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
Short Description: 
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 08/12/2012

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Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandHigh Noon in VolgogradAgada
Pharaoh's DaughterNiggunDaddy's Pockets
The Barry SistersVyoch Tyoch TyochTheir Greatest Yiddish Hits
TzofimIm - If You Can BelieveTzofim Caravan 2012
TafillaltWonder (Psalm 139)Tafillalt
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandBlugar BluesAgada
Pharaoh's DaughterOff and OnExile
Yuval Ron EnsembleHanoded (The Wanderer)Tree of Life

Host Ed Kraus ... featuring a story "The Scorpion and the Tortise" by David Rakoff

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 08/05/2012

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Shotei HanevuaKol GalgalMehapsim Et Dorot
Yeremi Kaplan v'HaprachimHaMaagal
Hadag NahashOd Ach Echad
Shlomi ShabatAd HaSof
HaAtzulaAd HasofTzorech
Ruth Dolores WeissGiviti ShemeshB'Ivrit
Efrat Ben TzurTzoleletTzolelet
Hava AlbersteinHofim
Daniel Shamir and Barry SacharofShe'deMatiEchad

 In this show I featured connections between songs and a guest appearance by my friend Ronel Barzilai from Israel, who picked the last four tracks.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 07/29/2012

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Lenka LichtenbergEs Khlipen Di Malokhim/weeping AngelsFraywww.lenkalichtenberg.com
Lenka Lichtenberg/Brian KatzTsum KvalPashtesSunflower Recordswww.cdbaby.com
Virtual CantorEicha/Lamentations, Ch. 1www.virtualcantor.com
Don McLeanBy the Waters of BabylonAmerican PieUnited Artists Recordswww.youtube.com
Dikla HakmonAl Naharot BavelYoutube videoblogs.forward.com
Theresa TovaUhu Fayft der vintYou Ask Me Whywww.theresatova.com
Theresa TovaDer Saksophon ShpilerYou Ask Me Whywww.theresatova.com
Jacob Rosenblatt & StreimlAlte SherHarmonica Galitzianerwww.shtreiml.com
SHTREIML & ISMAIL FENCIOGLUFenci's BluesFenci's Blueswww.shtreiml.com
ShtreimlUncle Tibor's Spicy PaprikashSpicy Paprikashwww.shtreiml.com
Lenka LichtenbergLider fun LoybFraywww.lenkalichtenberg.com

 Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Tisha b'Av, a traditional day of mourning. Also featuring Canadian Jewish singers/klezmer musicians.

Here's an interesting blog post about music and Tisha b'Av:


Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 07/22/2012

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Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandOy Vey MamesheTsurkis
Judith BerksonGoodbye Friend No. 1Oylam
Koby IsraeliteUnder the Apricot TreeIs He Listening?
Koby IsraeliteTow Stone DownIs He Listening?
Blue FringeShir Hashirim70 Faces
Jo AmanAni LadodiSongs Of Israel
Marty LevittI'm A Litvak - He's A GalitzParty Memories
Giora FeidmanThe Mothers in LawThe Magic of the Klezmer
Dave Tarras and the Musiker BrosA BulgarTanz!
Meshugga Beach PartyMayimTwenty Songs of the Chosen Surfers
Dave Tarras and the Musiker BrosPapirossenTanz!
Giora FeidmanNigunThe Magic of the Klezmer
Budapest Klezmer BandA Heimishe BulgarThe Train 7:40

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 07/15/2012

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Red Hot ChachkasSarah's BulgarFamily Album
Shtetl Swing
Dulitski's Skochne
Machaya Klezmer BandDer Glater BulgarMachaya Klezmer Band
Yid in Yerushalayim/Beckerman Bulgar #24
Oy, Tate
Dave TarrasGypsyTanz!
Tanz! Bulgar
Sam Spielt
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two Worlds
Hora mit Tsibeles
Di Naye KapelyeDem Rebns TantsDi Naye Kapelye
Klingon KlezmerNice Jewish Wedding in New OrleansHoney, Would you be Meshugga Tonight?
Vienna Freilach

Hosted by Barry, playing a mix of classic favorites, carefully selected according to the whim of the moment.  The tunes listed are NOT in the order they were broadcast - they are grouped by Group.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 07/08/2012

