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Episode 62: “When Heroes Fly”

It’s the season for Israeli TV on Netflix, so we couldn’t pass over the latest offering—“When Heroes Fly.” Sure, it’s no “Fauda,” but nothing will be, except, we hope, Season 3 of “Fauda.” Instead, it’s a deliberately paced rescue mission deep in the Colombian jungle as four emotionally damaged, battle-scarred and perpetually sweaty Israeli men try to find a woman presumed dead in a car crash. Join Miriam, Dan and Kali as they offer their takes on “When Heroes Fly,” debate its merits and...


Episode 61: Meet CJP’s Community Connectors

Greater Boston is home to more than 300,000 Jews. Among that group is an enormous diversity of practice (or lack thereof), belief, connection and self-identification. Boston’s got a new squad of Jewish professionals, CJP’s Community Connectors, whose mission is to find young adults who might be seeking a way in to the vast array of Jewish programming, organizations and social opportunities in our area. These three social mavens, armed with Starbucks credit (they’ll always meet you for...


Episode 60: Surviving “Fauda”

Violence, vendettas, double-crossing, triple-crossing and bowling shirts—it truly is the golden age of television, if you don’t plotz from watching. Israel’s hottest export is a fast-paced, utterly addictive thriller, “Fauda.” Join JewishBoston’s Miriam, Dan and Kali as we relive the highlights and anxiety of binge-watching both seasons of this blood-pressure-raising roller coaster of a show. And if you’re obsessed like us, you’ll have a chance to hear from “Fauda” creator and star Lior Raz...


Episode 59: Keeping Up With the Maisels

A four-day binge of Season 2 of the hottest (OK, most Jewish) show on Amazon, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” led to some questions, which triggered a conversation, which inevitably had to be recorded for The Vibe of the Tribe. Listen as hosts Miriam (not Midge…never call her Midge), Dan and JewishBoston’s parenting writer, Kara Baskin, tackle the biggest questions of Season 2: Are those children just a character development device? (That seems cruel.) Can we forget Paris? (We hope so.) Must...


Episode 58: The Pirate Captain Toledano

Ahoy, listeners! Join podcast captains Miriam and Dan as they talk to Arnon Shorr, director of “The Pirate Captain Toledano.” This short film is the first about the little-known world of Jewish pirates in the Caribbean. The film will be screened at the inaugural Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest from Dec. 15-16. Arnon, a Waltham native, attended Gann Academy and Brandeis University, so it’s particularly meaningful to have this local premiere take place in his hometown. Tune in to find out all...


Episode 57: Jewish Sports Legends – The Saga of Israel’s Baseball Team

Two years ago, ESPN called Israel’s entry into the World Baseball Classic, the World Cup of hardball, a team of “has beens, wanna-bes, and never-will-bes.” This rag-tag group of Jewish current and former Major League Baseball players donned the blue-and-white Israel uniforms for the first time in the country’s history on an international stage. “Heading Home,” a documentary about the team and its bonding trip to Israel, opens right here in Greater Boston on Friday, Dec. 14, at West Newton...


Episode 56: Festival of Fights

Hanukkah is the most badass Jewish holiday this side of Purim. During Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, Jews recount the tale of Judah Maccabee, the warrior priest who led a successful rebellion against King Antiochus of the Syrian-Greek empire. Waves of troops attempted to put down Judah and his army, but their fighting spirit and faith in the Jewish people were so strong that the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem and the Temple from the forces of Antiochus in 164 BCE, ushering in a period of...


Episode 55: Jumping Chai With Boston Ballet’s Isaac Akiba

In this episode of The Vibe of the Tribe, Ashley sits down for a candid, one-on-one conversation with Boston Ballet soloist Isaac Akiba. Isaac began dancing at the Boston Ballet School when he was 9 years old and joined the main company in 2009. One of the two Jewish dancers in the Boston Ballet, Isaac has performed in the fantastic winter production “The Nutcracker” for 18 years. Listen in as Ashley and Isaac discuss his Jewish journey, the summer he spent teaching dance in Israel, the lack...


Episode 54: 360Five Listening Tour With CJP’s Rabbi Marc Baker

Beginning this month, Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s first new president and CEO in more than three decades, will tour Greater Boston with one goal: to listen. In fact, Marc predicts he’ll listen to a thousand people—or more—in the Jewish community as he embarks on a year-long project called “The 360Five.” The CJP-sponsored initiative will focus on five questions and draw from a 360-view of the Jewish community—young adults, “less young” adults, religiously observant, decidedly secular, the...


