authentic. He did that by working with babies at a daycare centre. 

Over two decades later, he decided he needed to explore mysteries of the other end of life by volunteering with terminally ill patients. Gary Davis told his story to CBC Radio's Frank Faulk

Some of Frank's other documentaries include: A Celebration of William Blake, Say No to Happiness, and Keeping it Down. 

Later on the show: Being Jewish identifies a people, and it also means being part of a religious group.  In other words, it identifies a faith. Or does it?

This is the question our second documentary asks. What if you accept the religious practices of Judaism, but consider yourself an atheist? Documentary maker Dan Falk put the question to three people who walk that line.  

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