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Gayle Berman's journey: church music director, intermarriage, and Orthodox Judaism.
10/24/2013, 1:30 PM

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Gayle Redlingshafer Berman grew up on a farm in Farmington Illinois. Her idyllic childhood included riding horses, growing crops and raising pigs. Always a lover of music, Gayle fell in love with opera in college. Following her musical passion led her to Wisconsin, Colorado, and eventually to Texas, where she became the full-time Minister of Music at a mega-church, leading twelve choirs and a hand-bell choir, a big band and running yearly musical productions.

How did this dedicated Church-going Musical Minister end up as a Torah-observant Jew living in Israel?

How did her family respond to her life choices?

Gayle and her husband co-authored a book about their joint journey, called Double Life: One Family, Two Faiths and a Journey of Hope, in which she tells the story of their interfaith family gone Jewish. In addition, they run a website called, which serves as a resource for other interfaith families who are interested in Judaism. Tune in as Gayle retells her fascinating tale with humor and aplomb. 

Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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