Simcha Weinstein schmoozes with his favorite people about spirituality, superheroes and soccer in a bi-weekly conversation. Come for the pop culture fun, and get a side order of everyday wisdom from "Brooklyn's hippest rabbi.”
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Growing up in the legendary Coney Island section of Brooklyn was where Adam developed a love for the sideshow. Adam has crafted his own ‘One Man Coney Island Sideshow’ which highlights his many amazing skills including sword swallowing, fire eating and feats of strength as well as his spot on comedic timing. Risk temptation and spend a podcast with Adam!
Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Hollywood, Florida. Her work explores the malleability of history, imagined community and the landscape of memory. She makes paintings, sculptural objects, installations and interactive events to create a familiar and strange space for her audience. Her hybrid actions employ a reflective nostalgia; exploring the comedy and violence of Jewish histories and cultures while encouraging viewers to question their own
narratives, self-imposed alienation, and the source and effect of memory.
Ali is the recipient of an Artist Fulbright Research grant to Karlsruhe, Germany (2020-21) and the Naomi Anolic Emerging Artist Award (2017) and currently in residence with Project Art in Crown Heights Library. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Born Italian Catholic in New Jersey, Aja moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2001 to study fashion design at Pratt Institute. There, she not only found
a deeper creative outlet in the vibrancy of New York City, but she found her true calling that eventually led her to convert to Judaism.
Working for brands like Fila, Champion, and Converse brought about her passion for designing activewear, yet opened her mind to the negative
impact fast fashion has on the environment. Completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training, brought about her passion for wellness and
mindfulness. That combined with her strong ties to her faith were the driving forces that led to the creation of Transcendent. Transcendent
is more than just a clothing brand. It is a community of women who strive to access their higher power and make the world a better place.
Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker and thought leader to thousands. He is the Founder of The Meaningful Life Center, coined "The Spiritual Starbucks" by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual. He is the author of the best-selling book Toward a Meaningful Life which has sold over 300,000 copies translated into 13 languages. In his youth, Simon held the unique position as the scribe for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He spent many hours memorizing the Rebbe's talks and transcribing them into many books. With his keen insight into the human condition, and over 35 years of experience, Simon has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction in difficult times.Simon has been interviewed on over 500 radio and TV shows, including CNN, PBS, and CBS.
How do you find meaning in total isolation? Desert Island Disc is a popular BBC radio show in which famous people are asked to choose and discuss the music they would most like to have with them if they were alone on an island. The quarantine is an opportunity to connect with your overseas crew; old-friends Jonathan Posner and Adam Bradley ponder their Pandemic tunes and how to find meaning in Social Distancing.
Carmella shares her journey of Jewish discovery and love of Elvis! It may sound crazy, but Elvis Presley - that God-fearing, gospel-singing
American pop icon - maybe a Jew. In this episode ask the tough question, was Elvis really a Schmelvis?
Rabbi Avremi Zippel was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the eldest of 6 children of the Chabad's representatives to Utah since 1992. The only Observant Jewish boy his age for several hundred miles, Avemi was homeschooled through his Bar Mitzvah, and then left home to pursue his Jewish education. He attended Yeshiva in the United Kingdom, where he participated in Chabad's Outreach Missions to Wales, Denmark, Italy, France and Germany. He was ordained by former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, and moved back to Utah in 2014 with his wife Sheina, to direct Young Jewish Professionals Utah. In 2019, Avremi came forward as the first Orthodox Rabbi to disclose that he had been sexually abused as a child.
Aviva is from Sharon, Massachusetts who has been teaching Judaic Studies throughout NYC since 2013. Aviva has a BA in English Literature from Brooklyn College, and an MFA from Fashion Institute of Technology. Aviva now works as a performance /installation artist and painter in NYC: she creates a colorful and new perspective of ancient tales for both children and adults through her teaching and art making.
You never know when something many Jews may associate with old-fashioned Jewish fare, like herring and crackers, will somehow turn high-end and hipster.
