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 Jewish Hour on 07/06/14

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Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 06/29/14

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Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

David Fuks stories

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Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Stories written and read by David Fuks
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring writer and storyteller David Fuks reading his own works.

Father's Day/Pride

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Music for Father's Day and Pride
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Father's Day and Pride.

Portland Jewish Film Festival preview

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Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Preview of the 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. I'll be previewing the 22nd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival with Hal Nevis from the Institute For Judaic Studies. The PJFF begins June 15 and runs through June 29.

I.B. Singer and Golem walk into a bar...

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Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Live reading of I.B. Singer's story The Shot at Sarajevo; Golem's newest album Tantz/Cantor Ida Rae
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring radio actor George Lederer reading an I.B. Singer story, The Shot at Sarajevo. I'll also be playing songs from the punk klezmer band Golem's just-released album Tantz, and I'll preview an upcoming recital of contemplative Jewish liturgical music by Cantor Ida Rae Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel.

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

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Sun, 05/25/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Celebrating Jerusalem Day with music about the city

Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) with music about Jerusalem and musicians from Jerusalem. Hosted by Liz Schwartz

Portland Jewish Hour on 05/18/14

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Sun, 05/18/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Mother's Day Membership Drive episode

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Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Mother's Day Membership Drive show

Celebrate Moms on the Portland Jewish Hour, with Yiddish and Ladino songs about and by mothers. Hosted by Liz Schwartz

5/4 - Come to the Catskills!

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Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Entertainers and comedians from the Catskills

For everyone who has fond memories of summers in the Borscht Belt, or for those who never got to go but always wanted to visit, tune in this Sunday for a time-traveling trip to the Catskills. We'll be featuring many of the entertainers and comedians who performed at such storied hotels as Grossinger's, including Mickey Katz, Mel Brooks, Fyvush Finkel, the Barry Sisters and more! Hosted by Liz Schwartz.


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).

  • Length: 27:32 minutes (25.2 MB)
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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.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/28/2013

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Bulgarian State TV Female Vocal ChoirLa Rosa EnfloreseRitualElektra Nonesuch
The Renaissance PlayersPuncha puncha la rosa hueleThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 1/Thorns of FireCelestial Harmonies
VocolotLos BilbilicosHeart BeatOyster Albums
Marina GordonAz Du Bist Do, Iz Friling DoYoutube
Adrienne CooperFrilingGhetto TangoTraditional Crossroads
unknownPrimavera en SalonikaYoutube
The Renaissance PlayersLa novia entre floresThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 2, Apples & HoneyCelestial Harmonies
DeleonBloomsDe CasataJDub
Yuval Ron EnsembleErev Shel Shoshanimyoutube
MikvehRoyz, RoyzMikveh
Carmel A-CapellaVivaldi's Spring from The Four SeasonsYoutube
The Renaissance PlayersDvajspetorkaThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 3/Gazelle & FleaCelestial Harmonies

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring songs that celebrate spring.


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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