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The B'nai B'rith Int'l Podcast
33 minutes | 11 days ago
Towering Figures in World History
Dr. Stephen Berk, professor of history at Union College, joins the B'nai B'rith podcast with CEO Dan Mariaschin to explore his “Towering Figures Who Changed the World” virtual program series, hosted by Ayelet Tours. As Ayelet's scholar-in-residence, Dr. Berk has hosted 24 installments since the virtual series began in November 2020, giving talks on people who have changed the course of modern history and whose influence remains to this day. These include Theodor Herzl, Margaret Thatcher and Martin Luther King Jr., who Dr. Berk says is the most consequential figure of the 20th century. Pre-pandemic, Dr. Berk lectured during trips to Russia, Spain, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Europe and Israel. SUBSCRIBE to the B'nai B'rith podcast: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bnai-brith-intl-podcast/id1191935827 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/71hJlumZ9WvvrlKJkLJrNa?si=yePDNadMSKin-UtDj1cwLA FOLLOW US: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BnaiBrith Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bnaibrithinternational/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bnaibrith/
34 minutes | 25 days ago
Lincoln's Jewish Secret Agent
Dr. Ernest Abel, author of the book, "Lincoln's Jewish Spy: The Life and Times of Issachar Zacharie," speaks with CEO Dan Mariaschin about the incredible life of Issachar Zacharie, a Civil War era Jewish doctor who treated the likes of Henry Clay, General George McClellan and even President Abraham Lincoln! Dr. Abel delves into Zacharie's improbable bond with President Lincoln and how he became the president's confidante – and eventually, an unlikely Union spy. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast wherever you listen to them! FOLLOW US: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BnaiBrith Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bnaibrithinternational/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bnaibrith/
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Exploring Ancient Israel and Early Judaism
Judaism is the world’s oldest monotheistic religion. But how many of us really understand the nuances of early Judaism and the foundation of what we now know as the Bible? Dr. Alison Joseph, biblical scholar and senior editor of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, joins CEO Dan Mariaschin to explore the earliest period of Jewish civilization and speak about Volume 1 of the Library, which looks at ancient Israel from its beginnings through 332 BCE. The new volume, edited by Jeffrey H. Tigay and Adele Berlin, is set to be released in March 2021 by Yale University Press. Learn more: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300135503/posen-library-jewish-culture-and-civilization-volume-1 FOLLOW US: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BnaiBrith Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bnaibrithinternational/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bnaibrith/
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Sports Rabbi Josh Halickman on the Bright Future of Israeli Sports
Josh Halickman, better known as "The Sports Rabbi," speaks with CEO Dan Mariaschin about the state of the sports world during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in Israel. Halickman discusses his unique journey in sports reporting and breaks down the future of Israeli sports, including Deni Avdija, Manor Solomon and the Israeli national baseball team that is set to compete for gold at this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Check out all of Halickman's coverage at The Sports Rabbi: https://sportsrabbi.com/en/ FOLLOW US: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BnaiBrith Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bnaibrithinternational/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bnaibrith/
40 minutes | 3 months ago
The Rebirth of Jewish Music in Post-WWII Germany
Musicologist Dr. Tina Fruhauf joins CEO Dan Mariaschin to guide us through the rebirth of German-Jewish music after the Holocaust. Her new book, "Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the German-Jewish Community, 1945–1989," is the first book-length study on Jewish music in postwar Germany. Dr. Fruhauf delves into her new book and her discoveries about the cultural transformation of the Jewish community in Germany after the Holocaust. An award-winning music historian, she also talks about how the arrival of Jewish immigrants during the 20th century impacted the American musical scene. Learn more about Dr. Fruhauf's work: http://www.tinafruehauf.com. Opening music by Naftule Brandwein: "Fun Tashlach" (Returning from the River)
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Ruth Lowe: The Woman Who Ignited Frank Sinatra’s Rise to Stardom
Author Peter Jennings and photographer Tom Sandler join CEO Dan Mariaschin to speak about Sandler's mother, Ruth Lowe, one of the most enduring musical talents of the 20th century. Lowe wrote Frank Sinatra's 1940 hit, "I'll Never Smile Again," which established Lowe both as a prolific songwriter and a pioneer as one of the first Jewish women to break into a typically male-dominated industry. Jennings and Lowe's book, "Until I Smile at You," was published in November 2020.
