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7 May 2020, 4:00 pm

Arele Viswanath, Yiddish 'Harry Potter' Translator

This week's Yiddish Voice presents an interview, in Yiddish, with the creator of the recently published Yiddish translation of the first of theHarry Potter book series, Arun ("Arele") Viswanath (אַרעלע ווישוואַנאַט).

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the wildly popular first novel in the Harry Potter series, written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was first published in 1997. The Yiddish edition, with the title הערי פּאָטער און דער פֿילאָסאָפֿישער שטיין (Harry Potter un der filosofisher shteyn), was published by Olniansky Tekst in 2020 and immediately sold out its first print run. A second printing has since sold out as well. A third printing is planned but delayed due to COVID-19. The publisher web site for information and future purchases is here: https://harrypotter.olniansky.com

Arun “Arele” Schaechter Viswanath is the grandson of the prominent Yiddish linguist and professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, in a Yiddish- and Tamil-speaking home. He has stated that his desire to translate Harry Potter grew from a strong feeling that a translation of such a popular children’s novel into Yiddish would be a boon and a resource for Yiddish students and teachers, Yiddish-speaking children and parents, and the Yiddish world more broadly. Arun lived for a time in the Boston area as a Harvard undergrad majoring in linguistics, and he now resides in New York and works in high tech as an operations strategist and data analyst.

Viswanath was interviewed by regular Yiddish Voice contributor Lillian ("Leah") Shporer-Leavitt, who prepared by reading the entire Yiddish translation, having already read every Harry Potter book in the series with her children. Leavitt, a daughter of Shoah survivors, grew up speaking Yiddish and graduated from the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Shule. A former computer business analyst and software trainer, she is an experienced Yiddish teacher and translator, having taught at the Workmen's Circle, Gann Academy of Greater Boston, Boston University Hillel, and Brandeis University. In addition, she has subtitled Yiddish films for the National Center for Jewish Film and translated Yizkor (memorial) books for the Jewish Genealogical Society.

Excerpts of Harry Potter in Yiddish! (and English) In addition to short readings by Arele Viswanath during the interview, the show presented excerpts of his longer reading of the entire first chapter of this book. The full recording has been produced and made available by the League for Yiddish (ייִד׳יש-ליגע), who received the blessing and permission of author JK Rowling's organization as well as the publisher Olniansky Tekst. The recording is the first in the new League for Yiddish series of audio recordings called געהערט אַ מעשׂה / Have you heard. Our thanks to Arele and the League for Yiddish for letting us use these excerpts on our show. We also played a brief excerpt of Daniel Radcliffe's recent reading the original English version of the same text, available on web here: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived

  • Music:
    • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone movie soundtrack (short excerpts), composed and conducted by John Williams
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: April May 6, 2020

Duration: 59:33

30 April 2020, 1:49 am

Esti Shnek, Michoel Felsenbaum, Miriam Trinh: 72nd Yom Haatzmaut Amid COVID-19

Thanks to tonight's wonderful guests! They were all recorded on Wed Apr 29 2020, during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, during the day of Yom Haatzmaut in USA and Motzei (night after) Yom Haatzmaut in Israel.

יום העצמאות בשעת דער מגפֿה Yom Haatzmaut Amid COVID-19:

  1. Esti (Jahr) Shnek - a Holocaust survivor living in Haifa, originally from Jasina, Czechoslovakia. In the interview Esti recounts that around this day 75 years ago she was in a subcamp of Dachau, and a few days later was finally liberated on May 1, 1945 by American soldiers.
  2. Miriam Trinh - the new Editor of "Afn Shvel", the journal of the League for Yiddish, teacher of Yiddish through numerous institutions, including Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and founder and director of "YO - Yiddish-Ort", the new Yiddish cultural organization in Israel, which is preparing to teach an international Yiddish summer course through Zoom this summer of 2020.
  3. Michoel Felsenbaum - editor of the Yiddish literary journal Yidishland, cohost of the national Israeli Yiddish radio broadcast, and writer, including for the Yiddish Forverts. See also: Facebook public group page for "ישׂראלדיק ראַדיאָ אױף ייִדיש - רדיו ישראלי ביידיש - Israeli radio in Yiddish - Израильское радио на идиш" - https://www.facebook.com/groups/181106619326190/ See also Yidishland subscriptions through Olniansky: http://olniansky.com/store/yidishland-subscription/
  • Historian, and regular Yiddish Voice cohost, Sholem Beinfeld interviewed Felsenbaum and Trinh.

  • Music:

    • Barry Sisters: Exodus
    • Dovid Esheth: Yerusholayim, Shtot fun Gold (music Naomi Shemer, origin Hebrew lyrics Naomi Shemer, Yiddish translation Dovid Esheth)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: April 29, 2020

Duration: 1:01:52

24 April 2020, 12:26 pm

Yom HaShoah: Zoli Langer (new), Rokhl Zicherman (repeat)

  • To mark this year's Yom HaShoah and the 75th anniversary since liberation we hear from two survivors:
    • Zoli Langer, who lives in Los Angeles, was born in 1927 in Minai, a village near the small town of Užhorod, Czechoslovakia, (now Ukraine). He, his parents, and 5 siblings were deported to Auschwitz in the spring of 1944. He was the only one to survive. He describes his life before and during the war and ultimately his liberation in April 1945, 75 years ago this month. Recorded November, 2019.
    • Rokhl Zicherman lives in Los Angeles and is an Auschwitz survivor from Carpathian Czechoslovakia. She loves to sing with her two sisters who don't live very close, but they often talk by phone. Here she sings In Auschwitzer Lager, describing a fate common to many the many teenagers from this region who were deported to Auschwitz in 1944: being separated from their mothers who were killed at Auschwitz, often due to holding on to younger children of theirs. She also sings a Holocaust 'Dem Milners Trern', a Holocaust version of the song Dem Milner's Trern, written by Mark Varshavski around the turn of the 20th century. Recorded in January 2019. Originally aired May 1, 2019.
  • Music:
    • Shimon Yisraeli: Zog Nit Keyn Mol (lyrics: Shmerke Kaczerginski)
    • Rokhl Zicherman: In Auschwitzer Lager, Holocaust 'Dem Milners Trern' (Singer is a Carpathian Auschwitz survivor. This is a Yiddish Voice exclusive recording.)
    • Emma Lazaroff Schaver and Chorus: Zog Nit Keyn Mol (lyrics: Shmerke Kaczerginski)
    • Dudu Fisher: Vu Ahin Zol Ikh Geyn (lyrics: Igor S. Korntayer)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: April 22, 2020

Duration: 1:01:50

15 April 2020, 11:44 pm

Shvii and Acharon Shal Pesach - Amid COVID-19

  • Happy Passover and thanks to friends, participants, and sponsors of this show:

  • Friends and Sponsors of the Show

  • Yiddish Voice Participants - Regular Contributors, Cohosts, Writers

    • Leah Shporer-Leavitt, Boston (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • Sholem Beinfeld, Boston (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • Dovid Braun, New York (recorded Apr 1 2020)
  • Holocaust Survivors

    • Izzy Arbeiter, Boston, for AAJHS of Greater Boston http://www.generationsafterboston.org/ (recorded Mar 30 2020)
    • Note: Virtual Yom HaShoah Remembrance and Reflection - Sunday, April 19th, 2020 at 2pm - Registration by April 17th is required. Go to http://jcrcboston.org to register by Apr 17 2020.
    • Motl Murstein, Boston (recorded Mar 25 2020)
    • Gitu Cycowicz, Jerusalem (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • David (Dovid) Lenga, Los Angeles (recorded Apr 7 2020)
  • In Memoriam:

    • Khasye Segal ז״ל (recordings from 2006)
    • Iosif Lakhman ז״ל (recording from 2010)
  • Music:

    • For Pesach:
    • Malavsky Family: Fir Kashes - Peysakh
    • Pripetshik Singers: Mu Asapru
    • Barry Sisters: Passover Medley
    • Moyshe Oisher: Kiddush for Pesach and Dayenu
    • For Yom HaShoah:
    • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Mayn Khaverte Mintsye
    • Khane Cooper: Shtiler, Shtiler
    • Cantor Sholom Katz: Kel Moleh Rachamim
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
Duration: 1:02:23

