The Bagel Podcast is a Jewish Magazine podcast for what's boiling up around the Jewish community. Featuring food, interviews, Israel, friendly disagreements and Jewish chat with people across the Jewish world.
Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers & Rabbi Gary Somers
One Orthodox. One Reform. One Marriage. I had a rather lovely and candid conversation with Reform Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and her newly ordained (at the time) Orthodox husband, Rabbi Gary Somers. Most couples disagree about the division of chores but their disagreement is halachic (Jewish Law) and I was curious as to how they make it work. The interview was recorded at their home in January 2020.
What the Future Holds
Associate Professor of American Politics at Tufts University Eitan Hersh joins me in this episode to talk through the Jewish voting patterns in the US election. Madeline Young delves into the ways Black Lives Matter is affecting the Jewish community. Rabbi Harvey Belovski shares some high-concept Talmud, we have our usual Israel update from journalist Gilad Halpern and another Bagel Broigus emerges, this time around The Future of Gender and Judaism, featuring Sally Berkovic, Michelle Janes and Rabbi Daniel Lichman.
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Yehudis Fletcher - Bagel Bite
In this episode I'm joined by Yehudis Fletcher, founder of Nahamu, a thinktank examining extremism in the Jewish community, and an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) for Jewish charity Migdal Emunah. Recorded in two parts, we first discuss Fletcher’s life and work, followed by a catch up to hear how she feels the landscape may have changed in light of the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse hearings. Whilst we do not go into graphic detail, please note that issues are discussed that may be difficult for some.
Jonathan Romain - Bagel Bite
For this Bagel Bite, I was joined by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, minister of Maidenhead Reform Synagogue in Berkshire. He is also a writer, broadcaster and founder of the Accord Coalition, a collective of religious groups, humanists, teachers and more working towards inclusive education. We met at Limmud Festival 2019 for a robust discussion on the divergent topics of faith schools and assisted dying.
Lynn Ruth Miller - Bagel Bite
For this Bagel Bite, I'm joined by the hilarious Lynn Ruth Miller, who holds the title as the world's oldest comedian. Please be advised that we do use language and discuss some topics that may not suitable for children. Lynn's book, 'Getting the Last Laugh' is available in bookshops now.
Esther Safran Foer, author and mother of Jonathan, joins Hayden Cohen in the first Bagel Podcast for JR to discuss her new book, I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir. Then we hear from Karen Heilig, assistant executive vice president of Claims Conference – an organisation seeking justice for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution – about the reparations from the German government for survivors. Plus Gilad Halpern speaks on the UAE Israel deal; Rabbi Leah Jordan talks about the life and times of Elisha ben Abuyah in Talmud for Schmeryls; and this episode's Broigus asks "Why should young Jews care about Israel?", featuring Labour Councillor Joshua Garfield, Esther Craven from Yachad and Robin Moss from UJIA.
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A flowing conversation in real-time.
I’m a fellow podcaster in this space i.e. Jewish values and based in the UK. Hayden’s interviewing technique, his stream of consciousness and total honesty is the very basis of good enquiry - and I’m a fan. The interview with Luke Akehurst is a particularly good episode.
The best thing about podcasting is how personally it can be modelled and there’s no doubt our outputs are completely distinct from each other.
Hayden is an excellent podcaster and his content is king.
Forward thinking modern Jewish Views
I have been listening to the podcast. I firstly listened to all the LGBTQ episodes which were excellent. I loved the other episodes on the environment, volunteering and the Jewish world. It was very positive listening whilst I stayed in hospital, out now and looking forward to more episodes.