Keeping Jewish Weird
Summary: Keeping Jewish Weird is a podcast about all the odd, obscure, underrepresented, and unexplored corners of the Jewish world. Join hosts Eryn Black, Isaac Brickner, Sam Rood, and a slew of awesome guests as they bring their unique perspectives to the complex subjects of Jewish history, culture, spirituality, and identity.
It's a bonus episode, as Eryn and his special guest/best friend David talk about Don Bluth's 1986 animated classic, An American Tail! Stay tuned for part 2, a discussion about the 1991 sequel, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.
Happy Thanksgiving, to those celebrating safely! It's another Eryn solo performance, as he interviews comedian Andrew Tavin. They talk pop culture, Andrew's religious upbringing, and comedy. Find Andrew at https://www.andrewtavin.com/ Catch him almost every week on his Instagram comedy show (with Griffin Newman), The Awooga Comedy Hour
Eryn talks comedy and The Marx Brothers with Dan McCoy, cohost of The Flop House podcast and Emmy winning writer on The Daily Show.
On this episode, Eryn and Isaac interview New York Times best selling author Daniel Klein ("Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar"). They talk about comedy, philosophy, culture, family, and Daniel's hilarious new book, "Schmegoogle." You can purchase "Schmegoogle" through Chronicle Books (among other sources) - https://www.chroniclebooks.com/products/schmegoogle
Isaac and Eryn talk about the High Holidays and how this season is going to be a little strange in 2020. Have a meaningful fast!
In this episode, pastor Drew Jackson from Hope East Village talks with Eryn and Isaac about his experiences as a Black man in America. At KJW, we know Jewish identity, in many cases, has been forged in the fires of oppression - we want to show our solidarity with other oppressed people by amplifying their voices. Many thanks to Drew for talking with us. If you want to learn more about Drew, his faith community Hope East Village, or hear more of what he has to say regarding life, spirituality, and justice, check out the Hope East Village website - www.hopeeastvillage.org
Isaac and Eryn have a conversation with Asher Korycka and Elizabeth Black (Eryn's wife!) about the movie "Jojo Rabbit," and how the themes and injustices presented in the film still unfortunately resonate in today's America.
It's Eryn and Erin (and Isaac), on this episode of Keeping Jewish Weird! Isaac and Eryn talk with author Erin Gordon about her novel, Beshert, and Jewish identity. We recorded this episode in late 2019, so we don't mention COVID-19, but it's a great time to check out Beshert, Erin's book!
Eryn Black and Isaac Brickner talk about Jewish life in quarantine. Eryn's in NYC, Isaac's in LA - they're both figuring out how to work from home and manage little kids' remote learning. Plus, they talk about how their Zoom seders went, since normal Passover wasn't an option.
Have you ever been trapped at a party where the one friend you knew had left and you were flying solo? Then you know what it's like to be a Jew in Utah! Eryn and Isaac talk with the creative team of the new independent film, Jewtah, the story of an agoraphobic Jewish Man living in Utah getting kicked out of his Grandmotherâ€™s basement. The writers discuss the journey of sharing their experience creating the script, as they drew from their personal lives, sense of humor, and M*A*S*H.
Have you ever been trapped at a party where the one friend you knew had left and you were flying solo? Then you know what it's like to be a Jew in Utah! Eryn and Isaac talk with the creative team of the new independent film, Jewtah, the story of an agoraphobic Jewish Man living in Utah getting kicked out of his Grandmother’s basement. The writers discuss the journey of sharing their experience creating the script, as they drew from their personal lives, sense of humor, and M*A*S*H.
This week the hosts of Keeping Jewish Weird, Isaac Brickner and Eryn Black expose themselves. Get an amusing and cultural view inside the minds and lives of the podcasters. Instead of doing the interviewing they agreed to be interviewed so you, the audience, can get to know them better while being entertained by some interesting and downright silly answers to questions like: “Jewish foods you love and hate” and “If you were a wrestler, what would your entrance music be?”
This episode we tackle a few controversial topics with our friend, human rights lawyer and religious leader, Monique Brumbach. We talk about what it means to be an ally to marginalized communities here in the United States, as well as white privilege, anti-Semitism, feminism, and Monique’s international work fighting against gender-based violence by creating change for women who are uniquely vulnerable to exploitation as they seek asylum. We also learn a little about Monique’s childhood growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana as a descendent of Holocaust survivors.
In this episode of Keeping Jewish Weird, we discuss some of the feedback we’ve received on social and our thoughts about Jewish identity as followers of Yeshua. Our friend Joe also joined us to share some very interesting life experiences he had while on the forefront of the counter-culture and civil rights movements in San Francisco during the sixties. We also talk about his time spent with the Chabad community in Brooklyn, his family’s experiences as Holocaust survivors, how he defines Jewish identity, as well as our responsibility as Jews to stand up for groups of people who are oppressed and underrepresented in society. At the end of the episode we asked our listeners to take part in something to do with Jewish culture. Our recommendations are to visit a local Jewish deli or read Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon. As always, if you’re a new listener to Keeping Jewish Weird, we would absolutely love to hear from you and find out what you think about the show. Feel free to also follow us or chat with us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube (@keepingjewishweird). Or you can learn more about the show at keepingjewishweird.com.
It’s no secret that there is a massive Jewish influence on the Hollywood film industry. But what about the impact Jewish filmmakers have on the horror film genre? Join hosts Eryn Black and Isaac Brickner and guest, LA actor/filmmaker and fellow tribe member Ricardo Navas for this pilot episode. We’ll discuss some surprising examples of Jewish culture that can be found in movies like An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and more.