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JR's Arts Editor Judi Herman presents her series of podcasts, featuring interviews with leading playwrights, actors and other creatives, as well as guided audio tours of the latest exhibitions with a Jewish cultural interest.
 
Blackfriars Backstage Pass A fun, informative, off-the-cuff discussion series involving American Shakespeare Center Executive Director Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen and members of the ASC acting troupe as they explore literary devices, characterization, acting and directorial choices, and more for each of the plays currently appearing on the stage of the American Shakespeare Center?s Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. Each edition of Backstage Pass also serves as a useful and enjoyable tool for t ...
 
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The Hospitality Guru & Jewish Futures Pledge Founder: A Conversation with Mike Leven Mike Leven was immersed in Jewish life throughout his childhood in Boston. He attended shul and Hebrew school, spent his summers at Jewish camp, and played baseball at the YMHA. His parents worked hard, and tzedakah was a vital element of their Jewish identity. Mik…
 
Since his humble beginnings in the Midwest wrestling scene in the early 2000s, Scott Colton, a.k.a. Colt Cabana, has grown into a seismic force in the pro wrestling world. After diving into the WWE as Scotty Goldman—a character presented a little antisemitically by the organization—a he made a name for himself as a world heavyweight champion in num…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm is CEO of the Bnai Zion Foundation and host of the "Good Faith Effort" podcast. Tune in for stories of the famous Rabbi Norman Lamm, how mission-drivenness makes every contribution count, and how the Jewish community can and should interact with friends and allies in order to bring its values out into the cultu…
 
For years, Mike Wilner has been beloved by Torontonians as the voice of Blue Jays baseball on the radio, calling games, taking fan calls and interviewing players. His tenure with the team ended unceremoniously last fall, when Rogers, which owns the team, let him go. But the veteran announcer hasn't disappeared: he landed a gig as the baseball colum…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Daniel Shapiro is a University of Chicago Law School graduate. He has been a trial lawyer for many years and is a lifetime Chicagoan. He spends his free time reading and socializing with his grown children. His debut book, The Thin Ledge i,s a raw and real telling of coping with his wife’s severe brain trauma. He's currently work…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen is a spiritual leader who inspires others through his talks and speaking engagements, in addition to being the author of the transformational book “We’re Almost There,” and maintaining a therapy practice. Listen to his fascinating story, from his early days as a Rabbi through the joys and challenges of parent…
 
Zach Hyman, Toronto's homegrown Jewish hockey star, recently signed a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million with the Edmonton Oilers. The move will sadly take him away from his belowed hometown, where he played for the Maple Leafs since 2015 and where his whole family lives. Before jetting off to Edmonton with his wife and eight-month-old son, Hy…
 
From Australians Jessica Fox (canoe slalom) and Jemima Montag (racewalking) to Israel's mixed judo team and gymnasit Artem Dolgopyat, Jews were well represented at this year's Tokyo Olympics. In fact, so many Jews medalled that, if Jews comprised their own country, they would have ranked alongside Belgium and Jamaica. Here's a rundown of all the Je…
 
Shalom, sports fans! We've got a special episode for you today: the Menschwarmers appeared on Bonjour Chai, The CJN's weekly current affairs podcast, to chat about Olympic history, Jewish athletecism and much more. Subscribe to Bonjour Chai on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Plus: don't forget to register for the Menschwarmers' fi…
 
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting this week, Jewish sports fans are abuzz with one question: Who's representing the tribe? As it happens, there are plenty of promising Olympians with fascinating stories, from Argentine tennis phenom Diego Schwartzman to Jewish Japanese basketballer Avi Schafer and a whole lot of American and Canadian fencing st…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Chuck Lichtman grew up on the hard-scrabble streets of Gary, Indiana, where he faced pronounced anti-Semitism that helped shaped his life path. He became a fierce advocate for civil rights - notably as the "Hanging Chads" attorney in the 2000 election, and eventually authored several books. His latest, due out in September 2021, …
 
While no Jewish baseball fan is looking forward to waking up at 5 a.m. to watch Team Israel compete at the Tokyo Olympics, every Jewish baseball fan is still rooting hard. Gabe and Jamie are no exceptions—and they're equally excited to chat with Dean Pelman, a pitcher for Team Israel, mere days before he sets out on the road to the Olympics. Mensch…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Leah Cypess is a trained attorney, but has gained acclaim as a fantasy author. Published by Harper Collins and Random House, among other houses, Leah is an accomplished fiction writer and a wonderful example to aspiring Jewish authors today. -------------------- ABOUT THIS PODCAST Jews You Should Know introduces the broader commu…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Evonne Marzouk is a long time environmentalist and newly published author of a fictional novel - "The Prophetess" - with spiritual messages and thought-provoking content. Her Bat Mitzvah gift Kickstarter campaign is launching shortly! -------------------- ABOUT THIS PODCAST Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to…
 
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