Portland Jewish Hour

The Portland Jewish Hour

Jewish, Yiddish, Ladino, Klezmer, Israeli, Mizrahi and Sephardic Music and Culture

Every Sunday 10-11 am Pacific Time

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Episode Archive

Portland Yiddish Hour on 09/02/12

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Sun, 09/02/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Interview with Portland historian Polina Olsen

Tune in this Sunday for a special Yiddish Hour! Host Liz Schwartz will be interviewing local Jewish historian Polina Olsen about her new book, Portland in the 1960s. In keeping with the countercultural theme, she'll also feature 60s music by Jewish artists and other great music from our collective Jewish past.

Portland Yiddish Hour on 08/19/12

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Sun, 08/19/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Yiddish Hour on 08/12/12

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Sun, 08/12/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Yiddish Hour on 08/05/12

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Sun, 08/05/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Yiddish Hour on 07/29/12

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Sun, 07/29/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Yiddish Hour on 07/01/12

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Sun, 07/01/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Alicia Jo Rabins (Girls in Trouble) performs live; Jewish Canadian music for Canada Day

Girls In Trouble is back in Portland! Composer, musician, scholar and innovator Alicia Jo Rabins will be on the show to talk about her current project, a rock opera about Bernie Madoff.

July 1 is Canada Day, and to celebrate it, we'll be featuring music by Jewish musicians north of the border.

Portland Yiddish Hour on 06/03/12

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Sun, 06/03/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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A tribute to children's author Maurice Sendak

 Portland Yiddish Hour Tribute to Maurice Sendak.

Join us for a special tribute to acclaimed children's author Maurice Sendak, who died last month. We'll be playing Pincus and the Pig, Sendak's version of Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf, with music by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

Portland Yiddish Hour on 04/15/12

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Sun, 04/15/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish music and stories about money and taxes

Taxes got you down? Join host Liz Schwartz for this week's Yiddish Hour, where we'll feature music about money and a special live short story performance reading by radio actor George Lederer.

Portland Yiddish Hour on 03/25/12

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Sun, 03/25/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Yiddish Hour - Bands of Gypsies!

Today's Roma musicians are carrying forward many of the musical traditions of the disappeared Klezmer world of eastern Europe. Join Barry as we continue our exploration of Balkan and Gypsy music, including tunes from the Eugene band, Kef (appearing Saturday night 5/24 at the White Eagle - see photo). 

We will also feature a couple of songs from Vanessa Paloma (appearing April 3 at Lewis and Clark, singing Judeo-Spanish music from Sephardic Morocco) and, perhaps a few words about Pesach!

Portland Yiddish Hour on 03/18/12

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Sun, 03/18/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish/Irish music

The Jewish-Irish Connection

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, host Liz Schwartz shines the spotlight on Ireland's Jewish community, with history and music from the Emerald Isle.


Jewish Hour featuring an interview wiht Professor Dianne Ashton about her new book, Hanukkah in America: a history.

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Sun, 12/22/2013
Artist Title Album Label Link
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (Della Vita) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (By the Waters) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Y-Love/Erran Baron Cohen My Hanukkah Songs in the Key of Hanukkah New Line Records www.amazon.com
Interview with Professor Dianne Ashton        
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Kozatsky 'til you Dropsky A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Latkes Queens A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra March of the Macabees A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Araber Tants A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Tants Chinese A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Dreydls A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Waltz of the Ruggelach A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
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Sun, 07/07/2013

George Lederer talks about the concept of the Yiddish term "kinnehora" (without the evil eye), and reads a story by the same title, from author Jerome Weidman.

PYH-20130616- Eprhyme

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Sun, 06/16/2013

Jacob's Last Yiddish Hour Show, featuring an interview with Jewish Hip Hop Artist eprhyme.

Jacob Interviews Eprhyme on Portland Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/16/2013

An interview with Eprhyme, a Jewish hip hop artist who drew musical inspiration from the Pacific Northwest

June 9 Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/09/2013

the automagic archive was enjoying a Sunday stroll and not working! Here's the audio from the Yiddish Hour this last Sunday

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Eric Klein interview 5-26-2013

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Sun, 05/26/2013

Yiddish Hour host Barry Lavine interviews Portlander Eric Klein, who is working with Toronto writer Michael Wex on a project to translate the 1921 Classic Yiddish novel, "In Poylishe Velder" (In the Forests of Poland) into a free e-book for 2015.  Details can be found at www.michaelwex.com.  The actual project which requires YOUR donation is at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-authorized-translation-of-a-classic-yiddish-novel-into-english?c=home

Ellen Cassedy Interview

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Sun, 02/10/2013

Interview with Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust

Ellen Cassedy went to Vilnius, Lithuania in order to study Yiddish and connect with a place where some of her ancestry originated from.

