Country in the Country 20150802

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The Three Weeks are over, so let the music begin again! Unfortunately, the closest thing we have to music is from Country Yossi and the Shteeble-Hoppers, with favorites like "Seven Little Kids

And just to be sure Country Yossi didn't have a monopoly on the post-Three-Weeks return to music, we were thrilled to share:
From Murray Goldwag's new album Murray the Sock Man Sings Yiddish Melodies


As the show progressed, we heard Dov Shurin's latest news from Israel
Then more CY&TS-H music, "Bubba Basra" and "When Moshiach Comes":

Up next, Yossi was joined in studio by Allen Frishman, the Seasonal Program and Community Consultant for Sullivan Renaissance who manages their Community Mitzvah Award Contest and the Seasonal Demonstration Grant Program

Here's what he was talking about:
The public is invited to honor the volunteers who are beautifying communities throughout Sullivan County at the 2015 Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 10.  There is no admission cost. 
The ceremony is being held in the Events Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Hurd Road in Bethel.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins at 6:45 p.m.  The facility is ADA compliant and simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available.
Community organizations are now finishing their work at 54 beautification projects throughout Sullivan County.  To find out how to get involved with a community group, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445. 
The Awards Ceremony will recognize all of this year’s projects and award additional grants between $1000 and $25,000 to those judged the most successful in completing their beautification efforts.  The winner of the contest for seasonal communities will receive Community Mitzvah Awards of $10,000, $5000 and $3000. 
Scholarships for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation.  Members of the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteers Corps and the Bilingual Advisory Committee will be recognized, as will young people who participated in the intern leadership program. 
The winning video in Sullivan Renaissance’s first video contest will also be shown.  New York City film director Ben Younger headed the panel of judges that awarded $1000 to an original video telling how Sullivan Renaissance has impacted people, organizations and communities.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.
For information and to RSVP, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.
And then lots more Country Yossi music, like "Cover of the Jewish Press," "Phantom Of The Shteeble,"Hello Mameh":

And "Aleh Yidin":

Last but certainly not least, Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss phones in with his Gevaldigeh Divrei Torah.

And if you want to know what it would be like if radio had pictures, watch Rav Weiss's video on TorahAnytime.com! Specifically, Q & A With Rav Moshe Meir Weiss At Irgun Shiurei Torah 5775
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Fortunately, mediocre things like Country in the Country must come to an end, too. Join us again next week!

DADDY BLUE sung by Avner Levy

“DADDY BLUE”: 

We’ve been watching the sad news on TV and hearing about it on the Radio, and as the current unrest in Ferguson, Missouri shows, even absent (perhaps especially absent) a clear picture of exactly what went down, people are all-too-ready to jump down a cop’s throat whenever something goes tragically wrong.

When you watch the DADDY BLUE video, you’ll see and understand what is almost never publicized, never considered, is the humanity of the cop; his life – his world – his family – his children. We routinely ask these brave public servants to go out every day and put their lives on the line; most often without a thought to the possibly tragic consequences of even the most seemingly innocent of interactions with an often unpredictable public. Yet go out they do.

The song, “Daddy Blue” movingly depicts this too-often unacknowledged other side of the equation.

By purchasing the Daddy Blue song (audio / please click here http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/avner), you’ll help send a portion of the proceeds to the Policeman’s Widows & Orphans Fund.

Remember: DADDY BLUE is dedicated to the courageous men & women in BLUE who make the world a SAFER PLACE FOR YOU.

For more info, contact us at:
Music@DaddyBlueSong.com - www.DaddyBlueSong.com

Country in the Country 20140803

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Wednesday is Judgment Day! At least for the five finalists in the Sullivan Rensaissance Community Mitzvah Award contest, and they are:

  • American Theological, summer camp in Kiamesha
  • Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel, summer camp in Liberty
  • Camp Simcha, summer camp in Glen Spey
  • Khal Divre Chaim, bungalow colony in Kauneonga Lake
  • Skolya Bungalows, bungalow colony in South Fallsburg
Allen Frishman, who manages the Seasonal Demonstration Grant Program for Sullivan Renaissance, stopped by at the top of the show to remind us that on Wednesday, August 6, a panel of judges will select the winner of the Community Mitzvah Award from ten summer camps and bungalow colonies.

