Jewish Philly



Its Israels 70th birthday, and were celebrating the occasion with a brand new Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia podcast, launching in March 2018! Jewish Philly, a monthly broadcast brought to you by Jewish Federation staffers, will give you the rundown on everything you need to know about being Jewish in Greater Philadelphia: current events, the latest news, food, arts and culture and more! Additionally, each podcast will feature a special, well-known guest who will share and discuss their own personal connections to Israel. Whether youre tuning in on your commute or relaxing at home, Jewish Philly will not be one to miss.


  • Episode 33: Abbi Jacobson

    15/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Yas, queen! Max and Laura talk to Broad City creator (and Wayne, PA, native) Abbi Jacobson! Plus, unpacking the ADL's recently-released report on antisemitism and singing the praises of polio vaccine inventor Jonas Salk.

  • COVID-19 Minisode 8

    21/04/2020 Duración: 20min

    In this minisode, Max and Laura have the scoop on where to celebrate Israeli Independence and Memorial Days virtually. Plus, the trivia face-off continues: this time, with Jewish TV characters from the past 30 years.

  • COVID-19 Minisode 7

    14/04/2020 Duración: 22min

    We're back with another minisode! Laura and Max give us a mid-Pesach check-in and tell us about some of the great (virtual) community events that are going on. Plus, who can name more Jewish celebs?

  • COVID-19 Minisode 6

    08/04/2020 Duración: 10min

    Passover is so close we can almost taste it! Learn what Laura and Max are doing differently this year and their picks for a virtual seder. Plus, updates on our emergency fund and even more trivia!

  • Jewish Philly Minisode 5

    02/04/2020 Duración: 13min

    It's our Passover special! Get Laura and Max's tips for celebrating remotely, where to get food, and what to do with young kids. Plus, are you a Prince of Egypt house or a Ten Commandments house?

  • Jewish Philly Minisode 4

    31/03/2020 Duración: 20min

    Laura and Max continue their virtual friendship in next thrilling installment of our #StayInside minisodes! We're chatting about the Coronavirus Stimulus Package and how Jewish organizations can qualify, plus an update on our emergency fund and the official Jewish Philly review of the new Netflix miniseries Unorthodox!

  • Jewish Philly Minisode 3

    26/03/2020 Duración: 14min

    Laura and Max might be #StayingInside but they're still bringing you updates on the first allocations of our COVID-19 emergency fund. Plus, the trivia games continue—who knows more Jewish athletes?

  • Jewish Philly Minisode 2

    24/03/2020 Duración: 09min

    Laura and Max are back (via Zoom!) with an update on our emergency fund and where we urgently need volunteers. Plus: Jewish trivia face-off part 2!

  • Jewish Philly Minisode 1

    19/03/2020 Duración: 21min

    Jewish Philly is flattening the curve! Laura and Max check in from their homes and share updates on working remotely, how you can support our Jewish communities, and making the best of a tense situation. Stay inside, be safe, and wash your hands!

  • Episode 24: Michael Barkann

    11/03/2020 Duración: 44min

    This month, we're talking to legendary sports reporter Michael Barkann about his favorite Philly memories. Plus, a deep dive into the results of our 2019 Jewish Philly population study and the answer to an eternal question: why do we wear costumes on Purim?

  • Episode 23: Roberta Kaplan & Amy Spitalnick

    20/01/2020 Duración: 48min

    This month, we talk to famed attorney Roberta Kaplan and Integrity First for America executive director Amy Spitalnick about arguing in front of the Supreme Court and fighting white supremacy movements in the wake of Charlottesville. Plus, a recap of our recent Civil Rights mission to the American South and doing Jewish journalism as a non-Jew.Learn more about Integrity First For America here:

  • Episode 22: Michael Masters

    19/12/2019 Duración: 32min

    This month, we're chatting safety and security with Michael Masters, CEO of the Secure Communities Networks. Plus, updates on the Israeli elections, Jews in outer space, and the Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays debate.

  • Episode 21: Bari Weiss

    20/11/2019 Duración: 31min

    This month, we talk to New York Times op-ed writer and editor Bari Weiss! She fills us in on her new book, How To Fight Antisemitism, and why the Tree of Life massacre inspired her to speak out. Plus, is Chanukah too commercialized? And what is Snoop Dogg doing in Israel?