28 minutes | 7 months ago
B'nai B'rith's Disaster Relief Efforts Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic
Vice President of Programming Rhonda Love provides updates on B'nai B'rith's emergency relief efforts amidst the coronavirus pandemic, West Coast wildfires and Gulf Coast hurricanes. Love speaks with CEO Dan Mariaschin about how B'nai B'rith is meeting the needs of disaster victims around the world and our ongoing commitment to public service.
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Dr. Erica Miler on Summoning Resilience in Uncertain Times
Clinical psychologist Dr. Erica Miller joins CEO Dan Mariaschin to share her tips for staying resilient in uncertain times. An author of three books on overcoming adversity and living enthusiastically, Dr. Miller's incredible life experiences – from surviving the Holocaust to joining the Israeli Air Force to serving substance abuse and domestic violence populations – give her a wealth of insight on how to develop and summon resilience when it’s needed most. Dr. Miller previously joined the B'nai B'rith podcast to talk about healthy aging and her latest book, “Chronologically Gifted: Aging with Gusto: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living to Age 123.”
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Sanford Greenberg on His Lifelong Friendship with Art Garfunkel
Sanford Greenberg stops by the B'nai B'rith podcast to talk with CEO Dan Mariaschin about his new memoir "Hello Darkness, My Old Friend." Inspired by big dreams and his lifelong friendship with Art Garfunkel (of Simon & Garfunkel), Sanford transcends his own limitations (losing his sight) to change the world and develop a passion for public service and philanthropy.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
The Future of Jews in France and Israel
Journalist and media expert Eliana Gurfinkiel joins CEO Dan Mariaschin to talk about the decision of many Jews in France to make Aliyah and how they ultimately fare in Israeli society. Gurfinkiel and Mariaschin also discuss how French Jews are overcoming anti-Semitism and alienation in France and what French officials are doing to combat attacks on Jewish citizens and their long-standing institutions. Gurfinkiel produces a daily news program, various topical segments and a Jewish history show for Studio Qualita, the leading French speaking new media in Israel. She is also a strategic adviser for Contraste, a leading South American Jewish media platform that concentrates on encouraging Latin American Jews to further embrace their Jewish identity.
41 minutes | 10 months ago
Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders with Tiffany Woolf and Noam Dromi
On this episode of our podcast, CEO Dan Mariaschin and Center for Senior Services Associate Director Janel Doughten sit down with Tiffany Woolf and Noam Dromi, co-creators of the digital series "Dispatches from Quarantine." Episodes of "Dispatches" focus on the life of older legends like Norman Lear, Ellyn Burstyn, Larry King and the late Carl Reiner. Woolf and Dromi speak about the inspiration for the series, important lessons from older people (both celebrities and those not in the public eye) and why we need to continue celebrating our seniors even after the COVID-19 pandemic calms down.
26 minutes | 10 months ago
B'nai B'rith and CAM Launch the Students Speak Out Creative Video Contest to Help Combat Anti-Semitism
Together with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM), we recently launched a creative video contest to engage high school and undergraduate university students around the world in the fight against anti-Semitism. On this episode, host CEO Dan Mariaschin speaks with B'nai B'rith's own Program Director for Strategic Engagement Sienna Girgenti and CAM Director Sacha Roytman-Dratwa about the contest and why CAM and B'nai B'rith's partnership is an important tool for inspiring a new generation of activists against the world's oldest form of hatred – anti-Semitism.
41 minutes | a year ago
Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz on Confronting the False Idea of Palestinian "Right of Return"
Authors Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz join host CEO Dan Mariaschin to break down their new book, "The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace." Mariaschin speaks with Wilf and Schwartz about how they view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why they view the notion of Palestinian “right to return” for Arab refugees to be an existential threat to the future of Israel as a Jewish state. They also explore how the refugee issue has become an obstacle to peace, as well as the myths and impediments preventing a peaceful solution between the two sides. Einat Wilf was a Member of Knesset from 2010 to 2013 for Independence and the Labor Party. She has been a senior fellow at Israeli think tanks, a foreign policy advisor to Shimon Peres and is the author of several books. Adi Schwartz is a Tel Aviv-based freelance researcher and journalist who is a former staff writer and senior editor for Haaretz. He has particular expertise on the Palestinian refugee issue.