The three experts include individuals with horticultural, planning, community and international knowledge. 
  • Mary Lewis – Founder of the garden design firm Barncroft, she served as a Sullivan Renaissance judge for nine years and a garden design consultant for two years; past president of Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties, past Zone Representative of Visiting Gardens Committee for Garden Club of America (GCA), and co-chairs GCA flower show “A Woman’s Hardy Garden” in Beacon.
  • Rabbi Joel Schwab – Religious leader of Temple Sinai in Middletown, NY since 1982; President of the Greater Middletown Interfaith Council, where he helped create a winter Warming Station for street people; honored by Orange County Human Rights Commission (2007), United Way of Orange County (2009) and METNY Region of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (2011).  
  • Yossi Toiv – “Country Yossi” is the name of an English-language Orthodox Jewish magazine, radio show, collection of musical albums and children's books created, composed, authored and published by Yossi (Joseph) Toiv; the radio show has been on the air continuously since 1986; the monthly magazine has printed over 3 million copies since 1988.
Community Mitzvah projects are judged for cleaning-up and maintaining their grounds and beautifying the look of the facility.

Winning communities will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 11 in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. 

Community Mitzvah Awards of $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will go to the seasonal communities that best cleaned up and beautified their grounds.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.

For information, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.


After that bit of excitement, we heard some Three-Weeks appropriate Country Yossi music: "These I Remember."
Then some calls and the latest news from Israel with Dov Shurin.
Then some more calls to take us to the top of the hour.

We kicked off Round Two with some more a cappella music: Country Yossi's own "Deaf Man In The Shteeble" by Lev Tahor
A call or two, and then even more a cappella music! "Shalom Aleichem / Yesh Tikvah (Medley)"  by Ari Goldwag [feat. Moshe Dov GoldwagFrom the Album A Cappella Soul 2
And keeping things all in the family, we had a well-dressed phone visit with the inimitable Murray Goldwag! Who? You may know him better as Murray the Sockman or the owner of Murray's Kosher Sox in South Fallsburg. And if you don't, you should!

We also had summer Sunday visit from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah.

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And that was that. Have an easy fast, and we'll see you next week!

Country in the Country 20140727

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After a brief table of contents, we kicked things off with some Three-Weeks-friendly music: "Mimkomcha"  from the album Eli Gerstner & the Chevra: Sing Acappella

Then a little more a capella music while Country got the bugs out of the phone lines. (Is there a mashgiach in the house?) Another one from The Chevra: "V'hayu Limsheesa"
Next we heard from Dov Shurin with the latest news out of Israel. You can find his latest writings in The Jewish Press.
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Then in our second hour, a return visit from R' Yoel Brill, and Ronny Biderman from A Hope to Heal.

If you forgot what you learned last week, here's a reminder about what they do from their website:

Our primary mission is to alleviate the short-term financial burden for adults and children stricken with acute serious illness by subsidizing their health insurance premiums. Other services include Health Care Advocacy, Medical Advocate Services, Support Programs, Health Awareness and Education.

Once again, please visit http://www.ahopetoheal.org/ to learn more and find out how you can help. We were also joined by Rabbi Shais Taub, the keynote speaker at AHTH's inaugural ladies luncheon

A few calls (including a long distance one!) before a little more a capella music: "Am Echad" by Ari Goldwag from the Album A Cappella Soul 2:
And still more a capella from who else but AKA Pella and "Etz Chaim"
And that slammed the lid on things for today! What will happen on next week's show? You'll have to tune in and find out!

Country in the Country 20140720

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Tonight was a very special Country in the Country show. But more about that momentarily.

As we're in the Three Weeks, we featured a cappella music. Tonight we heard:

Country Yossi's very own "Deaf Man in the Shteeble," as covered by Lev Tahor:
"Borchu" by Ari Goldwag:
And "Gam Ki Elech" from The Chevra

Then in our second hour, a heartwarming visit from R' Yoel Brill, Jeff Patow and Ronny Biderman from A Hope to Heal.

As their website says,
Our primary mission is to alleviate the short-term financial burden for adults and children stricken with acute serious illness by subsidizing their health insurance premiums. Other services include Health Care Advocacy, Medical Advocate Services, Support Programs, Health Awareness and Education.

But let those fine gentlemen explain it in their own words. And please visit http://www.ahopetoheal.org/ to learn more and find out how you can help. And tell the women in your life about their upcoming inaugural ladies luncheon!

Then a delightful in-studio visit from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah, all about The Three Weeks.
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Immediately followed by Dov Shurin with latest news out of Israel. You can find his latest writings in The Jewish Press.
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And with that, the show disappeared just as quickly as it begain. Join us next week, won't you?

Country in the Country 20140706

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We dusted off the Country Yossi Podcast, and look what we found! Country Yossi with Country in the Country!

