Ep 17: Chassidic Gangs, Liberation Seders, and Bernie Sanders

We’re back after a one month hiatus! On this week’s episode, we talked with activist and journalist Jesse Myerson about his recent exchange with the Forward’s JJ Goldberg, and the Jewish media’s coverage of Bernie Sanders. We took a new approach to describing the Shkoyach segment, Sam talked about a Chassidic gang in Borough Park, and David awarded his Shkoyach to a Montreal synagogue distancing themselves from an illegal kosher wine ring. For the interview, we were joined by Michelle Weiser from the new group If Not Now to talk about their origins, their Liberation Seder actions, and their strategy of confronting the institutional Jewish community. Finally, the deadline to submit to the new issue of Jenna Brager’s Doykeit Zine is rapidly approaching – we spoke with her briefly for this week’s recommendation.

Show Notes


Canadian Jewish News – Rights Hearing for Jewish Hairdresser Forced Not to Work on Shabbat Delayed

Wikipedia – Shomrim

News 1 – Sanders’ Jewishness and the Jewish Press

Village Voice – The Heresy and Evangelism of Bernie Sanders

The Forward – How An Anti-Zionist Embrace of Bernie Was a Gift to Bibi and Hilary

Village Voice – Sorry Forward, You’re Wrong About Bernie

Jacobin – Why We Stand with Simone

Jewish Press – Bernie Sanders is Not a Jew

The Atlantic – Remembering Liberman’s Career Through Jon Stewart


Ditmas Park Corner – Yiddish-Speaking Street Gang Called ‘The Forks’ Linked To NYPD Bribery Scandal

New York Daily News – Jeremy Reichberg used cop connects to squash raps: victims

JTA – Montreal Police Seize 8000 Bottles of Illegally Imported Kosher Wine

Global News – Montreal Police Seize Thousands of Bottles of Kosher Wine from Synagogue

 The Interview: Michelle Weiser from If Not Now Boston

If Not Now Website

Democracy Now – Liberation Seder Protests in NYC, Boston, Chicago, DC, and SF

The Awl – Getting Arrested at the Liberation Seder

The Forward – 17 Jewish Activists Protesting Israeli Occupation Arrested at ADL Headquarters


Jenna Brager Dot Com



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