Miriam Hoffman is a Yiddish language, literature, and culture educator, author and sage. She is also a groundbreaking Yiddish playwright . We highly recommend tuning in to our interview with Hoffman, especially if you have a strong connection to Yiddish and diasporic languages. The interview took place at the Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland” 2012.
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.
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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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.