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People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens, brought to you by American Jewish Committee. Host Manya Brachear Pashman examines current events, the people driving them, and what it all means for America, Israel, and the Jewish people.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 144 Ratings

People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens, brought to you by American Jewish Committee. Host Manya Brachear Pashman examines current events, the people driving them, and what it all means for America, Israel, and the Jewish people.

    From “Chopped” to the White House: TikTok Chef Eitan Bernath on Being a Loud and Proud Jew

    From “Chopped” to the White House: TikTok Chef Eitan Bernath on Being a Loud and Proud Jew

    Jewish chef and content creator Eitan Bernath joins us this week to explain why he wears a Star of David necklace in public and how he uses his platform of seven million followers to fight anti-Israel bias and antisemitism. Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and the author of the cookbook "Eitan Eats The World," the 20-year-old also discusses attending last year’s White House Hanukkah Party, interviewing Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, the Jew-hatred normalized by celebrities like Kanye West, and why it’s so important to be a loud and proud Jew. Finally, Eitan tells us what Thanksgiving and Hanukkah recipes he’s whipping up this holiday season. 
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Eitan Bernath ___
    Show Notes:
    Eitan Eats the World: A Cookbook / Free Books for Non-Profits
    Recipes mentioned in the episode: Vegetarian Wellington with Green Peppercorn Gravy / Tahini Honey Glaze Donuts With Halva
    Celebrate Mizrahi Heritage Month with The Forgotten Exodus
    Listen to our latest podcast episode: U.S. and Israeli Election Results: What American Jews Need to Know
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
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    • 25 min
    U.S. and Israeli Election Results: What American Jews Need to Know

    U.S. and Israeli Election Results: What American Jews Need to Know

    This week’s episode focuses on the Israeli and U.S. elections, their implications, and what impact they could have on U.S.-Israel ties, the spread of antisemitism, and advancing democratic values. 
    We start in the U.S., where razor-thin margins left control of Congress still up in the air at the time of recording. But as the votes continued to be counted, Marc Rod, Capitol Hill correspondent for Jewish Insider, joined us to discuss some of the unexpected results and those that are still pending, along with the implications for American Jews. 
    Then, in Israel, after five elections in the last four years, former and future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently ended the political gridlock through a victory for the right wing-religious bloc and is now in the process of assembling a coalition. Here to provide her perspective on the Israeli election and what it means for the Jewish state and U.S.-Israeli relations is Lahav Harkov, the Senior Contributing Editor at The Jerusalem Post.
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Marc Rod (14:15) Lahav Harkov __
    Show Notes:
    Listen to our latest podcast episode: Why Auburn Basketball’s Trip to Israel Was Personal for Coach Bruce Pearl
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please be sure to tell your friends, tag us on social media with #PeopleofthePod, and hop onto Apple Podcasts to rate us and write a review, to help more listeners find us.
     

    • 31 min
    Why Auburn Basketball’s Trip to Israel Was Personal for Coach Bruce Pearl

    Why Auburn Basketball’s Trip to Israel Was Personal for Coach Bruce Pearl

    Basketball coach Bruce Pearl is on a mission both on and off the court.
    This summer, Coach Pearl, who is Jewish, took his Auburn University men’s basketball team to Israel on a first-of-its-kind “Birthright for College Basketball” trip to play against Israeli national teams, and visit sites across the country, from the Mount of Olives to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    As the college basketball season gears up, Dov Wilker, Regional Director of AJC Atlanta, sat down with Coach Pearl to talk about being a passionate pro-Israel Jew at a large Southern university, what it was like being in Israel with his team during the conflict in August, and the reaction he received from the trip.
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Bruce Pearl
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    Show Notes:
    Photo credits: Auburn Athletics.
    AJC’s Call to Action Against Antisemitism
    Listen to our latest podcast episode: Pittsburgh's Response to the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting: An Oral History
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please be sure to tell your friends, tag us on social media with #PeopleofthePod, and hop onto Apple Podcasts to rate us and write a review, to help more listeners find us.

    • 20 min
    Pittsburgh's Response to the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting: An Oral History

    Pittsburgh's Response to the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting: An Oral History

    Today marks four years since America’s deadliest antisemitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 dead and wounded six others. Over the last few weeks, the appalling antisemitic conspiracy theories and threats from rapper Kanye West serve as a reminder of the normalization of antisemitism in America and how hate can be translated into action or violence.
    Listen to former Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on what it was like to witness the pain inflicted on a community, a city, the country when a stranger walked into a prayer service, declared "All Jews must die," and ended 11 lives that Shabbat morning.
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Bill Peduto
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    Show Notes:
    Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting: 4th Anniversary video
    5 of Kanye West’s Antisemitic Remarks, Explained
    Music credit: Sad Child by Dee Yan-Key is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
    Listen to our latest podcast episode: Campus Antisemitism – What’s Happening at UC Berkeley?
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please be sure to tell your friends, tag us on social media with #PeopleofthePod, and hop onto Apple Podcasts to rate us and write a review, to help more listeners find us.

    • 23 min
    Campus Antisemitism – What’s Happening at UC Berkeley?

    Campus Antisemitism – What’s Happening at UC Berkeley?

