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

Please give us your feedback on the show!  You can comment on the show in general, or comment on a specific show by sending us an email at pdxjewish@yahoo.com.

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Episode Archive

Pesach is almost here!

Air date: 
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Passover and freedom music
Tune in to the Portland Jewish Hour this Sunday, April 13 for a special Passover show celebrating the chag in music from all over the world. I'll also be featuring songs about freedom from around the world, since freedom from oppression is the central theme of this holiday. Whether you're frantically chasing down those last crumbs of chametz or cooking for your seder, The Jewish Hour is the perfect Pesach accompaniment. Hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Portland Jewish Hour on 04/06/14

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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Celebrate Spring and love

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Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Songs of spring, love and Passover previews
Celebrate Spring with songs about love and spring flowers. Also, get a jump on your Passover cleaning  with the Portland Jewish Hour, hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Be happy, it's still Adar!

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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Revisiting Purim and Jewish-Irish music
Be Happy, it's still Adar!
Due to technical malfunctions, I was unable to broadcast last week's Purim/St. Patrick's Day show. So, since Purim is a topsy-turvy time of year when anything can happen, I'm turning back the calendar one week to bring you the show I wanted to play last week, a combination of Purim and St. Patrick's Day Jewish music. Hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Purim and Jewish/Irish connections

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Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Celebrate Jewish/Irish connections and Purim

Did you know there were Irish Jews? Tune in this Sunday March 16 for a combination of Purim and St. Patrick's Day celebrations on the Jewish Hour. 

Portland Jewish Hour on 03/09/14

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Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Russian around

Air date: 
Sun, 03/02/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Russian around
Thinking about Current Events, join Barry as we listen to some traditional Jewish music from Russia and the Ukraine. 

Time permitting, we'll also toss in some wild European contemporary klez and perhaps some other surprises.  Perfect for a rainy Sunday (better than sitting around watching CNN).

Portland Jewish Hour on 02/23/14

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Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour welcomes Portland singer/songwriter Beth Hamon for a live studio performance

Air date: 
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Singer-songwriter Beth Hamon performs live in the studio

Portland's own home-grown Jewish folk singer-songwriter Beth Hamon joins host Liz Schwartz for a live in-studio interview. Hamon will play songs from her recently released CD, Ten Miles, and we'll offer copies of the CD as thank you gifts to people who call in to become members of KBOO during our winter membership drive. Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Hot Jewish music for a cold weekend!

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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Hot music for a cold weekend!

Join Barry for some rousing klezmer music, to inspire you to call in your pledge, for our Winter Membership Drive!


Yeshiva Boy - A Short Story By David Fuks

program date: 
Sun, 01/17/2010

In this original story, a young Jewish boy learns the true power of prayer.

Originally aired on the Portland Yiddish Hour January 17, 2010

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Rabbi Aryeh Hirshfield - His Musical Roots and Legacy

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Sun, 12/27/2009

Portland's Rabbi Aryeh Hirshfield was a Rabbi, a musician, and a tireless activist for global peace and interfaith dialogue. 

Sunday December 27th 2009 was the first yahrtzeit, or anniversary of his death.  On this special Yiddish Hour we explore the roots of Reb Aryeh's music, and learn of his journey from musician playing Dylan and Spanish protest songs in Ghirardelli Square, to Rabbi and composer of liturgical music.


This program focuses on the musical origins of Reb Aryeh's music, as well as the activist roots behind his choices of sacred text.  There are recordings of music both old and new by Reb Aryeh and friends, and interviews with Rabbis Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin and Moshe Shur, both of whom are themselves composers of liturgical music used today in many Oregon synagogues. 

It's funny now that the show is finished, less than half of the music featured is from Rabbi Aryeh, but I hope that this program helps people already familiar with Aryeh's music to get a fuller picture of his musical and activist influences.

Rabbi Aryeh's music including the CD Batee L'Ganee can be purchased through this website http://www.rebaryeh.com and you can find links there to much more information about his life and his work as a rabbi and as an activist for justice and peace.  The new digitally remastered two CD set Wings of Peace & As The Deer Yearns is now also available!

Rabbi Shur's CD A Shur Thing can be found at www.jewishjukebox.com  ... and you can contact him through the Hillel program at Queens College in New York City.

