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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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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"
Hosts Michael and Alex ask Rivka Campbell about the constant struggle of being recognized in Jewish spaces, from synagogues to kosher restaurants. They also chat about the viral story of the owners of a Winnipeg café who allegedly staged an anti-Semitic attack against themselves, and whether Jews really need to worry about a recent cartoon in the New York Times international edition.The Canadian Jewish Shmooze is hosted by Michael Fraiman and Alex Rose, and edited by Michael Fraiman. Find out more about Rivka Campbell’s documentary here. Our intro music is by Vanya Zhuk, and our outro music is by Latché Swing.Related Reading:"Being a Jew of colour: finding acceptance and inclusion""Owners of Jewish cafe charged with staging attack on their business""Jew from the 6ix: Dissecting Drake’s complicated relationship with Judaism"
On this week's podcast, hosts Alex and Michael chat about some of the gross anti-Semitic and needlessly anti-Israel comments on Beresheet's crash landing; the hypocrisy of Quebec's secularism bill, banning religious Jews who work in the public sector from wearing kippot or headscarves; and whether Jews need to worry about the no-refund policy on Passover food. Noah Liebtag joins, with a guest appearance by CJN editor-in-chief Yoni Goldstein.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"Politicians unite to fight Quebec’s 'crappy' secularism bill""From Yoni’s Desk: Beresheet marks new beginning for Jewish world""Rosenberg: Is the ‘No refunds on Passover items’ sign anti-Semitic?"
In today’s episode, CJN operations manager Ella Burkowski joins podcast hosts Alex and Michael to discuss the Canadian postal union’s anti-Israel stance; Ella’s monthly advice column, “Ask Ella,” which has been running for 24 years; and whether Jews need to worry about Sebastian Gorka, in the wake of a TanenbaumCHAT school trip to New York City that introduced him to about a dozen students. 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:"How did Canada’s postal worker union come to publicly disdain Israel?"Ella Burakowski’s articles on The CJN"Day school field trip meeting with Sebastian Gorka sparks outrage"
Introducing the CJN Podcast

Introducing the CJN Podcast

2019-03-1900:26:35

The CJN is launching a bimonthly podcast, wherein hosts Alex Rose and Michael Fraiman discuss the biggest stories facing our community.On our first episode, hosts Alex and Michael invite CJN Reporter Ron Csillag talk about his recent cover story on a groundbreaking new survey, which offers a never-before-seen glimpse into Canadian Jewry.They also chat about a feud in Prince Edward Island, which grew so heated that one newspaper columnist quit his job after being called a “Zionist goon”.Finally, they ask if Jews really need to worry about the bizarre anti-Semitic float in Aalst, Belgium.The Canadian Jewish News podcast is hosted by Alex Rose and Michael Fraiman, and edited by Michael Fraiman. The intro music is “Robot Gedonist” by Vanya Zhuk, and outro music is “Hungaria” by Latché Swing.
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