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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EP 8: Author of “To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel”

Guest: Jonathan Neumann, author of, “To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel.” Host: Peretz Summary: – Judaism has become a slave to liberal politics. – Traditional Judaism has failed to create a redemptive vision. – The book is very blunt and harsh, why? Click here to purchase the book.

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EP 7: A Secular Jew’s Support of Religious Organizations, and a Few Words on Wealth

Guest: Chairman of a Fortune 500 Company Host: Peretz Summary: – From believing in public school and rejecting parochial school, to supporting Jewish Day Schools. – “Jewish continuity is important to me, why it’s important I can’t tell you.” – The challenges of wealth.  

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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.

EP 6: The Antidote to Narcissism: Investment


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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EP 6: Kosher v. Doing Good


Place eating an exclusively kosher diet – no buttered lamb for instance- alongside giving one’s resources – fiscal or talent – towards a worthwhile cause. Then ask, “What measurable impact and value does each, observing kosher and doing good, have on the world?” Young people are asking this question and concluding that a kosher diet,…

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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

Sponsorhip Oppurtunities

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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.