9 April 2020, 1:04 am

Pesach Amid COVID-19

  • Happy Passover! א כשרן און געזונטן פסח!
  • Happy Passover and thanks to friends, participants, and sponsors of this show:
    • Israel Book Shop https://www.israelbookshop.com/ (Eli Dovek recorded Mar 28 2007)
    • The Butcherie https://www.butcherie.com/ (Max Gelerman ז״ל recorded Mar 28 2007)
    • Cheryl Ann's Bakery http://cherylannsbakery.com/
    • League for Yiddish http://leagueforyiddish.org/ (Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath recorded Apr 7 2020)
    • CYCO Books http://www.cycobooks.org/ (Hy Wolfe recorded Apr 7 2020)
    • AAJHS of Greater Boston http://www.generationsafterboston.org/ (Izzy Arbeiter recorded Mar 30 2020)
    • Motl Murstein, Boston (recorded Mar 25 2020)
    • Leah Shporer-Leavitt, Boston (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • Sholem Beinfeld, Boston (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • David (Dovid) Lenga, Los Angeles (recorded Apr 7 2020)
    • Gitu Cycowicz, Jerusalem (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • Dovid Braun, New York (recorded Apr 1 2020)
    • Khasye Segal ז״ל (recordings from 2006 and 1991)
    • Iosif Lakhman ז״ל (recording from 2010)
    • Myer Loketch ז״ל (recording from 2008)
  • Presentations for Pesach (excerpts) by: Myer Loketch ז״ל and Khasye Segal ז״ל
  • Music:
    • Malavsky Family: Ho Lakhmo Anyo and Fir Kashes - Peysakh
    • Pripetshik Singers: Mu Asapru
    • Barry Sisters: Passover Medley
    • Moyshe Oisher: Kiddush for Pesach and Dayenu
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: April 8, 2020

Duration: 1:03:04

2 April 2020, 2:09 am

Full Interview – COVID-19 with Jake Turx, Yosef Rapaport BONUS PODCAST

COVID-19: a roundtable discussion of the novel coronavirus, aka "Covid-19", with special guests Jake Turx, @JakeTurx on Twitter and Whitehouse correspondent for Ami Magazine (http://www.amimagazine.org); and Yosef Rapaport, @YosefRapaport on Twitter and commentator for hotline broadcaster Kol Mevaser (http://Yiddish24.com).

Recorded in the late afternoon of Weds. Apr 1 2020, just before the live broadcast.

Note: a shortened version of this appeared in the first quarter-hour of the broadcast; this bonus podcast contains the full interview. Joining in the full interview is regular co-host Sholem Beinfeld, Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Washington University, and Mark (Meyer) David, host and producer of The Yiddish Voice.

Air Date: April 1, 2020 (Partial)

Duration: 51:36

2 April 2020, 1:42 am

COVID-19 with Jake Turx, Yosef Rapaport; and Eli Rosen, 'Unorthodox' Yiddish Actor & Consultant

  • Happy Passover! א כשרן און געזונטן פסח! Hear ads/greetings from our sponsors Israel Book Shop, The Butcherie, Cheryl Ann's Bakery -- Thanks to our sponsors! And hear from friends of the show, both near and far, Izzy Arbeiter, Motl Murstein, Leye (Shporrer) Leavitt, Sholem Beinfeld, Gitu Cycowicz (Israel), and Dovid Braun

We present discussions on two timely topics, all in Yiddish:

(1) COVID-19: a roundtable discussion of the novel coronavirus, aka "Covid-19", with special guests Jake Turx, @JakeTurx on Twitter and Whitehouse correspondent for Ami Magazine (http://www.amimagazine.org); and Yosef Rapaport, @YosefRapaport on Twitter and commentator for hotline broadcaster Kol Mevaser (http://Yiddish24.com).

Recorded in the late afternoon of Weds. Apr 1 2020, just before the live broadcast.

Note: this has been shortened for time for the broadcast; full interview will be made available presently as a bonus podcast. Joining in the full interview is regular co-host Sholem Beinfeld, Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Washington University, and Mark (Meyer) David, host and producer of The Yiddish Voice.

(2) Eli Rosen, actor (in the role of the Rebbe) as well as Yiddish translator, coach, and cultural consultant for the new Netflix miniseries Unorthodox, which deals with life in a NY Chassidic community, and features dialog mostly in Yiddish by an international cast of actors, mostly non-Yiddish speaking -- it's coming out released this week on Netflix! Info: Eli Rosen: http://elirosen.net/ Unorthodox: https://www.netflix.com/title/81019069

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Incidental Music: Malavsky Family, Pesach Music: Ho Lakhmo Anyo and Fir Kashes

Air Date: April 1, 2020

Duration: 1:01:03

26 March 2020, 5:54 pm

COVID-19 with Avremi Zaks; Author: Elissa Bemporad (cont.); Eli Rosen, Unorthodox's Yiddish Consultant

We present discussions on three timely topics, all in Yiddish:

(1) COVID-19: a roundtable discussion of the novel coronavirus, aka "Covid-19", with special guests Avremi Zaks, the host and producer of the Israeli Yiddish radio show Kan Yiddish (info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181106619326190/)

Joining in the discussion is regular co-host Sholem Beinfeld, Co-Chief Editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Washington University, and Mark (Meyer) David, host and producer of The Yiddish Voice.

We also get a special report on COVID-19 from Alex Dafner, Yiddish presenter for Australia's SBS Hebrew and Kadimah radio shows.

(2) (Continuation from last week:) LEGACY OF BLOOD: Elissa Bemporad, author of the new book Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (Oxford University Press, 2019), is interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld. This is the first half of a 2-part interview, and begins at approximately the midpoint of the show. Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center - CUNY. Her previous book, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. (Publisher info: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/legacy-of-blood-9780190466459)

(3) Eli Rosen, actor (in the role of the Rebbe) as well as Yiddish translator, coach, and cultural consultant for the new Netflix miniseries Unorthodox, which deals with life in a NY Chassidic community, and features dialog mostly in Yiddish by an international cast of actors, mostly non-Yiddish speaking -- it's coming out released this week on Netflix! Info: Eli Rosen: http://elirosen.net/ Unorthodox: https://www.netflix.com/title/81019069 (NOTE: this is a preview excerpt of a longer interview to be aired in a future program.)

Greetings for Pesach: thanks to Motl Murstein of Brookline, MA, who recorded his bagrisung for Pesach, with a wish for the end of this mageyfe; and, from our archive: the late Max Gelerman of our sponsor The Butcherie in Brookline. Wishing you a kosher Pesach - Good Yontev! אַ כּשר׳ן פּסח!

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Outro instrumental music: Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym

Air Date: March 25, 2020

Duration: 59:49

19 March 2020, 5:09 am

COVID-19 with Berger, Schaechter; Plus: Author: Elissa Bemporad

We present discussions of two important and interesting topics, all in Yiddish:

(1) COVID-19: a live roundtable discussion of the novel coronavirus, aka "Covid-19", featuring special guests:

Dr. Zackary (Sholem) Berger, who teaches at Johns Hopkins medical school, is an active primary care doctor in the Baltimore area, and is the author of Talking to Your Doctor: A Patient's Guide to Communication in the Exam Room and Beyond; and

Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Forverts (Yiddish Forward) newspaper, which is providing extensive coverage of the coronavirus, especially in the Jewish community, on a daily basis.

Joining in the discussion is regular co-host Sholem Beinfeld, Professor of History, Emeritus, at Washington University, and Mark (Meyer) David, host and producer of the program.

(2) LEGACY OF BLOOD: Elissa Bemporad, author of the new book Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (Oxford University Press, 2019), is interviewed by Sholem Beinfeld. This is the first half of a 2-part interview, and begins at approximately the midpoint of the show. Elissa Bemporad is the Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust and an associate professor of history at Queens College and The Graduate Center - CUNY. Her previous book, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press, 2013), was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.

  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Outro instrumental music: Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym

Air Date: March 18, 2020

Duration: 1:00:24

6 March 2020, 10:42 pm

Purim - Best of, with Hollender, Friedman, Wex, Lebovits, Post, Glasser

  • Happy Purim!
  • אַ פֿריילעכן פּורים!
  • Highlights from past Yiddish Voice shows for Purim:
  • Moyshe Hollender ע׳׳ה - sings Kiddush far Purim (recorded and first aired 2016)
  • Martele Friedman צו לאַנגע יאָר singsTomer Her Ikh Muzik Shpiln, with words and music by a member of the singer's family (recorded and first aired 2020)
  • Michael Wex interviews for Purim from 2014 and 2019 - well-known educator, author, and entertainer. Info: http://michaelwex.com/
  • Yoely Lebovits - interview for Purim from 2014 - well-known Jewish humorist and entertainer. Info: http://badchen.com
  • Leahke Post ע׳׳ה, accompanied by Rubin Ossofsky - Purim - recording date unknown, but believed circa 1930's. Thanks to her son Henry Carrey for supplying the recording.
  • Hershl Glasser - interview for Purim from 2014 - Forverts columnist and former Dean of the Max Weinreich Center at YIVO
  • Other music:
    • Binah Landau: Purim Lid
    • Malavsky Family Shoshanas Yakov
    • Perl Teytlboym + Henry Carrey: Purim Lid (words and music by Beyle Shaechter-Gottesman)
    • Ruth Rubin: Hop Mayne Homentashn
    • Kapelye: Gut Purim
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: March 4, 2020

Duration: 1:00:23

14 February 2020, 5:09 pm

Benny Mer, Kolya Borodulin

Today's guests:

Both interviews are by Sholem Beinfeld, co-chief-editor of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary.

