Country in the Country 20140727


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.

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 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

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 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.
Immediately followed by Dov Shurin with latest news out of Israel. You can find his latest writings in The Jewish Press.
And with that, the show disappeared just as quickly as it begain. Join us next week, won't you?

Country in the Country 20140713


The Summer Fun continues, except for the two hours or so of Country in the Country! But let's overlook that little detail as we kicked things off tonight with some Kivi & Tuki music: "There is a Bracha."


And then came the phone calls, and some Country Yossi music: "Oh Yankel."


And then Dov Shurin checked in with the latest news out of Israel.

More calls, more music... "Shteeble People."


Who wants some more Kivi & Tuki music? How about "Who Knows One?"


Then Yossi loosened his collar and took some more callers. Then another summer Sunday tradition: Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah.

And then some more Country Yossi music: "Little Kinderlach."


And that was almost it. But before we go, be sure to check out the latest weather forecasts from the National Weather Service as storms are a' brewin', and don't forget that Country Yossi will be among the judges as ten seasonal bungalow colonies and summer camps take part in a six-week long Community Mitzvah Award contest this summer, sponsored by Sullivan Renaissance. Three top prizes worth $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will be awarded to the participants that best clean-up and maintain their grounds and improve the look of their facilities.

Participants include:

  • American Theological, summer camp in Kiamesha
  • Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel, summer camp in Liberty
  • Camp Mesivta Eitz Chaim, summer camp in Parksville
  • Camp Simcha, summer camp in Glen Spey
  • Camp Tashbar, summer camp in Liberty
  • Far Site Bungalows, bungalow colony in Monticello
  • Ichud Hatalmidim, bungalow colony in Monticello
  • Khal Divre Chaim, bungalow colony in Kauneonga Lake
  • Machne Gila, summer camp in Liberty
  • Skolya Bungalows, bungalow colony in South Fallsburg

The contest began last month with participants making improvements to their grounds. Each camp is then observed on a weekly basis by data takers who record what can be seen from the road. The sites will be visited by a team of judges from outside Sullivan County in August and the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony on August 11.

All the participating camps and colonies will receive a $500 seed grant, and those that finish the contest will get a completion grant of $500. Each participant also receives two planting containers with flowers and instructions, which must be maintained throughout the contest. 

Campers and/or staff are also required to participate in an educational presentation and orientation by Sullivan Renaissance staff. All the participants will then be treated to kosher ice cream provided by an approved vendor for all the children involved in helping to maintain the property’s cleanliness.

Last year saw five participants in the contest, which was won by Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. The goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help guide communities to improve their visual standards.

For information about all of Sullivan Renaissance’s seasonal programs, visit

Country in the Country 20140706

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.


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.


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

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

Country Yossi Summer Issue, Right Here, Right Now!


Country Yossi’s sizzlin’ summer issue virtually snaps, crackles and pops with informative, entertaining, controversial and oftimes hilarious content!...

The Country Yossi Show 20140401


It's a gathering of everyone's favorite April Fools, Country Yossi, Heshy "The Wonder Child" Walfish, and Special Guest Dov Shurin, live in-studio! (If you call that living!)

First we had a brief discussion about this week's parsha and other current events, then a seemingly endless diatribe about Jogging.
Follwing that, some brand new Country Yossi Pesach music: "Who Knows One?" and "One Kid, One Kid" from Kivi & Tuvi's new Count Your Blessings CD.
Since Dov was here, he decided to give us some of the latest news from Israel
And what would a Country Show be without some shailes? Fortunately tonight we didn't have to find out.
We wrapped things up with some more brand new music: "Kadshem," the first cut from Shloime Cohen's new album, Baal Habayis.


Next week be sure to join us for our annual visit from Rabbi Dovid Heber, editor of the annual STAR-K Passover Directory, and Larry Birnbaum of J Drugs for the answers to all your Pesach questions.
And if you need some scrap paper to write your questions on, Country Yossi Family Magazine's Spectacular Pesach Issue is coming out Friday! Read all about it by clicking here.

The Country Yossi Show 20140318


It's Shushan Purim. So what's that loud annoying noise? No, it's not a grogger. It's The Country Yossi Show! Now with improved quality (audio quality, not content quality).

First, a little talk of Baseball

Next up, a track from the new Kivi and Tuki, it's "Vchul Mi"

Then came the Shailes, as found in:
Want more from the new Kivi and Tuki CD? So do we! Check out "There is a Bracha"

Dov Shurin checked in with the latest news from Israel.

And as time ran out, we heard "Fargin", from guess where? Yup!
Don't forget to join us next week!

Country Yossi Family Magazine Purim Issue

Country Yossi Family Magazine Issue #190 / Vol 26 No 8

Our spectacular Purim parody issue.

Megillas Lester has raised the bar on Jewish video production to levels rivaling Disney and Pixar! We got the inside story from the talented team that produced this magnificent masterpiece!

We also spotlight the Big Chazaq Event II and take you behind the exciting preparations to this most amazing and unforgettable happening!

Of course, our National Yenta Purim Parody will have you staggering around before you even had your first drink!

Put some in your Shalach Monos!

Wishing you all ah freilichin Purim!

Never Heard Before! It’s the Kivi & Tuki Vol 6 COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Sampler!


You've read about it, you've heard about it... now you can hear just a bit of it before its March 7 release! Just hit the button! Check out the full announcement by clicking here!

The Country Yossi Show 20140204


Country Yossi began by talking about hanging out with his friend Jim Nasium. No. that's not right. He was actually talking about working out at the Gymnasium, and other weighty issues.

The we took a break for some Country Yossi Music: "I Will Follow Him."

Next came our first helping of shailes, as taken from Rabbi Moshe Atik's Torah Teasers.
Did you know this is the last Country Yossi Show for the next three weeks? Country and Heshy are skipping town for a bit. Dov Shurin will be sitting in, as well as bringing us the latest news from Israel, as he did tonight.
Country swapped his cowboy hat for his weather man hat to give us the details on tonight's Winter Storm Warning. If you get snowed in and still have power, you can pass the time listening to old shows from our vast archive. If you lose power, you can, um, listen by candlelight!

The Purim issue of Country Yossi Family Magazine is due to be released March 7. Wanna be in it? Call 718 851-2010. Wanna read it? You can do so in print, or in the Country Yossi Family Magazine Digital Archive.

How about a second helping of CY Music: "Learning Together."

Dov Shurin returned to remind us about the heartbreaking story of six-year-old Rafael Elisha Meir Cohen, and his battle with brain cancer. To learn more and be part of this great mitzvah, read this Communtiy Magazine article For more information, call  Devorah at 469 230-8779.

We wrapped things up with some more shailes, then beat a hasty retreat before it was too late.

See you March 4!