Rabbi Yitzhak gave me a copy of his CD Treasure Each Day when I visited Temple Beth Israel in Eugene to record the interview.  I don't know if they sell the CD there, but you can call TBI at (541) 485-7218 and find out.


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Happy Hour with Sholem Aleichem

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Sun, 10/04/2009

A special Yiddish Hour featuring the Jewish Theatre Collaborative's production of "Happy Hour with Sholem Aleichem," directed by Sacha Reich, with music by Yankl Falk and Courtney von Drehle. Thanks to my co-host Ed Kraus for help with editing the audio.

Oregon Holocaust Memorial 5th Anniversary

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Sat, 08/22/2009

Five years ago the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in Portland's Washington Park was dedicated, to leave a legacy of hope for all citizens in our community and to teach what hatred and bigotry can do when an entire government endorses those ideologies.  A fifth anniversary event from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm Sunday August 30th 2009 at the memorial will feature teachers, political dignitaries, clergy, students, survivors, and musical interludes.

Lisa Kaner from Friends of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Miriam Greenstein from the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center speak with Yiddish Hour host Ed Kraus about the message of the memorial ... acceptance of diversity, and to protect the civil rights of each other. 

This Will Never Work Out

program date: 
Sat, 05/23/2009

From the stories of David Fuks, This Will Never Work Out

David Fuks shares with us a hilarious short story of young love in Detroit, Michigan.  The story was recorded and mixed for radio by Yiddish Hour host Ed Kraus.  This story first aired on May 24th, 2009.

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Holocaust Art and Music - Interview with Cantor Ida Rae Cahana

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Sat, 04/11/2009

April 19, 20, and 21 2009 are the dates for Portland's Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day) Community Commemoration.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Portland, The Archdiocese of Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Portland, University of Portland, and others.  For this year, instead of religious services the Holocaust experience will be explored through art, music, and film.  In particular the paintings, letters, and poems of survivor Alice Lok Cahana will be presented and discussed.  Alice Cahana is the mother of Rabbi Z. Michael Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel.

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana (daughter in law of Alice) was interviewed by host Ed Kraus on the Portland Yiddish Hour.  The upcoming performance Through My Mother's Eyes was discussed, along with the meaning for the Cahana family of making Alice's experiences public art and performance. 

The picture shown is No Names, part of the art that will be on display through May 24th at Portland Center Stage and at the Oregon Jewish Museum.


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Jews, Food and Ethics

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Sat, 03/28/2009

jewish foodThis show focuses on the intersection of Jews, food and ethics. Host Liz Schwartz interviews Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a major proponent of the eco-kashrut movement. Eco-kashrut expands on traditional kosher dietary practices by incorporating the ethics of sustainable growing systems, humane animal production and fair treatment for farm workers and meat processors. Also featured is Rabbi Morris Allen, who founded the Hekhsher Tzedek, an ethical certification seal that will appear on kosher food products. Finally, Liz talks with two of Portland's Jewish organic farmers.

Yuval Ron Interview

program date: 
Sat, 03/14/2009

Yuval Ron

Composer and musician Yuval Ron is the leader of the Yuval Ron Ensemble, a musical ensemble that builds musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths by performing sacred music of Arabic, Israeli, Jewish, Moslem, Sufi, and Armenian Church traditions.  Yuval Ron was interviewed on the Portland Yiddish Hour March 15, 2009 by host Ed Kraus.  This interview covers a wide range of topics including the origins of his ensemble, the musicians and the instruments they play, musicology of Arabic music styles, and thoughts about the relevance of reaching out to others in this time of extreme violence and suffering.

  More information about the Yuval Ron Ensemble can be found at www.yuvalronmusic.com


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The Chanukah Decorations 2008 Skit

program date: 
Sat, 12/27/2008

Script by Suzie Gouz and Ed Kraus - air date Dec 28, 2008

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The Subprime Sukkah Crisis

program date: 
Sat, 10/25/2008

The Subprime Sukkah Crisis - by Suzie Gouz and Ed Kraus

originally aired October 26, 2008, the week after Sukkot

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Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/21/2013

