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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Upcoming shows:
8/31  Liz hosts

9/7  Chaim hosts
9/14  Shuli hosts
9/21  Shuli hosts
9/28  Chaim hosts

10/5  Shuli hosts
10/12  Chaim hosts
10/19  Chaim hosts
10/26  Shuli hosts

 

Episode Archive

Portland Jewish Hour on 09/14/14

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Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 09/07/14

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Sun, 09/07/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Jewish Labor Day Music

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Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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A Jewish celebration of Labor Day
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music in celebration of Labor Day. Relax from your own labors and join me for an hour of music that tells the stories of Jewish labor. I'll be featuring classic Yiddish songs of tailors, sweatshop workers, activists and other workers who made their mark on the Jewish work experience in America.

Portland Jewish Hour on 08/24/14

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Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Celebrate Tu b'Av!

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Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Love songs to celebrate Tu b'Av, the Jewish Valentine's Day
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring love songs to celebrate Tu b'Av, the Jewish Valentine's Day.

Portland Jewish Hour on 08/10/14

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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 08/03/14

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Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/27/14

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Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

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Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. This week we'll focus on Jewish classical music, especially Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov's Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, which is being performed this weekend at Chamber Music Northwest.

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/13/14

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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Audio

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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Kinnehora

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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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Playlists

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 12/08/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
12/08/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Arik EinsteinKafe TurkyBaDeshe Etzel Avigdor
Arik Einstein & Shem Tov LeviTotzeret Ha'aretzTotzeret Ha'aretz
Arik EinsteinLi Ve'lachNostalgia
Arik EinsteinVeat Chozeret LaShalechetShemesh Retuva
Arik EinsteinBeshivchey HasambaArik Einstein shar Itzhak Klepter
Arik EinsteinYoshev Al HagaderArik Einstein shar Itzhak Klepter
Arik Einstein & Miki GavrielovOhev Lihiyot BabayitOhev Lihiyot Babayit
Arik Einstein & Miki GavrielovLetaftef TipaOhev Lihiyot Babayit
Arik Einstein & Miki GavrielovSh'KshenavoOhev Lihiyot Babayit
Arik Ainstein & Guy BukatiEin Hevdel Bein Tov Le'raKol Hatov Shebaolam
Arik Ainstein & Yoni RechterKilafti TapuzAeiti Pa'am Yeled
Arik Ainstein & Shem Tov LeviZe Barosh ShelachPesek Zman
Arik Ainstein & Yoni RechterTza'at LachMishirey Abraham Halfi
Arik Ainstein & Shem Tov LeviHaor BakatzeLe'an Parchu Haparparim
A how dedicated to Arik Einstein, one of Israel's leading preformers, who passed away last week.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 11/24/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
11/24/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Yid ViciousKhsidim TantsKlez, Kez, Goy mit Fez
Leben Zol Palestina
Tantz, Tantz, Kneydlekh
The KlezmonautsHonguThe Klezmonauts
Shevous/The Klezmer Waltz
Bhim Bham
Di Naye KapelyeDrey DreydeleA Mazeldiker Yid
Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-StartOur Ancestors Forty Thousand Years WideCarnival Conspiracy
Oh Agony, You are So Sweet Like Sugar I must to Eat You Up
In Your Garden Twenty Fecund Fruit Trees
David KrakauerThe Electric SherBubbemeises
Moskovitz And Loops Of It
Hosted by Barry - I had a good time, hope you did, too.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 11/17/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
11/17/2013
ArtistTitleAlbumLabelLink
Noa'Morning'Blue Touches Bluewww.youtube.com
Zohar ArgovHaperah be'ganiwww.youtube.com
Knesiyat HasehelYaldatiwww.youtube.com
TeapexLama Halacht Mimenu?Kol HalahitimHed-Artzi
Boaz Shar'abiHalevaywhising
Ofra HazaShir Ha'FrehaAl Ha'ahavot ShelanuFonokol
Shlomi Shabat & Lior NarkisLekol EhadHaverim
Miri MasikaMamiShalom La'OmanutHed- Artzi
Micah ShitritInto OmeriMasmerim Ve'Notzutwww.youtube.com
Mush Ben - AriKmo Ba'HayimKmo Ba'Hayim
Habreira HativitYeladim Ze SimhaElei Shorashim
Aviva AvidanPri Ganechundefined
Shlomi ShabatNiguna Shel Ha'shchunahAvoda Ivrit 60

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 11/11/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
11/11/2013
ArtistTitleAlbumLabelLink
Steven GreenmanNeshome NignStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Steven GreenmanB Minor NignStempenyu's Soulwww.stevengreenman.com
Live interview with Alicia Jo Rabinswww.aliciajo.com
Itzhak Perlman/Lorin SklambergNignLive in the Fiddler's HouseAngelwww.itzhakperlman.com
John ZornGahelet/EmbersKristallnachtTzadikwww.tzadik.com
Lorin SklambergLid Fun TitanikPearls of Yiddish Song
Adrienne CooperDi KrenetsePearls of Yiddish Song
Henry SapoznikIkh Bin a Border Bay Mayn VaybPearls of Yiddish Song
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring an in-studio interview with poet, Torah scholar and musician Alicia Jo Rabins, of Girls in Trouble. Alicia read some of her poetry on the air and discussed her new gig providing Torah commentary from the perspective of a young mother for Kveller. com. To read more of Alicia's work, go to http://www.aliciajo.com/index.php?/. To check out her Torah commentaries, go to http://www.kveller.com/.

