Episode #218: Welcome back, Jews!

This week, Rosen has (finally!) returned to the Twilight Lounge after spending the entire summer away and is eager to share stories of his travels, including struggles with crowds of tourists, censorship, an almost-meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and who Labour thinks are the “real” anti-semites, before moving onto a meditation on the nature of being Jewish in Europe versus in the U.S.

While he was gone, the Jewish world continued on, often with predictable results.  Goldbrener continued to get flamed for telling people what’s what, Israel continued to respond to provocation as it does. The California Democratic Party met in San Francisco and passed a few resolutions, Bernie Sanders remains “rude and cranky,”  Rosen continues to be obsessed with Jews in sports, and:

Is a Jewish school encouraging non-Jewish attendance good for the Jews?

This seemingly innocuous question leads to a serious discussion about the role of religious-based education in the Jewish world versus the role of Jewish education among all other independent educational choices, and features a few surprises, including Goldbrener’s own very brief Jewish Day School experience and Rosen’s insisting on pronouncing “Florida” like his grandmother did.

Where’s Jeremy?


About Larry Rosen

Was born Jewish, raised Jewish and educated Catholic. He is a “Jewsuit”. He is also a husband, father, newspaper and magazine writer, habitual wearer of baseball caps and author of the soon-to-be-released memoir about his son’s bar mitzvah, “The Rabbi Has Left the Building.”