Christie Pits Riot – 75th Anniversary
September 11, 2016

radio613’s inaugural show recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot in Toronto. Highlights from the Heritage Toronto ceremony, with reflections from historian Cyrill Mernick and Jews who experienced the Riot and the violent anti-semtism, racism, and xenophobia of the day. Also, a discussion with DIY critical historian Tim Groves of the Missing Plaque Project about Toronto’s hidden past. Playwright Tara Goldstein joins the show to talk about her play “Lost Daughter” set in Toronto at the time of the Christie Pits riot…with a play reading from collective members. (Air date: September 2008)

Music from Geoff Berner and Pharaoh’s Daughter.

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Episode 85: People of the Book(s)
May 26, 2014

On this episode of radio613, Malcah and Avi share and discuss a list of books they are reading or are prominently on their radar:

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony by Paul Kivel

None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948 by Irving Abella and Harold Troper

The Issue is Power by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy

Also featured, some new music arrivals at CFRC 101.9fm from artists Aviva Chernick, Lenka Lichtenberg, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

The episode begins with a review of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre production “New Jerusalem” that explores the interrogation and excommunication of Baruch Spinoza at the Talmud Torah Congregation in Amsterdam, 1656.

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Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging
June 28, 2012

Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast!

In the first half of the show, radio613’s friend and comrade Nomi shares their beautiful Shabbat poem “Rhythm in Flame” set to music, and speaks with Avi about their poem, yeshiva studies, shabbat and training as a sofer.

During part two of the show, we kick off a new series of interviews, conversations and analysis about Jewish racism & Jewish anti-racism. We will be exploring several historical and contemporary moments of Jewish racism and/or anti-racism to deepen our understanding of the dynamics between Jewishness and racism and our commitment to confronting racism in our communities and religious practices. In this first installation of the series, we speak with Erika Davis from the blog Black, Gay and Jewish.

Listen to part1 of the show with Nomi.

Listen to part 2 featuring the interview with Erika Davis.

Episode 63: Battle for the East End
April 1, 2012

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.

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Episode 59: Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue
February 1, 2012

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.

Even more exciting than our conversation, is the fact that Ezra’s research is going to be published as a book and you can help make it happen! With a modest goal of $4000, Ezra Nepon is raising funds to publish her research in a book. Pre-buy your copy for only $20, or consider making a larger donation and receiving a beautiful new Celebrate People’s History poster about NJA. Click here to make your donation today!

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.

Episode 56: X-Men
November 18, 2011

Your fave supercrips 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!

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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”

Episode 52: Highlights
September 14, 2011

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.

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Episode 49: Anti-racist action in Toronto + Sarah Palin pathologies
January 25, 2011

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.

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Episode 46: Abrahamic Unity/Disregard
October 25, 2010

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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Episode 45: Jew on This
October 6, 2010

This week: a real shidduch of anti-colonial Jewish collectives! As part of her visit to Turtle Island, Rachel (aka Anzya) from the Jew on This 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:

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.

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 here to listen and/or read about her “radical Jewish adventures” here.

jewonthis.wordpress.com
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Episode 43: Anti-Roma Racism in Europe & Canada
August 8, 2010

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”).

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More info:
www.errc.org
www.romarights.net
Jewish and…

Episode 40: Fringes from Philly
July 12, 2010

After many episodes of wandering in radio land, radio613 comes to its 40th. 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 from these folks, connecting 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!

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Episode 35: ZIOslam
March 18, 2010

This week on radio613, local DIY literature hits the airwaves. Kingston activist Eytan joins the show to speak about his brand new zine “ZIOslam: Strengthening the Anti-Zionist Movement”. Conversation ranges from the author’s  journey to Jewish anti-Zionism, moving from guilt to solidarity, positionality  in the Free Palestine movement, strategies for confronting anti-semitism, theoretical and practical disentangling of Zionism and Judaism, and more. Tune in to hear about an incisive and timely project.

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Also, the  Miasma Infoshop is having a launch party at the AKA Autonomous Social Centre this Sunday, March 21, with zine readings, music, and tasty food. Miasma is a radical literature distributor with anarchist and other kinds of radical media including books, zines, pamphlets, film, music, and more.

Episode 30: Virtually Jewish Spaces
December 24, 2009

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”.

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”). Tune in!

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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.

Episode 28: National Day of Action for Migrant Justice
December 4, 2009

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 Haman Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister.

More info:
No One is Illegal

People’s Commission on Security Certificates

CFRC Interview with Mohamed Mahjoub

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Episode 17: Who knows three – yiddish stories?
April 2, 2009

Three yiddish stories hit the airwaves with accompanying music:

“Mazel Tov” – I.M. Weissenberg
“A Quiet Garden Spot” – Shalom Asch
“Dreyfus in Kasrilevske” – Sholom Aleichem

Accompanying music by Black Ox Orkestar, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and Boban Markovic Orkestar. Readings by Malcah.

While Sholom Aleichem recounts the news of the Dreyfus Affair travelling to Eastern Europe, the show concludes with a presentation by Dr. Ariel Salzmann: “What will we learn from l’affair Arar?” Dr. Salzmann discusses the parallels between the anti-semitic fervor that led to Alfred Dreyfus’ unjust trial and the anti-Muslim attitudes and policies that led to Maher Arar’s rendition. Tune-in.

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Episode 14: “Ashkenazi Eyes” from The Flying Camel
March 4, 2009

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.”

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

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Inaugural show: Christie Pits Riot
September 20, 2008

radio613’s inaugural show recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot in Toronto. Highlights from the Heritage Toronto ceremony, with reflections from historian Cyrill Mernick and Jews who experienced the Riot and the violent anti-semtism, racism, and xenophobia of the day. Also, a discussion with DIY critical hsitorian Tim Groves of the Missing Plaque Project about Toronto’s hidden past. Playwright Tara Goldstein joins the show to talk about her play “Lost Daughter” set in Toronto at the time of the Christie Pits riot…with a play reading from collective members.

Music from Geoff Berner and Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Click here to listen.