They Were Promised the Sea with director Kathy Wazana

August 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

Tune-in to hear an interview with Kathy Wazana, creator and director of the newly released documentary: They Were Promised the Sea. The film deals with the exodus of the majority of the Jewish population of Morocco and the myth of the Jewish/Arab enemy and binary. Kathy Wazana tells us about why she made film, why it is important and what she learned on a journey connecting with the people and places of Morocco, Israel-Palestine, and New York. Our conversation coincided with preparations for a They Were Promised the Sea “Film Party and Mimouna Feast for Peace” hosted by Kathy Wazana, Jehad Aliweiwi, Ameena Sultan, Richard Wazana at Beit Zatoun in Toronto and co-presented with the Toronto Palestine Film Festival.

With music from:
Francoise Atlan – “Abdelmoumen” (recording from They Were Promised the Sea) and “La Qod Jara” (from the album Andalussyat)
Rabbi Haim Louk – “Essaouira” ((recording from They Were Promised the Sea) and a performance of Had Gadya with The New Jerusalem Orchestra

Listen to the show here (right-click to download).

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Eco-Chasidus for the New Year of the Trees

August 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

Avi & Malcah had the pleasure of interviewing Rabbi David Seidenberg for radio613’s 5773 Tu Bishvat special. Rabbi Seidenberg is an educator in North America and the world about Jewish mysticism and ecology and Chasidic music as well as being the founder of neohasid.org, a website dedicated to helping Jews of any background integrate Chasidic song, learning, and nusach into their davenning and communities.

During our interview, we learned about Tu Bishvat rituals, The Four Worlds seder and more. With beautiful excerpts from Laura Wetzler’s Kabbalah Music: Songs of the Jewish Mystics, and some discussion and announcements related to the Idle No More movement and opposition to Enbridge’s proposed reversal of a pipeline passing through Ontario and Quebec, this is a spiritually engaging show not to be missed.

Click here to hear our conversation.

Our past Tu Bishvat content is archived here.

For more information about Tu Bishvat, see:
http://neohasid.org/resources/tu_bishvat
http://theshalomcenter.org/treasury/118

To watch the full-length video (13 min) about line 9 click here: http://vimeo.com/56842880

Tsedek, Tsedek, in der shule

August 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

Feature interview with Zeeva Greendale. Avi spoke with Zeeva at the Arbeter Ring’s Circle Lodge during “Vokh in Yiddishland”. A hartsikn dank goes out to Zeeva for sharing her vast experiences as a learner and educator in radical and progressive spaces.

Listen here.

Khurbn Sandy

August 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613 turns its attention toward New York City as it continues to reel from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. Featuring our interview with Ariel Federow – a Brooklyn-based artist and activist who has been organizing Hurricane Sandy response activity in the queer community and for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; and, voices of organizers from the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV). Today’s show also includes poetry recordings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and a family memoir of Coney Island.

Click here to listen.

To find ways to support relief efforts, check out:

Occupy Sandy: www.interoccupy.net/occupysandy
Caaav: www.caaav.org
Goles: www.goles.org
Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations: cojeco.org

Narrow Bridge Candles

August 3, 2017 - Leave a Response

We are very pleased to present our feature interview with Narrow Bridge Candles founder, Jonah Aline Daniel. Jonah makes and sells beautiful beeswax candles for Hannukah, Shabbes and Havdalah in the Bay area in California, using locally sourced, 100% pure beeswax with no dye or perfumes. 10% of the proceeds of Narrow Bridge Candles go towards the Stop the JNF Campaign.

We had a great conversation with Jonah about DIY Judaism, the value of ritual, Jewish anti-zionism and more.

Click here to order your Hannukah candles today! The early order deadline of November 2nd is fast approaching.

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With music by Le Trio Joubran (“Tanasim”), Yoni & Malcah (“BDS”) and Ofra Haza (“Kol Ha’olam Kulo”).

Challenging the Criminalization of Refugees in Australia

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

On August 3 August 2012, owner and publisher of the Australian Jewish News, Robert Magid, printed an op-ed presenting a glaringly racist portrayal of refugees and asylum-seekers. The piece chastised the Australian Jewish communities for demonstrating empathy toward those seeking refuge in the country. In response, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) initiated an open letter to Magid.

Malcah spoke with Jordy Silverstein, an executive member of the AJDS to learn more about the debate taking place. Listen to the show here.

