Entries from October 2007 ↓


Kvelling Over Feed Me Bubbe
By: Jamison Tilsner

It’s no wonder that Avrom Honig and his bubbe have gotten so much media attention.  The duo behind the kosher cooking series, Feed Me Bubbe (Tilzy.TV Page), has an unmistakably endearing dynamic.  I think a draw of internet-TV is the authenticity of the real characters that so often comes across.

The dynamic between these characters is perhaps even more apparent in person, and at least as funny.  I caught up with Avrom and Bubbe at Video on the Net in Boston.  Here are some highlights of that conversation….

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Boston Jewish Film Festival

Online Film Festival For your delectation, here is a small sampling of Jewish video
treats* you can find on The Web:

Don’t miss an episode of the delightful cooking series Feed Me Bubbe at
www.FeedMeBubbe.com featuring 23-year-old hungry host Avrom Honig and
his grandmother Bayla “Bubbe” Sher. Bubbe shows us how to make her sweet
and sour meatballs, her grandchildren’s favorite jelly jammies, and more.

After you’ve partaken of Bubbe’s good Jewish cooking, enjoy these short videos found on YouTube:
Jewz N the Hood
The Ikea Doll Bat Mitzvah
A Hard Day’s Day: Hava Nagila video
Kosher Cartoon

*Hand-picked especially for The Boston Jewish Film Festival by Doug Morier and Brita Wanger.

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Magnify.net Blog

Article Title: VON Day 1.

By: Steve Rosenbaum

So, never a boring time at VON.

The day started out at 9:30 am with a pretty free-wheeling discussion let by Chris Brogan..

the topic – “Future Visions of Internet TV”

Dan Dubno – who’s been the tech genius behind much of what CBS has done in the past years around tech – is now out on his own. He’s running a company called Blowing Things Up. So I think Dan wanted to blow up the conversation a bit (in a good way). He got in to a bit of thing about the amount of ‘crap’ on the web and the need for ‘quality’ and ‘premium’ content.

I sat quielty for second or two – then, decided to wade in. I proclaimed that everyone in the hall would be successful in their video on the web endeavors… and that made Dan even crazyier (*grin*). Colin Decker from Yahoo jumped in and defended curation and the need to give users the tools to find the best content to meet their needs. But then, just as i was sure that I was going to have to challage Dan to a wrestling match to calm the crowd’s growing chants “fight! fight! fight!” Fred McIntyre was in the ring. He and Dan went three rounds – with Fred ending with a great big comment about Magnify and how on the web, quality is defined by its context and by pages like the ones created by Magnify.net. Whew! That was quite a melee. Fun though. Blake Lewin, who’s been at Turner for 13 years and has had 17 bosses – was smart enough to stay on the sidelines. All in all – it was a great way to start the day – and I still think that the next 5 years are so explosive in web video that we’ll be looking a back at today like it was the world before fire, or the wheel, or loin cloths. Which is to say – its early days.

Then, after toweling off, it was down to the floor to hang out with Ari and Tamar and mingle with the booth crowd. More goodness ensued. There was a steady stream of interesting folks…

Among them, celebrity chef Bayla Scher(http://feedmebubbe-2.magnify.net/). It was Bubbe from “Feed Me Bubbe.com” the most fabulous Jewish Grandma Chef on the planet. She came by – talked a lot about how amazing the web has been in connecting her to people who she feels like she’s cooking for. Really, for a Jewish Grandmother to be able to cook for the world must be a very wonderful feeling -since cooking is love. And Bubbe and her wonderful and entrepreneurial grandson Avrom Honig.

Overall, great day. Great to see friends like Mike Hudak from Blip.tv, Jesse Lawrence from IAC, Amit Shafrir from Network2, The whole gang from Feedroom (Bart, G, Matt, and Frank), Michael Smolen, the founder of DotSub, and Mike Hirshland of Polaris. I do love Boston, even if it is totally crazed with World Series Champ Fever 🙂

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Smooching People

Article Title: an absolute word tart!
By: schemingreader

“Well, who has time today, to do things like that?”
Tonight I made homemade pizza for my friends before one of them goes out of town to run the Dublin Marathon. The pizza came out great. I made the recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, which gave me six very thin crusts. I put pesto on one, with artichoke hearts on one side and onions on the other. Then I made some with tomato sauce: one with cheese for the children, one with eggplant, one with hummus (which was okay, but you know, kind of heavy) and some combinations. The last crust I made into an apple pizza: tahini, cinnamon-sugar, and sliced apples. My son really liked the apple one.

