Hevriacast: Talking With Awesome Creative Jews



If you're fascinated by creativity in a Jewish context, join Elad Nehorai as he talks to some of the Jewish world's most fascinating creative Jews about their work, their lives, and their relationship to their religion. Rather than an interview format, these are freewheeling, intimate discussions about anything and everything.An official Hevria podcast. Our home is at http://hevria.com


  • Episode 32: Basya Schechter

    Episode 32: Basya Schechter

    25/02/2018 Duración: 59min

    What the heck is music exactly? Why does it touch some part of us that feels beyond earthly? Why is it so connected to prayer? In this episode, the legendary Basya Schechter joins Elad to discuss all this and so much more. Check out Basya's new album "Raza" with Darshan (the band featured in our intro!) here: https://darshan.bandcamp.com/album/raza Learn more about Darshan here: http://www.darshanproject.com/ See Darshan perform in New York on March 21st: https://www.facebook.com/events/1952951351588930/

  • Episode 31: Irwin Kula

    Episode 31: Irwin Kula

    05/02/2018 Duración: 01h04min

    How does one live creatively? How do we make our life a piece of art? And why is it so hard? These are the questions that form the basis for this discussion with Irwin Kula in this week's HevriaCast. Irwin Kula is a rabbi and the co-president of Clal (Hevria is fiscally sponsored by Clal). In 2008, Irwin was named the 7th most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek. It is this deep, creative wisdom he brings both to this discussion and to his work in Jewish innovation. Find out about Clal here: http://clal.org Find out about Irwin's latest project, the Glean incubator, here: http://clal.org/project/glean/

  • Episode 30: Isaiah Rothstein

    Episode 30: Isaiah Rothstein

    28/01/2018 Duración: 01h15min

    What happens when we start actually giving voice to those who don't fit with the prevailing mainstream narrative of a culture? What happens when it's a culture with a distinct narrative pushed by the mainstream... like the Jewish community? This is one of the biggest questions discussed in this episode, featuring Isaiah Rothstein, a young rabbi who grew up in a multiracial Chabad family in Monsey, ahd who now advocates for so many different voices through his work. Hear this, as well as Isaiah's beautiful rap, in this thoughtful new episode of HevriaCast. Find out more about Isaiah by following him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isaiah.y.rothstein Find out more about his organization "Union Street Sanctuary" here: https://www.facebook.com/UnionStreetSanctuary/ And find out about Be'chol Lashon, where Isaiah is a Rabbi-in-Residence here: https://www.facebook.com/bechollashon/

  • Episode 29: Asher Lovy

    Episode 29: Asher Lovy

    07/01/2018 Duración: 01h06min

    Asher Lovy, abuse advocate and writer, sits down with Elad to talk about how activism and creativity are connected, his road to choosing take on activism, whether you need negativity to inspire art, and how we as a Jewish community need to approach Carlebach. Find Asher's activist group for abuse victims in the orthodox world here: https://www.facebook.com/zaakah/ Read his blog here: https://hareiani.com/ And read his guest posts on Hevria here: http://hevria.com/author/asherlovy/

  • Episode 28: Ari Hershkowitz

    Episode 28: Ari Hershkowitz

    31/12/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    A few months ago, the documentary "One of Us" came out on Netflix, and shook the orthodox world along with its release. The movie detailed the stories of three young Jews who had made the decision to leave their Hasidic communities, and the aftermath of their choices. One of those subjects was Ari Hershkowitz. In the movie, we see young Ari not just struggling with his own beliefs and place in the world, but also addiction and the trauma of sexual assault. In this episode, Ari discusses what his life has been like since the movie followed his life, the effect it had on his life, why he thinks many choose to leave their Hasidic lives, and much more. You can follow Ari on... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arih.me/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arihershkowitz/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/arihershkowitz

  • Episode 27: Jon Madof

    Episode 27: Jon Madof

    24/12/2017 Duración: 01h07min

    What started off as a friendly chat between two mutual admirers of each other's creativity quickly turned into something far more intense. As Jon Madof (lead guitarist of the band Zion80) started discussing how much of his music was inspired by Shlomo Carlebach, the talk turned into a discussion about the abuse allegations that have plagued Carlebach since his death. And, in turn, the responsibility of artists in the age of #MeToo. Find out more about Jon's band Zion80 here: https://zion80.com/ And find out about Jon's new record label, Chant Records, here: https://chantrecords.com/

  • Episode 26: Jeremy Borovitz

    Episode 26: Jeremy Borovitz

    03/12/2017 Duración: 01h35s

    Jeremy Borovitz, leader of Base Berlin and Brooklyn Beit Midrash, drops in to speak with Elad about how he became orthodox, how the Talmud and creativity have so much in common, and how to balance being alone with the need to connect with others in order to truly be both spiritual and creative.

