2016 Guest List

Weekly Archive of the Guests of 2016


December 31, 2016: Guest, Tom Reed

December 24, 2016: Guest Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

December 17, 2016: Chanukah Party at the White House. Host, Leon Goldenberg interviews a bevy of politicians including Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY, 10th District), Congressman Ted Deutsch (D-FL, 22nd District),  Stephen Gerald Breyer (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court), Congresswoman Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th District), Rex Tillerson and more.

December 10, 2016: Guest, Evan Bernstein is the New York Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League and is responsible for all initiatives across New York state. He is regularly quoted in prominent local and national news sources about issues related to civil rights, BDS against Israel and anti-Semitism. Mr. Bernstein sits on the New York City Public Advocate’s Hate Crime Task Force and has forged partnerships with senior law enforcement, education and intergroup leaders across the state. He also has expanded the regional footprint by creating volunteer advisory committees in Long Island and Westchester.

December 3, 2016: Guest Isi Liebler [@ileibler], now resident in Jerusalem, is a veteran Diaspora Jewish leader and prolific commentator on Jewish and Israeli affairs. Articles can be found in the Jerusalem Post. Discussion pertaining to whether Obama will be going to the security council

November 26, 2016: Guest Dr. Eric Mandel is the founder and Director of MEPIN™, the Middle East Political and Information Network™. MEPIN is a private Middle East research analysis read by members of Congress, their foreign policy advisors, members of the Knesset, journalists, and organizational leaders. Dr. Mandel regularly briefs members of Congress and their staffs about the current geo-political situation in the Middle East, and meets with members of the Israeli leadership and their advisors. He is the Northeast Co-Chair of StandWithUs, an international organization dedicated to educating the public about Israel, while fighting the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) against Israel.

November 19, 2016: Discussion pertaining to upcoming elections in the city and state. Segment 1: Chaskel Bennett, Member of Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America. Segment 2: John Faso, new Congressman from NY District 19. Segment 3: Dan Donovan, Congressman from NY’s District 11.

November 12, 2016: update in process

November 5, 2016: segment 1: Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union – Kosher Division discuses how Hillary Clinton’s platform and past dealings with Israel are good for the Jewish community. Segment 2David Paymen, senior advisor and national director for Jewish Affairs and Outreach for the Trump-Pence campaignSegment 3: interview with Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, discusses her campaign for re-election

October 29, 2016: Guest John Faso is a Candidate for Congress – NY’s District 19. John Faso is an American politician who served as minority leader of the New York State Assembly from 1998 until 2002, representing the 102nd district from 1987 until 2002.

October 22, 2016: Guest Dan Donovan of NY’s Congressional District 11. Community Matters is a weekly radio show, hosted by community leader Leon Goldenberg. This week’s guest host is Chaskel Bennett.

October 15, 2016: Guest Joe Hymns of Honest Reporting. HonestReporting monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It also facilitates accurate reporting for foreign journalists covering the region. HonestReporting is not aligned with any government or political party or movement.

October 8, 2016: Guest Aron Wieder is running for the 98th Assembly District seat. In 2011, Aron Wieder was elected to the Rockland County Legislature, representing Spring Valley. Legislator Wieder is also a member of the NAACP as well as the Rockland County Democratic Committee.

October 1, 2016: Guest, Jake Turks, Chief Political Correspondent for Ami magazine.

September 24, 2016: no show, due to Sukkot Holiday. Sports Broadcast was aired.

September 17, 2016: no show due to sports broadcast

September 10, 2016: Guests Rory Lancman and Chaskel Bennett. Rory Lancman represents all or parts of Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills and Jamaica. Lancman [@RoryLancman]is a member of the Committees on Fire & Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Juvenile Justice, Oversight and Investigations, Environmental Protection and Consumer Affairs. 

September 3, 2016: Guest, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Pinchas Lazar (born May 19, 1964), better known as Rabbi Berel Lazar, is an Orthodox, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi. He is Chief Rabbi of Russia, and Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. In September 2005 Lazar became a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.

August 27, 2016: Guest, Robert Carol, Democratic candidate for Assembly. Mr. Carroll is a practicing lawyer at a firm in Manhattan. He is also the Development Director of a non-profit Theater Company. To view his candidate website please visit http://www.robertcarroll2016.com/

August 20, 2016: Guest, Elliott Abrams Senior Fellow at Council of Foreign Relations. Mr. Abrams also served on the White House administration of George W. Bush. Began career by serving on the staff of Henry Martin “Scoop” Jackson and Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan.