  • Music excerpts:
    • Chava Alberstein: Mayn Shvester Khaye (My Sister Khaye) (Words and music by Binem Heller)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: February 12, 2020

Duration: 59:39

23 January 2020, 5:45 am

Auschwitz 75: Martele Friedman, Dovid Lenga, Izzy Arbeiter

  • This week we observe Holocaust Rememberance Day as well as the 75-year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, by hearing from three survivors of Auschwitz.
    • Historian and Yiddish Voice cohost Sholem Beinfeld provides introductory remarks with a brief historical overview.
    • Margaret (Martele) Friedman, originally from Groys-Kinyat (גרויס-קיניאַט), now Великі Ком'яти (Velyki Kom'yaty), Ukraine, who was deported to Auschwitz with her family from the Munkacs (Hungary) ghetto in spring 1944, sings lovely Yiddish songs that she learned as a child before the Holocaust.
    • Izzy (Yisroyl) Arbeiter, originally from Plotsk (פּלאָטסק), now Płock, Poland, a survivor of Auschwitz and past president and cofounder of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, talks about his survival and liberation (interviewed by Iosif Lakhman ע״ה for and originally broadcast by The Yiddish Voice in 2005).
    • David (Dovid) Lenga, originally from Łódź, Poland (לאָדזש), who survived ghettos around Lodz, as well as Auschwitz, talks about his survival as well as his upcoming trip from Los Angeles to Poland, with over 200 former Auschwitz prisoners and Holocaust survivors, to attend the Auschwitz Memorial during the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where they will sit in the first rows inside a tent that will be built over the historical gate of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau camp
  • Music:
    • The following sung by Martele Friedman, recorded by Yiddish Voice on Jan 1 2020:
    • Vi Nemt Men (Words and music by Ben-Tsion Whittler)
    • Lib Hobn un Tsuzogn (On the 78 it's credited to Morris Rund and Aaron Lebedoff (Lebedoff is most likely the lyricist))
    • Az Ikh Bin a Kabtsn (We would like to know: lyricist?, composer?)
    • Fraytik Tse Nakhts (Composed by Shuli Hollender, Martele's first cousin, who died right after the liberation.)
    • Harey At (We would like to know: lyricist?, composer?)
    • Af Dem Pripetshok (Oyfn Pripetchik) (Words and music by Mark Warshawsky)
    • Es Brent (Words and music by Mordkhe Gebirtig)
    • Tomer Her Ikh Muzik Shpiln (Words and music by a member of the singer's family)
    • Intro and Outro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: January 22, 2020

Duration: 59:53

16 January 2020, 7:41 pm

Avrom Sutzkever's 10th Yahrtzeit with Beinfeld & Fein; Christa Whitney on Beyle Film

  • In honor of Avrom Sutzkever's 10th Yahrtzeit: Richard Fein and Sholem Beinfeld read from and discuss the book The Full Pomegranate: Poems of Avrom Sutzkever (SUNY Press, 2019), which presents Sutzkever's poems with Fein's English translations.
    • Remarks on Sutzkever's 10th Yortsayt by Beinfeld
    • Interview with Fein about his book. (Previously aired on the Yiddish Voice in September 2019)
    • Readings of Sutzkever's poems in English translation and Yiddish original by Fein and Beinfeld (recorded at their reading at Harvard Hillel in September 2019)
    • Interview with Beinfeld about Fein's book. (Previously aired on the Yiddish Voice in September 2019)
    • From our archive: Rivka Basman Ben-Hayim: remarks for Sutzkever's Shloyshim (previously aired on the Yiddish Voice in February 2010). Basman Ben-Hayim is a world-renowned Yiddish poet living in Israel but originally from Vilkomir (Lithuania) who was a good friend of Sutzkever's. Info: https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/basman-ben-hayim-rivka
  • Chista Whitney is interviewed about her film Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy about the life of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. The film was recently completed and is now being screened around the world. Info: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/wexler-oral-history-project-presents/beyle-artist-and-her-legacy-film Christa Whitney is director of the The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Info: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tellyourstory
  • Dovid Braun talks about the upcoming program in memory of Peysakh Fishman at the Sholem Aleichem Culture Center (Bronx, NY). Info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Sholem-Aleichem-Cultural-Center-Bronx-238579126233379/events/

Air Date: January 15, 2020

Duration: 1:00:01

26 December 2019, 7:02 am

Rav Moshe Kesselman - Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah!אַ פֿריילעכן ליכטיקן חנוכּה

  • Interview with Rav Moshe Kesselman, rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefila in Los Angeles.
  • From our archive: חנוכּה greetings from current Yiddish Voice participants and supporters, tsu lange yor, Dovid Braun, Sholem Beinfeld, and Motl Murstein; and, in their memory from our dearly missed late participants: cohost and cofounder Hasia Segal ז״ל; cohost Iosif Lakhman ז״ל; and frequent contributor Rav Myer Loketch ז״ל.
  • Excerpt from beginning of the radio show "Der Freylekher Kabtsen", with host Ben Gailing, originally aired Aug 18 1993.
  • Music excerpts:
    • Moishe Oysher: Drei Dreidele - Spin the Dreidle
    • Klezmer Conservatory Band (soloist: Judy Bressler): Chanuka, Oy Chanuka
    • c, soloist, accompanied by Hankus Netsky: Khanike (from the Ben Gailing o"h 120th birthday tribute in Waltham, MA, in December 2018)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: December 25, 2019

Duration: 1:00:13

19 December 2019, 2:00 am

Motl Didner, Berish Goldstein

  • Interview with Motl Didner, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Director of The Sorceress (די כּישוף־מאַכערין), and Associate Director and Dialect Coach for the smash-hit production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (פֿידלער אויפֿן דאַך).

As Yiddish coach for Fiddler, Didner was the main person responsible for training the mostly non-Yiddish-speaking cast to mount the USA's first-ever Yiddish-language production of Fiddler on the Roof, resulting in a smash hit (winner of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel awards) that is still running off-Broadway at Stage42 (info: https://fiddlernyc.com).

The Sorceress (Di Kishef-Makherin), which is being presented by the Folksbiene for a limited run in Yiddish with English and Russian subtitles, is an operetta written by Avrom Goldfadden, considered the father of modern Jewish theatre, in 1878. It is one of the earliest works of Yiddish theater and the first formal Yiddish theatrical production introduced in America by the celebrated Thomashefsky family. It's being performed through Dec 29 2019 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan -- info here: https://nytf.org/the-sorceress

  • Interview with Barry Goldstein, whose Yiddish translations of The Wind in the Willows (די װינט אין די װערבעס) and The Colour of Magic (דער קאָליר פֿון כּישוף) were recently published.

Goldstein is active in the Yiddish literary scene, both at home in Boston and internationally: besides his translations, Goldstein was Associate Editor of the very highly regarded Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Indiana University Press, 2013), and his Yiddish writing has appeared in the Yiddish literary journal Yidishland (ייִדישלאַנד), as well as others, in recent years. For info and links to all of Goldstein's translations, visit his web site: https://bgoldstein.org/

Goldstein's interview is by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Beinfeld served as principal consultant on the film Partisans of Vilna (credited as Solon Beinfeld). He was senior consultant and historian to the Kovno Ghetto Exhibition project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and consultant to the Museum on the Ghetto archive holdings in the Lithuanian State Archives in Vilnius.

