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.
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*
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.”
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.
July 21, 2020
Journalist and media expert Eliana Gurfinkiel joins CEO Dan Mariaschin to talk about the decision of many Jews in France to make Aliyah and how they ultimately fare in Israeli society. Gurfinkiel and Mariaschin also discuss how French Jews are overcoming anti-Semitism and alienation in France and what French officials are doing to combat attacks on Jewish citizens and their long-standing institutions.
Gurfinkiel produces a daily news program, various topical segments and a Jewish history show for Studio Qualita, the leading French speaking new media in Israel. She is also a strategic adviser for Contraste, a leading South American Jewish media platform that concentrates on encouraging Latin American Jews to further embrace their Jewish identity.
July 8, 2020
On this episode of our podcast, CEO Dan Mariaschin and Center for Senior Services Associate Director Janel Doughten sit down with Tiffany Woolf and Noam Dromi, co-creators of the digital series "Dispatches from Quarantine." Episodes of "Dispatches" focus on the life of older legends like Norman Lear, Ellyn Burstyn, Larry King and the late Carl Reiner. Woolf and Dromi speak about the inspiration for the series, important lessons from older people (both celebrities and those not in the public eye) and why we need to continue celebrating our seniors even after the COVID-19 pandemic calms down.
June 29, 2020
Together with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM), we recently launched a creative video contest to engage high school and undergraduate university students around the world in the fight against anti-Semitism. On this episode, host CEO Dan Mariaschin speaks with B'nai B'rith's own Program Director for Strategic Engagement Sienna Girgenti and CAM Director Sacha Roytman-Dratwa about the contest and why CAM and B'nai B'rith's partnership is an important tool for inspiring a new generation of activists against the world's oldest form of hatred – anti-Semitism.