Twin Sons of Mixed Jewish-Arab Marriage Celebrate Their Bar Mitzvah


Twin Sons of Mixed Jewish-Arab Marriage Celebrate Their Bar Mitzvah

Our story has a happy ending, but a very painful beginning. It starts with a Jewish woman marrying an Arab, moving in with his family and bearing him four children. Recently, the husband died of complications related to alcohol consumption, and the woman was left totally alone, abandoned by both her Jewish family and that of her Arab husband's.

The woman wanted to return to Judaism but didn't know where to begin. Her daughter came to the rescue, phoning Yad L'Achim's hotline with a plea for help.

"My mother is determined to make her way back to Judaism, despite the difficulties," she said. "She's even moved to the south of Israel to be able to raise her children in a Jewish environment so that they can grow up as faithful members of the Jewish people. But she needs help."

Yad L'Achim responded immediately, pairing the mother with one of its most experienced social workers.

"In our initial meetings, she couldn't stop talking about what she'd been through," recalls the social worker. "She spoke of a difficult childhood that led her to enter into a relationship with an Arab, about how her Jewish family severed ties with her and about the challenges of raising children by herself. I reassured her that from that day on she was beginning a new chapter in her life."

Yad L'Achim found someone in that Negev town to take the woman and her family under their wing. In addition, mentors were found for the children, including twin sons who were nearing Bar Mitzvah age.

The mentors taught the boys how to put on tefillin and how to read from the Torah. Yad L'Achim purchased tefillin of the highest standards for the boys, which they began wearing daily this week after celebrating their Bar Mitzvah. The boys read from the Torah with precision and meaning in a most moving ceremony.

The emotional highlight came when two of the boy's uncles, their mother's brothers, entered the shul to participate in the event. These brothers had joined the rest of the family in writing off their sister. But after much effort made by Yad L'Achim to get the family to reestablish ties, the brothers broke down and agreed to grace the double Bar Mitzvah with their presence.

For the mother, the celebration marked a new future for her Jewish sons and a new beginning in her efforts to reconnect to her family.

For more information visit or Yad L'Achim: 4018 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Tel: 1-866-923-5224 (1-866-YAD-LACH) Fax: (718)633-0235.


Country Yossi Family Magazine Issue #199 / Vol 28 No 3

This year's basically coverless Rosh Hashana issue hits the ether with the clarion call of the cyber shofar still ringing in our ears! Chock full of apple and honey delights to sweeten your new year, you'll revel in Torah insights, neo- syllogistic nostalgia and a potpourri of popular literary porridge so to speak. When you figure out what the hay I'm talking about please let me know😎!

Wishing you all the sweetest most wonderful year filled with the choicest heavenly delights!

Your eternal friend,
Country Yossi

Mazel Tov, American Theological in Kiamesha!

On Monday, August 10, 2015, Sullivan Renaissance's $10,000 Community Mitzvah Award went to American Theological in Kiamesha for beautifying its facility. Second place award of $5000 went to Khal Divre Chaim Bungalow Colony in Kauneonga Lake; while third place of $3000 was awarded to Camp Bais Yaakov in Ferndale.  Camp Bais Yaakov was also given a special Judge’s “Wow” Award of $1000 for its beautiful flowers.  This contest included ten camps and bungalow colonies in Sullivan County. 

The Community Mitzvah Awards were judged by Mary Lewis, Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein and our own Country Yossi Toiv.  The data collector was Judy Green.

For a complete list of winners, please read the press release.

Country in the Country 20150816


It's that time of the week when you regret not having fixed the off button on the radio, but the silver lining to that dark cloud is that it's the last Country in the Country show of the summer!

We began with that old chestnut "Big Bad Moish," from that even older chestnut, Country Yossi:
And one of Country Yossi's Classic Calls, "Genenbdle 5 Boros":
And a couple of tracks from NCSY's The Jewish Version, for which Yossi wrote the lyrics, "Bezras Hashem" and "HeyThere Gedalya":
After a call, some more Country Yossi music, "Peel One More Potato (For The Kugel)"
Then the latest news from Israel with Dov Shurin,
who again mentioned his new favorite book:
Another Classic Call? Sure! How about "Yentl Feet In Yard":
And then some more CY Music: "Kurrybone":
Which brought us to another call, a little break, and "When Moshiach Comes":
Again with the calls? And again with the music? This time it's "Bubba Basra":
And the callers wouldn't stop! Neither would the music. "Hello Mameh":
And there's still room for more music? "Seven Little Kids":
And we switched gears for the arrival of Rabbi Moshe Meir Wiess and his gevaldigeh Divrei Torah.
As the minutes ticked by until the end of the show, we heard "Tick Tock":
A final call and the 2015 summer season was in the history books, and right here in the online archive. See you somewhere soon!