  • Episode 20: Lynne Abraham

    23/10/2019 Duración: 32min

    This month, we talk to former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham about women in politics, gun violence, and how her successors are handling the job. Plus, updates from Pittsburgh and Jewish Or Goyish: Halloween Edition.

  • Episode 19: Susan Wild

    20/09/2019 Duración: 37min

    Talking to Congresswoman Susan Wild about her conversion to Judaism and why she's speaking out about mental health. Plus, welcoming football season, understanding the Israeli elections, and honoring indie rock legend David Berman.

  • Episode 18: Amanda Stern

    19/08/2019 Duración: 35min

    This month, we're taking about staying safe and practicing self care in turbulent times, then we'll sit down with the editor of the Jewish Exponent Liz Spikol to hear how Jewish newspapers cover mass shootings, and finally we're sharing the story of Dr. Ruth, who went from Holocaust survivor to celebrity sex therapist.We also had the privilege to sit down with author Amanda Stern to talk about living with an un-diagnosed panic disorder, how the disappearance of Etan Patz shaped her world view, and all about her wildly successful performing arts series that attracted everyone from Moby to Lena Dunham.

  • Episode 17: Ethan Felson

    18/07/2019 Duración: 32min

    This month, we’re putting a Jewish lens on the hot button topic of gun control, then we’ll sit down with the Jewish Exponent’s Selah Maya Zigelboim to discuss the heart wrenching closing of Hahnemann hospital, and finally we’re sharing the story of America’s first “talkie” film the Jazz Singer, which was a love letter to a Jewish family on Yom Kippur.We had the privilege to sit down with Ethan Felson, the Executive Director of the Israel Action Network, to discuss why he’s dedicated his career to supporting Jewish communities and Israel, how our local communities can engage in the fight against anti-Semitism, and why the BDS movement won’t lead to peace for either Israelis or Palestinians. For more information on the work of our Jewish Community Relations Council, visit

  • Episode 16: Jennifer Weiner

    07/06/2019 Duración: 35min

    It’s summer 2019, and we're talking about the renewed debate over abortion through a Jewish and Israeli lens, followed by a conversation on the new NEW upcoming Israeli elections with Jewish Exponent reporter Jesse Bernstein, and we’re sharing the story of Haym Salomon, financial hero of the American Revolution. We also had the chance to sit down with one of Philadelphia’s most famous authors, Jennifer Weiner, to talk about her new book Mrs. Everything, why its important for her to write Jewish characters and share their stories in her books, and the moment she realized she had become a Philadelphian.

  • Episode 15: Mark Wilf

    15/05/2019 Duración: 28min

    This month, we’re putting a Jewish lens on Mother’s Day, followed by a breakdown of the latest anti-Semitic crime statistics with the Anti-Defamation League’s Robin Burstein, and we’re paying tribute to Memorial Day with the heroic story of Rabbi Alexander Goode, one of the “Infamous Chaplains” of World War II.We also had the honor to sit down with Mark Wilf, Owner and President of the Minnesota Vikings, to discuss growing up in New Jersey with parents who survived the Holocaust, how networks like the NFL can help to combat the rise in Antisemitism and what it was like to watch the Philadelphia Eagles win the Superbowl in his own team’s stadium.

  • Episode 14: Holocaust Survivor Ann Jaffe

    19/04/2019 Duración: 37min

    This month, we’re breaking down the history of Jewish and interfaith activism, followed by a conversation on Israel’s recent elections with Jewish Exponent reporter Jesse Bernstein, and finally we’re sharing the remarkable story of the Theresienstadt Tree, otherwise known as the tree that survived the Holocaust.For our special interview this episode, we welcome a guest co-host, Marc Prine, who is a committee member for Philadelphia’s Holocaust Memorial event on April 28th. With Marc, we had the honor to sit down with local Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe to hear her story of when the Nazis invaded her small hometown in Poland, her family’s remarkable escape and survival in a nearby forest, and why it’s so important for her to share her story with local students. To hear the entirety of Ann's story, including her remarkable escape to the Soviet Union and liberation from the Nazis, please visit this link-

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