‘Tis the season of reunions on the StoryCorps podcast. But for this Christmas special, we’re bringing you something a little different.

Meet Rick Rosenthal, a modern Orthodox Jew who also happens to be a modern-day Santa Claus. In this week’s episode, how one man’s religious faith actually helped him find his spiritual calling.


And, how Santa Rick’s story takes on new meaning when it lands in the ears and hearts of two of its listeners: Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, one of the most esteemed rabbis in America, and StoryCorps Facilitator, Brenda Ford.


Top photo: Artwork by Eleanor Davis.
Middle photo: Adam Roseman and Rick Rosenthal pose after their StoryCorps interview in Atlanta, GA in September 2018. By Brenda Ford for StoryCorps.
Bottom photo: Rick Rosenthal poses in full Santa regalia. Courtesy Rick Rosenthal.

Released on December 25, 2018.

Like the music in this episode? Support the artists:
“Open Flames” by Blue Dot Sessions featuring Francois Creutzer from the album Aeronaut
“Paloma” by Fabian Almazan and Linda Oh 
“Flax” by Fredrik from the album Trilogi
Untitled #6″ by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album Birds Flying in the Dark