In this episode, host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin talks with Eduardo Kohn, B’nai B’rith’s director of Latin American Affairs, about the upcoming yearly meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Medellin, Colombia. Kohn and Sienna Girgenti, Program Director for Strategic Engagement, will represent B’nai B’rith at the meeting. B’nai B’rith attends the OAS General Assembly each year. Mariaschin and Kohn also discuss the situation that Jews face in Latin America today, including the biggest dangers for Jewish communities in the region and the influence of Iran in the Western Hemisphere.
Even today, mysteries circulate about the life of Moe Berg, a major league baseball player during baseball’s Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s who also spied for the United States in Europe. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner chose to take on Berg's fascinating and jet-setting legacy in her latest film The Spy Behind Home Plate, opening this month. In this episode with Kempner and host B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, they discuss what is known of Berg’s life—his secret mission to discover whether the Nazis had invented an atomic bomb, his storied baseball career, and how he managed to pull off this double life. Kempner is also the creator of films about fellow Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg and the radio and television star Gertrude Berg.
To watch the trailer of The Spy Behind Home Plate, visit this link.
In this episode, host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin sits down with guest Professor Pamela Nadell to discuss her latest book America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, published this year by W.W. Norton. Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University’s Department of History. She also directs the Jewish Studies Program at American University and serves as the chair of its Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies program.
America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today highlights the stories of various important Jewish women in American history including poet Emma Lazarus and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nadell is also the author of Women Who Would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.
Starting in the in 1940s, governments across the Middle East began expelling their countries’ Jewish populations. As a result, almost one million Jews were forced to flee; these refugees went to Israel and other Western countries. In this episode, guest and author Lyn Julius discusses this often-overlooked tragedy in Middle Eastern history with host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin. Lyn Julius is the author of Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight. Her journalistic work been published in outlets including the Guardian, Ha’aretz and the Huffington Post. Lyn also blogs at Times of Israel, JNS News and Point of No Return, found at www.jewishrefugees.blogspot.com. Lyn is a co-founder of Harif, the UK Association for Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.
In this episode, our host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin is joined by guest David Michaels, the Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs at B’nai B’rith International. David traveled with a delegation of B'nai B'rith's leaders to Paris and Geneva for B'nai B'rith's annual meetings at UNESCO and the United Nations Human Rights Council, respectively. During these meetings, B’nai B’rith's leaders called attention to the singularly biased treatment of Israel in international bodies. David also addressed the UNHRC directly in the course of the delegation's visit. These annual meetings serve as a critical opportunity for B’nai B’rith to advocate for Israel on the international stage.
In this episode, our host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin is joined by sports writer Jane Leavy, an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of biographies of baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax. Those books are titled The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood and Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy. Leavy also wrote the comic novel Squeeze Play, described by Entertainment Weekly as “the best novel ever written about baseball.”
Leavy's latest book The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created explores Babe Ruth’s life as America’s first modern celebrity. The Big Fella has been awarded the Seymour Medal, presented annually by the Society for American Baseball Research for the best baseball book of the year. The book has also been nominated for the National Book Critics Award in biography as well as the Pen-Faulkner award for literary sports writing. The Big Fella includes details never previously reported about the baseball legend’s life. Leavy and Mariaschin discuss all this and more during the episode.
In this episode, host and B'nai B'rith International CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin is joined by David Weinstein, the Washington, D.C.-based author of two books, including most recently The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics (2017). In this biography, which is included the Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life, Weinstein explores the extensive legacy of Eddie Cantor, an immensely popular Jewish entertainer of the early to mid-20th century whose reach extended to radio, film, theater and television. Together, Mariaschin and Weinstein discuss several big questions surrounding Eddie Cantor's Jewish legacy. How did Eddie Cantor incorporate Jewish-themed material into his work? What was the relationship between Eddie Cantor’s very vocal opposition to Nazism and anti-Semitism and his persona as a Jewish American entertainer? How did his many philanthropic efforts benefit the Jewish community?
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