  • Episode 25: Rivka Nehorai

    Episode 25: Rivka Nehorai

    26/11/2017 Duración: 01h06min

    Elad meets his match! In this episode of HevriaCast, Elad interviews and speaks with his wife, Rivka. Rivka is an artist, writer, and much more. In this episode, they discuss everything from how Chassidus is similar to creativity, why so many people have trouble producing art, and learning how to absorb critical comments without letting them destroy your creativity. Find Rivka's art here: http://www.rivka.gallery/ Read Rivka's writing here: http://hevria.com/author/rivka/ Learn more about ArtWarming here: https://www.artwarmingcards.com/

  • Episode 24: Eitan Press

    Episode 24: Eitan Press

    20/11/2017 Duración: 01h08min

    What does it mean to be masculine? And to live that masculinity out in a Jewish way? These are the questions that led Eitan Press to found Aleph Male, a new beard balm company that's been making waves in the Jewish press. We explore these questions and much more, including how starting a business is an act of creative bravery, how to inspire people, and the power of living in Israel as a creative Jew, in the latest episode of HevriaCast.

  • Episode 23: Yocheved Sidof

    Episode 23: Yocheved Sidof

    05/11/2017 Duración: 01h01min

    Is creativity just therapy? What does creativity offer to the world... and to creatives? Is there a way for creativity to truly be Jewish? In this episode, Yocheved Sidof, founder of Lamplighters Yeshivah and writer for Hevria, delves into these questions and more with Elad. Come listen. Find out more about Lamplighters: https://www.lamplightersyeshivah.org/ Read Yocheved's writing: http://hevria.com/yocheved/

  • Episode 22: Rachel Kann

    Episode 22: Rachel Kann

    30/10/2017 Duración: 01h09min

    Rachel Kann, one of Hevria's original writers, finally joins Elad in the studio for this episode of HevriaCast. Rachel brings her sparkling, powerful energy to this episode, discussing everything from how the feminine is spreading, what spirituality really is, and what makes art transcendent. Rachel Kann is a poet, dancer, Zumba teacher, writing teacher, priestess-in-training, podcaster, and much more. Find Rachel on her website: http://rachelkann.com/ On Hevria: http://hevria.com/author/rachel/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msrachelkann/ And on her podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/out-with-rachel/id1246306399

  • Episode 21: Dalia Shusterman Returns

    Episode 21: Dalia Shusterman Returns

    22/10/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    After taking a break for Tishrei, HevriaCast returns with its first second-time guest: Dalia Shusterman. In her first visit to HevriaCast, Dalia told us how she became a musician.  In this episode, she tells us how a rock star going on world tours started to explore Judaism, and take the road towards quitting her rock star life to get married, move to LA, and live the married observant life. Dalia Shusterman was one of the forces behind Bulletproof Stockings, a revolutionary Hasidic all-female band, who has recently started a new project called the New Moon All Stars Party Band, another Hasidic all-female band. Listen to Dalia's first visit to HevriaCast here: http://hevria.com/hevria/dalia-shusterman/ And find out about the New Moon All Stars Party Band here: https://www.facebook.com/NewMoonAllStars/

  • Episode 20: Yisroel Arye Gootblatt

    Episode 20: Yisroel Arye Gootblatt

    28/08/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    What can Chassidus teach us about music? What can music teach us about Chassidus? And how does one make sure to tap into a holy part of themselves when they create any form of art? In this episode, Yisroel Arye Gootblatt of the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors joins Elad for a discussion about these issues and so much more. Go to the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors record release this Sunday! https://www.facebook.com/events/1485333948201814/ Find the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/brooklynjazzwarriors/ And check out Yisroel Arye's project, Sound Heights Records here: https://soundheightsrecords.com/