  • Music excerpts:
    • Orchestra conducted by Zalmen Mlotek (soloists: Stephanie Lynne Mason, Racheel Zatcoff, Rosie Jo Neddy): Shadkhnte, Shadkhnte (Matchmaker, Matchmaker), from the CD Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: The 2018 Cast Recording
    • Klezmer Conservatory Band (soloist: Judy Bressler): Chanuka, Oy Chanuka
    • Moishe Oysher: Drei Dreidele - Spin the Dreidle
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: December 25, 2019

Duration: 59:56

12 December 2019, 2:47 am

Josh Waletzky, Dovid Braun on Yiddish New York; Meet Harry Schneider, a Child Holocaust Survivor

  • Yiddish New York preliminary events start this week, and our first two guests are here to talk about it!
  • Josh Waletzky is on the organizing committee of Yiddish New York and is leading many sessions. He is a leading contemporary Yiddish songwriter and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He co-produced the Grammy-nominated album of Jewish songs of resistance, Partisans of Vilna (1989), and performed his own Yiddish song compositions on his albums Crossing the Shadows (2001), and PASAZHIRN / Passengers (2017). His notable film credits include director of Image Before My Eyes (1981), Partisans of Vilna (1986), and Yonia Fain: With Pen and Paintbrush (2017), and editor of the Emmy Award-winning documentary Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House (1995).
  • Dovid Braun, specialist in Yiddish language and linguistics, is a regular participant in Yiddish New York’s language and folklore offerings. He is currently Academic Director of the intensive U. Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is teaching Yiddish at Columbia University and previously taught at Harvard, U. of Penn., Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, and elsewhere. A long-time regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice radio show, he also serves as Co-President of the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center (Bronx).
  • Harry (Hershl) Schneider, a resident of Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh), PA, born in Lomzhe, Poland, in 1937, talks about his childhood in Poland and Russia during the Second World War, and also a bit about his Pittsburgh Jewish community. (Recorded in West Palm Beach, FL, at the 2018 conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants.)
Duration: 59:52

5 December 2019, 5:03 am

Nechama Netali-Gonen

  • Nechama Netali-Gonen talks about her childhood, first as a happy child in the city of Khelm (Chełm in Polish), and then about her family's perilous survival and escape from the Holocaust in Poland, and their eventual settlement in wartime Soviet Union. (Recorded in West Palm Beach, FL, at the 2018 conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants.)
  • Israeli Yiddish radio hosts Michael Felsenbaum and Avremi Zak discuss current events in Israel and around the world. Thanks to them and to Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation's Kann Yiddish for this abridged segment, which was aired in its entirety earlier today on the radio in Israel and on Facebook Live (archived video: https://www.facebook.com/yiddish.kolisrael/videos/565356737580295/)
  • We aired the following PSA near the very beginning of the show:

אַ מעלדונג פֿון אַרבערטער-רינג אין באָסטאָן:

טײַערע צוהערערס,

זײַט אַזוי גוט און קומט צום ערשטן ״קאַפֿע ייִדישקייט״, אַ נײַער ייִדישער קאַבאַרעט וואָס ברענגט צונויף אַ גרויסע גרופּע קינסטלערס פֿון דער באָסטאָנער סבֿיבֿה, צווישן זיי די באַרימטע שטערן פֿון דער ייִדישער מוזיק סצענע, ווי אַנטאָני מרדכי צבֿי ראָסעל, דזשודי ברעסלער, און שפּילערס פֿון

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band.

דערצו וועט מען האָבן אַ שיינע קאַוועהויז קאַפּעליע וואָס וועט שפּילן אַן אָפּקלײַב פֿון פֿריילעכע לידער און טאַנץ־מוזיק.

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 7:00 pm

קומט זיך צוהערן, און ברענגט אײַערע טאַנץ־שיך!

  • Music
    • Klezmer Conservatory Band (soloist: Judy Bressler): Chanuka, Oy Chanuka
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: December 4, 2019

Duration: 1:00:21

14 November 2019, 4:08 am

Dovid Katz , Esther Kampler

  • Dovid Katz talks about the Ukraine scandal from a Jewish and human rights perspective. Katz edits the web journal Defending History (www.DefendingHistory.com), which counters the Eastern European movement to obfuscate, without denying, the Holocaust. An internationally renowned expert on Yiddish, he is now working on a new online Yiddish dictionary (www.YiddishCulturalDictionary.org). His personal website: www.DovidKatz.net
  • Esther Kampler is a Holocaust survivor originally from Czernowitz, Romania (today's Chernivtsi, Ukraine), who now lives in Brookline, Mass. We got to hear a bit about her younger years before and after the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of her parents and a brother.
  • From our archive, previously aired October 18, 2017: Christa Whitney interviewed by Dovid Braun about the film Beyle, about the life of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, the late Yiddish activist, poet, and artist.
  • Announcement: the film Beyle will be shown this Sunday, Nov 7, 2019, at 4:00 PM at Workmen's Circle in Brookline, with Christa Whitney at reception/talk-back following the screening. Info: http://www.circleboston.org/calendar/beyle-film-screening
  • Announcement: Hankus Netsky and Eden Macadem-Somer will appear in a concert of Yiddish and Klezmer music Sunday, Nov 7, 2019, at 3 PM at All Newton Music School, 321 Chestnut St., West Newton, MA. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the following link: https://www.allnewton.org/tickets/klezmer MA 02465
  • Music
    • Lillian Lux: Yiddishe Mama
    • Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam Somer: Vu Bistu Geven and Uncle Shloyme's Improvisation (on "Pfiyoys" from the Second Day of Rosh Hashono Musaf Amidah)/Hollender Friday Night Tune (Klezmer instrumental)
    • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air Date: November 13, 2019

Duration: 1:00:06

10 October 2019, 12:38 pm

Best of Succos: Itzchak Kin, Myer Loketch z"l, Miriam Libenson z"l (Repeat)

NOTE: essentially a repeat of Oct. 4, 2017, and Oct 11, 2017, with host intro by host Mark David and Cafe Europa event notice by Tania Leffman. For additional Cafe Europa info:

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Gut Yontef, Gut Yor! גוט יום-טובֿ, גוט יאָר

  • We thank those who have pledged or made financial contributions to the Yiddish Voice during the past year (2016-17).
  • We recall the names of Yiddish Voice friends, supporters, and participants who died during the past year.
  • Rav Itzchak Kin: a few questions about Succos. (Excerpt repeated from last week.)
  • Rav Myer Loketch: Succos: Di 4 Minim (The 4 Species) (Repeated from 2007.)
  • Miriam Libenson z"l: Succos and Simchas Torah (Repeated from the early 1990's)
  • Music: Suki Berry, et al: A Sukele; Mordche Kershman: Fun Geshem Kayn Gelt Iz Nito; Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmatics: Simkhes Toyre Time; Malavsky Family: Hoshano
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS from Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Additional background/incidental music: Cantor Gershon Sirota: "Keil Moleh Rachamim" ("God full of compassion", remembrance prayer for the departed)

Air Date: October 9, 2019

Duration: 1:01:27

4 October 2019, 10:16 pm

Best of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur

  • A High Holidays mix of recent and past audio highlights. Enjoy!
  • Holocaust survivor Motl Murstein gives this year's New Year's greetings and sings a Yiddish song, Afn Pripetshik. Recorded at Murstein's Brookline home on Sept 18, 2019, and previously aired the same day.
  • Archive: Eli Dovek, proprietor of Israel Book Shop: new year wishes (from 2009)
  • Archive: the late Max Gelerman ז"ל, proprietor of The Butcherie: new year wishes (from 2005)
  • Holocaust survivor Tania Lefman announces upcoming Greater Boston-area Holocaust survivor events. Anna was recorded during the Sept 18, 2019, broadcast speaking by phone live from Wellesley, MA.
  • Archive: frequent Yiddish Voice contributor Dovid Braun: new year wishes (from 2004)
  • Archive: late cohost of the Yiddish Voice, *Iosif Lakhman ז"ל: new year wishes (from 2007)
  • Archive: late cofounder and cohost of the Yiddish Voice, Hasia Segal ז"ל: new year wishes (from 2007)
  • Archive: late shamus and bal-tefila of Lynn and Beverly, MA, Avrom Cohen ז"ל: chants Rosh Hashonah/Yom Kippur tefilas and talks about his life and about being a bal tefila (from 1997)
  • Archive: late Yiddish scholoar Mordkhe Schaechter ז"ל: discusses Yiddish-language ideoms and greetings tied to holidays Rosh Hashonah, Yom Kippur, and Succos (from 1997)
  • Archive: late chairman of the Yiddish Culture Club in Boston, Zalmen Srebro ז"ל: new year wishes (from 2003)
  • Yiddish Voice cohost Sholem Beinfeld: new year wishes (from 2011)
  • Music
    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
    • Shmuel Malavsky and Family: Unesanneh Tokef (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Musaf)
    • Mordechai Hershman: Ovinu Malkeynu (Yiddish)
    • Sholom Katz: Kol Nidrei
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz
  • Ads/Greetings: Israel Book Shop, The Butcherie, Cheryl Ann's Bakery -- Thanks to our sponsors!

