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 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'”

Episode 71: Khurbn Sandy
November 7, 2012

radio613 turns its attention toward New York City as it continues to reel from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. Featuring our interview with Ariel Federow – a Brooklyn-based artist and activist who has been organizing Hurricane Sandy response activity in the queer community and for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; and, voices of organizers from the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV). Today’s show also includes poetry recordings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and a family memoir of Coney Island.

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To find ways to support relief efforts, check out:

Occupy Sandy: www.interoccupy.net/occupysandy
Caaav: www.caaav.org
Goles: www.goles.org
Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations: cojeco.org

Episode 70: Narrow Bridge Candles
October 28, 2012

We are very pleased to present our feature interview with Narrow Bridge Candles founder, Jonah Aline Daniel. Jonah makes and sells beautiful beeswax candles for Hannukah, Shabbes and Havdalah in the Bay area in California, using locally sourced, 100% pure beeswax with no dye or perfumes. 10% of the proceeds of Narrow Bridge Candles go towards the Stop the JNF Campaign.

We had a great conversation with Jonah about DIY Judaism, the value of ritual, Jewish anti-zionism and more.

Click here to order your Hannukah candles today! The early order deadline of November 2nd is fast approaching.

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With music by Le Trio Joubran (“Tanasim”), Yoni & Malcah (“BDS”) and Ofra Haza (“Kol Ha’olam Kulo”).

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 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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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 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 33: “Where I Stay” An interview with Josh Healey
February 1, 2010

Josh Healey is a writer, poet, and community organizer based in Oakland, California. Speaking to radio613 about coming up in the East, activism in the Bay, being dis-invited from the JStreet conference in October 2009, and more – with knowledge of self, strong words to incite, and a callout for solidarity. Live poetry reading of the pieces “Born in 1984”, “Queer Intifada”, and “Where I Stay.”

Music from Invincible (“Spacious Skies”), Zion I ft. Brother Ali (“Caged Bird”), and Lauryn Hill (“Lost Ones”).

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More info:
Huffington Post article “Searching for a Minyan: Our Response to Being Censored by JStreet”
Josh Healey presents HAMMERTIME
Kevin Coval.com

Episode 15: “Smash the walls of hate”
March 4, 2009

On February 23, the cross-Turtle Island Anarchists Against the Wall speaking and fundraiser tour arrived in Kingston for an event entitled: “Resisting the Wall: The Israeli Anarchist Movement”. This week’s show features excerpts from the presentation by Shachaf Polakow, an Israeli actvist, street medic, photographer with the ActiveStills collective and a member of Anarchists Against the Wall. Shachaf presents an informative perspective on the violent impact of the Wall and details the means of direct action solidarity Israeli Jews are engaged in, working in cooperation with Palestinians in a joint popular struggle against the occupation.

Music featured this week: “Sledgehammer” by Invincible and “Beyond Chutzpah” by Mark Gunnery

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awalls.org
www.activestills.org
emergencemusic.net

riotfolk.org

Episode 9: Levinas and Solidarity
December 15, 2008

radio613 episode 9: radio613 collective member Sean speaks about theories and actions of solidarity. Sean introduces the work of Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas…How does one encounter the “Other” in a manner that works to achieve solidarity? Levinas’ theory is discussed in the context of Settler-Indigenous solidarity on Turtle Island. Related to this, we air on an interview by Aaron from CKUT with Hannah Mermelstein of the Birthright Unplugged program, which takes Jewish youth on tours through the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The show concludes with a call for solidarity with people of colour at Queen’s University facing ongoing racism. Audio from a recent assembly where student’s spoke out about the hostile racist and Islamophobic environment at Queen’s and in Kingston.

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Episode 7: Yours in Struggle
November 15, 2008

radio613 episode 7: Malcah reads from the compilation ‘Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism.’ The chosen selection is from Elly Bulkin’s essay “Hard Ground.” Yours in Struggle paves very personal paths that demonstrate the possibility of doing political work across lines of difference despite racist socialization. Tune in for a powerful and thoughtful reading.

Music from Odessa/Havana and Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Episode 4: Sukkot Show
October 20, 2008

radi613’s Succot show…The collective shares the Succah building/dwelling experience and reflects upon the significance of Succot. An interview with Sam Kuhn of the Tenant Action Group in Belleville. Sam speaks about direct action activism around housing and homelessness, solidarity, and more. Also, on this week’s show, a review of the wonderful film, “Ushpizin.”

Music from Suheir Hammad and Golem.

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Tenant Action Group: http://www.ocap.ca/tag/
Ushpizin film: http://www.newline.com/properties/ushpizin.html