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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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 11/23/14

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Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/16/14

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Sun, 11/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Commemorating Kristallnacht and the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Commemoration of Kristallnacht and fall of Berlin Wall
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, commemorating the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Portland Jewish Hour on 11/02/14

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Sun, 11/02/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 10/26/14

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Sun, 10/26/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 10/19/14

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Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 10/12/14

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Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 10/05/14

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

Portland Jewish Hour on 09/28/14

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Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 09/21/14

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Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture


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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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

  • Length: 60:12 minutes (52.3 MB)
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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 Yiddish Hour playlist for 12/16/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Kenny EllisMedley: Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah / Who Can RetellHanukkah Swings!
Kenny EllisSevivon Sov, Sov, SovHanukkah Swings!
Yale Strom and Hot PstromiSvalava koztshokBorsht with Bread, Brothers
German GoldenshteynPolkaA Living Tradition
Yale Strom and Hot PstromiLekhayim!Absolutely Klezmer Vol 2
R Aryeh HirshfieldHoly Beings in HellThe Last Night of Chanukah
Djivan GasparyanYerevan Bagh em ArelApricots from Eden
Pharaoh's DaughterBy Way of HaranHaran
J. J. Keki and FamilyLechu NeranenaLecha Dodi
Kat ParraHanukiaDos Amantes
DeLeonLamma BadaTremor Fantasma
R Aryeh HirshfieldOd Yavo ShalomThe Last Night of Chanukah

Host Ed Kraus - a program for the Last Day of Chanukah

Rabbi Menachem Creditor's  A Prayer in Wake of a School Shooting can be found on his blog at http://rabbicreditor.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-prayer-in-wake-of-school-shooting.html

Rabbi Aryeh's music can be purchased through www.rebaryeh.com

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 12/09/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Michelle CitrinPass the CandleLights, Vol. 2 - A Hanukkah Sampler
Di Naye KapelyeDrey DreydeleA Mazeldiker Yid
Josh NelsonTzur ChayenuLights, Vol 2.
Mazel Tov OrchestraBelz, Mein Shtetele BelzYiddishe Tam
Mazel Tov OrchestraDi Grine KuzineYiddishe Tam
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldTzaddik's NiggunThe Last Night of Chanukah
Yael MeyerFireLights, Vol 2.
The KlezmaticsHanukah GeltLights, Vol 2.
Mare WinninghamHanerot HalaluLights, Vol 2.
Mazel Tov OrchestraMiami Beach RhumbaYiddishe Tam
Smooth-EHonika ElectronicaLights, Vol 2.
Reb Aryeh HirschfieldYou Turn my Mourning into DancingThe Last Night of Chanukah

It's Hanukkah!  We played several traditional (and otherwise) tunes, had an in-studio interview with musicians Sammy Epstein and Carolyn Joyce, read a couple of silly stories, and tried to mention the MANY Hanukkah events happening around Portland, today and in the coming week.  Whew!

Hosted by Barry

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 11/25/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Freedom SeasonAlong the WayAlong the Wayfreedomseason.bandcamp.com
Freedom SeasonB'rinahAlong the Wayfreedomseason.bandcamp.com
Dan NicholsOr ZaruaMy Heart Is In the Eastjewishrock.com
Dan NicholsMy Heart Is In the EastMy Heart Is In the Eastjewishrock.com
Beth HamonOzi v'Zimrat Yaunreleased demowww.reverbnation.com
Beth HamonModeh Aniunreleased demowww.reverbnation.com
Simply TsfatMelodyFresh Airwww.simplytsfat.com
Simply TsfatAn Old Jewish MelodyFresh Airwww.simplytsfat.com
MaccabeatsLecha DodiVoices From the HeightsSameach Musicwww.maccabeats.com
Six13Jewish A Capella RemixYouTube Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3YHduKPmwsix13.com
Six13I Light It! NCSY Chanukah Musical RemixYouTube Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvY337zKttAsix13.com
Andy Statman/Dave GrismanBashie's BounceSongs of Our FathersAcoustic Discwww.davidgrisman.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring an hour of contemporary Jewish music from Dan Nichols, the Maccabeats, Six13, Simply Tsfat, Beth Hamon and others.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 11/18/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Simply TsfatRunning and ReturningNew Beginnings
L'cha Dodi
Rabenu's Niggun
Modern Klezmer QuartetHinei Ma-TovHora & Blue
Rozhinkes mit Mandlen
Saul KayeJonahJewish Blues Volume Two
The KlezmonautsEin Gleyzl Vein / Lebedich un FreylachThe Klezmonauts
Les Musiciens de LvivZa DunaiCabaret Slave 3
Oi ty Galiu

Hosted by Barry, playing some low-key quiet music, thinking about the sad loss of a beloved member of our community this week.  Thanks for listening.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 11/11/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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Rav ShmuelProtocolsProtocols
Erev RavNaftali's FreylachOly Shtetl Klezmer
Eden Mi QedemDesert CallSemantra
Hadag NahashShir Nehama6
Shotei HanevuaEyn SofiMehapsim Et Dorot
Berry Sacharof and Rea MochiachMah Lach YechidaAdumei Hasfatot
AbayudayaHine Ma TovAbayudaya
Shir YaakovAzAz
Ben Folds FiveSteven's Last Night in TownWhatever and Ever Amen
Achinoam Nini and Gil DorPinesAchinoam Nini and Gil Dor

Hosted by Jacob Rosenblum

Engineered by Judy Fiestal.


Fun show, thanks KBOO and everyone!

Mah Lach Yechida Lyrics: (What's troubling you, my soul?)


מַה לָּךְ, יְחִידָה, תֵּשְׁבִי / דוּמָם כְּמֶלֶךְ בַּשְּׁבִי, 
כַּנְפֵי רְנָנִים תֶּאְסְפִי / וּכְנַף יְגוֹנִים תִּסְחֲבִי? 
כַּמָּה לְבָבֵךְ יֶאֲבַל, / כַּמָּה דְמָעוֹת תִּשְׁאֲבִי? 
דָּבַקְתְּ בִּיגוֹן עַד אֲשֶׁר / קֶבֶר בְּתוֹכוֹ תַחְצְבִי. 
דֹמִּי, יְחִידָתִי, לְאֵל / דֹמִּי וְאַל תֵּעָצְבִי, 
עִמְדִי וְצַפִּי עַד אֲשֶׁר / יַשְׁקִיף וְיֵרֶא יוֹשְׁבִי. 
סִגְרִי דְלָתֵךְ בַּעֲדֵךְ, / עַד יַעֲבָר-זַעַם חֲבִי. 
יִקַל בְּעֵינַיִךְ מְאֹד / אִם תִּצְמְאִי אוֹ תִרְעֲבִי, 
יִרֶב שְׂכָרֵךְ עַד מְאֹד / וּבְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ תֵּיטְבִי. 
הִנָּזְרִי מֵאַחֲרֵי / תֵבֵל וְאַל תִּתְעָרְבִי!

For fun, we'll run it through google translate and accept it's first attempt:

Why are you single, sit / still king in captivity,

Renanim collect wings / wing desolation not carry?

Some heart Iabl, / some tears pump?

Gliosis Begun until / buried inside Thzvi.

Fees, unitary, God / fees and upset,

Stand and forecast until / overlook and saw the inhabitants.

Close your door Yours, / to impregnate - Wrath learning around.

Facilitate very eyes / If that you find or hungry,

Your salary multiplied very / and Bahritc their list will better.

Nazari behind / the world and stay out!


Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 11/04/2012

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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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

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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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

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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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

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
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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

Program name: 
Portland Jewish Hour
Air date: 
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


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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