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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Upcoming shows:

2/1/15  Shuli hosts
2/8/15  Chaim hosts
2/15/15 Liz hosts
2/22/15 Shuli hosts

Episode Archive

Portland Jewish Hour January 18, 2015

Air date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:15pm
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture
Jewish Music and Culture

Not Your Bubbe's Chanukah show

Air date: 
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Not your bubbe's Chanukah show
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring Chanukah music for the chag, particularly off-the-beaten-track stuff, like this great Menorahsaurus Rex.

Portland Jewish Hour on 12/14/14

Air date: 
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 12/07/14

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Sun, 12/07/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/30/14

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Sun, 11/30/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/23/14

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

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/16/14

Air date: 
Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Commemorating Kristallnacht and the fall of the Berlin Wall

Air date: 
Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Commemoration of Kristallnacht and fall of Berlin Wall
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, commemorating the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/02/14

Air date: 
Sun, 11/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 10/26/14

Air date: 
Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture


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

program date: 
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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program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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

program date: 
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 Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/12/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Dr. J and the OJGsDayenuHip Hop Shabbat
unknownMatzo Manfrom YouTube
Manhattan TransferUtt Da ZayThe Jewish Songbook
Dora BowshowerInzer Rebin's VunderFrom Avenue A to The Great White Way
Ida Rae CahanaShtile LikhtThe Art of Yiddish Song
Ida Rae CahanaIkh Hob Dikh Shoyn LangThe Art of Yiddish Song
Jewish Ed Committee of NYAdir HuSongs for Passover
BudowitzBeckman's HoraMother Tounge
BudowitzRumeynishe SirbaMother Tounge
V'ChaverimRumanian SzerbaLive recording 2007 Folklife
Peisachke BursteinBeigelachFrom Avenue A to The Great White Way
Emery DeutschWho'll Buy My Bublitchki?From Avenue A to The Great White Way
Rob SchneiderBagel and LoxThe Jewish Songbook
Shawn's KugelEricaMost Precious of Days

Host Ed Kraus

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana was our guest for an interview about the Yom HaShoah events April 19-21.  The interview is available to stream or download, use the audio tab to find the file.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/05/2009

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Annet BetsalelSeideravondAppel en Honing
Susan GaetaPesah a la ManoFrom Her Nona's Drawer
DivahnVa'amartem Zevakh PesakhDivahn
Lori Cahan-SimonDer SeyderSongs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me
Alain ScetbonKadesh (le Kiddoush)Haggada shel Pessah, rite Tunisien
Hazzan Isaac AzoseMa NishtanahThe Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth
Hazzan Isaac AzoseHad GadyaThe Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth
Hazzan Isaac AzoseEhad Mi YodeahThe Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusPeysakhLomir Zingen
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusIn di land fun piramidnLomir Zingen
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusMa NishtanoLomir Zingen
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusTayere MalkeLomir Zingen
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusEliyahu HanoviLomir Zingen
Masha Benya w/Children's ChorusChad GadyoLomir Zingen
Ethiopian KessimWi'itu Amlakeeye IsebhoLiturgies Juives d'Ethiopie
Jewish Women from KeralaMaravil OlivayaLovely Parrot
Moishe OysherDayenuThe Moishe Oysher Seder

Passover around the world: Holland, Bosnia, Iraq, Argentina, Tunisia, Rhodes, East Europe, Ethiopia, India, and Moldavia.

Host: Yankl Falk

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/29/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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The Renaissance PlayersLos Guisados de la BerenjenaThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 4, "Eggplants" Thorns of FireCelestial Harmonieswww.blacksun.com
The Andy Statman OrchestraDer Alter BulgarIn the Fiddler's HouseEMI Angelwww.cduniverse.com
Slim GaillardMatzoh Balls & Gefilte FishFrom Avenue A to the Great White WaySonywww.amazon.com
Paul ShapiroDunkin' BagelEssenTzadikwww.allaboutjazz.com
Dave MedoffGevald! Die BananasFrom Avenue A to The Great White WaySonywww.amazon.com
Paul ShapiroEssenEssenTzadikwww.allaboutjazz.com

A special show on Jews, food and ethics, featuring Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Morris Allen and local farmers Lyle Stanley and Shari Raider. Hosted by Liz.

This show is available online for streaming or downloading. Click here for audio.