More info:
RISE: Refugees Survivors & Ex-Detainees
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition
Jews For Refugees

The Cross Border Collective

Save Darfur vs Sudanese Refugees in Israel

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

A show looking at Save Darfur campaigns and oppression of African asylum-seekers in Israel. We interview Lia Tarachansky, independent journalist with The Real News Network and hear from Natalina Kirba, a Sudanese asylum-seeker living in Israel since 2006. The show wraps up with comparisons between Israel and Canada’s current anti-immigrant & anti-refugee regimes.

With music by Nomadic Massive (“Afrika Malik El Umma”) and Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird (“Dumai”).

Airdate: July 16, 2012

Listen to the show here.

To learn more about the struggles of migrants in Israel, check out:
B’nai Darfur
Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel
African Refugee Development Center
Lia Tarachansky’s The Real News report about the beginning of deportations of South Sudanese from Israel

Erika Davis of Black Gay and Jewish blog

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

An interview with Erika Davis about anti-racist Jewish blogging, Jewish geography, and experiences of racism within the Jewish community.

Be sure to check out the wealth of excellent writing on the Black, Gay, and Jewish blog.

Listen here

Rhythm in Flame

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613’s friend and comrade Nom shares their beautiful Shabbat poem “Rhythm in Flame” set to music, and speaks with Avi about their poem, yeshiva studies, Shabbes and training as a sofer.

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Hey, Hey, Daloy Charest!

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

Want to learn about the student strike and broader social movement against austerity in Québec? Tune-in to this special radio613 edition of “Coney Island of the Mic” with DJ Grenadier. On June 13, journalist Aaron Lakoff from CKUT & CUTV in Montreal dropped by CFRC studios to share thoughts and experiences from the ongoing struggle and select some of the finest in radical yiddish and hip-hop music.

Playlist:

Max Pashm – Fight in the Streets
Zalman Mlotek and the New Yiddish Chorale – Barikadn
Geoff Berner – Daloy Politzei
Keny Arkana – Désobeissance Civile
Webster – SPVQ
Gogol Bordello – Underdog World Strike

Listen to the show here.

Omer Calendar of Bilblical Women

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

In this episode of radio613, Avi & Malcah were honored to speak with Rabbi Jill Hammer about her Omer Calendar of Biblical Women. The airwaves were blessed with Rabbi Hammer’s thoughts and teachings about ritual, midrash, and the Omer period.

Featuring music from Galeet Dardashti‘s evocative midrashic album, The Naming.

Listen to the show here.

You can purchase a hard copy of the Omer Calendar of Biblical Women online at the Isabella Freedman Bookstore. We also recommend checking out Rabbi Hammer’s book Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women.

Yiddish Anarchists, Bastard Cops, and Queer Pirates

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

L’dor v’dor. Tune in to our 64th show to hear radio613 in conversation with Montreal comrade Aaron Lakoff about his workshop Yiddish Anarchists, Bastard Cops, and Queer Pirates: Building collective histories of anarchist struggle in Montreal. The second half of the show features side 2 of Allen Ginsberg’s 1964 recording of his own reading of Kaddish.

Listen to the show here.

Battle for the East End with David Rosenberg

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

In this episode, Malcah speaks with David Rosenberg, author of Battle for the East End and founder/guide for East End Walks. 1930s London saw the rise of a populist fascist movement led by Sir Oswald Mosley. The British Jewish communities of the time responded in various ways to the growing threat. London’s working class and immigrant East End was the focal point for both fascist and anti-fascist organizing. In his book, Battle for the East End, and in today’s interview, David Rosenberg details the rise of British fascism, Jewish responses and anti-fascist organizing.

Featuring music by Oi Polloi and Socalled.

Click here to listen to the show

Kaddish for Aunt Bea

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

This week’s podcast features some non-traditional, but kavannah filled, Kaddish recitations. Eileen Gross contributes an audio eulogy for her Aunt Bea, who passed away last month, and we air side one of our vinyl copy of“Kaddish” by Allen Ginsberg.

Listen to the show here.

Alexis Mitchell – CAMP

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

Tune in to radio613’s 5772 Purim show! In honour of this raucous holiday, we are featuring an interview with Alexis Mitchell, the insightful director of the  compelling short film CAMP, featured at the 2012 Reelout queer film festival in Kingston.

With music by Galeet Dardashti (“Vashti”) and the Philistines with Omar Offendum (“Free the P”)  Also featuring poems by Remi Kanazi.