Air date: October 2, 2019

Duration: 59:55

25 September 2019, 10:36 pm

Leye Shporer-Leavitt, Motl Murstein, Tanya Lefman, Anna and Izzy Arbeiter

  • Leye Shporer-Leavitt joins regular host Mark David live in studio at WUNR in Boston.
  • Holocaust survivor Motl Murstein gives New Year's greetings and sings a Yiddish song, Afn Pripetshik. Recorded at Murstein's Brookline home earlier the same day.
  • Holocaust survivor Tania Lefman talks with Leye about Boston survivor community, past and present, and about upcoming events. Anna was speaking by phone live from Wellesley, MA.
  • Holocaust survivors Anna Arbeiter and her husband Izzy Arbeiter talked about how they met during the Holocaust. Recorded at the Arbeiters' home in Newton earlier the same day.
  • Music
    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
    • Shmuel Malavsky and Family: B'Rosh Hashonah"
    • Barbra Streisand: Avinu Malkeinu
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: September 18, 2019

Duration: 59:44

12 September 2019, 11:56 pm

Anna Rozenfeld, Shoshke-Rayzl Juni

  • Anna Rozenfeld talks about Polish Yiddish radio and discusses Celia Dropkin and reads some of her Yiddish poetry. Rozenfeld is an artist, an independent researcher, and a teacher and translator of Yiddish, as well as a former Yiddish radio journalist and presenter. Until 2012 she hosted the Yiddish radio program Naye Khvalyes, broadcast by Polish Radio External Service. In the mid-2010's, she presented her own research on Yiddish-language programming on Polish radio, 1945-1958. Her translations into Polish of Yiddish poems by Celia Dropkin (1887–1956) appears in the just-published tri-lingual (Yiddish, German, Polish) book Alef-Bejs der Liebe (2019, Arco Verlag). Publisher info here: http://www.arco-verlag.com/buecher/titel/97-alef-bejs-der-liebe-alef-bejs-milosci.html Note: in this segment we present an excerpt of a Polish Yiddish radio program courtesy of the Max and Frieda Weinstein Archive of YIVO Sound Recordings.
  • Shoshke-Rayzl Juni is a Yiddish activist who was living and working in New York City a short distance from the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. In this interview, recorded exactly 18 years later, she describes the experience of seeing the towers collapse before her eyes on September 11, 2001, and reflects on that experience with 18 years' hindsight.
  • From the archive: Rav Avrohom Marmorstein: a discussion of the High Holidays, and also a little about the rabbi, his background, and about Yiddish. Rav Marmorstein is the director of Mehadrin Kashrus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. For info: http://www.vaad.org/new-york-manhattan/mehadrin-kashrus/. (Note: shortened, edited version of an interview recorded and first aired on the Yiddish Voice in 2015.)
  • Music
    • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Di Balade Funem 11tn September
    • Leibele Waldman: Der Nyer Yohr
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: September 11, 2019

Duration: 1:02:34

11 September 2019, 2:34 am

Richard Fein: The Full Pomegranate: Poems of Avrom Sutzkever

  • Author and translator Richard J. Fein (Yiddish name: Ruvn-Yankev), along with his friend, collaborator, and regular Yiddish Voice cohost Sholem Beinfeld, discuss Fein's recently published book The Full Pomegranate: Poems of Avrom Sutzkever (SUNY Press, 2019), which features Sutzkever's poems in their original Yiddish along with Fein's English translations. Fein and Beinfeld also present three short poems from the book in both languages. Avrom Sutzkever (1913–2010) is widely regarded as one of the greatest Yiddish poets of the 20th century. Richard J. Fein is Professor Emeritus of English at the State University of New York at New Paltz and the author, editor, and translator of many books, including With Everything We’ve Got: A Personal Anthology of Yiddish Poetry. Sholem Beinfeld is Professor Emeritus of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is perhaps best known as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Arumnemik Yidish-English Verterbukh), as well as a translator of Yiddish texts and creator of new subtitles for classic Yiddish movies. For further information on Fein's book The Full Pomegranate, see the publisher's web site: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6690-the-full-pomegranate.aspx
  • Update from Sara Feldman, Yiddish teacher at Harvard, who was our guest recently (on our Aug 14 2019 broadcast). She talks about her recent arrest at a protest against ICE raids.
  • From the archive: High Holidays with Miriam Libenson ז״ל, originally recorded and aired in the 1990's.
  • Music
    • Theo Bikel: Di Yontevdike Teg
    • Malavsky Family: Rosh Hashona
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: September 4, 2019

Duration: 1:01:25

27 August 2019, 9:44 pm

Sara Feldman (New); Fun arkhiv: Iosif Lakhman: 12 Aug 1952

  • Interview with Sara Feldman, who is the Preceptor in Yiddish at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies in 2014 and now teaches Yiddish language at Harvard at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The interviewer, Sholem Beinfeld, is Professor Emeritus of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Indiana University Press).
  • From our archives: 2008 presentation by Iosif Lakhman : 12 August 1952
  • Music
    • Mordechai Hershman: V'yo V'yo Ferdelach
    • Shifra Lehrer: A Shod Mayne Trern
    • Yakov Sandler: Tango Margarite
    • Itzhak Perlman, Dov Seltzer, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: אויפֿן וועג שטייט אַ באום (Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: August 14, 2019

Duration: 1:00:43

22 August 2019, 5:49 am

Gilles Rozier: Paris Yiddish Scene

  • Today's show continues our series of interviews with activists on the Yiddish scene around the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library, which began Wednesday June 12 2019. We previously presented interviews with Ri J. (Reyze) Turner and Yitskhok Niborski.
  • Gilles Rozier was born in France in 1963. He began to learn Yiddish in 1987. From 1994 until 2014 he served as Director of the Paris Yiddish-Center/Medem Library. He wrote his Doctoral Dissertation about the Yiddish writer Moyshe Broderzon. He is also a translator from Yiddish, Hebrew, English, and French. In 2016, he and Anne-Sophe Dreyfus created "Les Editions de l’Antilope", a French-language publisher devoted to Jewish literature, which has now published 20 books, either in translation from Yiddish, Hebrew, English, and Polish, or originally written in French.
  • The interviews are conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, who is Professor Emeritus of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is perhaps best known as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Arumnemik Yidish-English Verterbukh), as well as a translator of Yiddish texts and creator of new subtitles for classic Yiddish movies. The Dictionary is based on the Yiddish-French Dictionary edited by Yitskhok Niborski and published by the Medem Library/Paris Yiddish Center. Sholem's connection with the Medem Library goes back many decades, beginning with his Fulbright Fellowship in Paris as a graduate student.
  • See also: Medem Library-Paris Yiddish Center home page: http://www.yiddishweb.com
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

    Air date: July 24, 2019

Duration: 1:00:13

18 August 2019, 3:31 pm

Binyumen Schaechter, Motl Murstein, Tanya Lefman, Sosye Fox

Live show with Binyumen Schaechter, award-winning composer, arranger, conductor, musical director, and performer, live in studio; Motl Murstein (phone interview), holocaust survivor; Tania Lefman (live phone interview), holocaust survivor, and Sosye Fox (phone interview), host and producer of Vaybertaytsh: A Feminist Podcast, in Yiddish. Various topics discussed, including the JPPC, 4th-of-July, and the forthcoming season of Vaybertaytsh.

