Ep. 312: Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser on inaugurating the Obama White House Seders, and Unorthodox producer Quinn Waller on learning to make chicken soup for Passover
This week on Unorthodox, we’re calling the lox-smith.
Our Jew of the week is Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser, who worked for the Obama campaign and administration and helped bring the first Seder to the White House. He’s now running for lieutenant governor, and he joins us for some western Massachusetts Jewish geography and Friendly’s reminiscences.
Then we share a segment from our producer Quinn Waller. She’s converting to Judaism, and with her first Passover coming up, she’s getting into the kitchen and learning how to do it right.
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