Click here to hear a very interesting conversation.

Klezmatics On Holy Ground

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

For this year’s funding drive show, radio613 features a conversation about The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, including an interview with the film’s directer, Erik Greenberg Anjou. The film has recently been released on DVD with extra bonus footage. This radio613 episode includes some great clips from the film in which the band members and others share their thoughts about politics, Yiddishkeit, Klezmer renewal, and operating as a non-hierarchical, consensus-based band.

Featuring some wonderful music, including: a live version of Barikadn by the KlezmaticsJoshua Nelson, The Well by the Klezmatics with Chava Alberstein and Im Ninalu by Watcha Clan.

We are very happy to share that we raised over $200 during our show. THANK YOU to everyone who donated! If you didn’t have a chance to donate yet, it’s not too late! CFRC is a wonderful, supportive institution, which has provided the radio613 collective the space and support to explore and pursue Autonomous Jewish practice, thought and culture. Click here for more information about making your donation today. Tax receipts or gifts available.

Listen to the podcast here.

To find out more about The Klezmatics: On Holy Groun, go to www.klezdoc.com or 7thart.com.

Ezra Berkley Nepon documents New Jewish Agenda

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof! Tune in to radio613’s 59th episode featuring a great conversation with Ezra Berkley Nepon about the 1980s progressive Jewish group/movement, New Jewish Agenda. New Jewish Agenda was an American, national, multi-issue, grassroots progressive Jewish organization that operated as a “a Jewish voice among progressives and a progressive voice among Jews.” It was so much fun to talk to Ezra and hear about what led her to do this research, how the NJA functioned, how they struggled, what kinds of issues they tackled. Be inspired and grounded in progressive Jewish history and learn NJA’s story of feminist solidarity, economic justice, feminist, solidarity, nuclear disarmament, AIDS activism and more.

Featuring music by Jewish Princess and Fortuna.

Listen to our conversation here.

Visit Ezra Berkeley Nepon’s website.

And, follow Ezra’s research about New Jewish Agenda here.

Songs of Wonder & Khumesh Lider – Musical adaptations of Heschel & Manger

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613 presents an hour with musicians Basya Schechter and Avi Fox-Rosen. This week marks the official release of Basya Schechter’s album “Songs of Wonder” (Tzadik Records). The project sets the Yiddish poetry of activist and Jewish theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to music. A CD release party for Songs of Wonder is happening on Wednesday, November 30 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

radio613 caught up with Basya and Avi at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland,” a week of celebrating, learning and teaching Yiddish, where the duo performed selections from Pharaoh’s Daughter as well as their inventive and moving musical interpretations of Yiddish poetry by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Itzik Manger.

Episode 57 features brand new tracks from the (highly recommended!) Songs of Wonder album, an interview with Basya and Avi, plus sounds from their Arbeter Ring concert.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

To follow along with a translation of Heschel’s yiddish poetry, click here.

Buy “Songs of Wonder” online here.

X-Men Review

July 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

Your fave superheros face their harshest saga yet…a radio613 movie review! Yup, we take the hour to discuss and analyze themes of disability and Jewish identity that arise in the X-men trilogy (+ prequel): Is Professor X a liberal assimilationist? What does Mystique have to say about privilege/oppression and “passing”? Is Magneto a Zionist? Has Beast sold out to eugenics???? Tune-in to find out!

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Did we miss a key plot line? Upset that we didn’t discuss Storm’s rad-ness or Wolverine’s reformed nihlism? Feel free, as always, to comment or write us at radio613@riseup.net.

Music this week from Gogol Bordello “To Rise Above” and The Selecter“They Make Me Mad”

Shtetl on the Shortwave

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Our CFRC funding drive show!!! As a way to honour radio613’s strong relationship with community radio, on this show we interview Tamara Kramer, host of Shtetl On the Shortwave: a bi-weekly Jewish arts & culture radio show on CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal. Malcah, Avi and Tamara discuss the relationship between community radio and jewish community building. We are big fans of Shtetl and it was such a pleasure to connect with Tamara. Thanks to all who support community radio and thanks to community radio for supporting us!

Featuring fun shout outs and great tunes from Mirah, Socalled and The Shondes.

Click here to listen to the podcast (right-click to download).