Duration: 58:16

22 July 2019, 6:35 pm

Yitskhok Niborski: Bonus Podcast 3

  • khsidish Yiddish .... and good-byes
  • Bonus for June 26 2019 broadcast - interview with Yitschok Niborski
Duration: 5:14

22 July 2019, 6:33 pm

Yitskhok Niborski: Bonus Podcast 2

  • Yiddish dictionaries
  • Bonus for June 26 2019 broadcast - interview with Yitschok Niborski
Duration: 12:50

22 July 2019, 6:30 pm

Yitskhok Niborski: Bonus Podcast 1

  • Bonus 1 - using computer, especially Google Books, for research
  • Bonus for June 26 2019 broadcast - interview with Yitschok Niborski
Duration: 14:47

27 June 2019, 3:31 am

Yitskhok Niborski: Yiddish at Medem, Paris; Leana Jelen: Yidish-Vokh

  • Yitskhok Niborski was born in Buenos Aires in 1947 and raised in a Yiddishist, secular family. He attended the Yiddish schools that then thrived in Buenos Aires and the Yiddish teachers' training academy (Lerer-Seminar), specializing in Yiddish literature. He moved to Paris in 1979 to take up a position as Director of the Medem Library while also teaching at the prestigious Ecole Nationale des Etudes Orientales. He remained at the head of the Medem Library for over thirty years, helping to turn the Medem Library-Paris Yiddish Center into one of the most active Yiddish institutions in the world. He has devoted his entire adult life to Yiddish education: in elementary schools, in classes for adults, and in universities. He participated in publishing several Yiddish dictionaries and textbooks, nobably the Verterbukh fun Loshn-koydesh Shtamike Verter in Yidish (first edition 1997) and the Dictionnaire Yiddish-Français (Yiddish-French Dictionary) (2002), both published by the Medem Library-Paris Yiddish Center. He has also written and published over twenty poems in Yiddish. See also:
  • The interviews are conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, who is Professor Emeritus of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is perhaps best known as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Arumnemik Yidish-English Verterbukh), as well as a translator of Yiddish texts and creator of new subtitles for classic Yiddish movies. The Dictionary is based on the Yiddish-French Dictionary edited by Yitskhok Niborski and published by the Medem Library/Paris Yiddish Center. Sholem's connection with the Medem Library goes back many decades, beginning with his Fulbright Fellowship in Paris as a graduate student.
  • Today's show continues our series of interviews with activists on the Yiddish scene around the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library, which began Wednesday June 12 2019 with an interview with Ri J. (Reyze) Turner. Tonight's guest: Yitskhok Niborski
  • Other interviewees in this series are Ri J. (Reyze) Turner, whose interview was aired on June 12 2019, and Gilles Rozier, whose interview will be aired on an upcoming program, to be announced.
  • Note: watch for bonus podcast soon: we ran low on time, so not all of Niborski's interview could be aired at this time, so we'll put out the remainder in a bonus podcast.
  • Also: a talk with Leana Jelen, the Activities Coordinator for Yidish-Vokh, the annual summer Yiddish immersion summer camp organized by Yugntruf - Youth for Yiddish. See also:
  • Music
    • Leyke Post: Yiddish Redt Zikh Azoy Sheyn (Yiddish Sounds So Beautiful), accompanied by Rubin Ossofsky
    • Jan Pierce: Mai-Ko-Mashma-Lon
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: June 26, 2019

Duration: 59:44

21 June 2019, 4:29 am

Sebastian (Zekharye) Shulman

  • Sebastian (Zekharye) Shulman recently joined KlezKanada, the annual Yiddish summer festival, as Executive Director and is a translator of Yiddish and Esperanto. See also
  • Also: an update on YIVO's Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture by Academic Director Dovid Braun, who also talks about the companion Yiddish Civilization Lecture Series, which starts this coming Monday (June 24, 2019). See also:
  • Music
    • Daniel Kahn & Painted Bird: Di Arbeter Froyen
    • Sophie Milman: Shpatsir in Vald (from the CD Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, Executive Producer: Anna Shternshis)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: June 19, 2019

Duration: 59:45

15 June 2019, 12:38 am

Reyze Turner from the Yiddish Scene in Paris

  • This show starts a series of interviews with activists on the Yiddish scene around the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library starting Wednesday June 12 2019 at 7:30 PM with an interview with Ri J. (Reyze) Turner.
  • Ri J. (Reyze) Turner Ri J. Turner is a translator and Yiddish language teacher at the Paris Yiddish Center-Medem Library, as well as an MA candidate in Yiddish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a three-time alumna of the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program at YIVO in New York, and was a Translation Fellow of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, in 2014 and 2018 and the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN/Heim Fund in 2018. Her translations and original writing have appeared in In Geveb, Pakn Treger, the Forverts, Afn Shvel, and elsewhere.
  • Interviews in the series will continue in following weeks with Yitskhok Niborski and Gilles Rozier, with announcements to follow.
  • The interviews are conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, He is Professor Emeritus of History at Washington University in St. Louis, and is perhaps best known as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary (Arumnemik Yidish-English Verterbukh), as well as a translator of Yiddish texts and creator of new subtitles for classic Yiddish movies. The Dictionary is based on the Yiddish-French Dictionary edited by Yitskhok Niborski and published by the Medem Library/Paris Yiddish Center. Sholem's connection with the Medem Library goes back many decades, beginning with his Fulbright Fellowship in Paris as a graduate student.
  • Music
    • Yiddish Princess (vocals: Sarah Mina Gordon) : Ver Vet Blaybn (lyrics: Avrom Sutzkever)
    • Dudu Fisher: Moyshele (lyrics: Mordkhe Gebirtig)
    • Myrna Rabinowitz: Mayn Tate (words and music: Myrna Rabinowitz)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: June 12, 2019

Duration: 59:23

6 June 2019, 7:28 am

Jana Mazurkiewicz-Meisarosh; Shvues

  • Jana Mazurkiewicz-Meisarosh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Slavic Department of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her dissertation research is on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. Jana combines her Yiddish academic research with theater and community activism. Professionally experienced in acting, directing, and playwriting, she wrote the play "Hiltserne Milkhomes" (“Wooden Wars”) in Yiddish and produced it for stage in Ann Arbor in 2013-2014. In October 2017, she moved to San Diego and launched the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America - YAAANA (website: yaaana.org), which has as its goal, Jana has said, "to make Yiddish culture hip, modern, and interesting". Jana is interested in Yiddish both as a stage language and as a means of exploring the current state of Polish-Jewish relationships.
  • From the archive Shavuos 2017: Rav Izchak Kin: thoughts on Yiddish, the Yom-Tov Shavuos, and some Q and A.
  • Music
    • Pripetshik Singers: Shvues-lid (words and music by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman)
    • Louis Danto: Shvues
    • Moshe Koussevitzky: Kortuz M'Chomer (for Yom-Tov Shavuos)
    • Mordechai Hershman: Toire is die Beste Schoire
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: June 5, 2019

Duration: 1:00:09

1 June 2019, 12:59 am

Yom Yerusholayim, Shvues & Yisroel Radios Mikhoel Felsenbaum

  • Enjoy a wonderful new presentation by Mikhoel Felsenbaum just aired on Israel's Yiddish broadcast on broadcaster Kan. Kan Yiddish: https://www.kan.org.il/radio/program.aspx?progId=1136 - Michael Felsenbaum Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/michael-felsenbaum
  • Presentation for Shavuos by Miriam Libenson z"l, originally aired on the Yiddish Voice in the 1990's
  • A short interview with Rav Izchak Kin: his personal memories of Jerusalem
  • Music happenings were discussed, FYI:
    • in Bostoner gegnt: morgen, Donershtik, May 30 2019 at 7:30 PM
    • A Besere Velt Yiddish Community Chorus
    • Conductor: Derek David
    • Featring Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell (antony mordkhe-tsvi russell)
    • Morgen: Thursday, May 30 2019 at 7:30 PM - Elliot Church, 474 Centre Street, Newton Corner
    • info: 617-566-6281 or circleboston.org
    • in Bronx: Zuntik dem 2tn yuni 1:30 - 4:30 nokh mitog
    • 7th Annual Sholem Aleichem Klezfest
      • info: Facebook: Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center-Bronx
    • in NYC, Sunday, June 16, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
    • https://www.thejppc.org/concerts.html
    • Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Musical Celebration
    • Songs sung in Yiddish with English supertitles
    • Conductor: Binyumen Schaechter
    • info: thejppc.org/concerts.html
    • in Amherst fun 11tn bizn 14tn yuli:
    • Yidstock Festival
    • Mit Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, Vira Lozinsky & Hankus Netsky, Eleanor Reissa and Frank Lonon, Klezmatics, Sore-Mine Gordon, un andere
    • info: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
  • Music
    • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Shvues-lid
    • Louis Danto: Shvues
    • Anthony Russell & Veretski Pass: Stranger (take-off on Avrom Reisen's Mai-Ko-Mashma-Lon)
    • Cindy Paley: Shvues
    • Sholom Katz: Yerosholayim
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: May 29, 2019

Duration: 1:00:14

9 May 2019, 9:36 pm

Best of Yom Ha'atzmaut, with Felsenbaum, Zak, Bryks-Klein, Portnoy, London, Cycowics, Galai

