Episode #085
A Conversation with
Lior Lev Sercarz

World-renowned Israeli chef and spice master Lior Lev Sercarz joins Jay’s 4 Questions for a riveting discussion on the important role chefs play in bridging societal gaps and how cooking with the right combination of spices can enhance your life.

Episode #084
A Conversation with
Lori Gottlieb

New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, psychotherapist, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly columnist for The Atlantic Lori Gottlieb joins Jay’s 4 Questions for a fascinating discussion on the challenge to stay connected to each other and the Jewish community in our increasingly fast-paced technological world. Jay and Lori examine modern use of devices as an escape tool and the resulting isolation and damage to our health. They explore solutions to these ever-growing problems, which include listening more intently to those we care about and making time to be present with them.

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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.

Episode #074
A Conversation with
Chef Sara Bradley

Learn about the matzah ball soup that won her a spot on the finals on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 16 in Macau, China with Chef Sara Bradley. She joins Jay’s 4 Questions to talk about growing up in the very small town of Paducah KY, the connection between Paducah and Manischewitz’s gefilte fish, and the secret for the perfect Southern matzah brei.

Episode #073
A Conversation with
Tovah Feldshuh

Learn secrets to the perfect matzah brei and a plan for peace in the Middle East from actress Tovah Feldshuh on this week’s Jay’s 4 Questions. This amazing Jewish Broadway, TV, and silver screen star also talks about the extraordinary characters she has brought to life throughout her career.

Episode #072
A Conversation with
David Harris

David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, joins Jay’s 4 Questions podcast to talk about the extraordinary changes from 1990 to present day in the Jewish world, his passion for Jewish activism, and what has inspired his life and life’s journey.

Episode #071
A Conversation with
Dr. Joel Kahn

This week’s guest is America’s Heart-Healthy Doctor and Holistic Cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn. The conversation spans preventive cardiology and the importance of plant-based, clean, healthy eating.

Episode #070
A Conversation with
Micah Wexler

Chef, restaurateur, and deli impresario Micah Wexler joins Jay’s 4 Questions podcast to discuss deli culture, the difference between pastrami and corned beef, and his mother’s chicken soup. The conversation highlights his childhood memories growing up in a deep, rich Jewish home and the role mentorship has played throughout his personal and professional career.

Episode #069
A Conversation with
Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, joins Jay’s 4 Questions, to discuss how the Jewish community must and will transform itself in order to engage the next generation of young Jews. He discusses the vibrancy of the community, his passion for his work, and the need to focus on Jewish content.

Episode #068
A Conversation with
Steven Nasatir

This week’s guest is the legendary Dr. Steve Nasatir, President of The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. This episode takes a stroll through history as the conversation highlights how Dr. Nasatir has been a part of some of the most important and memorable moments in Jewish History — from the Six Day War to Operation Exodus to Operation Moses.

Episode #067
A Conversation with
Amanda Berman

This week’s episode highlights the passionate Amanda Berman, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Zioness. The conversation spans her political activism and love of Israel — and even her dream Progressive Zionist Shabbat dinner with Golda Meir, Martin Luther King, Harvey Milk, and her loving parents.

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. Episodes 1-82 were produced by Alana Weiner. You can listen to individual episodes or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

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