Find out more at her website: http://www.ellencassedy.com/

Portland Jewish Hour Interview with Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon

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Sun, 01/20/2013

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring live interviews and performances with local composer/musicians Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon.

A Prayer in Wake of a School Shooting

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Sun, 12/16/2012

This content aired as part of the Portland Yiddish Hour on December 16, 2012.  The prayer was written by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and is read by host Ed Kraus.  The music is Armenian duduk, played by Djivan Gasparyan.

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Interview with Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble

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Sun, 07/01/2012

Liz Schwartz's interview with Alicia Jo Rabins, founder of Girls In Trouble, an original art-pop song cycle about women in Torah. GIT has released two albums with Jdub Records and has toured across the US, Canada, England, Italy and Sweden. Alicia is currently working on A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, an experimental performance piece about the intersection of mysticism and finance, which will premiere in New York City in the autumn of 2012.

This interview first aired on the Portland Yiddish Hour on July 1, 2012. It also includes two new songs from Alicia: "Open the Ground," and "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff" (the Kaddish was recorded at the LABA Festival at the 14th St. Y in New York City in May 2012).

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Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/27/2014

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DediRotzohDediYossi Green Productions
Misha MarmerFiddlerwww.youtube.com
Gheorghe ZamfirDoină de jale - Ciocârlia Sad Song - The Lark(1)www.youtube.com
Sahmir Shukri, Nivine Jaabri, Elias Julianos, Lubna Salame, Leah Shabat, Shlomo Gronich, Zehavah Ben, Eli LuzonThe Jewish Arab Peace Songwww.youtube.com
Benny FriedmanNiggun KarlinSimchas Hachayim 3Aderet
Yoel FalkowitzNiggun ViznitzSimchas Hachayim 3Aderet
Maxim SolnikerClarinet Freylachswww.youtube.com
Giora FeidmanThe Dance of Firewww.youtube.com
Sharit HadadBa Liwww.youtube.com
Barbra Streisand and Johnny MathisONE GODwww.youtube.com

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/20/2014

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Paul Marleyn/John LenehanMeditation HebraiqueFrom Jewish LifeSignum Classicswww.paulmarleyn.com
St. Lawrence String Quartet/Todd PalmerThe Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the BlindYiddishbbukEMI Classicswww.osvaldogolijov.com
Cuarteto LatinoamericanoSuenos de SefaradEncoresDorianwww.cuartetolatinoamericano.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring classical music by Argentinean Jewish composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose work The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind was performed by Chamber Music Northwest this weekend.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/13/2014

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ofra fukseize boker shel zahavshiri hameshurerim leyeladim2012 NMC MUSIC LTD
Arik EinsteinKama HamPoozyUniccell under license from Phonokol Hachadasha 2012 Ltd under license from NTE
Aya KoremKaitzAya Korem2006 Anana Ltd
Mika KarniKol KaitzMika Karni1997 Helicon Ltd
Yarena AraziKaitz shel NechamotMitoch SheahavtiUnicel under an exclusive license from Phonokol Hachadasha 2012 Ltd
Hadg NahashShirat HastikerChomer Mekomi2004 Anana
Smir Shukri & Miri AloniShir LashalomYom Huledet2014 Azulay Productions PIL LTD
Ahinoam Nini & Mira AwadThere must be another waywww.youtube.com
ShevaSallamShe-va2007 Blue Ple
Uzi HitmanElohim Sheli Ratziti ShetedaShiri Hayeladim
Anya BukstainYom EchadSingle2012 NMC United Entertainment LTD
Margalit TzananiOd Yeheye LiMenta2014 Reuveni Production By PIL LTD
Shlomi Shaban & Chava AlberstainTargil BehitorerutTargil Behitorerut2014 The Eighth Note and Shlomi Shaban
Shuli Rutzick with Hebrew songs about  the hot summer and a wish for peace

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/06/2014

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Ofra FuckseEiza boker shel ZahavShiri Hameshurerim le'yeladim2012 NMC Music Ltd
GazozLechvod Hakaitz20 Halahitim1990 NMC Music LTD
Meir ArielZirey KaitzZirey Kaitz2010 Anana Ltd
Boom PamEin GalimManara2014 Essay Recording
Yardena AraziKaitz shel NechamotMitoch SheahavtiUniccell under license from Phonokol Hachadasha 2012 Ltd under license from NTE
Berri SacharoffEir shel KaitzNegiot
Beni AmdurskiTilbeshi LavanAni Gitara 2
Shlomo ArtziShir KaitzHataklit Harishon1970 He'd Arzi Music LTD
Gideon GeraifAfifon shel Kaitzwww.youtube.com
Arik AinsteinKama HamPoozyUnicel under an exclusive license from Phonokol Hachadasha 2012 Ltd
Mika KarniKol KaitzMika Karni1997 Helicon Ltd
Aya KoremKaitzAya Korem2006 Anana Ltd
Shuli Rutzick is back from a short break with Hebrew songs that welcome the summer