Beyond the Conventional Prayer Book

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

As a special Rosh Hashanah feature, radio613 interviews Joseph G. Rosenstein, author of Machzor Eit Ratzon – an independent, complete prayer book for the High Holy Day period. Rosenstein is also the author of Siddur Eit Ratzon. In our conversation, Joe talks about why he believed a new Machzor was necessary and what he tried to achieve with his translations, format and additional content.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Those interested in accessible and meaningful prayers and translations will definitely be interested in finding out more about the Siddur & Machzor Eit Ratzon: www.newsiddur.org

Highlight Show

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Malcah & Avi return to the airwaves after a 6 month hiatus and share highlights from the first 50 episodes of radio613. If you are introducing your friend to the show, this episode is definitely a good place to start. We’ve got it all: Yiddishkeit, kabbalistic interpretations, book reviews, conversations with Jewish media-makers, musicians, artists and diasporists, poetry, Jewish political commentary… it’s good to be back.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Trees of Life

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. This holiday can serve to remind us, daily, of the possibilities for meaningful connections with Trees, fruits, the Seasons, and the world that surrounds us.

There is a lot of work to be done reclaiming this meaningful holiday from those who have used it to justify colonialism, displacement, and erasure of Palestinian and Bedouin histories. Happily, we are able to feature many voices and texts that help us with reclamation by drawing from deep within the roots of Jewish life. Tune-in to hear a reading from Kingston author Leanne Lieberman’s new young adult novel Book of Trees; an update on displacement and resistance in the Negev; preparations and readings from our Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder; plus, other radio waves turned to branches turned to more beautiful metaphors.

Music from Eekwol ft. Mass and Flipdabird (“The Tree”) and Testament (“Generation Z”).

Click here to listen.

Anti-Racist Action in Toronto

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613 speaks with correspondent Yakov in Toronto following the protest against the English Defense League’s talk at the Toronto Zionist Centre on Tuesday, January 11th. The English Defense League is a racist, Islamophobic grassroots nationalist group in England that has been hosting rallies to incite hate for immigrants and people of colour. They were invited to speak in Toronto by the JDL, and facing no troubles at the Canadian border in their quest to spread the hate to Toronto, a robust group of anti-racist activists from many walks of life showed up to protest their talk.

Following the interview, Malcah and Avi discuss the latest in American right-wing anti-semitic lingo. Fear not, the Sarah Palin clip is oh-so-short and our indictments loom large.

Featuring anti-fascist tracks by Kingston’s own Dirty Lickens and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.

Click here to listen (right-click to download)!

Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the Bagel & Lox Culture

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613 interviews Vlada Bilyak – creator of a new documentary entitled ‘Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the “Bagel & Lox Culture.”‘ As Bilyak writes, “[T]his is a short documentary I created exploring my feelings of alienation and authenticity doubts within dominant Jewish culture in North America as a Soviet Jew who emigrated from the former USSR as a child. The documentary contextualizes my experiences within interviews (mostly done on Skype) with other 20-something Soviet Jews and my mother.”

Be sure to watch the documentary on YouTube: part 1 & part 2.

Our interview follows up on the poignant questions and stories  in the documentary about anti-semitism and xenophobia, immigration to North America and the normative culture that exists here.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Review of Outwitting the Gestapo

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

This week on radio613, thoughtful reflection and conversation about Outwitting the Gestapo, Lucie Aubrac’s memoir of her life and activities in the French Resistance from May 1943 to February 1944, the nine months during her pregnancy.

Music of resistance from Mark Gunnery (“Ballad of the Uprising of the Rootless Cosmopolitan”) and Mirah (“Monument”).

Also on the show, the Jewish Canadian Open Letter Against Bill C49 and the Haymarket Affair Memorial.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Abrahamic Unity/Disregard

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Part one of this week’s radio613 takes a critical look at a recent radio interview with Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah. The interview, featured on CBC’s The Current, explores the thesis in Fatah’s new book “The Jew Is Not My Enemy”. The author claims that his book’s purpose is to challenge anti-Semitism in Muslim communities. Our analysis, however, suggests that Fatah’s unwillingness to acknowledge the realities of Islamophobia strongly discredits Fatah’s work and hinders the work of confronting anti-Semitism and building unity between Jews and Muslims.

Part two of the show features Malcah’s reading of “Goslin Day” by Avram Davidson from Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Music this week from Brother Ali (“Good Lord”) and The Narcicyst (“PHATWA”).

