The Canadian Jewish Shmooze
The Canadian Jewish Shmooze
The CJN Podcast Network
A biweekly roundup of the biggest stories in our community, hosted by Alex Rose and Michael Fraiman. The show ended in April 2020, and was replaced by Bonjour Chai.
Saying Goodbye
If you haven't heard: The CJN is shutting down, which means this podcast is going on indefinite hiatus. For now, we'll call it goodbye. Hear the paper's staffers share their fondest memories, and listen to an interview with Dr. Daniel Kalla about COVID-19, in this (for now?) final episode of the Canadian Jewish Shmooze. Feel free to keep in touch: find Michael on Twitter @mfraiman, and Alex @alexmrose. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links To our readers: Everything has its season. It is time. (The CJN) Novelist asks: What if the plague came back? (The CJN)
Apr 9, 2020
37 min
Shmoozing From Self-Isolation
In this special work-from-home edition, Michael and Alex discuss how COVID-19 has affected religious and artistic Jewish institutions. Also, they ask whether Hunters, Amazon's new and painfully Jewish show, is worth binging during your self-isolation. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links Hoarding, not supply, causing kosher shortages (The CJN) Coronavirus: More challenges, more Jewish responses (The CJN)
Mar 19, 2020
35 min
Remembering Norene Gilletz
We've got a major announcement in today's episode: co-host Alex Rose, sadly, is leaving the show. Fortunately, we couldn't be happier with his replacement, Ella Burakowski, who joins in-studio to recall her favourite memories of Canada's queen of kosher cuisine, Norene Gilletz. Plus: Michael interviews musician and composer Adi Berkovits about his upcoming concert, an homage to his father's journey home from Auschwitz. Note: In this episode, Ella mistakenly calls the book co-authored by Norene and Daniella Silver "The Silver Palate". She meant "The Silver Platter". Look it up, it's a good one! The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links The Journey Home "Norene Gilletz was ‘Kosher Julia Child of Canada’" (The CJN)
Mar 4, 2020
42 min
Do Jews Need to Worry about Bernie Sanders?
Some say the Democratic presidential frontrunner is bad for the Jews. Or at least bad for Israel. Or maybe even a self-hating Jew! Is he any of these things? And speaking of international politics: What's the story with Israel's impending third election? On this all-politics episode, our guest is Yoni Belete, a former staffer at the Israeli embassy in Ottawa, who helps breaks down the ongoing political issues foremost on Jewish minds. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links Yoni Belete on Twitter Bernie Sanders releases new 'Proud to Be Jewish' Video (The CJN) Netanyahu’s corruption trial to open two weeks after elections (The CJN)
Feb 19, 2020
39 min
Breaking Down Trump's Peace Plan
Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" is proving to be little more than a hollow marketing campaign. To better understand the situation from the Israeli perspective, Etery Podolsky, a Russian-Israeli graphic designer at The CJN, joins Michael and Alex to offer her take on the plan's value. Plus: Hear an excerpt from our new podcast, Kol Avrum, where host Avrum Rosensweig sits down with Syrian refugee Aboud Dandachi to chat about Syrians' perceptions (and misconceptions) of Israelis. -- The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links Listen to the full first episode of Kol Avrum at The CJN Podcast Network The key points of the Trump Middle East peace plan explained (The CJN) Canadians react to the ‘Deal of the Century’ (The CJN) How to Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, According to Psychology Research (Haaretz, paywalled)
Feb 5, 2020
35 min
Introducing Our New Podcast Hosts
The CJN Podcast Network is launching four new shows! In this episode, Avrum Rosensweig, Rebecca Eckler, Dan Aviv and Noah Liebtag personally introduce themselves and their programs, which will feature lengthy interviews, culinary investigations and celebrations of our community. Also on this episode, Ella Burakowski talks about her Holocaust advocacy work and our roundtable debates the big question: Do Jews need to worry about the board game "Secret Hitler"? The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links Secret Hitler board game removed from Montreal stores (The CJN) Hidden Gold, Ella's book The CJN Podcast Network homepage: Stay tuned for new shows, starting January 30
Jan 23, 2020
38 min
Was Ilhan Omar Really the Biggest Anti-Semite of the Year?
This year, an anti-semitism watchdog organization voted Ilhan Omar "anti-semite of the year." But... is she really? Plus, Michael and Alex flip through the pages of history to commemorate 60 years of The CJN. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links From Yoni’s Desk: Unity never gets old (The CJN) Alleged Monsey stabber indicted on six attempted murder charges (The CJN) "Antisemite of the Week" (stopantisemitism.org)
Jan 8, 2020
25 min
The Year in Review
In our final episode of 2019, we invite CJN editor Yoni Goldstein, advice columnist Ella Burakowski and reporter Ron Csillag to discuss their favourite stories of the year. Scroll down to read their picks. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Yoni's Picks From Yoni’s Desk: Overturning Bill 21 will be a marathon, not a sprint How a team of future NHL stars smuggled Judaica into the U.S.S.R. New survey reveals behaviours and attitudes of Canadian Jews Ella's Picks The land of wombs and babies Examining the legacy of Jewish mother guilt Ron's Picks West Bank wines can’t be called Israeli, court finds Government taken to court over federal election date
Dec 12, 2019
46 min
The Funny Times, They are a-Changing
Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s, chats about the evolution of comedy, the death of Jewish delis and why, despite the controversy, he booked Louis C.K. for a week of sold-out shows in Toronto. Plus: Alex breaks down a violent protest at York University, where supporters of Israel and Palestine exchanged words and fists. The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Related Links Yuk Yuk's online "Breslin: Why I brought Louis C.K. back from the dead" (The CJN) "Counterpoint: I didn't consent to Louis C.K. masturbating in front of me" (The CJN) "Palestinian, Israeli supporters clash at York University" (The CJN)
Nov 27, 2019
43 min
Howard Shore and the Joys of Jewish Summer Camp
The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing. Like The CJN Podcast Network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Nov 13, 2019
35 min
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