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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Coming Soon

Jewish Music and Culture

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
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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

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).

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Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 11/04/2012

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Cracow Klezmer BandDevil CircleProfundis
Kat ParraMorenikalas adventruras de Pasion!
Kat ParraLa Comdia de La Manyahalas adventruras de Pasion!
Amsterdam Klezmer BandDesert BanjoKalta
Beith JaffeJossel Berlechajim
Rick RechtLet It Be MeTear Down The Walls
David HelfandErev Shel ShoshanimCallings from the Quiet Grove
David HelfandDreamsBeyond the Sea of Reeds
Amsterdam Klezmer BandPapa ChajesKalta
AbayudayaAdon OlamAbayudaya
AbayudayaLecha DodiAbayudaya
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandFeter ElyeAgada
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandSpiritsAgada

Host Ed Kraus

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Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 10/28/2012

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Ot Azoj KlezmerbandTerkishe FreilachKlezmer fun Kishinev
Bessaraber Zhok Un Honga
Lomir Sich Iberbetn
Abby RabinovitzBalkan TapestryWe Used to Dance
Balkan Beat Box9/4 The LadiesBalkan Beat Box
The Alexandria KleztetWillard's FreylekhY2Klezmer
Saul KayeAl TiraJewish Blues Vol III
Kol Han'Shamah

Hosted by Barry - hope you enjoyed it!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 10/14/2012

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Crakow Klezmer BandBalkan DanceDe Profundis
Don BYronSweet and GentleDon Byron Plays The Music of Mickey Katz
Aaron AlexanderPeep Nokh a MolMidrash Mish Mosh
The Barry SistersTumbalalaikaTheir Greatest Yiddish Hits
Oy GeorgeBe True To Your ShulKosher Club
The FLying Bulgar Klezmer BandIshai's FreylekhThe Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band
Blue FringeLifnei Adon70 Faces
RitaGola Sangam (remix)My Joys
Brave Old WorldBasarabyeBeyond The Pale
Charming HostessMi Nueraeat

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 10/07/2012

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New Orleans Klezmer All-StarsMr. 9 o'ClockFresh Out the PastShanachiewww.klezmerallstars.com
New Orleans Klezmer All-StarsHartman Pick Up Your Accordion and PlayFresh Out the PastShanachiewww.klezmerallstars.com
DeLeonBen Semi SeverimCasataJ-Dubwww.myspace.com
The Klez DispensersGoldensteyn's SirbaSay You'll UnderstandCD Babywww.klezdispensers.com
Idan Raichel ProjectMi Mi'ma'makimThe Idan Raichel ProjectCumbanchawww.idanraichelproject.com
Avishai CohenLeolamAuroraBlue Notewww.avishaimusic.com
Avishai CohenMorenikaAuroraBlue Notewww.avishaimusic.com
The KlezmonautsThe Kiss/Rondo Alla Turca/Fingal McManus' ReelThe Klezmonautswww.myspace.com
The Barry SistersBei Mir Bist Du SchoenMy WayRSRidelsohnsociety.com
GolemBublichkiFresh Off BoatJDubwww.golemrocks.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring up tempo dance music in honor of Simchat Torah, and also some of Liz's favorites, in honor of her birthday. Thanks to everyone who became a member or renewed their membership during the show! 

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 09/23/2012

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Amsterdam Klezmer BandVesnaZaraza
Pharaoh's DaughterConfessionExile
Andy StatmanBreslev "Days of Awe" MedleyAwakening From Above
DeLeonBuena SemanaTremor Fantasma
Pharaoh's DaughterLev TahorHaran
DeLeonHamavdilTremor Fantasma
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandOn Sunday The Rabbi Streched OutFlying Bulgar Klezmer Band
Yale Strom and Hot PstramiKalarasher BulgarBorsht with Bread, Brothers
Yale Strom and Hot PstramiVer Es ken Keseyder TseylnBorsht with Bread, Brothers
Daniel Kahn & The Painted BirdThe Silver WindowThe Broken Tounge
Mickey KatzBarber of SchlemielGreatest Shticks
The KlezmorimOy TateJazz-Babies Of The Ukraine
Idan RaichelIma, Abba, V'Chol HaShaarTraveling Home
R. Yitzhak Rusbands-HankinGo Forthe In JoyTreasure Each Day

