Episode 80: Doykeit
November 13, 2013

Tune-in to radio613’s 80th episode to hear our feature interview with Jenna Brager, artist, academic and zine-maker extraordinaire! Jenna’s latest project is the Doykeit zine series. Doykeit is Yiddish for “hereness,” which references The Bund’s perspective of the need for Jews to make a home and a political commitment to change ‘here and now’. The zines explore how the intersections of a Jewish & queer/feminist identification inform an anti-zionist politic as well as exploring themes of solidarity, identity and more.

The specific theme for Doykeit #2 is Diaspora and submissions are still being accepted! Jenna is particularly asking for “writing and art that considers one or more of the following topics: diaspora, home and “homeland,” galut, displacement, dispersal, remembrance, intergenerational relationships, borders, nationalism, and violence.” While the zine’s name comes from a Yiddish term,  it aims to include “site(s) of diaspora and site(s) of “home”” from around the globe. Read the full call-out here. Note that the submission deadline will remain open until enough submissions are received.  Contact Jenna directly to find out more about her projects and see how you can be involved: sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com.

In addition to our interview with Jenna, we were lucky to be given two recordings by the authors of pieces found in Doykeit #1.

Click here to for  our interview with Jenna plus MJ Kaufman reading “My grandmother’s queer prayer or how to pronounce the name of God”

Click here to hear Jessica Rosenberg reading “Pesah 5768-5772: ‘hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground'”

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Episode 37: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial
April 19, 2010

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 Shoah.  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.

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

Rootless ballads
February 6, 2010

Partisan and resistance music on this week’s Semitic Soul podcast!

playlist…

Sirba Octet – Bessarabye
Andy Statman and Zev Feldman – Ternovka Sher
Sasha Argov – Ahuvati Sheli Livnat Tzavar (For My Beloved)
Klezmatics – Fischerlid
Goran Bregovic and Modena City Ramblers – Bella Ciao!
Michael Alpert, Lauren Brody, Adrienne Cooper, Irena Klepfisz, Henry Sapoznik, Keff Shandler, Lorin Sklamberg, Josh Waletzky, Alan Zemel – Zog Nit Keynmol
Mark Gunnery – Ballad of the Rootless Cosmopolitan
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Ispjenzola
Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Zuma Preserve
Makale – Salla
Ragtop and the Philistines – Hala

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Episode 25: Succos and an Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving
October 15, 2009

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.

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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