August 13, 2016: Tisha b’av . By popular demand, the previously recorded show of which featured Mickey Rosenfeld, Foreign Spokesman for the Israeli National Police, was broadcast.

August 6, 2016: Guest, NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer.

July 30, 2016: Guest, Jake Turks, Chief Political Correspondent for Ami magazine.

July 23, 2016: Guest, Jacob Kornbluh [ @JacobKornbluh ] - NY Correspondent and 2016 Political Reporter for The Jewish Insider

July 16, 2016: Co-hosted by Chaskel Bennett, Police Officers Murdered & Terrorism across the globe

July 9, 2016: Guest, Mickey Rosenfeld, Foreign Spokesman for the Israeli National Police.

July 2, 2016: Guest, John Faso (R), former NY Assemblyman and candidate for Congress. Discussion in regards to race and opponent Zephyr Teachout (D).

June 25, 2016: Guest Ezra Friedlander of The Friedlander Group (NY) and Guest 2, Steve (Shmuley) Newman.

June 18, 2016: Guest Gerald Steinberg, President of NGO Monitor and Professor of Political Science at Bar Ilan university

June 11, 2016: no show, due to Oorah Radio-a-thon

June 4, 2016: no show, post Shavuos

May 28, 2016: Guest, Jeff Klien

May 21, 2016: Guest, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks with host Leon Goldenberg. Commentary by community advocate Chaskel Bennett.

May 14, 2016: Guest, Elin Suleymanov. Ambassador Elin Suleymanov Emin oglu is the Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States and former Consul General of Azerbaijan Republic in Los Angeles. Follow him on twitter: @ElinSuleymanov

May 7, 2016: Guest Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. For more information please visit the Rabbi’s Profile Page on the official website of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

April 30, 2016: Passover Holiday

April 23, 2016: Passover Holiday

April 16, 2016: Guest Laura Rosenbergerlm, Foreign Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton [@rosenbergerlm]

April 9, 2016: Guest Michael Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States (2009-2013), and current member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party.

March 26, 2016: Guest General Orit Adato. Israel’s only female three-star general and the country’s only woman to head a security organization, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Orit Adato is founder and managing director of Adato Consulting Ltd., which specializes in coping with terror cells and organized crime, handling terrorists in prisons, and encouraging intelligence cooperation among law enforcement agencies in Latin America and Africa.

March 17, 2016: Guest Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 8th District. Click here to view the congressman’s official website.

March 4, 2016: Melissa Mark – Viverito, Speaker of the NYC Council

February 27, 2016: COJO of Flatbush celebrating 37 yrs of service. Guests include Moishe Zakheim, Larry Spiewak & Louis Welz, Executive Director of COJO – Flatbush [@COJOflatbush].

February 20, 2016: Guest, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio [@BilldeBlasio], Discussion regarding the future of New York City. Part 2. Special Tribute to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Chaskel Bennett.

February 13, 2016: Guest, Dr. Eric Mandel, Columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Founder of MEPIN and Co-Chair of StandWithUs. Discussion regarding the defending of Israel from Media Bias and the importance of the facts. Click here to learn more about the guest Dr. Eric Mandel.

February 6, 2016: Guest, New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli [@nyscomptroller]. Discussion regarding the role of the NYS comptroller. Specifically speaking on budgets, pensions and investments.

January 30, 2016: Guest, State Senate Majority Leader, John J. Flanagan. Discussion regarding the supporting of our community and our families in Israel. Click here to learn more about the guest John J. Flanagan.

January 23, 2016: Guest, Rabbi Dovid Ozeri (Rav of Congreation Yad Yosef in Brooklyn, NY). Discussion regarding Priorities in Tzedakah. (Part 2) Guest, Rabbi Zvi Gluck (Director of Amudim).

January 16, 2016: Guest, NYS Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul [@LtGovHochul]. Discussion regarding the future of New York.

January 9, 2016: Guest, Joe Hyams, CEO of Honest Reporting [@HonestReporting]. Discussion regarding the defending of Israel from Media Bias.

January 2, 2016: Guest, Rabbi Marvin Hier (Founder and Dean of Simon Wisenthal Center Museum of Tolerance and Author of the new book “Meant to Be”). Click Here to learn more about Rabbi Marvin Hier.