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Behind the Bima

Rabbis Efrem Goldberg, Philip Moskowitz, and Josh Broide, from Boca Raton Synagogue, shmooze about contemporary issues. Every week features an unscripted and lively discussion, special guests, and a behind-the-scenes look at leading a large and dynamic Jewish community.

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Recent Episodes of Behind the Bima


Rabbi Dovid Fendel

Rabbi Dovid Fendel

From Boca Raton Florida, this is Behind the Bima. on this week’s episode, rabbi goldberg and cohosts rabbi josh broide and rabbi philip moskowitz are joined by Rabbi Dovid, Fendel, founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Max & Ruth Schwartz Yeshivat Hesder of Sderot, a symbol of indomitable faith and commitment to the continuity of Jewish learning and life under the constant threat of rocket fire. 

Join us as Rabbi Fendel shares his unique perspective on leadership, courage, and the profound connection between Torah learning and living in the land of Israel. This episode is not just a d...

Episode 162 16 May 2024 48m and 54s


Congressman Ritchie Torres & Shabbos Kestenbaum

Congressman Ritchie Torres & Shabbos Kestenbaum

In this week’s episode, hosts Rabbis Efrem Goldberg, Josh Broide, and Philip Moskowitz are joined by Congressman Richie Torres and Shabbos Kestenbaum, a Jewish student activist at Harvard. 

Shabbos shares his experience on the ground at Harvard and his lawsuit against the university, discusses how he is inspired by the Kotzker Rebbe, and inspires with his fierce Jewish pride and leadership. 

Congressman Torres gives an inside view into his support of Israel and how he has felt isolated. Plus - the rabbis reflect on the world has changed post-October 7th, bringing humility and honesty to u...

Episode 161 8 May 2024 1h, 29m and 32s


Eylon Levy & Jake Turx

Eylon Levy & Jake Turx

In this week’s episode, hosts Rabbis Efrem Goldberg, Josh Broide, and Philip Moskowitz are joined by two personalities in the Jewish journalistic world. 

Eylon Levy, former Israeli government spokesman and influential media personality, dives deep into the complexities of the Israel-Gaza conflict, media representation, and the need for effective communication in times of crisis. 

Then, meet Jake Turx, the Senior White House Correspondent for Ami Magazine, known for his unique position as a visibly observant Jew in the press room of the White House. Turx shares his journey from a troubled student to a crit...

Episode 160 17 April 2024 1h, 34m and 31s


Ishay Ribo

Ishay Ribo

Ishay Ribo is an Israeli singer-songwriter. A Sephardic Orthodox Jew, he has gained popularity in Israel among Haredi, national-religious, and secular Jewish audiences. He has released four studio albums, two of which have been certified gold and one which went platinum. 

00:00 - Introduction 
30:20 - Interview 
42:09 - Concert Highlights

Episode 159 10 April 2024 47m and 39s


Dr. Yehuda Sabiner

Dr. Yehuda Sabiner

Dr. Yehuda Sabiner is a Gerrer Hasid and a graduate of the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. 00:00 - Introduction 16:14 - Interview

Episode 158 20 March 2024 1h, 8m and 58s


Eitan and Varda Morell, Parents of Staff Sgt. Maoz Morell HY''D

Eitan and Varda Morell, Parents of Staff Sgt. Maoz Morell HY''D

Staff Sgt. Maoz Morell, 22, a member of the Paratroopers Brigade who was injured February 15 during fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, succumbed to his wounds on February 19.

Episode 157 29 February 2024 1h, 6m and 17s


Sam Lessin

Sam Lessin

Sam Lessin is a prominent figure known for his multifaceted career, encompassing roles as a tech entrepreneur, investor, and former Facebook executive. 

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Lessin is also recognized for his passionate advocacy and support for Israel. His contributions are not limited to just business or technology; he has been actively involved in initiatives and efforts that promote the welfare and security of Israel, demonstrating a commitment to its causes. 

For more on Sam's work to steer Harvard in the right direction, see here: https://www.samforoverseer.com/. 

00:00 - Introductory Conversation 
18:33 - In...

Episode 156 21 February 2024 1h, 35s


Ari Harow

Ari Harow

Tune in to Rabbi Goldberg alongside Rabbis Moskowitz and Josh Broide for this week's episode of Behind the Bima. Rabbi Goldberg sits down with former advisor and chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ari Harow. 

Ari discusses his experiences working alongside the Prime Minister, provides insights into key moments during his tenure, and shares thoughts on current events. Don’t miss this engaging conversation filled with personal anecdotes, expert analysis, and reflections on Israel's recent history. 

00:00 - Introductory Conversation 
15:28 - Interview

Episode 155 7 February 2024 57m and 45s


Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Jen Airley (Mother of Heroic Soldier Binyomin H"yd)

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Jen Airley (Mother of Heroic Soldier Binyomin H"yd)

 Jen bravely shared her personal journey following the loss of her son, Binyomin, a paratrooper in the Israeli army. The episode explores Jen's inspiring perspective on life, her unwavering faith, and her commitment to continuation of Yemen's legacy. 

We delve into his life, his commitment to his country and faith, and how he has inspired many through his actions - both during his life and beyond. Jen shares the remarkable bucket list Binyomin wrote at the age of 16, revealing his wisdom, ambitions, and inherent commitment to personal growth and spirituality.

Episode 154 5 February 2024 1h, 10m and 31s


Rabbanit Noa Lewis

Rabbanit Noa Lewis

On this week's episode, Rabbi Goldberg is joined Rabbanit Noa Lewis, Leader of the IDF Women’s Chevra Kadish and CEO of Echad.

Rabbanit Lewis discusses the holy work her team has been doing, highlighting the dignity we give to both the living and the dead. She shares how despite the tragic circumstances, her faith and her commitment to the Jewish concept of doing good remain steadfast.

All this and more, Behind the Bima.

00:00 - Introductory Conversation With Rebbetzin Goldberg
12:58 - Interview

Episode 153 31 January 2024 1h, 39s

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