For this first show of the summer, we began with a little Country Yossi music: the surprisingly topical "Cholent," and the evergreen favorite, "Big Bad Moish."

A few phone calls, some words from our gevaldigeh sponsors, then more CY music: "Oh Yankel."

Then we enjoyed an entertaining and informative visit with producer extraordinaire Eli Gerstner.

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We also heard "Adir," as well as the title cut (with lyrics by Country Yossi), from YBC 6 - "Modeh Ani" - "Thank You."

It wouldn't be summer without a visit from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah.

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Followed closely by Dov Shurin with the latest news from Israel.

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And that's that. Tune in again next week for more fun and surprises.

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Country and Heshy kicked things off with k'vetshing, 'cause Country Yossi gets no respect. He never gets a dinner, along with so many others.


Then a little Country Yossi Music. "The Cover of the Jewish Press."

Next, the boys welcomed a special guest! Zvika Bornstein, producer of the exciting new CD by Dovid MoskovitsShalom.





Find out more about him on his website, http://dovidmoskovits.com/, and in the next issue of Country Yossi Family Magazine.

And we squeezed in a visit with Dov Shurin, bringing us the latest news from Israel.
Looking for the perfect Chanukah gift for the women and girls in your life? Consider the brand new DVD Shira On the Road by the Shira Girls Choir.
Learn more about it next week when Country gives some away as special prizes!

Finally, we wrapped things up with a bit of Rosh Chodesh bentching from chazzan Chaim Toiv ז״ל.

A Freilichen Chanukah to you and yours. We'll see you next week!

Country in the Country 20130728

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The rain may have washed out some ball games, but it couldn't dampen Country Yossi's spirits!

He kicked things off with some Country Yossi music: "The Cover of the Jewish Press" and "Hello Mameh."


After a hitting the phones, and causing some minor damage, we enjoyed an informative chat with Allen Frishman, Seasonal Program and Community Consultant, who manages the Seasonal Demonstration Grant Program for Sullivan Renaissance, talking about the Battle of the Beautiful Camps and Bungalow Colonies! Sullivan Renaissance offers a limited number of matching reimbursement grants up to $2,500 for camps, bungalow colonies and seasonal businesses to enhance the appearance of their property as a demonstration and inspiration for others, but you'll have to pass Country Yossi's muster!


Next thing you know, Dov Shurin checked in with the latest news from Israel.



Then back to the feisty phones in a possibly endless quest to find Grand Prize Winners!

A pause for a little Country Yossi Music: "Big Bad Moish!"


Then we made made way for Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and some gevaldigeh divrei torah.


How about a little more Country Yossi music? It's "The Big K'nocker," featuring Heshy "The Wonderchild" Walfish on vocals.


And then a campaign update from New York City Council candidate David Storobin.


But wait, there's more! How could we end a show without the notoriously canera-shy Rabbi Chaim Prussman and the Beth Shifra Report?

What a jam-packed program! I'm exhausted just from typing about it!

Join us next week, won't you?

Country in the Country 20130721

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Eli Gerstner joined Country Yossi this week to discuss the latest goings-on with The Chevra, including the title cut from their latest CD, Chai! Check out the single and the whole album!

 

You can see The Chevra along with YBC Live as part of the Country Vues Summer Concert Series on August 11th:
Country Yossi himself wrote the lyrics to The Chevra's latest hit single, "I'm a Jew":
After Country pelted Eli with shailes, then it was your turn in the hot seat, with some special Chevra prizes.

But not without the aural assault of a little Country Yossi Music: "Seven Little Kids," "Nebich Of The Shteeble," "The Little Old Lady Named Pessy Deena," and "Boro Park."
  
Our evening was enhanced with a visit from Rabbi Chaim Prussman with the Beth Shifra Report.

Quite a show, wasn't it? Tune in next for a very special broadcast.

Country in the Country 20130630

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Just when you thought you were having a relaxing summer, Country Yossi invades The Catskills with another season of Country in the Country!


Since we're in The Three Weeks, we kicked things off with some a capella music: "Gam Ki Eilech" from The Chevra's Chevra Acapella CD.


Then Dov Shurin checked in with the latest news from Israel.

Next, the flood of information continued as Country was joined by New York City Council Candidates David Storobin and Joseph Hayon to hear about their campaign platforms.

One more bit of a capella music followed from Chevra Acapella: "Mimkomcha."


And Country was giving out Grand Prizes like they were going out of style.

It's almost enough to make you want to tune in again next week, so we'll see you then!