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Jew on This

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

This week: a real shidduch of anti-colonial Jewish collectives! As part of her visit to Turtle Island, Rachel (aka Anzya) from the <a href=”http://jewonthis.wordpress.com/”>Jew on This</a> blog came through Kingston to dwell in our Succah, break bread, dip honey, exchange stories, and build bridges. Since discovering one another on the web over the last year, we’ve been more than happy to find affinity with this wonderful blog coming out of Melbourne. From their ‘About’ page:
<blockquote>We want to embrace the idea that living in diaspora is the most significant way in which Jewishness can exist. When we’re in diaspora we’re without state power: this need not be disabling, but can be a source of empowerment and richness. As Daniel Boyarin has stated, “there is power to living on the margins”. Power here is not to be understood as ‘power over’—after Foucault we know that it is too simplistic to think of power in those terms. We’re thinking instead of power as productive of identities, languages and knowledges.
…We also deeply respect Indigenous peoples claims to sovereignty. The two systems can coexist. And so we acknowledge that this blog and our lives take place on stolen Indigenous land, primarily the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We take this seriously: not just the stealing of land which enabled our lives in Australia, but also the continuing colonial rule which exists in so many ways in Australia today.</blockquote>
During Rachel’s visit to Kingston, we ventured into the CFRC studios to record some of the conversations that took place over Shabbes/Succot. Click <a href=”http://opirgkingston.org/radio613/radio613_episode45%20(jewonthis).mp3“>here</a> to listen and/or read about her “radical Jewish adventures” <a href=”http://jewonthis.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/radical-jewish-adventures-abroad/”>here</a&gt;.

<a href=”jewonthis.wordpress.com”>jewonthis.wordpress.com</a>
<a href=”http://colonialinscriptions.wordpress.com/”>colonialinscriptions.wordpress.com</a&gt;

The Velveteen Rabbi, Rachel Barenblat

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Just in time for the close of the Yamim Noraim between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we speak with the Velveteen Rabbi, aka Rachel Barenblat. radio613 collective members have appreciated the mindful Jewish thought emanating from Rachel’s blog for years. Malcah and Avi got the chance to hear Rachel’s poetry and speak with her about rabbinical school, High Holy day preparation, new translations, and the transformation of ritual to social justice. In the last week, the New York Times and the Forward have covered Rachel’s online work to support a New York mosque affected by the recent wave of inhumane Islamophobia in America. Rachel comments on these events as well.

Music from Beyond the Pale and Kol Nidre incantation by Cantor Moishe Oysher.

Tune-in here!

More info:

velveteenrabbi.blogs.com
ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Jewish Fast for Gaza

Anti-Roma Racism in Europe & Canada

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

In the same week that Romani communities commemorated the Roma Holocaust (August 2), countries across Europe pushed through legislation to expel Romanies and destroy their settlements. Systemic racism and day-to-day violence against Roma persist in Europe – and with impunity. Episode 43 features our interview with Robert Kushen, director of the European Roma Rights Centre, who outlines the current and historical climate in Europe for Romanies. Special guest Laura joins the show to situate anti-Roma racism in a Canadian context. Finally, we speak with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich about shared experiences of exile as radio613 discusses the need for developing stronger Jewish-Roma solidarity.

Music from Boban Markovic (“Balkan Fest”) and Gogol Bordello (“Immigrant Punk”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

More info:
www.errc.org
www.romarights.net

Open Source Judaism

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Episode 42 features an interview with Aharon Varady, founder of the Open Siddur Project. Aharon lays out how copyright creates barriers to meaningful prayer and access to the diversity of Jewish traditions. In response, Aharon created OpenSiddur.org – “a Jewish free culture and open source project that bridges bookcraft, scholarship, and spirituality” – a Jewish DIY challenge to for-profit publishing companies. Yasher koach! If capitalism hurts your kavanah, you should tune-in to this podcast!

Music from Alain Chekroun (“Psalm 121”), Andy Statman Quartet (“You Were Revealed”), David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! (“Electric Sher”).

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Diasporic Temples

February 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

We mark Tisha Ba’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of the ancient Temples. As Jews committed to practice in the diaspora, where do we situate ourselves in relation to the 9th of Av? If there is no redemption in a State, what traditions can we draw upon or create to rebuild following collective tragedies?  A passage from Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath inspires conversation about building temples of time, prayer, community, and tikkun (repair).

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Fringes Havurah from Philly

January 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

Malcah and Avi recount experiences at the recent G20 protests, including inspiring community mobilization and  violence from police and an anti-Semitic attack experienced on the streets of the Toronto.