Episode 53: Revisiting an Immigrant Journey Through “An American Tail”

The 30th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival kicks off Nov. 7 with two weeks of storytelling, music, human connection and Jewish identity told through 50 films. Perhaps no movie character will be more adorable, small, reckless or innocent than the star of Steven Spielberg’s first animated production, “An American Tail.” This 1986 feature, which will be screened at the festival’s BJFF Jr! event on Nov. 11, follows a reluctant hero, the young Jewish mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz. Fievel and...


Episode 52: Jewish Magic and the Occult

On this special Halloween episode of The Vibe of the Tribe, Miriam, Dan and Ashley welcome supernatural expert Peter Bebergal to initiate us into the Jewish occult. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, is the author of “Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll,” “Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood” and the new “Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural.” He even attempted to construct his very own golem...


Episode 51: Schmoozing With the Brass Sisters

Some seven-plus decades ago, two sisters growing up in Winthrop learned how to cook from their beloved mentor, their mother. The young Brass sisters tailed her around the kitchen, learning family recipes and tricks of the trade that launched their culinary careers. Now, with over 130 years of combined cooking experience, Marilynn and Sheila Brass have become a cultural phenomenon, publishing three books and starring in their own show on PBS, “The Food Flirts.” We could think of no better...


Episode 50: Transgender Equality in Massachusetts

For Rabbi Becky Silverstein, the issue of gender rights and Jewish teaching is personal—and increasingly political. As a trans man and ordained rabbi, Becky applies his Jewish values daily to questions of identity and rights. On Nov. 6, Massachusetts residents will be asked to vote on trans rights on ballot Question 3, an initiative that asks if voters wish to uphold non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public spaces, including restaurants, parks, shops and even medical...


Episode 49: The Art of Apologizing

As Beyoncé sang in “Lemonade,” “Sorry, I ain’t sorry/No, no, hell nah!” We live in the age of #SorryNotSorry. From the “sorry if you were offended” statements from celebrities’ press agents to the “mistakes were made” verbal obstacle course taken by politicians to the mealy-mouthed, stumbling excuses and non-apologies from the many men implicated in the #MeToo movement, the art of apologizing seems to have been lost. But we can find it again! Each year, Judaism gives us an opportunity for...


Episode 48: The Modern Mitzvah of Beekeeping

The small, humble bee has always loomed large in Jewish tradition. From the Torah describing Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey to the tradition of dipping apples in honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Judaism certainly appreciates the handiwork of these complex, tireless insects. Lately, science has come to understand the urgent importance of healthy bee populations, as well as feeding the world through pollination of plants and improving crop yields. In fact, JewishBoston’s Miriam...


Episode 47: Photo Shoot for a Cure

Join Miriam and Ashley as they speak to photographer Diana Levine, creator of Photo Shoot for a Cure, a photography-inspired cocktail party benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. An estimated 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, and there is no cure. Learn about Diana’s personal journey after her mother was diagnosed with the disease, what the Jewish community should know about genetic testing for the disease, and how everyone can...


Episode 46: Jewish Summer Camp for Adults With Carine Warsawski

Love summer? Love camp? Us too! Miriam and Dan are joined by Carine Warsawski, founder of Trybal Gatherings, the leading provider of Jewish camp experiences for young adults (yes, summer camp for adults!). Carine shares why camp is an important rite of passage for Jewish youth and discusses the magic of immersive Jewish experiences. Gather ‘round the campfire to hear all about the benefits of connecting in nature and gaining a sense of community by (gasp!) putting down our phones. Interested...


Episode 45: Legendary Jewish Food Expert Joan Nathan

Join Miriam and special guest cohost Kali as they talk to renowned cookbook author Joan Nathan about her new cookbook, “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World.” Find out why King Solomon was “the first foodie,” discover the diversity of the Jewish culinary experience and learn why genizah records are the key to unlocking our understanding of Jewish culinary history. Joan also reveals her favorite ingredient to cook with and shares her secret for...


Episode 44: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Revisited

Thirty-seven years ago, the world’s greatest—and arguably least ethical—archaeologist of all time was introduced to filmgoers. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” about a fast-talking, artifact-stealing, bring-a-gun-to-a-sword-fight adventurer, opened to rave reviews. Described as “the perfect adventure” and an “out-of-body experience of glorious imagination,” the film was nominated for no less than nine Academy Awards, winning five. Dan and Miriam were joined in June—on the 37th anniversary of the...


Episode 43: Immigrant Family Separation Crisis

In this special episode, Dan and Miriam are joined by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld of Hebrew College, Marjean Perhot of Catholic Charities and Sarah Abramson of CJP to discuss the unique role faith-based organizations play in addressing the immigrant family separation crisis. CJP’s Fund to Aid Children and End Separation (FACES) will offer immediate aid through three organizations: Catholic Charities, the Young Center and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition. Donate here: