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A biweekly roundup of the biggest stories in our community, hosted by Alex Rose and Michael Fraiman.
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In a Tiff with Shane Gillis

In a Tiff with Shane Gillis

2019-09-1800:36:59

There was plenty of Jewish cinema at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, so cinephile and CJN online editor Leora Heilbronn joins in the studio to chat about a few of the big titles, including Jojo Rabbit, The Vigil, The Painted Bird, Lyrebird and Incitement. They also discuss two recent instances of anti-Semitism: more than one politician in New Jersey using "Jew" as a verb, and Shane Gillis's four-day career as a star on Saturday Night Live. 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. Find Leora on Twitter here. Related LinksBriefTake.com In Incitement, director brings Rabin assassination to the big screen (The CJN)Eight films to catch at this year’s Toronto film festival (The CJN)A president of a New Jersey City Council used the term ‘Jew her down.’ Her colleagues came to her defense." (JTA)"Comedian: Firing Shane Gillis wasn't political correctness" (CNN)
The Marvelous Mrs. Nussbaum

The Marvelous Mrs. Nussbaum

2019-09-0400:48:32

Emily Nussbaum is the TV critic at The New Yorker. She's won a Pulitzer Prize and has a new book of essays and profiles out called I Like to Watch, and will be coming to give a talk at the Toronto Reference Library on Oct. 16. She joins Michael for an in-depth chat about the current state of Jewish TV, why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is overrated, and why so many people freakin' love Shtisel. 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. Find Emily on Twitter here. Related LinksEmily Nussbaum's book, I Like to Watch, at Penguin Random House Michael Fraiman: "The End of Peak Jewish TV"The CJN: "Polish Ontario newspaper accused of anti-Semitism"The CJN: "Ousted Liberal candidate insists he is not anti-Semitic"
Do Jews really need to worry about the possibility of Palestinian-American congresswoman Rashida Tlaib being in Israel? Hosts Michael and Alex pose the question to writer Dave Hazzan, who also chats about his recent CJN essay on the difficult double life of being a patrilineal Jew. 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. Find Dave Hazzan on Twitter here.Related ReadingDave Hazzan: "A Jew is a Jew is a Jew"Trump: Jews who vote for Democrats show ‘great disloyalty’B.C. doctor cleared of assisted death in Jewish home
When our ancestors were exiled from the Holy Land, they lost an important physical – and spiritual – connection to the religion. This week’s guest is Kinneret Kim Dubowitz, an Orthodox yoga instructor who explains how bringing movement back into Judaism can help bridge a spiritual gap felt by many modern Jews. 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 LinksKinneret Yoga"Why is China so interested in Israel and the Jews?" (The CJN)"West Bank wines can’t be called Israeli, court finds" (The CJN)"Perrault says he will not advise moving election date" (The CJN)"4 secrets of Jewish Parenting" (Chicago Tribune)
The court battle aiming to push Canada's federal election to accommodate observant Jews is heating up. CJN intern reporter Ben Barak hit the streets to hear public opinion on the case, and he joins podcasts hosts Alex and Michael in studio to chat about what he found out.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.Related Reading"Federal Court Hears Challenge to Federal Election Date""Concerns Raised over Video of Argument in Toronto Park"
Is it okay for non-Jews to play Jews on TV? Can politicians make amends for old anti-Semitic tweets? Special guest Natalie Norman — a comedian, storyteller and self-described “plus-sized Jewess” — joins in-studio to chat about those topics and her career. Catch a sneak preview of her raunchy debut comedy album, The Big Reveal, and learn how she balances a comic’s downtown lifestyle with her own mental health and a surprisingly spiritual Jewish life. 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 Natalie on Twitter or Instagram.Related LinksFind The Big Reveal on iTunes and Spotify"NDP candidate removed over ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel tweets""The end of peak Jewish TV"
The CJN office is coming up on a summer vacation, so the Canadian Jewish Shmooze and Menschwarmers are taking a couple weeks off. But when we get back, we've got some exciting news — The CJN Podcast Network is growing.
Jews throw around word like "goy" and "shiksa" between themselves in good fun. But when that language bleeds into the outside world, Jews may need to check themselves before offending others. Plus: Do Jews need to worry about the word "genocide" when applied to Indigineous Canadians? And an update to our segment about the Netflix roast of Anne Frank. CJN operations manager Ella Burakowski co-hosts. 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.Related ReadingEpisode of new Netflix series mocks Anne FrankDoes Canada’s treatment of Indigenous people amount to genocide? (thestar.com)Extending a hand to intermarried couples
Wining about Anne Frank

Wining about Anne Frank

2019-05-3100:36:46

Is it kosher to roast Anne Frank? Can wine made in a West Bank settlement be labelled a "Product of Israel"? Is this the end of a golden age of Jewish television? Hosts Michael and Alex dig into these issues on the sixth episode of The Canadian Jewish Shmooze. CJN reporter Ron Csillag guest stars.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.Related Reading"West Bank wine case quickly turns political""The end of peak Jewish TV""Episode of new Netflix series mocks Anne Frank"
Do Jews really need to worry about Democratic Congresswoman's Rashida Tlaib's "calming feeling" about the Holocaust? Michael and Alex put her words into context, also chatting about the influx of annual hate-crime reports flooding in.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.Related Reading"Jews the most targeted group for hate crimes in Toronto""B’nai Brith audit finds anti-Semitism on the rise in Canada""Come celebrate the launch of the CJN Podcast Network"
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