Country in the Country 20150809


Another lovely summer evening tarnished by arrival of Country Yossi and Country in the Country. But don't let that stop you from listening. You'll have almost two hours to find a better reason.

We had a caller right of the gate, followed by a little Country Yossi music, "Oh, Yankel" and "Bashert":
Then back to the phones and Dov Shurin with the latest news from Israel.
Here's the must-have book Dov discussed:
And then, by special request from your humble podcaster, "Is This the Way to Monticello" by Marc Hoffman and the Bungalowfers.
Then back to the phones we went! And then more Country Yossi music, "Boro Park" and "I'm Proud to Be a Part of Am Yisroel":
Did someone order a visit from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss? I thought so! Here he is now.
And a little more CY music: "Elan Elan" and "Somewhere Moshiach":
And as Country Yossi's career sinks slowly in the west, that was the end of the show. See you next week!

Country in the Country 20150802


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
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! 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!

Country in the Country 20150719


It's a summer heatwave, and along with the oppressive heat, we have an equally oppressive visit from Country in the Country!

As we're in The Nine Days, we shared two pieces of a capella music from Ari Goldwag:
Then came the shailes from Country Yossi, and the answers to the latest news from Israel with Dov Shurin.

Then more shailes and more a capella music from Ari Goldwag:
And two from Eli Gerstner & The Chevra:
Then came some gevaldigeh Divrei Torah from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss.
A last minute Grand Prize attempt, and then we were off for Tisha B'Av! Have an easy fast, and we'll see you in two weeks!

Country in the Country 20150712


Aaaaaand we're back. Country Yossi has finally returned to The Country. Just like the swallows returning to Capistrano. Or the return of your annual summer heat rash.

Since it's the Three Weeks, real music can't return until after Tisha B'Av, so we kicked things off with a little a capella action from Lev Tahor and a Country Yossi classic:

Then came the straining stirs stirring strains of County Yossi himself and "These I Remember..."

Up next , Country dusted off the shailes, so please excuse a little hustn. Then a little more a capella music from Lev Tahor:
Followed by a little a capella news from Israel with Dov Shurin.
And then some more of your calls, and a little more a capella music from Lev Tahor:
Another call, another a capella song...
Finally some reminiscences and Daf Yomi wisdom from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss.
And that was that! We'll see you next week. Remember, if you missed any information about Country Yossi's Gevaldigeh Sponsors, you should be able to find them in this handy interactive map.

Country Yossi Family Magazine Issue #198 / Vol 28 No 2

Our sizzling hot, perfectly balanced summer issue,precisely timed to coincide with the summer solstice (more or less) arrives neatly wrapped in a glossy cover topped by a soft to the touch lacquered finish complete with staples and abundant newsprint to satisfy even the most demanding and sophisticated reader! But only if you pick up a hard copy! Otherwise you will have to settle for this cheap cyber copy knockoff! Hope you enjoy it!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, healthy, altogether wonderful summer!

See ya on the radio!


But wait, there's more in our Country Yossi Family Magazine Digital Archive!

Country Yossi Family Magazine Issue #197 / Vol 28 No 1

Celebrating an iconic literary milestone, an historic new woodshed  in publishing and unfortunately for an unsuspecting public, the 27th anniversary issue of our estimated publication we are porous to present this pre-Pesach pouperrie of poultry pauperism! (Please forgive our auto-correct errors-it seems a piece of whole wheat bourekas fell into my i-pad!)
To celebrate, we decorate two staples with paper and print worthy of a prince! This landmark issue is guaranteed chometz-free, non-gebruks and actually printed in under 18 minutes!
Due to a paucity of editorial content it can also unfortunately be read in less than 18 minutes!
Be that as it may, we heretofore and forthwith probably president our 197th conservative issue of Countries Yossi familiar magazine in the belly that all men are created equal (except that some are more equal than others!)
Hope you enjoin!