One millennial, barely out of his teens, is putting herring out there for all the internet to see. And he’s got a heck of a story to tell. It all started in late 2014, when Queens, NY-teen Naftali Engel was in Israel for post-high school gap-year study. He spent some Shabbats away from his Judean Hills yeshivah with his brother who lives in Safed, the holy city famous for its spiritually creative enclaves. One Shabbat, Engel tasted a particularly delicious homemade herring, and, perhaps nonchalantly, asked the maker for his recipe. The answer he got was not quite traditional.
Sam Rose is a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer and podcaster originally from California. His satirical articles can be found at The Hard
Times, Little Old Lady, and Points in Case. In addition to satire, Sam has also written a number of original pilots and feature screenplays.
You can hear Sam’s voice on his weekly podcast UFOlogy, a comedy podcast about aliens and ufos.
Daniel Bortz, the "Millennial Rabbi", left college in Southern California for Jerusalem to spend 6 years studying Jewish wisdom there and around the world, obtaining his rabbinic degree in 2010. He's the author of "Beneath The Surface", is a Jiu (Jew) Jitsu competitor, has served as Shabbat host at Coachella music festival, and is the founder of non-profit outreach org.s SOUL X & JTEEN, offering experiential spiritual teachings catered to this generation.
TEDx Poet Rachel Kann has been featured on on NPR and received accolades from the James Kirkwood Fiction Awards, Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards, LA Weekly Awards, International Poetry Slam Idol and Write Club Los Angeles.
She's performed from The Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to Disney Concert Hall with people like Marianne Williamson and DaKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. She teaches poetry through UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where she was the 2017 Instructor of the Year. Visit her at Rachelkann.com.
Marko Dashev is a New York City based commercial photographer. Marko was trained by and worked for many of the most famous photographers working today.
Marko's work first debuted in Surface Magazine's 2nd Avant Guardian contest winner issue in 1999.
His clients include: J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s, Hugo Boss, Alexander Wang, DKNY, and others.
In addition to fashion/commercial work, Marko's portrait photography includes his recent series of portraits of leading Orthodox Rabbis.
Shavuot, is the cheesiest holiday you've never heard of! Listen to a couple of new-media mavens discuss bringing ancient traditions into the digital age.
Forget about the days where you could be incognito. Today it's all about getting your name out there and demonstrating your knowledge and expertise.
Learn how to reach your audience by maximizing your use of social platforms...it can even get you free cheesecake!
Shaindee & Avromi were married in August 2018.
The couple soon found themselves as an internet sensation after posting a short video of themselves jamming and singing Shabbat Shalom.
After many recommendations to open a joint account, their following took off strong and hasn't slowed since.
Early on, some of their popular videos were their "Friday Shabbos Song". Soon after "Music School Monday's" took off.
That's where they recommend a favorite song of theirs, and help their followers get educated on understanding the music behind it.
Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook @couple.of.baschs
The recently released their first single "Yonah Matza", An amazing work of acapella.
Ariel Tidhar was born and raised in Chicago in an American-Israeli family. She grew up being sent to school with a packed lunch of pita & hummus with tiny Israeli pickled eggplant on the side. Born in a lineage of fashion creatives, it was no surprise that Ariel went on to study fashion design after high school. Ariel graduated in May 2016 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Fashion Design. In recent years, Ariel’s work has expanded to include modern Judaica pieces, home décor, and accessories.
The Theory of Enchantment is a new framework that solves the problem of human connection by probing two questions: What is the psychology of connection and can we use that psychology to heal and avoid conflict? The first question is answered by first studying pop culture — the various things we as a society deeply connect to, from literature to music to corporate social capital, like Nike’s Just Do It mantra — which is attractive to people who desire to reach maximum potential.
"It was terrifying because you didn't know if something was going to come afterwards!” Said Rabbi Menachem Heller of Chabad of Bushwick Who’s front window was smashed in the early hours of a Saturday morning while some 15 people, including children, were inside, just feet away from the shattering glass. Listen to a terrifying story of hope and kugel in Bushwick!