For more information, visit the following sites:


A broader-based definition of eco-kashrut, as it pertains to non-food items/issues

Rabbi Arthur Waskow and the Shalom Center

Rabbi Morris Allen and the Hekhsher Tzedek Initiative/Magen Tzedek

Illegal working conditions and the federal raid on Agriprocessors

Lyle Stanley's Gee Creek Farm

Shari Raider's farm, Sauvie Island Organics

Portland's Jewish connection to sustainable agriculture, Portland Tuv Ha'Aretz

Thanks again to all our guests. Chag sameach!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/22/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
Massel KlezmorimSpil se mir a Lidele in JiddischIs Gewein A FolkEUCD
Massel KlezmorimGemalimIs Gewein A FolkEUCD
Massel KlezmorimHoraIs Gewein A FolkEUCD
Massel KlezmorimDraj TechterlechIs Gewein A FolkEUCD
Massel KlezmorimDer Rebbe ElimeylechIs Gewein A FolkEUCD
Klingon KlezmerNice Jewish Wedding in New OrleansHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
Klingon KlezmerWaltzHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
Klingon KlezmerZoll Shoin KumenHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
Klingon KlezmerLost WorldHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
Klingon KlezmerParty at the End of the UniverseHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
Klingon KlezmerVienna FreilachHoney, Would You Be Meshuga Tonight?Golden Medina Music
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two WorldsGlobal Village Music

 Hosted by Barry.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/15/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
Yuval Ron EnsembleIllahiUnder the Olive Tree
Hossein Omumi??? I can't read the ArabicNey Solo
Yuval Ron EnsemblevariousTree of Life
Yuval Ron EnsemblevariousUnder the Olive Tree
Brave Old WorldA HomelandBlood Oranges

Host Ed Kraus

This program featured an interview with composer and musician Yuval Ron.  The interview can be found under the AUDIO tab at the top of the Yiddish Hour page.   During the interview we played short clips from the CD's Tree of Life and Under the Olive Tree, as well  as a short clip from the film score West Bank Story.  More information can be found at  www.yuvalronmusic.com 

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/08/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
Elaine Hoffman WattsFreilach 21I Remember Klezmern/acdbaby.com
Elaine Hoffman WattsFreilachI Remember Klezmern/acdbaby.com
Elaine Hoffman WattsZigainer TantzI Remember Klezmern/acdbaby.com
Clara Gold/I.J. Hochman OrchestraAle vayber megn shtimen (All women can vote)Di Ebike Mame (The eternal mother)JCPRwww.klezmershack.com
Adrienne CooperZol nokh zay shabes (Let the Sabbath Linger)Pearls of Yiddish SongThe Workmen's Circlewww.yiddishdivas.com
Shura LipovskyA glezele yash (A glass of wine)Moments of Jewish LifeOmega Record Groupwww.jewishstore.com
Molly PiconTsipkeDi Ebike Mame (The eternal mother)JCPRwww.klezmershack.com
Ilana Kochinska/Zalman MlotekLid fun Trayengl-Fayer (Song of the Triangle Fire)World of our Mothersn/awww.klezmershack.com
Sophie TuckerI Ain't Takin' Orders from No OneYouTuben/ajwa.org
Dobe Ressler & di Bostoner KlezmerRomanian bulgarNakhes fun klezmern/acdbaby.com
Dobe Ressler & di Bostoner klezmerGoldenshteyn freylakhsNakhes fun klezmern/acdbaby.com
La RondinellaUna noche al bordre de la marSephardic JourneyDorian Recordingswww.arkivmusic.com
Yasmin LevyEsta Montanya d'EnfrenteRomance & Yasminn/awww.amazon.com
Savina YannatouEl Sueno de la Hija del ReySpring in SalonicaOratawww.hrmusic.com
NoaMillimeterBoth Sides of the SeaMondo Melodiawww.noasmusic.com
The Barry SistersBei Mir bist du SheynBei Mir bist du SheynBSR Musicwww.keshertalk.com

 A special International Women's Day edition of the show, hosted by Liz Schwartz

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/01/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Arkady GendlerPurim Purim PurimMy Hometown Soroke
Lisa WanamakerAl HaNisimShir-Heaven
Jon KalishBarrack-18(a documentary)
Lori Cahan-SimonA Gut Yontev YidnVessel of Songcdbaby.com
Beyle Schaechter-GottesmanA Gutn PurimFli Mayn FlishlangYiddishlandwww.yiddishlandrecords.com
Beyle Schaechter-GottesmanPurim-ShpilersFli Mayn FlishlangYiddishlandwww.yiddishlandrecords.com
Lori Cahan-SimonUrim BurimVessel of Songcdbaby.com
David SaltielEl testamento de HamánJewish-Spanish Songs of ThessalonikiOrientewww.oriente.de

