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Jew in the City, A conversation with Allison Josephs

This show was postponed to next Tuesday, January 8, at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time).

AlliJosephsOur guest, this evening at 10:00pm (Eastern Time), will be Allison Josephs, founder and director of Jew in the City. Who is Allison Josephs?

Allison has been involved in the field of Jewish Outreach for over a dozen years, teaching and lecturing, working at Partners in Torah, Sinai Retreats, and NCSY. She is, also, the spiritual mentor to actress Mayim Bialik.  She was named one of NJOP‘s Top Ten Jewish Influencers in 2012 and has been quoted or written about in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and Yahoo News.

Allison has been interviewed on television and radio, including programs such as “What Not To Wear,” Associate Press TV, and NPR;  her articles have appeared in numerous publications including the newly released anthology Like Water on a Rock, The Washington Times, The Jewish Press, and The Forward. She has also written many articles, directed and produced videos for and lectures around the country and on WebYeshiva. She received her Bachelor in Arts from Columbia University in Philosophy and lives with her husband and four children minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

We will be talking about her recent video as well as future plans for her website and blog.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, please listen to last week’s fascinating discussion with abstract painter Igal Fedida about his life’s journey towards becoming an Orthodox Jew and the connection between his art and Sefer Breshit.

Don’t forget to tune us in this evening at for an interesting talk, with Allison Joseph of Jew in the City at 10:00pm (Eastern Time). We’ll be wait’n for ya!


This show was postponed to next Tuesday, January 8, at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time).


A Talk with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski

Our guest on this evening at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) will be Chaya Rivka Zwolinski. She blogs at  You may want to call in with any questions or comments at 714.333.3357.

Her blog isn’t just about traditional Jewish food recipes (there are many of those around!); she asks “Why is it that so many traditional Jewish foods are loaded with fat, salt, sugar and other ingredients best eaten in small quantities (or not at all)?”

She tells us about her own transition to healthy food, after she developed an ulcer at the age of 24, “I did an elaborate apache Tango with eating and cooking healthy. But the back and forth was helpful. It lead to me broadening my concept of eating right. It made me question why the Macro world (filled with plenty of Jews, by the way), was filled with frowning, ultra-serious, unhappy people, perpetually sneering at anyone different from them, that I began to rethink the whole trip.”

She is a ghostwriter, editor, and has doctored several books, as well as numerous ope-eds articles. Chaya Rivka writes for, both, adults and children and she’s trained/coached and edited a couple best-selling authors.

Photo by: Chaya Rivka Zwolinski, from her blog: HealthyJewishCooking.Wordpress.Com

Meanwhile, in case you missed it last week, please listen to our archived show with Susie Fishbein. It was a fun and informative broadcast you wouldn’t want to miss!

Don’t forget to tune us in this evening for a fascinating talk at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski. We will talk about food, Chaya’s life journey and chassidus from the Bratzlav perspective. Don’t forget to call in with questions or comments at: 714.333.3357. We’ll be waiting for you!



A Conversation with Susie Fishbein

Tonight on Blogtalkradio we will be speaking with Susie Fishbein, at 10:00pm (Eastern Time). Susie is the author of the Kosher by Design cookbook series. As she celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first book’s appearance she just published her eagerly awaited eighth title (Kosher By Design- Cooking Coach).

Susie Fishbein has been the featured celebrity guest on cruise ships as well as at week-long culinary adventures in Israel and Italy. She’s been profiled in The New York Times and CNN. The Forward has named her one of the 50 most influential Jews in America.

She was an honored guest at the White House in recognition of the National Jewish Heritage Month, she has taught at Macy‘s De Gustibus School of Cooking and has been a guest on dozens of network TV and radio shows. She’s also been featured at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disneyworld

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, why not listen to last week’s show with award winning cookbook author Jayne Cohen?

Please don’t forget to tune us in, this evening at 10:00pm (Eastern Time). We’ll be wait’n for ya!



A Conversation with Mark (Gavriel) Sanders

Gavriel Sanders, publicist at ARTSCROLL MESORAH PUBLICATIONS for Susie Fishbein‘s Kosher by Design series – since it started appearing in 2003, will talk to us this evening (at 7:00pm Eastern Time, on about his fascinating life’s path from missionary to proud Orthodox Jew. Other projects he’s handled on behalf of publisher ArtScroll Mesorah Publications include Life Is A Test by Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Gateway to Judaism by Rabbi Mordechai Becher, and several books for Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski and Rabbi Paysach Krohn.