Even the most incisive, prolific, gifted artist can feel daunted by the dreaded “Talk.” That is, the request to speak on demand about their work. Listen to a couple of prominent millennial Jewish artists assess what’s meaningful to them in their work. Arielle Stein earned her BFA at NYU in 2014. She has since spent time as artist in residence with Art Kibbutz and the Stony Point Center, and is a 2018-19 New Jewish Culture Fellow with Brooklyn Jews. Arielle's work has been shown in the US and abroad, and has been published in Barbed Magazine, HCE Review, Triangle House Review and At the Well. Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. Her work explores the intersection of ancient tradition and contemporary culture. She earned
a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design. Her first published book, The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, is available in print.
Something has gone wrong. We simply do not talk anymore. We text. We email. We post on Facebook. We tweet on Twitter. We vent without ever having spoken to a person, or picked up the phone. The human soul must be watered to thrive and conversation is how we share our deepest thoughts and needs. Rabbi Simcha takes a sabbatical from the shtick and gets serious with Vesper Stamper. Vesper is the author/illustrator of WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS (Longlisted for the National Book Award) a lushly illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor, who must come to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life. She has an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts, NYC. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook at @vesperillustration, and learn more at vesperillustration.com.
Donuts, or sufganiyot in Hebrew, are a quintessential part of Chanukah in Israel and much of the Jewish world. Fried in oil, they recall the miracle of oil that burned for eight days. Join guest panel: Kosher Guru, Levi Gombo, Eli "Red' Schwartz, Willy PIlku & Avi Klein as we attempt to find the best Chanukah donut!
Ashley Blaker is a British comedian and television producer. He has been described by JPost as "the UK's only Orthodox stand-up comedian." Blaker is a writer for TV and radio and was producer of Little Britain. Ashley joins an esteemed returning panel of expat British pundits to discuss the English Premier League Player of the Season so far.
Guest pundits panel:
Yisrolik Kievman (Liverpool)
Rabbi Yisroel Beenstock (Manchester)
Rabbi Yisroel 'Teddy' Newman (London)
Sheldon Kaye (Manchester)
Menahem Weinstein (London)
A rising star in Jewish music, Benny Friedman has made a name for himself, not just by being a member of one of Jewish music’s royal families, but by consistently proving himself to be talented, versatile and one of the nicest people in the Jewish music business.
Passionate about both singing and the ability to inspire people through music, Benny spent four years working with elite Hollywood vocal coach Seth Riggs and Jewish music lovers everywhere began to buzz about the talented newcomer with the golden voice.
Hear Benny as never before in a candid, colorful and highly comedic interview!
It’s not every day that a rabbi gets photographed by a GQ editor!! Yosel Tiefenbrun was raised in London and comes from a long line of tailors, fabric merchants and artists. The love of fine clothes, design and exquisite workmanship runs in his blood and has been his passion from a young age. Growing up, his studies took him to France, New York, Israel and then on to Singapore to become a rabbi. In Singapore he also began to pursue his love of design and clothing, studying design at NAFA while interning at Harpers Bazaar Magazine.
Meir Kay is a 21st-century badran, a hasid-turned-jester who is a master of the medium social media. An American internet personality best known for his Vlogs on YouTube, which has amassed over 350 million views and his social media presence with upwards of one million followers. In the episode we explore whether is the era of the influencer age is nigh and just how many times can one like a filtered açaí bowl. Listen as Meir Kay made OUR day!
A rabble of expat British rabbi's (or son's of rabbi's) discuss England performance in the 2018 World Cup with candor, curiosity and humor. Celebrating Gareth Southgate's young team and the beauty of the football cliche!!
Guest pundits panel:
Yisrolik Kievman (Liverpool)
Yisroel Beenstock (Manchester)
Rabbi Yisroel 'Teddy' Newman (London)
Moshe Angyalfi (Yorkshire)