We’re big fans of podcasts here at GatherDC. As you may remember, we love Marc Maron of WTF, and Rabbi Aaron has waxed poetic about S-Town. Now, we bring you our list of the top 4 Jewish-themed podcasts that you should download right now.
#4 – Seincast
Think you’re a big Seinfeld fan? “You got nothing, Jerry, nothing!” Compared to Matt Williams and Vinnie Freda from Seincast, that is. Williams and Freda, hosts of this sometimes hilarious, sometimes fascinating, and sometimes painful podcast, analyze the nothingness of a specific Seinfeld episode.
Favorite episode recommendation? Start with the one where they discuss your favorite Seinfeld episode. Need some inspiration? We like The Switch.
#3 – Ronna and Beverly
This one’s a bit hard to explain. It’s a comedy podcast hosted by UCB comedians and longtime friends, Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. The entire podcast is performed with them as their alter-egos, Ronna Glickman and Beverly Ginsberg– two 50-something best friends and co-authors of You’ll Do Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles (It Says ‘Jewish’ in the Name but It’s for Everyone). In each episode, they bring a comedian or pop-culture guest in and ask them Jewish-mother-like questions…and then interrupt them constantly with hilarious side stories from their lives.
Best episode to start on? A Beginner’s Guide to Ronna and Beverly, of course!
#2 – Imagine ISRAEL | Podcast
While fairly new, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Imagine ISRAEL | Podcast is produced locally. Creative Director of Makom, Robbie Gringas, hosts the podcast and features intimate interviews with Israel’s top innovators.
As part of Federation’s continued focus on bringing Israel to DC through programs like Reverse Mifgash and theChangemakers Series, this podcast does a great job at connecting its audience to a modern and relatable Israel. Check out the episode with Kaynan Rabino, creator of Good Deeds Day, an international day of community service.
#1 – The Tablet‘s Unorthodox
Unorthodox is brought to us by the writers of Tablet, a daily, Jewish online magazine you should check out ASAP. As described by the podcast producers themselves, “Jews (& friends) talk news, arts & other stuff.” If you like discussion-style podcasts like Slate Culture Gab Fest or NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’ll like this.
Check out Ferris Bueller and the Chamber of Secrets, Episode 70 for a good intro to the show.
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