I also played music to mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and paid tribute to Yiddish music archivist Chana Mlotek, who died last week at the age of 91. You can read her obituary from the New York Times here.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 09/22/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
09/22/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
KlezperantoGarsonaKlezperanto!
I Drink to Forget
Skotchne
FinjanBukovinska PolkaDancing on Water
A Heimischer Sher
Dancing on Water
OomphMizmor L'DavidBetween Two Worlds
Nokh a Glezl
Yankl's Tanz
Mazeltov Shver un Shviger
Lerner and MoguilevskyFreilaj RumaniSobre Viviente
Potpourri
Tati und Mami Tanz
KlezperantoIn the Hills of ManchuriaKlezperanto!

Barry played lots of music that he likes, told a stupid joke, and signed off for an indefinite break in programming.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 09/08/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
09/08/2013
ArtistTitleAlbumLabelLink
Lenka LichtenbergHaneshama LachSongs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Lenka LichtenbergZochreinu L'ChayimSongs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Lenka LichtenbergAvinu malkeinuSongs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
VocolotPitchu LiHeartbeatwww.vocolot.com
Simply TsfatPischu LiNew Beginningswww.simplytsfat.com
Beth HamonHole In My Pocketunreleased demowww.reverbnation.com
Saul KayeShema ColeinuJewish Blues Live! Vol. 1www.saulkaye.com
The Sway MachineryAvinu MalkeinuHidden Melodies RevealedJDubwww.swaymachinery.com
Ilene SafyanP'tach Lanu Sha'arlive performancewww.youtube.com
David D'Or & Etti AnkriEl Norah A'alilahLive performancewww.daviddor.com
VocolotRosh Chodesh New Moon CandlelightingBehold!www.vocolot.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Rosh Hashanah

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 09/01/2013

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Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
09/01/2013
ArtistTitleAlbumLabel
The Modern Klezmer QuartetHenei Ma-TovHora & BlueGlobal Village Music
Jeff WarschauerA Uidishe NeshomeThe Singing Waltz
The Singing Waltz
Paul ShapiroMa Lecha HayamMidnight Minyan
Red Hot ChachkasAvinu MalkenuFamily Album
Shtetl Swing
Bill FrisellAbidanMasada Guitars
Tim SparksKodashimMasada Guitars
Marc RibotShevetMasada Guitars
Flying Bulgar Klezmar BandSpiritsAgada

Three days until Rosh Hashonna!  Barry played some contemplative music, read a couple of stories, and thought about the age old question: "Who Wrote the Book of Life?"

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 08/25/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
08/25/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Aaron AlexanderKaddish for CarmenMidrash Mish Mosh
Mickey KatzIt's A Michaye in HawayeGreatest Schticks
Blue Fringe70 Faces70 Faces
Kat ParraDieziocho Anyoslas Aventuras de Pasion!
Flying Klezmer Bulgar BandDer Yiddisher Soldat In Die TrenchesFlying Klezmer Bulgar Band
Shawn's KugelZemer AtikSimcha!
Pharaoh's DaughterAskinuHaran
Balkan Beat BoxMeboliBalkan Beat Box
Judy FrankelAdio, QueridaScalerica De Oro
Ramon TasatYah RibonYom She Kulo Shabbat
Yuval Ron EnsembleYa Rab El AlamSeeker of Truth

Host Ed Kraus - final show for Ed at KBOO.  It's been a privilege bringing Jewish music from around the world to you for the past five years.

Vote for Rabia Yeaman, Ben Hoyne, Rebecca Nay, and Michael Wells.  Don't vote for me, I can't accept the liability of serving on the KBOO Board of Directors.

You can read my thoughts earlier this summer at kboo at a crossroads and my recent thoughts at the sad state of kboo 

You'll see me round town and I'm going to work on other media projects.

Sie Gezunt, L'hitraot, Shalom.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 08/18/2013

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Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
08/18/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Red Hot ChachkasStomp it upSpice it up!
Isaac in Kolomej
Sha!
Little Gouda
Ot Azoy KlezmerbandPitbulgarZets
Wu Bistu Gewen
Turkish Honga
Dreifojal
Bucuresti Chossid
Idan Raichel ProjectGreetings for the New YearIdan Raichel Project
Ayal-Ayale
Hinach Yafah

Barry played music that he likes, and read a family memoir concerning how my great-grandparents were able to marry.  Playlist tracks are arranged by artist, not necessarily the order in which they were played.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 08/11/2013

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
08/11/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Rebbe SoulAvinuFringe of Blue
Metropolitan KlezmerShpil Du Fild, Shpilsurprising finds
Pharaoh's DaughterEnpesareHaran
Beri SacharovLev ShalemN'giot
Yossi BanaiThe Lady in Brown
Nechama MendelNoa
Rebbe SoulJerusalem of GoldFringe of Blue
David FucsYeshiva Boy
DebekAvodah Ivrit - Song of Tishrei
Meir BanaiSha'ar Harachamim
Matti CaspiWhen God First Said

Host Ed Kraus

Thanks to our guest Shuli Rutzik

Comments

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.

 

                                                                                                            Respectfully,

                                                                                                            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,

Ed

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

Ed-

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

L

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,

Liz

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,
Bracha

Portland Yiddish Hour

Hello,

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,
Christopher

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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