  • Episode 19: Chloé Valdary

    Episode 19: Chloé Valdary

    20/08/2017 Duración: 01h01s

    Can politics and creativity coexist? And if they can, where do they meet in an authentic way? In this episode of HevriaCast, Chloé Valdary, an outspoken voice in the world of Zionism and someone known for her activism, discusses why she has "given up" politics and now sees her work as art. And it is in this change that she shares her answers to the questions above and much more. Find Chloe: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chloesimonevaldary/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cvaldary Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cvaldary/

  • Episode 18 - Dalia Shusterman

    Episode 18 - Dalia Shusterman

    13/08/2017 Duración: 01h10min

    Dalia Shusterman, one of the two members of the revolutionary Bulletproof Stockings, a Hasidic band made up only of women that made a big splash when they started playing big venues with one requirement: only women could come. In this episode, Dalia tells the first part of her story: how it seemed that no matter what she did, she was drawn towards a life of music. Join us as we explore her fascinating quest, from leaving home at sixteen to devote herself to music to her constant feeling that her creative side and her spiritual side were in conflict.

  • Episode 17: Stephanie Wellen Levine

    Episode 17: Stephanie Wellen Levine

    07/08/2017 Duración: 01h04min

    This week, Hevria's own Stephanie Wellen Levine joins Elad in the studio. And, if you know anything about Stephanie and Elad, you'll know exactly what the topic of this week was: death. From why no one else seems to be obsessed with it to contemplating the extinction of humanity, Elad and Stephanie go dark and yet somehow manage to be super joyful about the discussion itself. Enjoy! Or don't. We won't take it personally. You can buy Stephanie's first memoir about her time living in Crown Heights here: https://www.amazon.com/Mystics-Mavericks-Merrymakers-Intimate-Journey/dp/0814751970 And you can read her work on Hevria here: http://hevria.com/author/stephanielevine/

  • Episode 16: Ian Leifer

    Episode 16: Ian Leifer

    31/07/2017 Duración: 01h06min

    The Jewish Woodstock. That's what the Times of Israel calls Ian Leifer's fabulously ambitious Jewish music festival, The Camping Trip, taking place this weekend. And with a lineup including Matisyahu, Levi Robin, Zusha, and more, it would seem absolutely accurate. So, what inspired this project? How did Ian, someone who considers himself only having begun to take his Judaism "seriously" in the last 6 months, decide to commit to a project he's been building over the last few years? Find out in this latest episode of HevriaCast. Find out more about The Camping Trip and buy tickets on their website: http://thecampingtrip.net/

  • Episode 15: Saul Sudin

    Episode 15: Saul Sudin

    25/07/2017 Duración: 01h01min

    What's the difference between being an artist making Jewish art and a Jew who does art? In this latest HevriaCast episode, Saul Sudin (co-producer of "Punk Jews" and co-founder of Jewish Art Now) explores his own journey exploring this question. You can find out more about Saul Sudin on his website: http://saulsudin.com Watch the complete "Punk Jews" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c29lJ3U_A0 Saul's latest photography project, Body Narratives, can now be viewed at Think Coffee on 73 8th Ave in Manhattan.

  • Episode 14: Erika Dreifus

    Episode 14: Erika Dreifus

    17/07/2017 Duración: 58min

    While many of HevriaCast's recent guests have been discussing how to make Judaism more creative, Erika Dreifus's mission has been to make the creative world more Jewish. Erika has been blogging back before it was cool, both about writing and Jewish writing. And her thoughts expressed in this episode are an invaluable look into dealing with the tension between the desire to "succeed" in a secular setting while also embracing our personal identities. You can find Erika on her personal website: http://www.erikadreifus.com/ And on her two writing blogs: "Practicing Writing": http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing/ "My Machberet": http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/my-machberet/ Here are the links to some of the articles mentioned in this podcast: "After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned": https://www.pw.org/content/after_the_mfa_fantasy_reality_and_lessons_learned Junot Diaz on "MFA vs. POC": http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/mfa-vs-poc Erika's poem about meeting deadl

  • Episode 13: Rochel Spangenthal

    Episode 13: Rochel Spangenthal

    27/06/2017 Duración: 57min

    "I find people to be the most beautiful things in the world." This quote from this week's HevriaCast is perhaps the best way to sum up our guest: Rochel Spangenthal. Rochel, the first regular Hevria writer to guest on Hevria's podcast, goes very deep into her way of looking at the world and how we can all improve our own. In this epic episode, Rochel discusses her world travels, how we can all become more present in our lives, and the power of holding on to the freshness of childhood.

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