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The Jews Brothers BandHobosMy Yiddish SwingRouge Recordswww.jewsbrothers.com
Hamlet ZhouMasangoMavangaRed Admiral Recordswww.redadmiralrecords.com
Haris AlexiouMya Ine Oussiawww.alexiou.gr
Azul Fellawn/Akli D.Salam Aleikum
NoaYemeni Havdallah MusicYouTube clipwww.youtube.com
Tsadoq TsubeiriSar Ha-MemunehThe Yemenite JewsUnesco Collectionportal.unesco.org
Jacob do BandolimSempre TeuGreat Jewish Music: Jacob do BandolimTzadikwww.hdtracks.com
Jacob do BandolimAssanhadoGreat Jewish Music: Jacob do BandolimTzadikwww.hdtracks.com
St. Lawrence String QuartetLullaby-Doina-GalopYiddishbbukEMI Classicswww.osvaldogolijov.com
Frank London Klezmer Brass All-Stars/Manu NarayanVenkatachala NilayamYouTube clipwww.youtube.com
Lenka LichtenbergDi goldene PavePashtesSunflower Recordswww.lenkalichtenberg.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring Jewish music and musicians from around the world.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/14/2013

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Mike Curtis Klezmer QuartetTroublesome FreylachStreet SongLouie Records
Ot Azoj KlezmerbandNit May MotjeKlezmer fon KishinevOreade Music
Terkishe Freilach
Erinnerung Fun Kishnev
Saul KayeSea of ReedsJewish Blues Volume 1 LiveCool Water Records
Desert Blues
Mike Curtis Klezmer QuartetAlcazabaStreet SongLouie Records
Les Musiciens de LvivKhora serbeCabaret Slave 1
Le 7h 40

Hosted by Barry, playing music reminiscent of the vanished world of European Yiddishkeit.  I read a short piece written by my uncle, telling a story he heard from my grandfather.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 07/07/2013

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KesselgardenKosatsky's SherKesselgardensites.google.com
ShirimTerk in AmericaKlezmer Nutcrackerwww.cdbaby.com
George LedererKinnehora: a story by Jerome Weidmanwww.nytimes.com
Helene EngelKesl GardnErranceswww.helene-engel.com
Molly Picon/Seymour Rechtzeit/Dave Tarras/Abraham EllsteinMy America's FreeLiving in Americafaujsa.fau.edu
Mike BurstynAmerica AmericaLiving in Americafaujsa.fau.edu
The Sway MachineryWhen I First Came to this CountryHidden Melodies RevealedJDubwww.swaymachinery.com
GolemCitizen BorisCitizen BorisJDubwww.golemrocks.com
Josef FeldmanAmericaLiving in Americafaujsa.fau.edu
Mandy PatinkinTake Me Out to the Ballgame/God Bless AmericaMamaloshenNonesuchwww.nonesuch.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring story by Jerome Weidman read by George Lederer, and music celebrating Jewish perspectives on America.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 06/30/2013

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Klezmer Conservatory BandWedding MedleyIn the Fiddler's HouseAngelwww.klezmershack.com
Klezmer Conservatory BandDance Me to the End of LoveDance Me to the End of LoveRounderwww.klezmerconservatory.com
Sacha ReichLive in-studio Interview
The Sway MachinerySheva BrachaHidden Melodies RevealedJDubwww.swaymachinery.com
VocolotV'Aryrastich LiBehold!www.vocolot.com
KlezmocracyFreylekhs fun der KhupeKlezmocracywww.klezmocracy.com
Bustan AbrahamHamsinBustan Abraham LiveNada Recordswww.bustanabrahamquartet.com
DeLeonEt DodimCasataJDubilovedeleon.com
Klezmer Conservatory BandKhasene Tantz/KhaikeleDance Me to the End of LoveRounderwww.klezmerconservatory.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring wedding music in celebration of the defeat of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). Also featured: an interview with Sacha Reich, Founder and Artistic Director of Jewish Theatre Collaborative.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/16/2013

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MatisyahuYahu (3rd Cup)So Called Seder
AshiraV'erastich LiAshira
Eliyahu & the Qadim EnsembleMsho GeghenEastern Wind
EprhymeMe Vs. MediaLost Tapes & Found Soundsshop.krecs.com
EprhymeShomer Salaamwaywordwonderwillwww.eprhyme.com
KlezmaticsRomanian FantasyJews With Horns
Yossi AzulayBiglal Ha'AhavahOne Day With You
Roy DahanCrushwww.roydahan.com