    Controversy erupted at the UC Berkeley Law school this fall over the decision by a handful of student groups to adopt bylaws that would ban Zionist speakers. In response, American Jewish Committee (AJC) united with 35 other Jewish organizations to condemn the ban as a “vicious attempt to marginalize and stigmatize the Jewish, Israeli, and pro-Israel community… This is unabashed antisemitism.”
    This week, Dr. Ethan Katz, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Berkeley, and co-founder of the Antisemitism Education Initiative, and Charlotte Aaron, a Berkeley Law student and board member of the Jewish Student Association (JSA), sat down with Meggie Wyschogrod Fredman, AJC's Senior Director of the Alexander Young Leadership Department, to discuss the situation on campus, how it has affected their work as Jewish activists, and why they remain hopeful for the future of Jews on campus.
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Ethan Katz and Charlotte Aaron
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    Show Notes:
    Exclusive: Pro-Israel Groups Release a Statement on Berkeley Controversy
    Listen to our latest podcast episode: Unpacking the Origins of Kanye’s Antisemitism
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please be sure to tell your friends, tag us on social media with #PeopleofthePod, and hop onto Apple Podcasts to rate us and write a review, to help more listeners find us.
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    Episode Transcript
    Manya Brachear Pashman: At the start of this academic year, members of Law Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California’s Berkeley campus persuaded nine student groups to adopt a bylaw banning speakers who support Zionism. 35 Jewish organizations, including AJC, wrote an open letter to the university pointing out this discrimination and demanding action. When Jewish student leaders expressed their gratitude to AJC earlier this week, CEO Ted Deutch assured them that AJC’s efforts would not end there. For this week’s episode, we invited a Berkely educator and law student to discuss what the controversy means for them and their fellow Jewish faculty and students on campus. They sat down with my occasional co-host Meggie Wyschogrod Fredman, AJC's Director of the Alexander Young Leadership Department. Take it away, Meggie.
    Meggie Wyschogrod Fredman: Joining me today on People of the Pod: Dr. Ethan Katz, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. And Charlotte Aaron, who is a second year law student at UC Berkeley. Ethan & Charlotte, thank you for joining me.
    Ethan Katz: Thanks for having us. 
    Charlotte Aaron: Thank you.
    Meggie: So, in the last few weeks, there has been significant coverage about events at UC Berkeley Law School, and particularly about what appears to be exclusionary, anti Israel adoptions made by a handful of student groups. So for our listeners who may not have the full story, Ethan, can you paint a brief picture for us of what has unfolded?
    Ethan: Sure. So in August, I believe it was actually on the first day of classes. There was a decision by several student clubs, eight, I believe, at UC Berkeley Law to adopt a set of bylaws that had been proposed to them, by Students for Justice in Palestine, at the law school, the SJP chapter at the law school. Now that was a proposal made to dozens of clubs at Berkeley law. So it was a relatively small number who adopted these bylaws, but the bylaws were very discriminatory in that they said, these clubs would not invite any speaker who had expressed, continue to express support for Zionism, or what the bylaws referred to as the apartheid regime in Israel, or the occupation of Israel, occupation of Palestine, excuse me, what they clearly mean by that last clause is not what many observers refer to as the occupation of the West Bank, it is just the presence of Israeli sovereignty, in portions of the historical plan o

    • 24 min
    Unpacking the Origins of Kanye’s Antisemitism

    Unpacking the Origins of Kanye’s Antisemitism

    Rapper Kanye West’s recent antisemitic outbursts during a primetime Fox News interview and on social media to his over 31 million followers have provided another example of the normalization of Jew-hatred in the American public sphere. While his comments elevating antisemitic conspiracy theories, Jewish stereotypes, and threats of violence have been met with outrage and condemnation, they demonstrate the continuing challenge of combating the world’s oldest hatred in the media and online. AJC’s U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism Holly Huffnagle joins us to break down his vile statements and explain how they are part of longstanding rhetoric that targets Jews.  
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    Episode Lineup:
    (0:40) Holly Huffnagle
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    Show Notes:
    AJC resources: 
    5 of Kanye West’s Antisemitic Remarks, Explained Call to Action Against Antisemitism: A Society-Wide Nonpartisan Guide for America Translate Hate Glossary Listen to our latest podcast episode: AJC CEO Ted Deutch on Building a Brighter Jewish Future
    Follow People of the Pod on your favorite podcast app, and learn more at AJC.org/PeopleofthePod
    You can reach us at: peopleofthepod@ajc.org
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please be sure to tell your friends, tag us on social media with #PeopleofthePod, and hop onto Apple Podcasts to rate us and write a review, to help more listeners find us.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

E Shamai ,

Excellent Podcast Series! The Forgotten Exodus

Your new series, The Forgotten Exodus, is so interesting and well done. The stories of Jews that lived in Arab lands are stories that need to be told. They lived in Arab lands since the beginning of time. They were important members of society and made huge contributions to their countries. They were expelled, they are all refugees. Thank you for covering such an important topic and doing it brilliantly. Look forward to listening to the entire series!

MrsBloom21 ,

Highly recommend!

I love this podcast because I always learn something. A good one for us Jews and our allies!

RebKahl ,

Really insightful and informative!

Excellent dialogue and interviews by the hosts. Always interesting guests and very informative. Best pf luck to Seffi as he heads to Yale!

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