“Two Houses and a Longing” An interview with filmaker Dorit Naaman
November 1, 2016

This week on radio613, an interview with film-maker and film-theorist Dorit Naaman. Dorit’s DiaDocuMEntaRY film series is primarily rooted in and around her hometown, Jerusalem. The series takes a personal and powerful look at issues of displacement, nationalist/colonial narratives, the effects of the Apartheid Wall, erasure of Palestinian/Indigenous life and history, and much more. (Air Date: December 2008)

Audio from Dorit’s most recent work “Two Houses and a Longing” and music from Ehud Banai, DAM, David D’Or, and Shlomo Bar.

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Episode 86: Doing Jewish Off the Grid
October 17, 2014

Image description: Photo of the lobby of the Federation CJA building in Montreal. Over the banner of the second floor, a banger hangs reading "Massacre à Gaza: CIJA is Complicit. CIJA (Centre for Israel-Jewish Affairs) offices are located on the second floor near the banner.

So squirrels are stealing schach from your Succah, cold rain is soaking everything, and you’re looking for some radio to extend the season of simkhe, warm sun and golden leaves? Happily, radio613 is back on air, with brand new programming for 5775!!! This episode’s feature interview is with Emily and Julia, two members of the organizing committee for the upcoming conference, Doing Jewish Off the Grid: Politics, Identity, and Spirituality, which is set to take place in Toronto, October 25-26. The conference aims to “create a space that recognizes the diversity of Jewish perspectives, to movement build with progressive Jewish community, and to generate alternative discussion around issues that do not currently hold enough space in the mainstream.” The show begins with coverage from a late summer action at the Montreal Federation CJA building where a group of Jews gathered to denounce the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza and the organized Jewish community’s complicity in it. Special thanks to Courtney Kirkby of CKUT Radio in Montreal for offering her reporting on the action.

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With music from Shuly Rand, the star of our favourite Succos movie “Ushpizin”.

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For more information and to register for the Doing Jewish Off the Grid conference, click here.

Read the press release from the Jews who took action at the Federation CJA building in August here.

Stay tuned to our blog for new episodes of the show every month, or listen live on cfrc 101.9fm in Kingston.

Episode 83: Decline9 in Solidarity with Elsipogtog
December 4, 2013

This week’s broadcast coincided with the Emergency Day of Action – Solidarity for Elsipogtog on December 2, 2013. The call was made by HWY 11 Land Defenders. Hwy 11 is the site of one of the encampments in Mi’kmaq Territory where Mi’kmaq peoples are protecting the water from Houston Based company SWN who are trying to conduct seismic testing for fracking on unceded Mi’kmaq lands. The RCMP are attempting to repress resistance to fracking there, through harassment, violence, and arrest.

Malcah spoke with a representative of decLINE9-Cataraqui for an update on local solidarity actions in the Kingston area. decLINE9 Cataraqui is a grassroots group based in Kingston, Ontario on contested Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) and Algonquin (Anishnabek) territory. The group is “dedicated to resisting the proposed reversal of the Line 9 pipeline, a project that would see Tar Sands Oil carried through this land, from Sarnia to Montreal.”

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Learn more:
reclaimturtleisland.com
decLINE9-Catarqui

Episode 50: Trees of Life
February 6, 2011

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. We are late posting this show as it is now a few weeks from the originally broadcast date on the 15th of Shvat, but at any moment 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.

radio613’s Tu Bishvat show for 5771 ends with a review of the recently published 70 Faces: Torah Poems by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. 70 Faces eloquently blends feminism and classic traditions of textual interpretation. Listen for readings from parshas B’shalach and Yitro.

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

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Anarchists Against the Wall in Kingston – November 21
November 19, 2010

If you are in Kingston on Sunday at 7pm, please come check out this presentation co-hosted by radio613 and SPHR, featuring Israeli anarchist Noam Lekach. The talk is part of the cross-Turtle Island fundraising tour to cover legal costs of Israeli State repression of the popular struggle against the Occupation in general and the Apartheid wall in particular.

More info:

awalls.org

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 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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Episode 22: Queering notions of diaspora
June 1, 2009

On June 1, 2009, Inextricable – a video art installation by Alexis Mitchell & Sharlene Bamboat – opens at the the Goldfarb Gallery at York University in Toronto. Inextricable presents three interconnecting videos that queer prevailing understandings of diaspora. Alexis Mitchell joins radio613 this week to speak about 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.

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

Be sure to check out Inextricable from June 1-5 at the Goldfarb Gallery, Fine Arts Building at York University. More information: alexismitchell.com

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Episode 8: “Two Houses and a Longing” An interview with filmaker Dorit Naaman
December 8, 2008

This week on radio613, an interview with film-maker and film-theorist Dorit Naaman. Dorit’s DiaDocuMEntaRY film series is primarily rooted in and around her hometown, Jerusalem. The series takes a personal and powerful look at issues of displacement, nationalist/colonial narratives, the effects of the “Separation Wall”, erasure of Palestinian/Indigenous life and history, and much more.

Audio from Dorit’s most recent work “Two Houses and a Longing” and music from Ehud Banai, DAM, David D’Or, and Shlomo Bar.

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