As you can see in the video – below – his story is fascinating, his quest for identity inspired by his mother’s own search…

Sanders’ voice is familiar to many Jewish radio listeners in the New York area. Appearing on over 100 commercials, he has also been producer and host of Mah Nishma with Gavriel on,, The Jewish Journey on and of the Gavriel Sanders Show on Zev Brenner‘s Talkline Communications Network. He recently began broadcasting on Sanders has lectured coast to coast and internationally on themes of Jewish living, including his popular autobiographical presentation of “A Minister’s Journey to Judaism”.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here’s the taped show we did with Julia Roth, a mother/teacher/community activist from Richmond, VA, who’s working hard to revitalize and provide missing services to one of America’s oldest Jewish communities.

Please don’t forget to tune us in this evening at 7:00pm Eastern Time for a fascinating conversation. We’ll be waitin’ for ya!



Schmoozing with Julia Roth

This coming Wednesday evening at 10:00pm (Eastern Time) we’ll be talking with Julia Roth on our show. We’ll discuss a bit of the Jewish Community’s history in Richmond and its evolution to the present time. Mrs. Roth, a mother of 4, attended University of North Carolina where she majored in English Lit; a Chicago native, she currently lives in Richmond, VA.

After spending time with friends in Skokie, IL and seeing how the Chicago Chesed Fund operated neighborhood based food pantries. The idea seemed so simple – neighbors gathering and sharing extra surplus in the community, she thought Richmond could benefit from such an enterprise and presented the project to various members of her circles. The support was astounding as proven by the fact that they opened quickly and have been operating – with a staff of volunteers – for the last 4 weeks with backing from Knesset Beth Israel (Richmond’s largest and oldest Orthodox Congregation). For the last 24 years she’s been a Hebrew school teacher but she’s most passionate about her work as a  DONA certified birth assistant or doula – having attended over 100 births.

In addition to touching upon Richmond’s Jewish history we will also talk about her activities in the community and some exciting upcoming events.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, please tune in to our conversation with renowned Providence, RI, Chef and food historian Walter Potenza.

Please don’t forget to tune us in this coming Wednesday at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) for an interesting, informative, broadcast with Julia Roth.



A Conversation with Walter Potenza

Chef, restaurateur, cooking school director/teacher, food historian Walter Potenza (from Providence, RI’s Potenza Ristorante) will be our guest on tonight’s BlogTalkRadio show at 10:00pm (Eastern Time). We pre-taped this evening’s show, on Sunday morning past, in Providence. Our conversation was truly fascinating; Chef Walter is a warm individual, passionate about food and its history, a true artisan in the kitchen, a superb conversationalist, and a great teacher – in spite of never having graduated from any culinary institution.

Photo by: Irving Schild

We spoke about his fascination with Italian Jewish cuisine, with the history of that cuisine, the research involved and the real reason he is so passionate about it.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, please listen to our talk with Shaya Ostrov, On Dating and Marriage. It was an interesting, illuminating show on something that concerns every parent and every single Jewish person out there.

Please don’t forget to tune us in later this evening, at 10:00pm (Eastern Time), for a great conversation with Chef, restaurateur, food historian and superb teacher, Walter Potenza. We’ll be wait’n for ya!



Shaya Ostrov – Our Radio Show’s Guest this Evening

This evening, on, at 10:00pm Eastern Time (new time!) we will be speaking to Shaya Ostrov, L.C.S.W. He is the author of The Menuchah Principle in Marriage, The Menuchah Principle in Shidduchum Dating and Engagement, and The Inner Circle: 7 Gates to Marriage. For more than thirty years, Shaya has been dedicated to guiding married couple and singles toward creating fulfilling and enduring relationships.

Meanwhile, in case you missed, please listen to our broadcast with Judy Gruen. She is an award-winning humor columnist, author of four books, and self-described unrepentant chocoholic.

Don’t forget to tune us in this evening at at 10:00pm Eastern Time on BlogTalkRadio/Kosherscene, for what promises to be an informative, entertaining, inspiring show.



