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The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters During World War II

The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters During World War II

June 2, 2021

With her new book, “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos,” author Judy Batalion has written one of the most important stories of World War II.

When the Nazis occupied Poland, many Jewish women joined the resistance and risked their lives to sabotage the regime.

Batalion, who spent 12 years putting the book together, joins the B'nai B'rith podcast with CEO Dan Mariaschin to highlight this crucial but often overlooked story of defiance.

Director Steven Spielberg has already optioned the book for a motion picture and signed Batalion to co-write the screenplay.

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Towering Figures in World History

Towering Figures in World History

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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Lincoln’s Jewish Secret Agent

Lincoln’s Jewish Secret Agent

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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Exploring Ancient Israel and Early Judaism

Exploring Ancient Israel and Early Judaism

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

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Sports Rabbi Josh Halickman on the Bright Future of Israeli Sports

Sports Rabbi Josh Halickman on the Bright Future of Israeli Sports

February 4, 2021

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/

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The Rebirth of Jewish Music in Post-WWII Germany

The Rebirth of Jewish Music in Post-WWII Germany

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)

Ruth Lowe: The Woman Who Ignited Frank Sinatra’s Rise to Stardom

Ruth Lowe: The Woman Who Ignited Frank Sinatra’s Rise to Stardom

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.

B’nai B’rith’s Disaster Relief Efforts Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

B’nai B’rith’s Disaster Relief Efforts Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

January 7, 2021

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. *From October 2020*

Dr. Erica Miler on Summoning Resilience in Uncertain Times

Dr. Erica Miler on Summoning Resilience in Uncertain Times

September 16, 2020

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.”

Sanford Greenberg on His Lifelong Friendship with Art Garfunkel

Sanford Greenberg on His Lifelong Friendship with Art Garfunkel

September 1, 2020

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.

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