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Authentic & Candid

A New Conversation with Chanie & Peretz engages in authentic conversations on a variety of topics which in turn empower listeners, especially students and young adults, to think critically and thoughtfully, and grow to become better people.

All podcasts are done in person to ensure that they are nuanced and authentic, and hosted by either Chanie or Peretz.

Every podcast will be accompanied by an essay to highlight some of its points or to delve deeper into it. Some will be followed by a conversation with a group of Brandeis students and posted here.

The podcasts are divided into three groups, Lives, Leaders, and Conversations with Chanie & Peretz.


Will focus on conversations with individuals who've gone beyond their comfort zone and are willing to discuss it.

Not wanting to draw attention to themselves and to ensure the highest level of authenticity, they can choose to be anonymous.


Will focus on conversations with individuals who are leaders in a particular field and want impact it meaningfully.

This includes authors, philanthropists, educators, and non-profit leaders.


C & P

Periodically, conversations between Chanie and Peretz will be featured so that listeners can enjoy their perspectives and thoughts on a range of topics.

Topics will range from current events, books they are reading, or reflections on life in general.


Latest Episodes

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OT: The Balancing Challenge of a Torah Educator

February 19, 2020

Being in a healthy relationship with someone demands that the character of the people be present and vibrant.Paying someone to begin a relationship with Judaism taints the potency of it.In this podcast we discuss our drive and commitment to nurture people’s characters in order to be in a healthy relationship with Judaism.*OT [Our Thoughts] are episodes…

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A Debate on Pay-to-Pray (actually study)

January 26, 2020

Rabbi Beryl Gershenfeld is a pioneer in Jewish college student engagement who introduced a new, yet old method, to engage college students in Jewish learning. Namely, to pay them. His success has spawned other organizations, including Chabad, to imitate it. We disagree with this approach and in this episode the issue is debated.

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Latest Essays

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Each podcast is accompanied with an essay highlighting some of its points to further develop the conversation.

Students and Giving; Our Responsibility

By Chanie Chein | May 12, 2019

A summary of our podcast Students and Giving; Our Responsibility. Peretz: This past week we re-introduced our students to a concept we developed a few years back, inviting them to become Shareholders of Chabad at Brandeis at $10 a month. Becoming a Shareholder is a lot more than a financial gift, it’s a statement of value and partnership.…

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EP 6: The Antidote to Narcissism: Investment

By Peretz Chein | January 17, 2019

When Chanie and I married, 19 years ago today, the 11th of Shevat, we were committed to living our lives together and raising our future family as Shluchim (emissaries) of the Rebbe. In simpler terms that meant to be wholly dedicated to positively impact the lives of individuals and the world. It also meant to do…

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Live Conversations

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To bring these podcasts to life we discuss some of them with students at Brandeis University in an open and engaging forum. The conversations are  held when school is in session. They are streamed on Facebook Live, then posted

Sponsorship Opportunities

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About us and our conversations

Through our leadership of the Chabad House at Brandeis University we have been engaging in nuanced and authentic conversations with a broad and diverse group of people.

Now we are highlighting these trademark conversations with the public so that its impact can expand beyond Waltham, MA.