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Episode #083
A Conversation with
Rachel Bloom


Multi-talented actress, singer, writer, and comedian Rachel Bloom joins Jay’s 4 Questions to discuss her Jewish upbringing, her blossoming career, and why Jay considers Rachel the “modern-day queen of Yiddish theater.” The conversation highlights Rachel’s early influences including Mel Brooks, her rise from YouTube viral start to Golden Globe award-winning actress, the power in vulnerability when dealing with mental health issues, and preparing to raise a Jewish child.

Episode #082
A Conversation with Rabbanit
Alissa Thomas-Newborn


Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn talks about her journey from being the daughter of a Reform rabbi and student at Brentwood school to a leader in the modern Orthodox community, the role she plays as a rabbanit, and the legacy of women leaders throughout history.

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Episode #081
A Conversation with
Avi Issacharoff


Award-winning journalist and TV producer Avi Issacharoff of Haaretz, The Times of Israel, and the hit Netflix show Fauda, joins Jay’s 4 Questions podcast to talk about Israeli formats and global audience, his experience as a journalist, and more!

Episode #033
A Conversation with
Rabbi Marvin Hier


This episode of Jay’s 4 Questions features a conversation with Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder & Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, with Federation President & CEO Jay Sanderson. This rabbi’s resume includes Academy Award-Winning Producer, institution builder, and outspoken Jewish leader. Tune in for more!

Episode #080
A Conversation with
Jay Sanderson


For the 80th episode, the script is flipped! Our podcast host and Federation President & CEO Jay Sanderson sits down with Rob Eshman to share his thoughts on community, spirituality, religion, and food.

Episode #078
A Conversation with
Jessica Yellin


Award-winning journalist and former CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin talks about her experiences covering Presidents and world leaders, the state of journalism today, and her “newsnotnoise” Instagram campaign

Episode #075
A Conversation with
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach


“America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach seems to always be in the headlines — whether because of his relationships with Roseanne Barr, Oprah, and Corey Booker, or his past with Michael Jackson. Rabbi Shmuley has helped redefine the role of the rabbi in today’s media-driven world.


Jay’s 4 Questions is the place where Jewish thought leaders from the worlds of entertainment, politics, food, tech, and more come to discuss and celebrate the Jewish experience.

This episode is brought to you by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Jay’s 4 Questions is hosted by Jay Sanderson and edited by Ariel Aboody. You can listen to individual episodes or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.