Country Yossi Family Magazine Issue #206 / April 2017 Vol 30 No 1

Country in the Country 20150816

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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:
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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

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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

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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!

Country in the Country 20150719

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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

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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 in the Country 20140817

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It's the last Country in the Country of the summer. Finally! Awwwww....


First we have to let you know, if you haven't already heard, about the winners of the Sullivan Renaissance Awards, originally announced last Monday. The winner of the $10,000 Community Mitzvah Award went to Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel in Liberty 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 American Theological Camp in Kiamesha. Camp Simcha in Glen Spey received a special $5000 “Award of Excellence” as a role model for all institutions in Sullivan County. This contest included ten camps and bungalow colonies in Sullivan County. The three judges from outside the county were: Rabbi Joel Schwab of Middletown, Mary Lewis of Cornwall and our own Country Yossi Toiv of Brooklyn.

As for the show, we kicked of as usual with some Country Yossi music: "Shteeble People."
And then the calls and even more music: "Save Maftir for Me."
And then more calls, followed by Dov Shurin with the latest news from Israel.
We kicked off the second hour with some Kivi & Tuki music: "A Very Special Man."
Up next: Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah
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And just as quickly as it began, it ended!

Have a wonderful rest of the summer. Join us again in the city for The Country Yossi Show, and Country Yossi Family Magazine. Find out more about them right here as events warrant!

Country in the Country 20140810

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It's the penultimate Country in the Country show, and tonight Country Yossi welcomed back the music in a big way now that Shabbos Nachamu has come and gone, but not before we give you this important reminder:


You're invited to honor the volunteers who are improving communities throughout Sullivan County at the 2014 Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony tomorrow, Monday, August 11. The event is being held in the Events Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments; the program begins at 6:45 p.m.

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. Country Yossi will announce the Community Mitzvah Award winners on our last show of the summer next Sunday night.

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.

Out first hour featured a plethora of Country Yossi music interspersed with phone calls. We heard: "Seven Little Kids," "Hello Mameh," "Nebich of the Shteeble" and "Phantom of the Shteeble."
And the ever-popular "Kurrybone."
In hour two, a special request from your humble podcaster (who wrote the lyrics,) "Is This the Way to Monticello" by Marc Hoffman and the Bungaloafers. Listen to it right here and download it for free by clicking the song title below: 

Then some more Country Yossi and the Shteeble-Hoppers music: "Tick Tock."
And from Country Yossi's latest album with The Shteeble-Hoppers, "I'm Proud to be a Part of Am Yisroel" and later in the show, "Elan Elan."
Our broadcast would not be complete without a visit from Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss and his gevaldigeh divrei Torah.
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After that, a final sprint of quickie calls before we called it quits. And you called it a miracle.

Join us next week for one more summer show, if you can stand it.

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!