39 minutes | a year ago
COVID-19's Impact on Russian Foreign Policy and the Latest on Anti-Semitism in Europe
Professor Sarah Fainberg joins host CEO Dan Mariaschin to talk about the coronavirus' impact on Russian foreign policy, the state of anti-Semitism in Europe and the latest developments in Ukraine. Fainberg also discusses how her father's role as a dissident in the Soviet Union informed her career and worldview.
31 minutes | a year ago
The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, Jewish Sporting Superstar Who Was Well Ahead of His Time
Host CEO Dan Mariaschin talks with Wynn Wheldon, author of "The Fighting Jew: The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza." The two speak about Wheldon's biography of Mendoza, boxing champion of England from 1792-1795 and Jewish sporting superstar who was well ahead of his time.
32 minutes | a year ago
Professor Yossi Shain on the "Israelization" of Judaism
Professor Yossi Shain joins host CEO Dan Mariaschin to discuss the ideas and inspiration behind Shain's best-selling book, "The Israeli Century and the Israelization of Judaism." Shain is one of the world's leading scholars on diasporas. In their conversation, Mariaschin and Shain discuss what Shain means by "Israelization," how Israeli Jewish identity has changed in the 21st century and the future of American Jewry in the face of increased anti-Semitism. They also talk about what decades of war and terrorism have done to the Israeli psyche. "The Israeli Century and the Israelization of Judaism" will be available in English later in 2020.
36 minutes | a year ago
Professor Nancy Sinkoff, Author of the Groundbreaking Biography "From Left to Right"
Professor Nancy Sinkoff joins host CEO Dan Mariaschin to discuss her new book, "From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History." In her book, Sinkoff examines the life of Lucy Dawidowicz, intellectual and pioneer historian in the field that is now called Holocaust studies. Mariaschin and Sinkoff speak about her decision to write about Dawidowicz and what she discovered about her subject along the way. They also talk about Dawidowicz's attitude toward feminism and how it may have affected the way her thoughts and writing are evaluated today. Sinkoff is an award-winning author and is Academic Director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and associate professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers—New Brunswick.
32 minutes | a year ago
Critically Acclaimed Cartoonist Ben Katchor, Author of "The Dairy Restaurant"
Renowned cartoonist Ben Katchor sits down with host CEO Dan Mariaschin to discuss his new book, "The Dairy Restaurant." In their conversation, Mariaschin and Katchor explore the history and cultural significance of dairy restaurants, establishments that used to be cornerstones of New York's Jewish community. They also talk about what inspired Katchor to write about dairy restaurants, as well as the extent of his research, why dairy restaurants were so important at their peak and how they have impacted modern Jewish food experiences.
23 minutes | a year ago
The Jerusalem Post's Omri Nahmias and B'nai B'rith's Alan Schneider on Israel's New Unity Government
Host CEO Dan Mariaschin speaks with The Jerusalem Post's Omri Nahmias and Director of B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Alan Schneider about how Israel’s rival political leaders Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Benny Gantz came to an agreement to form a unity government during the coronavirus pandemic.
31 minutes | a year ago
The Jerusalem Post's Seth Frantzman on the Fall of ISIS and Coronavirus' Impact in the Middle East
Seth Frantzman, Oped Editor and Middle East affairs analyst at The Jerusalem Post joins host CEO Dan Mariaschin to discuss his new book, “After Isis: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East.” In their conversation, Frantzman talks about how his experiences reporting in the Middle East have shaped his analysis of events on the ground in an area known as a “tough neighborhood.” Mariaschin and Frantzman also take a deeper look at how the coronavirus has impacted the dynamics in the region, from oil prices to war zones to Iranian hegemonism, and what the region may look like after the pandemic has subsided.
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