Stephanie Butnick

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I'm a host of Unorthodox, the universe's leading Jewish podcast, produced by Tablet Magazine. I'm also deputy editor of Tablet and oversee our podcast network, Tablet Studios. 

My podcast co-hosts and I published The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between (buy it here!), and spent most of our pre-pandemic days on the road doing live shows and book events across the country. Now my cat co-hosts all my Zoom events.

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Unorthodox podcast

Unorthodox is a fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture hosted by me and two Tablet colleagues, Mark Oppenheimer and Liel Leibovitz. Listen to new episodes every Thursday on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Some of my favorite guests on the show have been Nick Kroll, Jodi Kantor, Adeena Sussman, Mayim BialikMike Solomonov, Esther Safran FoerJonathan Adler and Simon DoonanJesse Eisenberg, and husband-of-the-pod Ben CohenI've also been lucky enough to visit the Joyva factory in Brooklyn, report from the former Yiddish chicken farming community in Petaluma, CA, and make sprinkle challah with Food Network's Molly Yeh. 

We do live shows! Email unorthodox@tabletmag.com to book. 

Matthew Lipsen Photography, courtesy Stroum JCC

 
Books!

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia:

From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between

Smart, highly entertaining, and just a little bit irreverent, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia covers culture, religion, history, habits, language, and beyond. It's everything you ever wanted to know about Judaism, and Jewishness, and much, much more.

Bookshop.org | IndieBound

The 100 Most Jewish Foods: 

A Highly Debatable List

Tablet’s list of the most Jewish foods is not about the most popular Jewish foods, or the tastiest, or even the most enduring. The 100 Most Jewish Foods is a list of the most significant foods culturally and historically to the Jewish people, explored deeply with essays, recipes, stories, and context. The entire list is up for debate, which is what makes this book so much fun. 

Bookshop.org | IndieBound

 

Events

(Virtual for now, in person again one day)

Monday, February 8 Unorthodox hosts Stephanie Butnick, Mark Oppenheimer, and Liel Leibovitz will be discussing The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia as part of the JCC of Greater New Haven's Jewish Author Series. 7 p.m. EST; Register here.

Wednesday, March 10Unorthodox hosts Stephanie Butnick, Mark Oppenheimer, and Liel Leibovitz will be returning to the Washington Hebrew Congregation to discuss The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia at 8 p.m. EST; registration info to come.

Thursday, March 11 — Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz will be discussing The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia as part of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches' Book Festival. 7:30 p.m. EST; Register here.

Sunday, May 23Unorthodox hosts Stephanie Butnick, Mark Oppenheimer, and Liel Leibovitz will be returning to Wyomissing, PA to speak with the Jewish Federation of Reading at 1 p.m. EST; registration info to come.

Email me to book a speaking event with your community.