The B’nai B’rith Int’l Podcast
The Jewish World of Elvis Presley

The Jewish World of Elvis Presley

August 27, 2021

Few people know about Elvis Presley's range of deep Jewish connections. Even fewer are aware of his own Jewish roots. Author, artist and writer Roselle Chartock joins the B'nai B'rith podcast with CEO Dan Mariaschin to talk about her new book, "The Jewish World of Elvis Presley," and delve into this little-known side of the revolutionary rock 'n' roll icon.

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Scott Kahn and Pesach Wolicki of The Baseball Rabbi Podcast

Scott Kahn and Pesach Wolicki of The Baseball Rabbi Podcast

July 2, 2021

Scott Kahn and Pesach Wolicki join the B'nai B'rith Podcast with CEO Dan Mariaschin to break down all things baseball.

Kahn and Wolicki are co-hosts of The Baseball Rabbi Podcast, part of the new Jewish podcast network “Jewish Coffeehouse.” Both are experts in baseball history, reevaluating historical assumptions and applying advanced metrics to America's Pastime.

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Chef Paula Shoyer on Her New, First-of-Its-Kind Kosher Instant Pot Cookbook

Chef Paula Shoyer on Her New, First-of-Its-Kind Kosher Instant Pot Cookbook

June 16, 2021

Chef, kosher food expert and author Paula Shoyer joins the B'nai B'rith podcast with CEO Dan Mariaschin to talk about her new book, "The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul" – the first Instant Pot cookbook to feature kosher food.

Shoyer shares her favorite recipes, her newfound sense of gratitude for ingredients and how cooking has changed since March 2020.

Known as “The Kosher Baker,” Shoyer teaches cooking and baking classes all around the world – more than 170 since the pandemic began – and regularly appears in media such as the Washington Post, Food52 and NBC Washington. She has also competed on Food Network's Sweet Genius.

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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.

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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.

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