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Unorthodox Goes ‘Across the JEW.S.A’

The #1 Jewish podcast is hitting the road to capture Jewish life across the continental U.S.

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Tablet Studios
October 28, 2022
Jenny Rozbruch
Jenny Rozbruch
Jenny Rozbruch
Jenny Rozbruch

Unorthodox is grabbing our recording equipment and traveling across the country to find the most interesting, exciting, and inspiring Jewish communities and bringing those stories to our listeners in a new segment called Across the JEW.S.A.

Our team will travel to 12 different cities or towns in 2023, meeting the community and spotlighting a worthy story—a fascinating local character, a flourishing grassroots initiative, maybe even a beloved Jewish business that has stood the test of time—that will inspire our audience and their communities. Our adventures in Jewish geography will take us both to the new and the now and the time-tested classics that make a place feel like home. Each story will be shared in a can’t-miss monthly audio segment on Unorthodox alongside an article in Tablet Magazine for all the world to see.

Hitting The Road (Episode 344)
In the inaugural segment of Across the JEW.S.A, Liel Leibovitz travels to Delaware to see the unique way that Wilmington is building Jewish community.

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Hitting the Road
Ep. 344: Starting our journey ‘Across the JEW.S.A.’ with a visit to Wilmington, Delaware, plus viral Yiddish singing sensation Mendel Goldman, and Jonathon Stalls on walking across the country
January 12, 2023
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Threading The Needle (Episode 350)

In the second installment of Across the JEW.S.A, Stephanie Butnick travels to Seattle to discover the city’s surprising Sephardic history and learn about the challenges facing of the future of Sephardic Seattle.

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Threading the Needle
Ep. 350: Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis on Jesuitical and Lent and traveling across the JEW.S.A. to Seattle
February 23, 2023
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Across the Jew.S.A: Louisville, Kentucky (Episode 356)

Producer Josh Kross and showrunner Courtney Hazlett head to Louisville, Kentucky, to learn about the bourbon industry’s Jewish history, find a surprising Seinfeld connection, and more.

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Across the Jew.S.A: Louisville, Kentucky
Ep. 356: The bourbon industry’s surprising Jewish history, plus a ‘Seinfeld’ connection and much more
March 31, 2023
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The Maine Event (Episode 361)

Producers Robert Scaramuccia and Quinn Waller travel to Portland, ME, to learn how Jewish immigrants made a home there, and how today’s Jewish community is helping new immigrants feel at home, too.

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The Maine Event
Ep. 361: Nosh with Tash’s Natasha Feldman’s ‘The Dinner Party Project,’ and a trip Across the Jew.S.A. to Portland, Maine
May 04, 2023
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All That Jazz (Episode 365)

Showrunner Courtney Hazlett and producer Josh Kross head to New Orleans for Jazz Fest Shabbat, a 30-year tradition that merges the city’s vibrant music culture and deep-rooted Jewish population.

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All That Jazz
Ep. 365: ‘Afghan Dreamers’ producer David Cowan, and a trip across the JEW.S.A. to New Orleans for Jazz Fest Shabbat
June 01, 2023
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Eyes on the Prize (Episode 369)

Liel Leibovitz heads west to Deadwood, South Dakota, to learn about its surprising Jewish history.

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Eyes on the Prize
Ep. 369: Heading ‘Across the JEW.S.A.’ to Deadwood, South Dakota, plus Antonio Pagliarulo on the evil eye, and JCC Krakow’s Jonathan Ornstein on Jewish life in Poland today
June 29, 2023
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Rocky Mountain High Notes (Episode 374)

In our latest installment, Liel Leibovitz brings us along to a Jewish summer camp off the beaten path in Colorado.

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Rocky Mountain High Notes
Ep. 374: Song Exploder host Hrishikesh Hirway’s new single, plus a trip Across the JEW.S.A. to Colorado
August 03, 2023
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We Could Nosh (Episode 377)

Producer Josh Kross gets a taste of the Kosher Catskills

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We Could Nosh
Ep. 377: Jake Cohen’s new cookbook; the Jewish story behind PLNT Burger; New York’s rugelach king; and a trip Across the JEW.S.A. to the kosher Catskills
August 31, 2023
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Jewish Priorities (Episode 387)

In this episode, we head to Miami, where newer communities are redefining Jewish life in Florida.

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Jewish Priorities
Ep. 387: A trip Across the JEW.S.A to Miami, plus timely conversations about Jewish identity, Israel, and more recorded live at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
November 02, 2023
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Dark Times, Bright Lights (Episode 389)

Josh Kross and Courtney Hazlett head to Washington DC for a special dispatch from March for Israel.

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Dark Times, Bright Lights
Ep. 389: Reporting from the March for Israel in Washington, D.C.; Etgar Keret’s writer’s block; LeElle Slifer on advocating for her kidnapped Israeli cousins; and Tablet’s Hanukkah Bazaar
November 16, 2023
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Heading North (Episode 394)

In our latest installment, Liel travels north to Montreal to visit one of the oldest Jewish communities in Canada.

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Heading North
Ep. 394: A visit to Jewish Montreal; Gadi Taub on ‘Israel Update’; getting Kafkaesque at the National Library of Israel
December 28, 2023
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Across the JEW.S.A was created with support from the Jewish Federations of North America. The Jewish Federations of North America are the backbone of the organized Jewish community in the U.S. and Canada, representing over 400 Jewish communities. They raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to build flourishing Jewish communities at home, in Israel, and around the world.

Tablet Studios is the premier destination for smart and entertaining Jewish audio content. Our podcasts include Unorthodox, What Really Matters, Take One, and the limited-run series Gatecrashers, Adventures with Dead Jews, Radioactive: The Father Coughlin Story, The Franchise, Hebrew School, and 49 Days to Stretch My Soul.