Episode 6: Nosh (pt 1)

In episode 6 of The Kibitz, host Dan Crane gets his nosh on by talking kosher laws with David and Moshe Kasher and interviewing the director and a producer of City of Gold. City of Gold consulting producer Lara Rabinovitch tells us about her bat mitzvah in a Kid Walks in to a Bar, and nana waxes nostalgic about schmaltz and gribenes!


Who's in this episode?


Kasher vs. kasher: RE: Kosher

David Kasher grew up in Oakland, California, but spent his summers in Hassidic Brooklyn, and he's been integrating these experiences ever since. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he knocked around for several years in yeshivas in Israel before landing in rabbinical school at Chovevei Torah, where he was ordained in 2007. He now spends his time bringing Torah to the people, one living room discussion group at a time, as the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah. He's also working on a doctorate in Legal Philosophy, and writes a blog on the weekly Torah portion. You can read it, or listen to the podcasted version, at




Moshe Kasher. Comedian. Child Genius. Jew. Jew Comedian. OBGYN. Pleasure center. Good tipper. Guiding light. Beefcake. He lives alone in LA. Featured on: NBC, E!’s Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, @midnight, Conan, Carson Daly, Showtime’s Shameless, MTV & more… Currently the Co-host of The Champs podcast and the author of the acclaimed memoir Kasher In The Rye on Grand Central Publishing. Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch”, LA Times’ “Faces to Watch”, and iTunes’ “Comic of the Year”.





City of Gold Director Laura Gabbert and Consulting Producer Lara Rabinovitch

Documentary director Laura Gabbert's critically acclaimed films deploy full measures of humor and drama to unflinchingly put a human face on such difficult social issues as aging, the environment, and AIDS. NO IMPACT MAN, which the Los Angeles Times called "terrifically entertaining, compelling and extremely funny.” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and played theatrically in over 30 cities. Her previous film SUNSET STORY won multiple awards, including prizes at Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival. About it, New York Times critic Manohla Dargis wrote, "Perfect of its kind…Sunset Story may break your heart, but it will also make your day." Other credits include the PBS documentary THE HEALERS OF 400 PARNUSSUS, the ITVS feature film TARANTELLA starring Mira Sorvino, and the Sundance Competition and Venice Film Festival feature, GETTING TO KNOW YOU.
Most recently, Laura directed and produced the feature length documentary CITY OF GOLD about Pulitzer Prize winning Los Angeles Times food writer Jonathan Gold. The film premiered in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
About CITY OF GOLD, the New York Times said, “…the film does as much to demystify and yet romanticize Los Angeles as any Chandler novel.” IFC/Sundance Selects bought the film at Sundance and it will open theatrically in March, 2016.

Lara Rabinovitch, PhD (NYU 2012), is a specialist in food culture and history. She is working on a book about pastrami and 'Little Rumania' in early twentieth century New York City.

She is the Consulting Producer for "City of Gold," the Sundance/IFC documentary about the Pulitzer-prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold, in theaters now.



A 95-year old nana tells jokes and stories

Janice “Nana” Lubbin is 95-years-young and lives in Los Angeles. She’s the proud mother of two children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  


Host: Dan Crane

Dan Crane is a writer, musician, Jew (lax, loves lox) and professional air-guitarist. He’s the author of To Air is Human and stars in the documentary, Air Guitar Nation. He writes about culture and travel for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, California Sunday, Slate, and numerous other publications. When he’s not writing, or hosting air guitar championships at home and abroad, he plays “there” guitar in various bands including Nous Non Plus and Ray & Remora.






This podcast is sponsored by the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.