Online cartoon series teaches kids about Judaism

San Francisco resident Sarah Lefton created the animated online cartoon series “G-dcast” in 2008 to make learning about Judaism entertaining. The Hanukkah episode is available at www.g-dcast.com.

Why did you start “G-dcast”?

I went through 10 years of Sunday school and had a bat mitzvah, but I came out on the other end not being able to tell you who Joseph was. You hear again and again that the Bible is the best-selling book in the world, but it’s amazing to me how little people know about the stories; with G-dcast we’re using modern language (YouTube videos) to help people start filling in the blanks.

What is “G-dcast”?

We are dedicated to raising basic Jewish literacy and helping people learn stories they either didn’t learn as kids or are not excited about learning now in Sunday school. We’re animating classic Jewish texts and are hoping to finish the Bible by 2014.

Why is it important to educate kids about the Bible?

It’s just basic cultural literacy — the Bible is one of the building blocks of Western culture. If I say, ‘To be or not to be,’ people know it’s from Hamlet, but they don’t recognize Bible references that appear all the time in pop culture; G-dcast is a fun way to get the building blocks.

Why animation?

You can do anything with animation; it’s so much more liberating and powerful as a medium than live-action film is. It’s the best storytelling medium because you can say so much more and explain really difficult-to-explain concepts by drawing them out.

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