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 06/29/2014

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UzcaKona HoraA Jewish OdysseyPutumayo World Music
The Klezmer Conservatory BandMeron NignA Jewish OdysseyPutumaya World Music, 2000
The Yeshiva Boys ChoirAh Ah Ah Ashreiwww.youtube.com
Avraham FriedDdoh Beiwww.youtube.com
Yossi Green and Mordechai Ben DavidAnovimwww.youtube.com
Lipa SchmeltzerChaverimShemaJJ Fried
Mordechai Ben DavidU'vayom HaShabbosJust One ShabbosSuki & Ding
Mordechai Ben DavidYidden (Live)Live in YerushalayimZichron Menachem
Lipa SchmeltzerNesias KapayimShemaJJ Fried
The Yeshiva Boys ChoirYI-HA-LI-LUwww.youtube.com
Peter & Ellen AllardLittle Taste of TorahLittle Taste of Torah
Ella FitzgeraldBei Mir Bist Du Schoenwww.youtube.com
(Lu Yihi) לו יהיChava Albersteinwww.youtube.com

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 06/22/2014

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The Chicago Klezmer EnsembleRumeynischer BulgarishThe Soul of KlezmerNetwork Germanywww.amazon.com
David FuksYeshiva Boykboo.org
David FuksAV Boykboo.org
KlezmaticsShvarts und VaysSoul of KlezmerNetwork Germanywww.amazon.com
David FuksHeal Us and We Shall Be Healedkboo.org
MuzikasLamenting SongThe Soul of KlezmerNetwork Germanywww.amazon.com
Moscow Ensemble of Jewish MusicA glezele l'chaimwww.hasidic-cappella.com
Avraham FriedKale hahedeisNo Jew Will Be Left BehindSameach Music
Moscow Ensemble of Jewish MusicThe Hen
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring writer/storyteller David Fuks reading three of his short stories live on the air.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 06/15/2014

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KapelyeOy Tate, s'iz gitThe Soul of Klezmer
Scott GerberDad's SongSongs of a Jewish Cowboy
Robert AbelsonA Vater tzu zayn zunLazar Weiner: The Art of Yiddish SongThe Miliken Archive for Jewish Music
Ida Rae CahanaVolt Mayn Tate Raykh GevenLazar Weiner: The Art of Yiddish SongThe Miliken Archive for Jewish Music
Sir Georg Solti/Chicago SymphonyMahler Symphony No. 1, "Titan," 2nd mvt.Mahler, Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"
Samson KemelmaherA Yiddishe TateYoutube
Yaacov ShapiroMy Yiddishe Tate's ClarinetYoutube
Lerner & BoguilevskyTati Un Mami TanzKlezmer in Buenos Aires
Gadi ElonMy ZaydeYoutube
Ivri LiderZachiti le'ehov (I Have Won Love)YouTube
Rona KenanBaderech HaBayta (On the Way Home)YouTube
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Father's Day and Gay Pride.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 06/01/2014

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GolemTanz!Tanz!Discos Corasonkboo.org
George LedererThe Shot At Sarajevo
Flory JagodaAdio Queridawww.youtube.com
GolemVodka is PoisonTanz!Discos Corasongolemrocks.com
GolemMy HorseTanz!Discos Corasongolemrocks.com
GolemLove You All the TimeTanz!Discos Corasongolemrocks.com
Cantor Ida Rae CahanaBarchu
Cantor Ida Rae CahanaV'erastich Li
Gerard EderyMontanas AltasLinda Amigawww.gerardedery.com
San Francisco Klezmer EnsembleA NignZing!www.klezx.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring George Lederer reading I. B. Singer's story, The Shot At Sarajevo. Also featured: Golem's new album, Tanz! and a preview of music from Cantor Ida Rae Cahana's upcoming recital with Portland Piano International's Summer Festival.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 05/25/2014

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Nina SimoneEretz Zavat ChalavBlack SabbathThe Idelsohn Societyidelsohnsociety.com
Ben SnofIm Eschka'chek YerushalayimYoutubewww.youtube.com
Marsh DondurmaYour Yemenite SideOur NeighborhoodShchunawww.marshdondurma.com
Hadag NachashHineh, Ani BaBe'ezrat HaJam (With the Help of The JamHez Arzihadagnahash.com
Etti AnkriYefe Nofwww.youtube.com
Idan RaichelShuvi El BeytiThe Idan Raichel ProjectCumbanchawww.idanraichelproject.com
Mahalia JacksonWalk to JerusalemThe Essential Mahalia Jacksonwww.youtube.com
Ofra HazaYerushalayim Shel Zahavwww.youtube.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), with songs about Jerusalem and artists based in or born in that city.

