In this bonus episode, we visit the archives of A Bintel Brief, listening to the questions of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants and first generation Americans. These letters written to The Forward‘s advice column offer a glimpse into the anxieties and aspirations of Eastern European Jews in early 20th century New York City.
A special thanks to everyone that made this episode possible.
Jordan Gass-Poore’ is an investigative journalist and podcast producer who is the co-founder of Local Switchboard NYC, a women-led local news podcast covering New York City’s five boroughs.
Arielle Nissenblatt is an audio producer and consultant and the founder of EarBuds Podcast Collective.
Liz Apple is a product designer and illustrator as well as the co-founder of Paperapple.
Elena Raphael is a psychotherapist and life coach.
Josh Friedman is a member of the band DATCHA and the creator of the podcast, Art and Life and Shit.
Jared Zeidman is an Assistant Coach for the Canisius College Women’s Basketball Team.
Lee Zeidman is a strategic and crisis communications expert at 3D Communications. Not only that, he is Jared’s father.
The Yiddish poem Manhattan Bridge was read by Marc Caplan.
This episode featured the song “Abigale’s Hora” by Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, thanks to Abigale Reisman.
Joy and Conversation is hosted by Dan Osborn
Music supervision, editing mixing, and mastering by Nico Rivers
Graphics and Klezmer theme song by Alec Hutson
Website design by Jakob Lazzaro
Episode photo by Dan Osborn