This week’s show features an interview with four rad Jews from Philadelphia. Lots to learn as they connect non-nationalist Jewish religious rituals and practice with local community building and solidarity. Particular reflection is made on the Philly-based feminist havurah “Fringes” and the work of Philadelphia Jews for  a Just Peace. Tune-in! (original air date: July 2010)

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Temim Fruchter of The Shondes

January 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

radio613 interviews Temim Fruchter from The Shondes – Brooklyn`s incredible riot grrrl/yiddishkayt-inspired rock ’n’ roll band. In the last month, The Shondes released their second studio album  My Dear One and completed an extensive tour of the U.S. This week’s show celebrates My Dear One and features its intricate yet catchy songs and Temim’s perspective on an album defined by the politics of heartbreak. Temim also reflects on The Shondes’ approach to building musical community, temples of activism, queer liberation and justice for Palestine and being part of a rich and proud, anti-colonial Judaism.

Tracklist:

“My Dear One”
“Miami”
“I Watched the Temple Fall”
“Lines & Hooks”
“Let`s Go”

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Semitic Soul meets Teruah

January 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

A very special edition of Semitic Soul with guest Jack from Teruah-JewishMusic.blogspot.com. Jack’s has become one of the most influential Jewish bloggers on the internet by way of an incredibly informative, comprehensive and updated exploration of the Jewish music landscape.

In a happy joining of Yids living in rural-ish Christian towns, Jack joins DJ Grenadier this week live over the phone from Grass Lake, Michigan. From Post-Revival Klezmer to Yiddish song, reworked Ladino melodies, Sephardic electronica, Uptown to Downtown, Punk to Cantorial, Jack helps us understand what is happening in the “Silver Age of Jewish Music“. Don’t sleep on this music, Teruah will wake you up! (original air date: April 2010)

Naftule Brandwein – Turkish Yalle ve Uve
Budowitz – Bughici’s Tish Nign
David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness – Moscovitz and Loops of it
Golem – The Rent
Zahava Seewald – Papirosn
Harel Shachal & Anistar – Esh
Oren Bloedow & Jennifer Charles – Quinze Anos
Diwon – Tikkun Klali # 10
Chevan – Psalm 121 Esa Enai
The Sway Machinery – Ivdu Es Hashem
Girls in Trouble – Mountain/When My Father Came Back
Shabbat ReSouled – Borchu
Abraham Inc. – It’s Not the Same (Figure It Out)

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Adrienne Cooper and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial

January 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

Today, April 19, marks the start of the most intense period of  fighting between the Jewish resistance and the Nazi occupation during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In a week of Holocaust Remembrance, many around the world are celebrating the spirit of resistance against oppression that arose during the Khurbn.  The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring (a 100+ year old Jewish organization committed to Yiddish culture and social justice), for one,  is hosting Warsaw Ghetto Uprisig Memorials today in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.

On this week’s radio613, we speak with Adrienne Cooper of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. Our conversation explores Holocaust education and remembrance through themes of resistance and mutual aid,  the work of AR and the Bund, Yiddish music as historical text, and much more. The show begins with the song “Di Shvue”, the theme of the Bundist movement, performed by Adrienne Cooper, The New Yiddish Chorale, and The Workmen’s Circle Chorus and concludes with a rendition of “Zog nit Keynmol” from the Partisans of Vilna album. (original air date: April 2010)

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Adrienne Cooper is one of the most acclaimed singers of Yiddish vocal music in the world today. She has written, performed, and produced countless Yiddish theatre shows, was a key part of the “Klezmer Revival”, and worked for a decade as Assistant Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Recommended reading: “The Ghetto Fights” by Marek Edelman

Mark Gunnery of RiotFolk

January 15, 2017 - Leave a Response

In the midst of our simkhe celebrating movement from oppression to freedom, Avi and Malcah catch up with Mark Gunnery over the phone from Baltimore. Gunnery is a veritable Yidisher kemfer with a lot to share about radical Jewish community building…Tune in to hear about Purim protests and Human Rights seders, the Yiddish-zine “Fun Yidishe Reyd Ken Men Zikh Nit Opvashn Tsen Vasern (Ten Washings Won’t Cleanse You of Jewish Talk)”, reclamation, folk and klezmer, and the all-seeing state in a subversive Jew Town near you.

Gunnery has six albums available through through the Riot Folk collective. This week’s show includes the tracks “Government is War” “Destroy all Dreamers” “Kineahora” “Jew Town” and “Anarkikes”. (original air date: March 2009)

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Check out Gunnery’s new album Panopticon.
Learn more about the U.S. Assembly of Jews Confronting Racism and Israeli Apartheid.