Host: Yankl Falk.   Featuring Jon Kalish's documentary "Barrack-18", the true story behind the Oscar-winning film "The Counterfeiters".  Also - a musical preview of Purim, which begins this year on March 9.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/22/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Klezmer-Brass All StarsWedding in Crown Heights
Irving FieldsAn Emese Eishes ChayilMy Yiddishe Mama's FavoritesTzadik
Merlin ShepherdOde to Favouritism and CorruptionIntimate Hopes & TerrorsOrientewww.oriente.de
Arkady GendlerSend Me a Ray of LightMy Hometown Soroke
Jeno Kohn & the Lorand TrioSchabes nach dem KiegelJiddische Stikele
David Krakauer, SoCalledMoskovitz and Loops of ItBubbemeisesLabel Bleu
Minsker KapelyeSherMinsk-Kielce-Berlin
Beyle Schaechter-GottesmanKhulitslBay Mayn Mames Shtibele
Konsonans RetroTrombon HoraA Podolian AffairOrientewww.oriente.de
Arkady GoldenshteinJokKlezmer Shpil
Emil ZrihanAna Dini Din AllahAshkelonPiranha
TeapacksOd ShabatNeshika L'Dod
Ahavat HadasaKirya YefifiyaJewish-Yemenite DiwanJewish Music Research Centre
Andy StatmanRikkudAwakening from Above
TeapacksMa Asit?Your Life in a Lafa

Yankl hosts.  Featuring several selections from Ashkelon and Sderot, two communities in southern Israel that continue to experience constant shelling from Gaza despite the ceasefire.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/15/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Brave Old WorldRoyte PomerantsnBlood Oranges
Talila & Ben ZimetMazlYiddish Cafe
Alicia SvigalsDem Trisker Rebns KhosidlFidl
Di Fidl KapelyeDoina/FreylakhsTrumpets for Di Fidl Kapelye
Adrienne CooperBorshtDreaming in Yiddish
TzimmesMorenicaSweet and Hot
Chava AlbersteinMayn Shvester KhayeThe Well
Pharoah's DaughterShnerele PereleOut of the Reeds
ShtreimlRachel's HoraSpicy Paprikash
Strauss/Warschauer DuoOd YishomaYiddish Songs and Klezmer Music
Veretski PassHorowitz ForshpilVeretski Pass

Host: Reva Falk

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/08/2009

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
Ramon TasatUna matrica de rudaComo la rosa en la guerta
Ramon TasatYom Ze Le IsraelYom She Kulo Shabbat
Ramon TasatShalom leBen DodiCantata Ebraica
Ramon TasatMoshe salio de MitzraimComo la rosa en la guerta
Ramon TasatYo Boli Foya En FoyaArvoles Lloran Por Luvia
Ramon TasatHa MabdilYom She Kulo Shabbat
Ramon TasatYah RibonYom She Kulo Shabbat
Ramon TasatA La Una Yo NaciArvoles Lloran Por Luvia
Ramon TasatAkh Ze ha Yom KivitiCantata Ebraica
Ramon TasatLa consagracion de MosheComo la rosa en la guerta
R. David MenachemYom Tu Bishvat HanehedarSfarad, Jerusalem via piyut archive
Ramon TasatBar YochaiYom She Kulo Shabbat

Host Ed Kraus

Hello everybody, with all the excitement of having to do the Emergency Alert System announcement during the show, I neglected to tell you WHO Ramón Tasat is!

Ramón Tasat is a cantor who was born in Buenos Aires.  He learned Ladino from his grandmother, and over the years moved to the United States and received a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Texas at Austin.  Cantor (Dr.) Tasat has performed all over the world and has produced numerous recordings including those played on the Yiddish Hour today.

More information about Ramón Tasat can be found at his website www.ramontasat.com .  This was not our usual "Yiddish Hour" but I hope you enjoyed hearing the music today as much as I have enjoyed putting this show together.

The piyut for Tu'Bshvat was found at the Piyut archive at www.piyut.org.il where you can browse in either Hebrew or in English.  It's a great resource for those interested in the variety of liturgical melodies around the world.

Please give us your feedback on the show using the "Comments" feature at our show's web page.




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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