  • אַ פֿריילעכן יום העצמאות (Happy Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day))!
  • We re-air some more or less recently aired interviews with Israelis in honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut:
    • Michael Felsenbaum and Avremi Zak discuss latest Israeli news, and Bella Bryks-Klein and Avremi Zak discuss upcoming Yiddish events in Israel. Previously broadcast, May 5 2019, by Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation's Kann Yiddish, archived here: https://soundcloud.com/michael-felsenbaum/03052019a and here: https://www.kan.org.il/radio/program.aspx?progId=1136
    • Pesye Portnoy, interviewed by Arieh London ז״ל, originally aired on Kol Israel Radio, Yiddish Service, in Jan 2008.
    • Gitu Cycowics (nee Friedman), an Israeli, a resident of Jerusalem, from Carpathian Czechoslovakia and an Auschwitz survivor, discusses her joy around the 70th Yom Haatsmaut. Originally aired on the Yiddish Voice Apr 24 2018.
    • Daniel Galai, the composer, Yiddish activist, and head of Leyvik Hoyz in Tel Aviv, discusses concerns about Yiddish in Israel, and especially Yiddish on Israeli radio. Originally aired on the Yiddish Voice June 14 2017.
    • Israel Songs:
    • Barry Sisters: Exodus
    • Dovid Esheth: Yerusholayim, Shtot fun Gold (music Naomi Shemer, origin Hebrew lyrics Naomi Shemer, Yiddish translation Leyb Olitski)
    • Sholom Katz: Shalom Shalom Yisroyl
    • Dovid Esheth: Yerusholayim Shel Barzel (music Naomi Shemer, lyrics Meir Ariel)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: May 8, 2019

Duration: 59:26

2 May 2019, 2:41 am

Rokhl Zicherman and Other Holocaust Survivors for Yom HaShoah

  • Interviews for Yom HaShoah
    • Rokhl Zicherman lives in Los Angeles and is an Auschwitz survivor from Carpathian Czechoslovakia. She loves to sing with her two sisters who don't live very close, but they often talk by phone. Here she sings In Auschwitzer Lager, describing a fate common to many the many teenagers from this region who were deported to Auschwitz in 1944: being separated from their mothers who were killed at Auschwitz, often due to holding on to younger children of theirs. She also sings a Holocaust 'Dem Milners Trern', a Holocaust version of the song Dem Milner's Trern, written by Mark Varshavski around the turn of the 20th century.
    • Gitu Cycowics (nee Friedman), an Israeli, a resident of Jerusalem, from Carpathian Czechoslovakia and an Auschwitz survivor, discusses her fear for when survivors are gone. Previously aired on the Yiddish Voice Apr 24 2018 in a program in honor of 70th Yom Haatsmaut.
    • Raye David (nee Shlosberg), now in Milwaukee, Holocaust survivor from Vilna, Poland. Recorded end of 2010 and previously aired on the Yiddish Voice in 2011.
    • Ann Monka (nee Khane Stolovitska), now in Northern New Jersey, originally from Lida (לידע‎), survived in Bielsky Brothers camp in the forest. She recalls the movie Defiance coming out, how she and other Bielsky survivors came to a special premier at New York Museum of Jewish Heritage, how everyone loved it. We play a recording of her singing the Partizan's Song (Zog Nit Keyn Mol). (The song was aired on the Yiddish Voice last week. A longer version of the interview was previously aired on the Yiddish Voice Jan 14 2009.)
  • Music:
    • Shimon Yisraeli: Zog Nit Keyn Mol
    • Rokhl Zicherman: In Auschwitzer Lager, Holocaust 'Dem Milners Trern' (Singer is a Carpathian Auschwitz survivor. This is a Yiddish Voice exclusive recording.)
    • Anna Monka: Zog Nisht Keynmol (Singer is a Bielski survivor. This is a Yiddish Voice exclusive recording.)
    • Dovid Fishman: Vu Ahin Zol Ikh Geyn
    • Abraham Brun: Why Need We Cry?
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: May 1, 2019

Duration: 59:45

25 April 2019, 8:30 pm

Pesach Yom HaShoah with Yakob Basner and Judy Altmann

  • פּסח באַגריסונגען Pesach music and greetings from sponsors and friends, some new, some old *, some ז״ל
    • מיר ווינטשן אײַך אַ זיזן כּשרן פּסח
    • טאַניע לעפֿמאַן Tania Lefman, from the The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants of Greater Boston, Inc.
    • לאה שפּאָרער-לעוויט Leye (Lillian) Shporer Leavitt
    • שלום ביינפֿעלד Sholem Beinfeld
    • ליבע גריץ פֿון באָסטאָנער אַרבעטער-רינג Linda Gritz for Boston Workmens' Circle
    • מאָטל מורשטיין Mark Murstein
      • Mark (Motl) Murstein - excerpt of him singing Ekhod Mi Yodea
    • Celebs
    • יעקבֿ באָדאָ * Yankele Bodo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaakov_Bodo
    • Chaimi and Leyzer from Yid-Life Crisis חיימי און לייזער פֿון ייִד-לײַף קריזיס http://yidlifecrisis.com
    • Sponsors and Advertisers
    • Cheryl Ann's Bakery http://cherylannsbakery.com
    • Eli Dovek * אלי דאָוועק, Israel Book Shop https://www.israelbookshop.com
    • Shimshon Erenfeld * שמשון ערנפֿעלד, BLER Travel http://www.bler.com
    • Max Gellerman Z"L * מאַקס געלערמאַן ז״ל, The Butcherie http://www.butcherie.com
  • Interviews:
    • Yakob Basner, holocaust survivor originally from Riga, Latvia. His daughter Elizabeth Karpukh joins to briefly talk about the Survivors Mitzvah Project. Info: https://www.survivormitzvah.org
    • Judy Altmann, holocaust survivor originally from Jasina, Czechoslovakia
  • Music:
    • Richard Tucker: Tal Tein
    • Moishe Oysher: Kiddush for Pesach
    • Cantor Gregor Shelkan: Vos Vet Zayn Ven Moshiakh Vet Kumen (Rare recording, from Nov 5 1995 Cantors' Concert for Cantor Shimon Kandler)
    • Anna Monka: Zog Nisht Keynmol (Singer is a Bielski survivor. This is a Yiddish Voice exclusive recording.)
    • Shimon Yisraeli: Zog Nit Keyn Mol
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: April 24, 2019

Duration: 59:45

25 April 2019, 4:05 am

Ravs Kin, Marmorstein, Loketch z"l: Best of Pesach

  • פּסח באַגריסונגען Pesach music and greetings from sponsors and friends, some new, some old *, some ז״ל
    • מיר ווינטשן אײַך אַ זיזן, כּשרן פּסח
    • לאה שפּאָרער-לעוויט Leye (Lillian) Shporer Leavitt
    • שלום ביינפֿעלד Sholem Beinfeld
    • ליבע גריץ פֿון באָסטאָנער אַרבעטער-רינג Linda Gritz for Boston Workmens' Circle
    • מאָטל מורשטיין Mark Murstein
      • Mark (Motl) Murstein - excerpt of him singing Ekhod Mi Yodea
    • Hasia Segal * חסיה סיגעל ז״ל
    • Iosif Lakhman * יוסף לאַכמאַן ז״ל
    • Celebs
    • יעקבֿ באָדאָ * Yankele Bodo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaakov_Bodo
    • Chaimi and Leyzer from Yid-Life Crisis חיימי און לייזער פֿון ייִד-לײַף קריזיס http://yidlifecrisis.com
    • Sponsors and Advertisers
    • Cheryl Ann's Bakery http://cherylannsbakery.com
    • Eli Dovek * אלי דאָוועק, Israel Book Shop https://www.israelbookshop.com
    • Shimshon Erenfeld * שמשון ערנפֿעלד, BLER Travel http://www.bler.com
    • Max Gellerman Z"L * מאַקס געלערמאַן ז״ל, The Butcherie http://www.butcherie.com
  • רבנישע ווערטער לכּבֿוד פּסח
    • Rav Izchak Kin (originally recorded and aired Pesach 2018)
    • Rav Myer Loketch z"l (originally recorded and aired Pesach 2007)
    • Rav Avrohom Marmostein (originall recorded and aired Pesach 2014)
    • Pesach Songs:
    • Pripetshik Singers - Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor: Mu Asapru
    • Moishe Oysher: Kiddush for Pesach
    • Mordechai Hershman & Mendel Shapira: Tal
    • Seder Nights with Sedor Belarsky: Ma Nishtanoh
    • Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: *S'iz matsa do"
    • Michael Silverman: Passover Dayenu (instrumental)
    • Meshugga Beach Party: Dayenu
    • Moishe Oysher: Chad Gadyo
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: April 17, 2019

