It’s our ‘Chai’ episode! We started it off by talking about Italian Eurocommunism and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). We were joined by Josh Nathan Kazis, a staff writer at the Jewish Daily Forward, to talk about a growing scandal in New York City politics, reaching from the Mayor’s office to the orthodox communities of Borough Park and Williamsburg. This episode featured a description-free Shkoyach, with discussions of kosher labelling, kosher restaurant month, and the contentious subject of raisin challah. For the interview, we talked about the recent Jews of Color National Convening with conference organizer Leo Ferguson and Montreal activist Hirut Eyob. Finally, Aviva Stahl’s recent article for Alternet’s Grayzone Project is our recommendation for the week.

*EDIT: during this week’s Shkoyach segment, David convinced Sam that COR stood for ‘Council of Orthodox Rabbis.’ This is incorrect. It appears that COR is not an acronym at all, instead a mysterious shorthand used by the Kashruth Council of Canada to label their certified products. Please direct all questions their way.

Show notes

News 1

Ditmas Park Corner – Yiddish-Speaking Street Gang Called ‘The Forks’ Linked To NYPD Bribery Scandal

New York Daily News – Jeremy Reichberg used cop connects to squash raps: victims

Forward -Analysis: Investigations Strain De Blasio’s Carefully Cultivated Ties to Orthodox

Daily Beast – Meet the Shomrim—the Hasidic Volunteer ‘Cops’ Who Answer to Nobody

NY Post – Orthodox Jewish leader allegedly bragged about NYPD bribes for pistol permits



Jews of Color National Convening – ABOUT THE CONVENING

Jewschool -Jews of Color National Convening

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice


Aviva Stahl Website

Grayzone Project – FBI Is Manufacturing Terror Plots Against Jewish-Americans, Driving Divisions Between Jews and Muslims