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FinjanRumeynisher KretshmehDancing on Water
A Heimischer Sher
Azoi Tantzt Men Odessa
Amsterdam Klezmer BandMarusjaKatla
Oscar's Cocek
Kinda Vulgar Bulgar
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandVus Vet ZaynAgada

Hosted by Barry, with special guest Sarah Stein, reading excerpts from her one-woman show 'Circus on the Streets', in Portland at Hipbone Studios July 21.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 07/01/2012

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Girls In TroubleWe Are AndrogynousHalf You Half MeJDubblog.jdubrecords.org
Alicia Jo RabinsIn Studio Interview and Performancen/an/awww.aliciajo.com
Alicia Jo RabinsA Kaddish for Bernie Madoffn/an/awww.aliciajo.com
Rachelle ShubertBirkat KohanimFor All These Thingswww.rachelleshubert.com
Lenka LichtenbergDi goldene pavePashteswww.myspace.com
Theresa TovaIr Freygt Mikh Farvos/You Ask Me WhyYou Ask Me Why: Tova Sings Beylewww.theresatova.com
Socalled, featuring Sans Pression and Theodore BikelRock the BelzGhettoblasterJDubvimeo.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring a live interview and performance with Girls In Trouble founder Alicia Jo Rabins, who talks about her current project, an experimental song cycle about Bernie Madoff, the former financial advisor convicted in 2009 of defrauding thousands of investors over a period of decades.

Check our audio tab in a couple days for a podcast of the interview with Alicia.

Also on the show: A celebration of July 1 (Canada Day) with music from Jewish performers north of the border.

Here's a link to the video of Rock the Belz by Toronto rapper/hip hop artist Socalled, featuring Quebecois rapper Sans Pression and vocals by, as Socalled puts it, Jewish cultural icon Theodore Bikel. Not to be missed; check it out!


Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/24/2012

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Artichaut OrkestraLa Grosse PommeT for Teresa
Yale Strom and ZmirosTiszaCaparti 50 Miles in 50 Years
Amsterdam Klezmer BandZarazaZaraza
Klezperanto!Rushin' SherKlezperanto!
Klezperanto!Ay Ya BibiKlezperanto!
Baith JaffeRabbi JoseleSing!-Gedenkst
Shawn's KugelSteve's 41Finger Play
Shawn's KugelSong of MedinahFinger Play
Kol SimchaShpiel esVoice of Joy
R. Aryeh HirshfieldSarah's NigunLet the Healing Begin
Ramon TasatNiggun BobovYom She Kuo Shabbat
German GoldenshteynKhosidlA Living Tradition
BudowitzGut MorgnMother Tounge
KlezmaticsAle briderShvaygn=Toyt

Host Ed Kraus

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/17/2012

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Jim GuttmanPhiladelphia SherBessarabian Breakdown
Doyne, Hora, and Sirba
Bb Freylekhs
FinjanSharon's DanceDancing on Water
Bukovinska Polka
A Fish Out of Water
Flying Bulgar Klezmer BandCooking Bulgar(s)Agada
High Noon in Volgograd
Amsterdam Klezmer BandPapa ChajesKatla
Desert Banjo

Hosted by Barry, playing music from two Canadian bands, as well as some other favorites.  No mention was made of fathers.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 06/10/2012

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Massel KlezmorimSpilt se mir a Lidele in JiddischIs Gewein a FolkARC Music
Oksana SowiakDi mame is gegangenYiddish Songs
Der Rebe tanzt
Di Mesinke
A Cholem
JontefSaposchkelechKlezmer Music & Yiddish Songs
Massel KlezmorimDraj TechterlechIs Gewein A Folk
JontefRumenieKlezmer Music & Yiddish Songs
Chava AlbersteinIkh Shtey Unter A BokserboymThe Well
Di Naye KapelyeA Mazeldiker YidA Mazeldiker Yid
KlezmaticsSimchas Toyre TimeIn the Fiddler's House
Brave Old WorldBessarabiaIn the Fiddler's House

Hosted by Barry, thinking about the Yiddish language and its disappeared European culture.  We played a variety of Yiddish song and read exerpts from the Michael Chabon essay "Say it in Yiddish".  You can read the entire piece here:



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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