Jacob hosted this show, featuring a telephone interview with Jewish hip hop artist eprhyme.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/09/2013

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Moishe's BagelTanz GlassidicSalt
Moishe's BagelSi di ka SemSalt
Al Andalus EnsembleAndalusianTree of Life
Al Andalus EnsembleSong of the Water21 Strings
Al Andalus EnsembleA La Una Yo NaciIllumination
Tarifa de Haidouks/Kocani OrkestarOn the Road to OdessaBand of Gypsies 2
Tarifa de Haidouks/Kocani OrkestarMandrulita MeaBand of Gypsies 2
Tarifa de Haidouks/Kocani Orkestar100 MillionsBand of Gypsies 2
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two Worlds

Hosted by Barry, featuring music from the SW corner of Europe (Andalusia) and the SE corner (Gypsy), with a nod on the way to Philip Glass.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/26/2013

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Machaya Klezmer BandDer Glater BulgarMachaya Klezmer Band
A Sid Beckerman Medley
Mazeltov KlezmerbandDi MashkeMishpoge
In Mayn Stetl
Golem Tants and Chasidim Tants
Freylechs and Grichester Tants
David KrakauerB Flat A La SocalledBebbemeises

Hosted by Barry, featuring an in-studio interview with Portlander Eric Stein, who is connected with an exciting Internet crowd-source project to raise money to enable a definitive English translation of a sadly-neglected classic of Yiddish literature.  For more information, see:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-authorized-translation-of-a-classi...

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/19/2013

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Ariel AlayevunknownNaraye Sheron
Aaron AlexanderKleyzmish MoshpitMidrash Mish Mosh
Voice of the TurtleLa yave de EspanyaBalkan Vistas
Charming HostessViva OrduenyaSarejevo Blues
Crakow Klezmer BandSecrets of LiveDe Profundis
Benjy Fox-RosenDray TekhterlekhTick Tock
Vagabond OperaHanumonsoonSing For Your Lives
Bait JaffeVie Tsvie Is Taftule Der DritterZweigesprache

Host Ed Kraus

Guest Sarah Liebman from Morasha Adult Education and Melton Portland www.meltonportland.org

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/12/2013

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Mandy PatinkinOyfn PripetshikMamaloshenNonesuchwww.nonesuch.com
Mandy PatinkinBelzMamaloshenNonesuchwww.nonesuch.com
Josie Moseley, Merritt Rosen, Samantha BaybadoLive in-studio interviewyoutu.be
The Barry SistersEishes ChayilTheir Greatest Yiddish HitsLegacy Internationalidelsohnsociety.com
Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan WattsEateleh's SuitelehI Remember Klezmerwww.hoffmanwattsklezmer.com
Chet BakerLook For the Silver LiningYoutube videowww.youtube.com
Angela LansburyOpen a New WindowYoutube videowww.youtube.com
Edith PiafPadam PadamYoutube videowww.youtube.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring an interview with choreographer Josie Moseley and dancers Merritt Rosen and Samantha Baybado about their upcoming Holocaust ballet, When I Close My Eyes,which will be performed by the Portland Ballet Youth Company on May 24 & 25. Here's a link to a YouTube video of a previous performance of the ballet: http://youtu.be/1BEl5Pf92o8


Also a celebration of Mother's Day music featuring favorite songs from the mothers in my life. A freylikhn mamestage!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 05/05/2013

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Nu-NuLomir Sich IberbetnKlezmo-Copterenja
Crakow Klezmer BandKlezmer RhapsodyRemembranceTzadik
Crakow Klezmer BandThe Tree of LifeRemembranceTzadik
Crakow Klezmer BandA Devilish TaleRemembranceTzadik
Lerner and MoguilevskyTati Und Mami TanzBasavilbaso
Lerner and MoguilevskySirba En Re MenorBasavilbaso
Lerner and MoguilevskyHonguBasavilbaso
Klingon KlezWhen the Fat Klingon SingsBlue Suede Jews
Klingon KlezA Hot Date in Zero GravityBlue Suede Jews

Hosted by Barry, playing wild and crazy tunes.


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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