While they were visiting, our friends turned us on to a new youtube sensation, a series of videos called Feed Me Bubbe. We watched the first one. This lady reminds me very much of my best friend’s grandmother–not the same accent or anything, but the same kitchen, and the same way of selling the food the whole time she was cooking.

It was hard to decide which episode to share with you, but I thought the first one was pretty great:

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Doing Jewish in Toronto

Article Title: Jewish & Israeli Podcasts – Pt. 2

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of podcasts out there that focus on Israel or the Jewish world. Life is too short for you to sample them all so here are a few that are sure to entertain, educate and provoke, too.

Nextbook, “A gateway to Jewish literature, culture, and ideas” has created a wide-ranging podcast to complement its impressive website. Recent offerings include:
– An interview with Cory Kahaney whose off-Broadway show pays homage to Jewish female comedians of the 1950s including Totie Fields and Jean Carroll.
– Alex Halberstadt explains how in the early 20th century Yossele Rosenblatt became the most renowned cantor in the world.
– And we meet “Captain Jack” Johnson out find out how he “contributed to Jewish statehood” when he signed on as a second mate on the ship Exodus in 1947. http://tinyurl.com/323ytg

Perhaps the sweetest podcast to grace my computer and mp3 player is titled 1-2-3 Jewish Kids & Me. The format is simple: an anonymous father and his equally anonymous daughter read aloud stories tied to the Jewish calendar. For Shavuot, we hear why Mount Sinai was chosen for the giving of the Torah even though it didn’t have the highest of peaks. The daughter sometimes struggles with the bigger words – and that just adds to the charm. http://tinyurl.com/2wedg9

Feed Me Bubbe takes the cross-generational motif a step further.
This delightful video podcast pairs Avrom Honig with his sweetheart of a bubbe, Bayla Sher. In recent episodes, she demonstrates the secrets behind her mouth-watering Blintzes, Kasha Varnishkes, Tzimis, Fricassee and the classic Chicken Soup Chicken. Bonus: the home page of this site has a lovely documentary about how this podcast came to be – along with a cameo appearance by Zadie. http://tinyurl.com/2vmb3y

Long before anyone had heard of podcasts, Louis Brandsdorfer was recording his mother’s story of horror and survival during the Holocaust. Thanks to technology that has developed since those recording were done, you can listen to and download Malka Brandsdorfer’s recollections, The Bleeding Sky. Mrs. Brandsdorfer’s interviews are in Yiddish while the free downloadable book is in English. http://tinyurl.com/2hhhcy

In Rabbi Joe in Jerusalem, Joseph Bloch and his wife Yael produce a regular and very chatty podcast about current affairs in their country. In a recent edition, you can hear Rabbi Joe seethe over the small pension that was offered to Holocaust survivors in Israel. In other provocative casts, he asks whether Arabs are getting a raw deal in Hollywood, how Modern Orthodoxy should treat the intermarried and whether sexual morality is still relevant. http://tinyurl.com/zhe9j

Meir Schweiger’s is also from Jerusalem and is also a rabbi. But his podcast focuses on the weekly Torah portion rather than on current events. Rabbi Schweiger is senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. http://tinyurl.com/3crotn

Temple Isaiah, a Reform synagogue in Lafayette, California wants to be part of Your Jewish Neighborhood through their podcast Recently editions featured Cantor Leigh Korn on his travels to the tiny Jewish communities of Rhodes and Dubrovnik. We hear about the challenges in recruiting and selecting religious school teachers that match the philosophy of your congregation. And there is a feature interview with singer-songwriter Neshama Carlebach. http://yourjewishneighborhood.libsyn.com/

Does the news sometimes get your down? Then it may be time to subscribe to JNewsLight and what it calls The Lighter Side of Jewish News. Through short five- or six-minute podcasts, they survey some not-so-earth-shattering stories you may have missed, That’s how I learned:
– that a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania has been designated historic landmark;
– about Moises Ville and Argentina’s last Jewish cowboys;
– how a 2,000 year-old date seed is growing in Israel’s Arava valley;
– and that Natalie Portman fought back tears of joy when she helped name a baby gorilla in Rwanda while in that country with a group of celebrities and conservationists. http://jnewslight.blogspot.com/

Do you have a favourite audio or video podcast that you find yourself returning to? Tell me about and I may mention it in a future column.

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Mark Mietkiewicz is a Toronto-based Internet producer who writes, lectures and teaches about the Jewish Internet. He can be reached at highway@rogers.com.

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