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 07/27/14

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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
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Jewish Music and Culture

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
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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


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.

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

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.

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 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.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/21/2013

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Balkan Beat BoxGrossBalkan Beat Box
Ronen YonahBayit Kan Ve'ShamAna Kurdi
Rick RechtShalom BaolamTov
2012 TzofimIm - If You Can BelieveFriendship Caravan
Ofra HazaGalbiFifty Gates of Wisdom
Idan RaichelMai Nahar (River Waters)Travelling Home
Balkan Beat Box9/4 The LadiesBalkan Beat Box
unknownA Different KinneretGolden Hits from Israel
Yuval Ron EnsembleKholat AhavaTree of Life
Oran EtkinBrinkkelenia
Chava AlbersteinDi Goldene PaveThe Well

Host Ed Kraus

A celebration of 65 years of Israeli music.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/14/2013

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Yale Strom/Hot PstromiShtayngart's SkotshneThe Devil's BridesARC Musicwww.yalestrom.com
Yale Strom/Hot PstromiSofia's SongThe Devil's BridesARC Musicwww.yalestrom.com
Yale Strom/Hot PstromiLustig ZaynThe Devil's BridesARC Musicwww.yalestrom.com
Yale Strom/Hot PstromiSvalava KozatshokBorscht with Bread, BrothersARC Musicwww.yalestrom.com
George LedererIf I Were Rothschild
Adrienne CooperMuesGhetto TangoTraditional Crossroadswww.adriennecooper.com
Girls In TroubleDNAHalf You, Half MeJDub Recordswww.girlsintroublemusic.com
Girls In TroubleThe Arrow and the BowLive Performance on YouTubewww.girlsintroublemusic.com
Joseph AdlerDir a Nickel, Mir a NickelYouTube Videowww.youtube.com
Jacob JacobsJackele, Schick a CheckeleThe Best of Yiddish Vaudeville, Vol. 2Leisure Time Recordswww.jewishjukebox.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music from Girls In Trouble and Yale Strom and his Hot Pstromi Trio, both of whom are performing in Portland this week. Also featured: A performance reading of Sholom Aleichem's story, "If I Were Rothschild," and music about money, in honor of tax day.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/31/2013

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Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-StarsIn Your Garden Twenty Fecund Fruit TreesCarnival Conspiracy
Yale Strom & Hot PistramiDire GeltThe Devil's Brides
KlezmaticsFun TashlikhRhythm and Jews
Erev RavPlease Varshaver My SkotchneOly Shtetl Klezmer
Frank London Klezmer Brass All-StarsIn the Marketplace All is SubterfugeCarnival Conspiracy
KlezmaticsNY Psycho-FreylekhsRhythm and Jews
Erev RavNaphtaly's FreylachOly Shtetl Klezmer
Yale Strom and Hot PistromiKalarasher BulgarBorsht with Bread, Brothers
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two Worlds

Hosted by Barry - it's not too late to begin/renew your KBOO membership.  If you do that at http://KBOO.FM make sure you designate the 'Portland Yiddish Hour' as the program you are supporting/  THANKS!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/24/2013

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Bernie KneePassover Time on the RangeSongs for the Jewish-American Jet SetIdelsohn Societyidelsohnsociety.com
Slim GaillardMatzah Balls & Gefilte FishFrom Avenue A to the Great White WaySony
GolemBublitchkiFresh Off BoatJDubwww.golemrocks.com
YidcoreDayenuYidcoreSwell Recordswww.yidcore.com
Lenka LichtenbergDodi LiSongs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Girls In TroubleI Was a DesertGirls In TroubleJDubwww.girlsintroublemusic.com
Girls In TroubleOpen the Groundnot yet releasedwww.girlsintroublemusic.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz and Jacob Rosenblum, featuring music for Pesach and local bands Girls in Trouble and Erev Ravs.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/17/2013

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Lutz EliasSpilt se mir a Lidele in JiddischIs Gewein a FolkArco
Ot Azoj KlezmerbandWos di wilst, dos Wil Ich OjchZetsOreade Music
Brave Old WorldBorshtBeyond the PaleRounder
Budapester Klezmer BandVi azoy lebt der keyzer?Folklore Yiddishharmonia mundi
Budapester Klezmer BandDi Mame iz gegangenFolklore Yiddishharmonia mundi
Tova Ben TziA Yiddishe MameEshet Chail: The Singing Jewish WomenI.M.
OomphMayn Yidishe MeydeleBetween Two Worlds
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandOy Vey MamesheTsirkusTraditional Crossroads
KlezamirOy Mame Bin Ikh FarlibtDer Bloyfoygl of Happiness
Benji Fox-RosenHudl Mitn StrudlTick-Tock
Benji Fox-RosenGrine OygnTick-Tock
Budapester Klezmer BandRebbe MotenyuFolklore Yiddish
Di Naye KapelyeA Mazeldiker YidA Mazeldiker YidOriente Musik
Gregori SchechterFreilachDer Rebe ElimelechEUCD

Hosted by Barry, playing LOTS of Yiddish!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/10/2013

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Portland Jewish Hour
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KlezmaticsKlezmorim lekh Mayne LibinkeRise Up!
Baith JaffeMelnichs BulgarOifn Weg
David KrakauerBogota BulgarKlezmer Madness
Shawn's KugelWiegeleFinger Play
Rob TobiasPeace Train (Salaam)World in the World
Alan EderDaiyenuReggae Passover
Beth HamonSparksn/a
Paul BrodyHoly Man's HumKabbalah Dream
DeLeonBe Still, AngelinoDeLeon
RodriguezBabailonTimba Talmud
Ronen YonahYafim Le'AllaAna Kurdi
Baith JaffeCan Can KatzatzkiOifn Weg
Shawn's KugelMa Yafe HayomFinger Play

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/03/2013

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Steven GreenmanTsigayner ZhokStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Steven GreenmanOdessa FreylekhsStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Natalie YoungIm Ein Ani Li, Mi Li?Carry Mewww.natalieyoungmusic.com
Natalie YoungEsa EinaiCarry Mewww.natalieyoungmusic.com
Cantor Norman Cohen FalahOseh ShalomTefilatina!www.cdbaby.com
Cantor Norman Cohen FalahHamavdilTefilatina!www.cdbaby.com
Lenka LichtenbergAdonai, mah Adam?Songs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Lenka LichtenbergShiviti, AdonaiSongs for the Breathing Wallswww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Steven GreenmanTerkisher FreylekhsStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Steven GreenmanE minor FreylekhsStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Steven GreenmanMoldover FreylekhsStempenyu's Dreamwww.stevengreenman.com
Osvaldo Golijov/BlueprintTenebraeYouTubewww.youtube.com

Host Liz Schwartz features new Jewish music to celebrate the newness of Spring's return to the Rose City. Artists include recent Shalshelet finalists Natalie Young, Lenka Lichtenberg, Cantor Norman Cohen Falah and Steven Greenman. 


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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