Love Revelation Concrete Revenge Purimspiel

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It’s a Purim pre-drink this year on radio613 as the show welcomes Michelle and Ariel – two actors from the “Choose your own PURIM!” party in New York City on February 20 presented by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, the Workmen’s Circle & Great Small Works Spaghetti. A preview of what promises to be a spectacle of masked gentrification fighters, revisioned Esther/Vashti revolution, Haman blasting horns, rebel yids, arbeter theatre-a-la-balagan, and more!!!! (original air date: February 2010)

Music from the Klezmatics, DJ Lil’ Ray, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and Slavic Soul Party.

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Poet and storyteller Josh Healey

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Josh Healey is a writer, poet, and community organizer based in Oakland, California. Speaking to radio613 about coming up in the East, activism in the Bay, being dis-invited from the JStreet conference in October 2009, and more – with knowledge of self, strong words to incite, and a callout for solidarity. Live poetry reading of the pieces “Born in 1984”, “Queer Intifada”, and “Where I Stay.” (original air date: January 2009)

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More info:
Huffington Post article “Searching for a Minyan: Our Response to Being Censored by JStreet”
Josh Healey presents HAMMERTIME
Kevin Coval.com

Eli Rosenblatt on Aggadatah and the contours of Jewish community, secularism and piety in Yiddish literature, historical narratives and Halakhic decisions

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This week on radio613, Avi’s Talmud khevrusa from Yeshivat Hadar, Eli Rosenblatt, joins the show. Eli is a Phd candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. His insights have appeared in The Forward, Jewschool.com, and other arenas of Jewish thought. The conversation ranges from Talmudic Aggadatah and the contours of “Jewish community”, secularism and piety in Yiddish literature, historical narratives and Halakhic decisions, and a reading of Yiddish American poet JL Teller’s work. (original air date: January 2009)

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Virtually Jewish Spaces

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radio613 welcomes Ruth Ellen Gruber – writer, photographer and independent scholar – joining the show via phone from Budapest, Hungary. The interview highlights Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European issues that are critically examined in her book Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture and her recent essay featured in the Jewish Quarterly Review, “Beyond Virtually Jewish: New Authenticitiy and Real Imaginary Spaces in Europe”. (Original air date: December 2009)

Ruth Ellen Gruber shares insights on the state of Klezmer in Europe with music this week from Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmatics (“Dybbuk Shers”), Brave Old World (“Berlin 1990”) and Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird (“Broken Tongue”).

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Check out articles from Gruber’s Ruthless Cosmopolitan column in JTA reporting on the recent Swiss Minaret ban and anti-Semitic demonstration in the Capital of Moldova.

National Day of Action for Migrant Justice

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radio613 speaks with local migrant justice activist Authman about the Canadian government’s new regulations for temporary migrant workers, restrictions placed on refugee claimants, and the culture of fear and xenophobia fomented by the Conservative party. Authman also provides an overview of Canada’s Security Certificate policy and an update on the status of Mohamed Mahjoub who has been on a 179 day hunger strike to protest his 9 year detention at Kingston Immigration Holding Centre without charge.

Finally, a message of solidarity responding to the Swiss banning of Minarets and a collective call out of Jason (Haman) Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister. (original air date: December 2009)

More info:
No One is Illegal

People’s Commission on Security Certificates

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Sacrifice Culture

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Canadian and American Remembrance Day and Memorial Day celebrations abound in 2009 with myths and messages from a culture in which war is glorified and soldiers are presented as means of sacrifice. Voices from this week’s show include: a syndicated JTA interview with Sholem Keller – a Jewish veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, famous comedian Jackie Mason’s Memorial Day address, Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and analysis from the radio613 collective. (Original Air Date: November 2009)

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Memories of a Jewish Market: Reena Katz returns to Kensington

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After enduring a campaign of stonewalling and slander from mainstream Jewish institutions, artist Reena Katz and curator Kim Simon’s exhibit ‘each hand as they are called’ returned to the streets of Toronto this October. radio613 caught up with Katz for the exhibit’s finale. Tune in for the results of a public site work that evokes a complex and dynamic representation of Toronto’s diverse personal, political, and cultural Yiddish and Jewish histories. Included in the broadcast – Katz’s haunting musical compositions performed throughout Kensington Market. Inspired by the exhibit, Malcah recounts the landscape of Toronto’s Jewish feminist labour movement in the 1920s and 1930s. (Original Air Date: October 2009)

