Apples and honey and shakshuka scandals: Recapping the biggest Jewish news stories of 5783

Shakshuka and apples and honey: the Bonjour Chai way of ringing in the year 5784. (Image generated by Stable Diffusion)

As Rosh Hashanah draws near, we wanted to take our annual look back at the biggest news stories of 5783. To get a sense of what topics dominated the Jewish news landscape, Avi and Phoebe invite Marc Weisblott, managing editor of The CJN, to dissect the media trends, from Israeli politics to the neverending mission of ending Jew hatred.

But before that, the panel tackles the biggest news story of the final week of 5783: shakshuka lady. Launching off Phoebe’s column on the politically charged debate, they examine whether the 29-year-old TikTokker, who all but taunted parents by showing off how she learned to make shakshuka because she doesn’t have kids, is emblematic of a wider discussion about public perceptions of singlehood—especially in the Jewish community.


Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold and Phoebe Maltz Bovy. Zachary Kauffman is the producer and editor. Michael Fraiman is the executive producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. Support the show by subscribing to this podcast, donating to The CJN and subscribing to the podcast’s Substack.