Oakland’s Kasher brothers help fuel new Kibitz podcast

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Rabbi David Kasher

A new podcast that bills itself as being about “everything Jewish-ish” debuted last month with a show that included a segment on how to cook latkes and a debate over the origins of Hanukkah.

“The Kibitz” features interviews and observations on Jewish topics, often filtered through a comedic lens. Produced and hosted by journalist Dan Crane, the Los Angeles-based audio podcast is a project of the Jewish nonprofit Reboot.

The 48-minute premiere included a latke cooking lesson from a deli owner, recorded at Wexler’s Deli in Los Angeles, as well as a debate between two brothers who were raised in Oakland: Rabbi David Kasher of the Berkeley-based Jewish learning community Kevah, and edgy comedian Moshe Kasher.

“They wanted a rabbinic voice in the podcast,” David Kasher explained. “At the same time, we wanted to keep things light and fun. The fact that my brother is a comedian made it all the more appealing. I played straight man and he did his thing.”

Moshe Kasher

The Kasher vs. Kasher segment will return in the second episode, scheduled to go online Thursday, Jan. 21. Scheduled guests include two people associated with the Amazon Video series “Transparent,” writer Micah Fitzerman-Blue and producer Zackary Drucker, who is transgender.

Highlights from the December show included the comedic Sklar Brothers talking about their joint bar mitzvah and advice from the “celebrity” Jewish mother tandem Ronna and Beverly. Crane has written for the New York Times, Slate and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former world-class air-guitarist.

Each episode is free and can be accessed at www.kibitzpod.com or downloaded from iTunes.  — j. staff