Prep-ing for Hanukkah

Ep. 206: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan on preppy style and drag culture; Molly Yeh on her Hanukkah Food Network special; and One Day University’s Steven Schragis

By Unorthodox|December 5, 2019 12:00 AM

This week on Unorthodox, we’re kicking off December with three very festive interviews. First up, designer Jonathan Adler [1] and his husband, three [2]time [3] Unorthodox guest Simon Doonan [4]. Jonathan tells us about growing up with a one-room shul-house in rural southern New Jersey and how he developed his love for pottery and ceramics at summer camp. Simon talks about his new book, Drag: The Complete Story [5], and explains how Barbra Streisand became an icon in the drag world and in gay culture more broadly.

Next up is Steven Schragis, whose One Day University [6] offers continuing education experiences across the country. He offers his theories on why Jews love learning for learning’s sake (or at least sign up so frequently for his courses), and tells us about the time he got Donald Trump to lecture to a group of 30,000 people.

Finally we check in with our favorite food blogger [7] and TV personality [8], Molly Yeh, who tells us about her upcoming latke-filled Food Network special, Ultimate Hanukkah Challenge [9], which premieres Saturday, Dec. 21. (Listen to Molly’s previous Unorthodox appearances here [10].)

Let us know what you think of the show! Email us at [12] or leave a message at 914-570-4869.

Come see us on tour [13]!

December 5 – Port Washington, New York: Book talk [14]
December 6-7 – Encinitas, California: An Unorthodox Shabbat [15] and Unorthodox live show [16]
December 9 – Phoenix: Unorthodox live show [17]
December 15 – New Haven, Connecticut: Brunch and book talk [18]
December 19 – St. Louis: Book talk [19]
January 8, 2020 – Westport, Connecticut: Book talk [20]

Copies of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia [21] will be sold and signed at each event. Like the book? Leave us a review on Amazon [22] or Goodreads [23].

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Our world needs more healing, and our tradition needs more caring and committed leaders. Hebrew College’s vibrant and pluralistic community trains aspiring rabbis, cantors, and educational leaders. Learn more at [29].
Applications for Fall 2020 are due on Jan. 15, 2020.

Soom Foods makes delicious tahini products that are dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher. Try the pantry sampler, which includes their tahini, chocolate sweet tahini halva spread, and silan date syrup. Head to [30] and use code UNORTHODOX to get 15 percent off your order.

Adeena Sussman’s Israeli cookbook Sababa is the perfect Hanukkah gift for the foodie in your life. Named a best Fall 2019 cookbook by The New York Times and Bon Appetit, Sababa shares the vibrant flavors of Israeli home cooking. Get a copy of Sababa online [31] or at your favorite bookstore.

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