Here's a link to the hilarious video of Hadag Nachash singing "Hineh, Ani Ba" (Here I Come): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kke3gP1Opi4

Here's a link to the video ofEtti Ankri's version of Yefe Nof (Beautiful Landscape) with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3t3SGFQT8E

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 05/11/2014

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Elaine Hoffman Watts – Chasidische Freilach from I Remember Klezmer                                       3:28
EHW – Zigainer Tantz from I Remember Klezmer                                                                            4:23
Eishes Chayil/Barry Sisters                                                                                                                 3:10
Voyl iz der Mammen                                                                                                                          2:55 
Mamaliege Tanzen                                                                                                                               2:25
Di Mame iz gegangen-Adrienne Cooper                                                                                            4:17
Rubies-GIT                                                                                                                                         4:17
A la nana                                                                                                                                             3:07
Mama Mia Mi Querida                                                                                                                       2:20
Rozhinkes mit Mandeln – Judy Alpert                                                                                               2:45


Cantors/Liturgical Music


                                                                                                              September 5, 2010

Dear Mrs.  Falk:


     The liturgical music is splendid!  Thanks so much.  Please keep it coming.

     By the way, if you have any cookbooks left over after distributing them to your children, please make an announcement during the "The Yiddish Hour".  I would love to purchase some more for my collection.


     Happy New Year.



                                                                                                            S.E.  Halpern

Got up late. ;-(

 Hey, I missed the Yiddish Hour this morning. Is it archived? How do I find it to listen to? --DameEdithDivine@gmail.com

 Dylan in Costa Rica!

Old Show archives

Dear Dame Divine!

We don't podcast our regular music shows for legal reasons.  KBOO pays a license to broadcast and stream live over the internet, but not for later podcast so ... sorry.

If we produce content ourselves such as the comedy skits and interviews, that you can find via the audio link on our Yiddish Hour page.  We also post playlists in case you need to know what we played.   That show was by Barry ... the KBOO website is undergoing a revision and it might take a few more days before you can see the playlist from that show.

Of course, if you are clever you could set your computer to capture the live stream of the show to disk then play it back at your convenience!  It's just that we can't legally do this for you.

All the best,


Yiddish Hour - 9/6/09 show

A lively broadcast. Enjoyed Sheila Fox's voice and joyful klezmer music, a beautiful gift for Elul. Thanks to Liz for bringing this show to KBOO.

Ramon Tasat


Who is Ramon Tasat? (Who is John Galt?!!?)


Ramón Tasat

Hello L ... I have posted comments on the playlist for today's show (Feb 8th) that should point you all in the right direction regarding Ramón Tasat. Sorry that I neglected to give you this basic biographical info on the air, but the Emergency Alert System procedures distracted me. Please give us your feedback about the Yiddish Hour, we are always looking to find out what the audience likes. As your program hosts, we have a great deal of flexibility in what we program...so if you give us feedback we can do a better job for you! Ed

yiddish hour

I like this fuzzy-quality, old-school stuff from the 1920's and earlier that comes up every now and then on the Yiddish Hour! My entry into Klezmer and other Yiddish music was through modern bands like New Orleans Klzemer All-stars and Rabbincal School Dropouts, definitely yiddish-infused but with a heavier, funky beat. It's cool to go back and hear the source. Thanks!

Old-school klezmer

Glad you like the archival stuff; it's some of my favorite music to play, too, precisely for the reason you mentioned. Also, nobody tears it up like Dave Tarras, IMO.

Zei gezint,


great program, shanda at Spertus

Hi Yankl,

Great show today!

I hope you had a great time in Chicago visiting your kids. I got to know Shainah when she joined the shul where I davened in Chicago. I moved back to PDX (my hometown) last summer, though I try to get back to visit the Chicago chevra at least once a year. I was hoping to see the maps exhibit at Spertus too when I get back there next, and think that censorship is generally an immature response to difficult questions. I hope you get someone from Spertus on the show next week so we can hear more about this.

Groisse dank,

Portland Yiddish Hour


I was looking for the set list for the May 11th 2008 show. There was a song that I heard at about 10:30 am that morning, entitled "Gefilte Fish and Matzo Balls" I think. I wanted to know who the artist was that performed the song.

Greatly Appreciated!!

Much Thanks,

Gefilte fish and matzo balls

Thanks for getting in touch about our May 11 show. We had a sub that day, but I know (and love) the track that you're asking about, which was recorded by Slim Gaillard. He had a few other Yiddishoid records, such as the immortal "Draysik Sents".


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