Episode 84: “A Jew is not from scratch” – Miriam Hoffman Interview
April 1, 2014

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.

Click here to download Part One of the interview.

Click here to download Part Two.

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Episode 79: Ellstein On the Beach
October 8, 2013

A treat! This show is a treat – featuring an interview with Rachel Weston, Rachel McCullough and Hanna Temple who were all part of “Ellstein at the Beach” – a Yiddish spectacle conceived and directed by Jenny Romaine and performed this year at KlezKanada. Vos iz dos? Yiddish coral chorales! Vaser Shiksas! Climate change and theatrical consciousness raising! Elul may have passed, but Jewish culture is here, as ever, to wake us up! All this plus live recordings from the Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

We end the show with sounds from a lider (song) class taught by Adrienne Cooper, of Blessed Memory, at the Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland”.

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

Songlist:

Leah Israelit – “Shteyt Oyf”
Zalman Mlotek and the New Yiddish Chorale – “No Longer Do I Lie Down -To Sleep – In Struggle – Awake! — Eyder Ikh Leyg Zikh Shlofn – In Kamf – Vakht Oyf!”
Rachel Weston – “Nein Mame, Nein Miter” (live at Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Rachel Weston & Anthony Russell – “Mayn Rue Platz/My Resting Place” (live at the Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Anthony Russell – “The Horse Driver” (live at Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Adrienne Cooper and her lider class at Vokh in Yiddishland – “Dos Bisele Borscht” (written by Mayer Kharatz)

Episode 78: Feature Interview with Socalled (!)
July 5, 2013

It’s been nearly 9 years since we first heard Socalled’s Ghettoblaster album – a work that was instrumental in blowing up parts of our pre-fab contemporary Jewish identities. Scalled (aka Josh Doglgin) uncovered worlds of Ashkenazic culture and drew connections between soul musics of various kinds, including our own. In many ways, Socalled’s has guided the musical yiddishkeit of radio613, yet we have never before done an interview with him!

Mit groys fargenign, we had the chance to speak to Josh at the media showing of Tales From Odessa: A Socalled Musical based on the stories of Russian-Jewish novelist Isaac Babel and produced by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. Tales From Odessa runs in the Segal Theatre from June 16th-July 7th; in Yiddish with English and French supertitles. Set in 1917 Odessa in the gritty Jewish neighbourhood of Moldavanka, the play follows the rise of Benya Krik, Odessa’s “King of the Gangsters”. The interview explores the process of creation and collaboration that helped Tales From Odessa and many other exciting projects come to fruition.

Click-here to listen to the interview.

And, more importantly, if you can make it to Montreal, you have three more days to see the musical! Our collective is going on Saturday night and we can’t wait! Buy your tickets from the Segal Centre here.

More info:
Tales from Josh Dolgin’s Experiences in Odessa
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
socalledmusic.com

Isaac Babel