Episode 80: Doykeit
November 13, 2013

Tune-in to radio613’s 80th episode to hear our feature interview with JB Brager, artist, academic and zine-maker extraordinaire! JB’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! JB 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 JB directly to find out more about their projects and see how you can be involved: sassyfrasscircus@gmail.com.

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

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

Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame
June 28, 2012

radio613’s friend and comrade Noam 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.

Listen here.

Episode 61: CAMP
March 7, 2012

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.

Episode 58: Mish-mash
December 8, 2011

Tune in to a radio613 mish-mash! In this episode, Avi & Malcah share thoughts and information about a variety of current events in our Jewish worlds.

To begin,we discuss the Project Hayei Sarah and hear a D’var Torah about the parsha from Alana Alpert.

Next, we discuss the new documentary Never Come Back, which we recently got to sneak preview. The film is about the Canadian Roma community, the increasing difficulties being faced by Roma refugee claimants in getting status in Canada, and the realities of systemic and violent anti-Roma discrimination in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

We also share information about Hampshire College’s recent Queer Jews and Allies Conference.

The show features lots of great music: ‘Trili Trilili’ by Lenka Lichtenberg, and ‘Play, Gypsy, Play’ and ‘Victory Party’ by the recently titled Canadian Folk Music Award-Winner in the Pushing the Bundaries category, Geoff Berner.

We end the show with the ceaselessly amazing original recording of Allen Ginsberg’s America, set to “Hassidish” by Socalled and Sophie Solomon.

Click here to listen!

Episode 6: Shtreiml interview…Gravity book launch and interview
November 8, 2008

This week on radio613…an interview with Jason Rosenblatt – arranger and harmonica player for Ashkenaz/Turkish inspired group Shtreiml…a reading and interview with author Leanne Lieberman at the Kingston launch of her novel ‘Gravity’ which tells the story of a young queer woman of faith growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community. The show concludes with a broadcast of Rev Zalman Schacter: “How often are you Jew-ing? With kavanah?”

Music from Shtreiml and Ismail Hakki Fencioglu.

Shtreiml: http://www.shtreiml.com
‘Gravity’ website: http://leannelieberman.com/Gravity.html