April 30, 2021
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.
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April 16, 2021
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.
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March 11, 2021
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
January 27, 2021
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)
January 7, 2021
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.