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 09/16/2012

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Jeff WarschauerDem Helfand's TantsThe Singing Waltz
Ot Azoy
Tants Istambul
Sadegerer Khosid
A Slow Hora For Those Who Wait For Freedom
Red-Hot ChachkasAvinu MalkenuFamily Album
Tim SparksKodashimMasada Guitars
Saul KayeHalleluyahJewish Blues Vol III
Kol Han'Shamah
Adon Olam

Hosted by Barry, playing some guitar and mandolin music, talking about Rosh Hashonna, and reading a nice little story of the Baal Shem Tov.  Le'shonna tova to all!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 09/09/2012

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Reb Aryeh HirschfieldShabbos Niggun
Chana RothmanGates of JusticeWe Can Rise
Raz HartmanLeshem YichudShuva
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldReturn Again
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldMachul
Ety Ankri & David D'OrEl Nora AlilaHaHofa'a
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldAffirmations
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldA New Path in Tshuva
Shotei HanevuaEmunahMehapsim Et Dorot

 Hosted by Jacob Rosenblum.

On-air guests: Seth Kaplan, Toby Eliana Shulruff, Asher Natan Shulruff, and Seth's friend Jacob (not me.)

Engineered by (my mother) Judy Fiestal.

Find out about the PJ Library here.

Check out Chana Rothman's website for a cute song she wrote about having a toddler...

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 09/02/2012

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Klezmer Conservatory BandDance Me to the End of LoveDance Me to the End of LoveRounderwww.klezmerconservatory.com
Bob DylanLike a Rolling StoneHighway 61 RevisitedColumbia Recordswww.bobdylan.com
Live Interview with Polina Olsen
Bob DylanBallad of a Thin ManHighway 61 RevisitedColumbia Recordswww.bobdylan.com
Simon & GarfunkelSounds of SilenceWednesday Morning, 3 a.m.Columba Recordswww.simonandgarfunkel.com
Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled WaterBridge Over Troubled WaterColumbia Recordswww.simonandgarfunkel.com
Mandy PatinkinAmerican TuneMamaloshenNonesuch Recordswww.amazon.com
Leonard CohenHallelujahVarious PositionsColumbia Recordswww.leonardcohen.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring an interview with Polina Olsen about her new book, Portland in the 1960s. Also featuring music from Jewish artists from the 60s, including Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 08/26/2012

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KasbekIn OdessKlezmer a la Russe
Bulgar #3 - Malkele
Di mezinke oysgegebn
Les Musiciens de LvivRabin ElemeilekhCabaret Slave 1
Khora serbe
Nigunim Klezmer BandA PrayerNigunimJewish Foundation of Ukraine
Odessa freylechs
Taraf de Haidouks/Kocani OrkestarI am a GigoloBand of Gypsies 2
Turceasca a lu Kalo
100 Millions
Gypsy Sahara
DavkaZehngut Soina and Behusher KhosidlLive!

Hosted by Barry, playing Russian and Gypsy music and thinking about my grandfathers.  I also read the short story 'Elijah the Prophet in Minsk'.


Here is the URL for information about the upcoming Portland Jewish Food Conference, Sept 9:  http://judaicstudies.org/food-conference-2012.html

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 08/19/2012

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Shotei HanevuaYafeifiyahMehapsim Et Dorot
Achinoam NiniMizmor Shel Lyla
Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico EnsembleUna MadreSongs of the Mediterranean
Barry Sacharof and Rea MochiachShalom Lecha DodiIbn Gvirol
DarshanTo Zion
Ofra HazaRachamimiPutumayo: Jewish Odyssey
Shotei HanevuaLovesh HamMehapsim Et Dorot
Erev RavBaym Rebns Cipher

 Hosted by Jacob Rosenblum.

Guests: Tamar and Aliza Lieb.

Engineered by: Judy Fiestal.


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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