Tomorrow Evening’s Radio Show – Judy Gruen

Our show, tomorrow evening – at 8:00pm  (Eastern Time), on will feature – as our guest – Judy Gruen (A Conversation with Judy Gruen).

Who is she? Judy Gruen is an award-winning humor columnist, she’s published four books, and a self-described unrepentant chocoholic. Her laugh-out-loud funny essays as well as serious features appear regularly on, as well as dozens of other media outlets, and her work has been anthologized in more than 10 books.

Her new book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping, is a true chronicle of her efforts to lose a measly 15 pounds in time for a college reunion, and is getting rave reviews.

Her humorous writings deal not only with the funny side of losing weight but she also dissects the subtle absurdities encountered in everyday life. You can read some of her columns at Judy Gruen’s OFF MY NOODLEit will definitely prepare you for our conversation.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, why not tune in to last week’s show with cookbook iphone and ipod app author Gloria Kobrin? Gloria not only cooks, and cooks well, she is also very involved in many community activities. You will enjoy listening to our talk.

Don’t forget to tune us in tomorrow evening, at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) for A Conversation with Judy Gruen. We’ll be waiting for you!



Our Guest on this Evening’s Radio Show is…

Having cancelled my radio show last week – due to an unplanned visit to the E.R. at New York Methodist Hospital (I was dehydrated, a really foolish condition for a self-avowed foodie – or anybody else, for that matter) – and because of tomorrow evening’s Siyum HaShas, we rescheduled our regular show to this evening at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) on Our guest will be Menachem Lubinsky, President and CEO of Lubicom, who has graced our pages and airwaves before (here and here). We will be talking about the state of kosher today. As always, you will find him extremely informative.

Prior and during his time at Lubicom, Mr. Lubinsky worked and continues to work extensively with both profit and non-profits. He has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Advertising from the Bernard Baruch College at City University of New York. He has received many prestigious awards and been honored by major organizations for his work and advocacy. As a major player in the field, he is the universally acknowledged expert on the matter of kosher marketing, its history and its growth.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, you can listen to our archived broadcast with delightful guest Naomi Sugar. Naomi blogs at, a blog dedicated to making and sharing her ice cream creations. 365scoops believes in good, old fashioned ice cream, free of preservatives (and ingredients that you cannot pronounce!).

Please tune us in this evening at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) on when we will be talking to Menachem Lubinsky.

Hoping to “see” you there!



This Evening’s Guest

This evening, on our internet radio show we will be talking with Jeffrey Elliot and Salvatore Rizzo, at 8:00pm (Eastern Time). Jeff will be teaching the essential techniques of knife skills necessary for the home cook at De Gustibus this coming Tuesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. To sign up for the class, please go to the De Gustibus‘ website. A light Kosher meal will be served.

Jeffrey Elliot has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked at prestigious restaurants such as Le Cirque, and Le Bernardin in New York. Since leaving the kitchen, he’s owned an antiquarian bookstore, received an MBA and worked as a stockbroker. He has also worked for Share Our Strength, a non-for-profit dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger in America, organizing Taste of the Nation events in 15 cities across the US and Canada. Currently, Jeffrey is the National Manager of Culinary Relations for Zwilling JA Henckels. He is a co-author of The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills.

Salvatore Rizzo (“Sal”), is the Director/Owner of De Gustibus School of Cooking at Macy’s. The school’s mission is “To continue the tradition of serving the culinary community by showcasing the talents of established chefs, rising stars, and sommeliers to food and wine lovers, with the utmost in hospitality.”

Salvatore Rizzo acquired De Gustibus Cooking School in April 2008. He has been active in the culinary world for over 25 years, honing his skills as the consummate host and interlocutor of chefs. Sal was the Director of the Italian Culinary Institute where he managed chef events for several years, after which he became Director of House Operations and Events at the prestigious James Beard Foundation until 2007. A true master of hospitality and friend to many a chef, Sal’s passion involves promoting the culinary arts and creating an environment where people can come together and share incredible experiences centered around food and wine, something he was exposed to daily, growing up in a Sicilian household.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, why not listen to our last last broadcast? Our guest was Dietitian and Nutritionist Bonnie R, Giller. It was a fun an informative show.

Please, listen to our show this evening at 8:00pm (Eastern Time) on


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