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eachhand.org
RadioDress Productions

Succos and an Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving

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Chagim air-time proceeds. Following some harvest-y music, the show begins with a look at the succah as a check on opulence during a period of joy. In light of the succah’s symbol of the temporary nature of ownership, we explore some of what it means to live as a settler on stolen land. Joining us for this discussion is Matt – one of the organizers of the annual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Guelph, ON, Turtle Island. Tune in for  informative words and thoughts. The show concludes with a lament for the loss of Marek Edelman – the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance, Bund Member, committed diasporist, cardiologist, and a lasting anti-fascist voice in Poland. (Original Air Date: October 2009)

Music from Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars, Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Testament.

For audio from last’s year’s Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner, visit resistanceisfertile.ca.

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Transgression and Transformation

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radio613 returns to the airwaves in time for the the Holy Period between the New Year and Yom Kippur. Beginning with sounds from Avi’s chevrusa study at Yeshivat Hadar this summer. The show features an interview with lifelong anti-racist activist Tema Okun – one of the organizers of the upcoming North Carolina Havurah Yom Kippur Retreat. Tema speaks about the possibility of uplift through a process of Teshuva in the context of the ongoing Occupation of Palestine. Efforts to bridge anti-oppressive politics with religious practice and community building are also explored. The show concludes with a Rosh Hashanah themed Hasidic tale about the Baal Shem Tov. (Original Air Date: September 2009)

Music from The Sway Machinery and Davka.

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Queering Diaspora

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Alexis Mitchell joins radio613 this week to speak about Inextricable, an installation that presents three interconnecting videos that queer prevailing understandings of diaspora. the upcoming exhibit. The interview outlines a queered notion of diaspora that does not rely on the restrictive binaries of the nation-state. Mitchell also discusses her own experiences as a queer Ashkenazi Jew living in Canada/Turtle Island and unattached to the idea of a homeland. (Original Air Date: June 2009)

Music and poetry from Charming Hostess, LAL and Kevin Coval.

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Blocklisting Jewish Art, an interview with Reena Katz

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Over the last year, Toronto sound, installation, and performance artist Reena Katz has developed an inspiring exhibit exploring Jewish history in Kensington market. The exhibit – each hand as they are called – was set to launch at the Luminato Festival on May 20, 2009. A last minute decision by the Koffler Centre For the Arts to completely dissociate from Katz, based on their perception of Katz’s Israel/Palestine politics, is currently preventing the exhibit from taking place.

radio613 spoke with Katz this week to talk about each hand as they are called, the process of blocklisting, and the efforts of hegemonic institutions to confine exchange of ideas and expression. (Original Air Date: May 2009)

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Purim Hangover Show

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One week after Purim celebrations, Malcah and Avi  are in-studio to speak about the story of Purim, Megillah reading, today’s Haman(s), Esther-Vashti unity, and other gluten-free-hamentashen goodness.

Also featured this week, an interview with Katie Goldstein, community organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in NYC. On Saturday March 14, JFREJ, The Workmen’s Circle/ Arbeter Ring and allied organizations in the Lower East Side presented “Lower East Shushan: a Purim of Vacant Lots” a Purimshpiel that weaves current issues of housing justice, oral histories and the story of Purim.

Music from: Galeet Dardashti (“Vashti”) and Le Tigre (“Deceptacon”)

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Reading from The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage

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Malcah reads an article by Julie Iny from the compilation The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage. The reading explores and challenges the complexities of white and/or Ashkenaz privilege, anti-semitism, racism, and marginalization of identities.

The following is a summary provided by the editor of Flying Camel, Loolwa Khazzoom:

“My mom is from Missouri and my dad is from India, she replied. Indiana? he asked, confused. No. India, she clarified. As Julie mapped out her father’s migration from Iraq to India, David informed her that Mizrahim (North African/Middle Eastern Jews) are violent, racist, and greedy, in contrast to civilized Ashkenazim (Northern European Jews). Feeling suddenly paralyzed, disembodied, and violated, Julie realized that yet again, her hazel-green eyes and light skin crossed her over the border and into hostile territory, where she was accepted only if she gave up half of her self.”

(Original Air Date: March 2009)

Music featured this week from Divahn, Daddo & The Ladino Voice, and Narcicyst.

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