Duration: 59:40

11 April 2019, 12:55 am

Schaechter Siblings Binyumen and Gitl re JPPC Choir + Pesach

  • Interview with Binyumen Schaechter and Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, discussing the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus (JPPC - thejppc.org), of which Binyumen is the conductor and his sister Gitl is one of the singers. They discuss the history of the JPPC and their many years of involvement with it, and also talk about the upcoming Spring 2019 Gala Concert, Yiddish Flavors of Love: A Musical Celebration, set to take place Sunday June 16, 2019, at 3:00 PM at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. Some musical excerpts of the Choir's performance, including from recent rehearsals for their upcoming performance, will also be heard. For more information about the JPPC and their concert, visit their web site here: https://www.thejppc.org/concerts.html
  • Pesach music and greetings from sponsors and friends.
    • מיר ווינטשן אײַך אַ זיזן, כּשרן פּסח
  • Music:
    • The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus (JPPC), Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor, from the CD Zingt:
    • Dem Zeydns Nign
    • Meyn Nisht
    • JPPC, Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor - unreleased rehearsal recording courtesey of JPPC, from late March 2019:
    • Yidish Iz Mayn Loshn
    • Troyerlid
    • Pesach Songs:
    • Barry Sisters: Passover Medley
    • Lori Cahan: Shvimt Dos Kestl Afn Nil
    • Lori Cahan and Meyshke Alpert: Zog, Maran
    • Malavsky Family: Fir Kashes
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: April 10, 2019

Duration: 59:42

11 April 2019, 12:39 am

Best of: Pesach (Hasia Segal), Dovid Braun, Kolya Borodulin

  • Highlights from past years' Pesach, including Hasia Segal's Pesach presentation from Pesach 1991, originally aired on our predecessor radio show די ייִדישע שעה (The Yiddish Hour / Di Yidishe Sho, WBRS 100.1 FM Waltham, MA) songs and greetings.
  • Recently aired interviews:
  • Interview with Kolya Borodulin, Director of Yiddish Programming at Workmen's Circle (Arbeter Ring). Check out all their Yiddish programming here: https://circle.org/what-we-do/yiddish-language/
  • Interview with Dovid Braun, Academic Director of the 2019 YIVO-Bard Summer Program, also known as the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture. More info here: https://summerprogram.yivo.org/

    Air date: April 3, 2019

Duration: 59:59

29 March 2019, 2:49 am

Chaim Jelen

  • Interview with Chaim Jelen (Henry Jelen). Chaim was born at the end of WWII in Siberia, where his parents had escaped to from Poland and settled during WWII. He lives in Chicago, where he has been a leader in Holocaust education and memorialization, particularly among the second generation, for several decades.
  • Music:
    • Bruce Adler: A malke af peysekh (A Queen for Passover
    • Moishe Oysher: Dayenu - It Would Have Been Enough
    • Barry Sisters: Passover Medley
    • Lori Cahan and Meyshke Alpert: In Dem Land Fun Piramidn
    • Lori Cahan: Shvimt Dos Kestl Afn Nil
    • Lori Cahan and Meyshke Alpert: Zog, Maran
    • Sidor Belarsky: Der Seyder
    • Malavsky Family: Ho Lakhmo Anyo
    • Malavsky Family: Fir Kashes
    • Meshugga Beach Party: Dayenu
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: March 27, 2019

Duration: 59:16

21 March 2019, 5:23 am

Michael Wex et al: Purim+Humor Extended

  • Michael Wex, renowned author and humorist, joins regular cohosts Leye Shporer-Leavitt, Sholem Beinfeld, and Mark David for a semi-serious discussion about Jewish humor and Purim. Info: http://michaelwex.com Note: some of this material was presented the previous week, but some had to be cut due to time limitatioms. This is an extended edition.
  • Music:
    • Binah Landau: Purim Lid
    • Leyke Post: Purim, accompanied by Rubin Ossofsky
    • Gadi Yagil: Di Elegye fun Fastrigose
    • Ruth Rubin: Yakhne-Dvoshke Fort in Shtot (Hop Mayne Homentashn)
    • Avraham Horowitz: Revah (Revach Vehatzala), composed by Grand Rabbi Moshe Horowitz (the Bostoner Rebbe)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: March 20, 2019

Duration: 59:14

20 March 2019, 4:32 am

Rukhl Schaechter: Forverts, Michael Wex et al: Humor+Purim

  • Rukhl Schaechter, editor of the Yiddish Forward (פֿאָרווערטס), speaks with regular cohost Sholem Beinfeld about the latest developments at the newspaper, including the plan to go digital-only and discontinue the printed version begun in 1897. Info: http://yiddish.forward.com
  • Michael Wex, renowned author and humorist, joins regular cohosts Leye Shporer-Leavitt, Sholem Beinfeld, and Mark David for a semi-serious discussion about Jewish humor and Purim. Info: http://michaelwex.com
  • Music:
    • Leyke Post: Purim, accompanied by Rubin Ossofsky
    • Gadi Yagil: Di Elegye fun Fastrigose
    • Ruth Rubin: Yakhne-Dvoshke Fort in Shtot (Hop Mayne Homentashn)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: March 13, 2019

Duration: 58:45

12 March 2019, 5:29 pm

Khasye Pollack

  • Interview with Holocaust Survivor Khasye Golomb Pollack (Carol Pollack), originally from Vilna, Lithuania, recorded at the recent conference of World Federation of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors and Descendants
  • Music: various Yiddish songs by various performers - enjoy!
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: March 6, 2019

Duration: 59:48

14 February 2019, 7:34 pm

Kolya Borodulin, Dovid Braun, Valentine's Day

  • Interview with Kolya Borodulin, Director of Yiddish Programming at Workmen's Circle (Arbeter Ring). Check out all their Yiddish programming here: https://circle.org/what-we-do/yiddish-language/
  • Interview with Dovid Braun, Academic Director of the 2019 YIVO-Bard Summer Program, also known as the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture. More info here: https://summerprogram.yivo.org/ NB: First deadline: International and Financial Aid Applicants: February 28, 2019
  • Valentine's Day, or Valentin-Tog, the secular holiday of romantic love, is celebrated throughout with playing and discussion of several love songs by our regular co-hosts Sholem Beinfeld and Leye (Lillian) Shporer-Leavitt.
  • Music:
    • In Di Vayse Yorn, words by Yosef Papernikov, performed by Chava Alberstein on her album Lemele (NMC, 2006)
    • Her nor du sheyn meydele, folk song, performed by Wolf Krakowski on his album Transmigrations: Gilgul (Kamea Records, 1996), accompanied Freydi Katz
    • Margaritkes, words by Zalmen Shneyer, performed by Chava Alberstein on her album Mike Burstein/Chava Alberstein: Yiddish Folk Songs (CBS, 1973)
    • Fisher Lid, words and music by Aliza Greenblatt, performed by Martha Schlamme on her album Favorite Yiddish Songs (MGM, 1963)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: February 13, 2019

Duration: 59:55

7 February 2019, 1:45 am

Kalman Weiser

  • Interview with Kalman Weiser, discussing the late Yiddish language scholars Solomon (Shloyme) Birnbaum and Noyekh Prilutski. Professor Keith (Kalman) Weiser is the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University, Toronto. His research focuses in the area of modern Jewish history and culture, specifically about language issues in Jewish life. His publications include Jewish People, Yiddish Nation: Noah Prylucki and the Folkists in Poland (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and the introduction to Shloyme Birnbaum's Yiddish: A Survey and a Grammar, Second Edition (University of Toronto Press, 2016). The interview is conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Beinfeld served as principal consultant on the film Partisans of Vilna (credited as Solon Beinfeld). He was senior consultant and historian to the Kovno Ghetto Exhibition project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and consultant to the Museum on the Ghetto archive holdings in the Lithuanian State Archives in Vilnius.
  • Music performed by Miryam-Khaye Seigel, from album Toyznt Tamen:
    • A Meydele Fin Poyln
    • Di Apikorsim
    • Furn Fursti fin Mir Avek
    • Nyu-York Nyu-York
    • Besarabye
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: February 6, 2019

Duration: 59:35

31 January 2019, 2:42 am

Esia Friedman (Part 2)

  • Interview with Esia Baran Friedman (Part 2). Esia, a Holocaust survivor from Vilna, Lithuania, talks about her family and her childhood in Vilna and surviving the Holocaust. Esia is one the survivors whose testimony is featured in the recent Nova documentary Holocaust Escape Tunnel (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/holocaust-escape-tunnel). Part 1 of this interview was heard last week (Jan 23 2019). This interview took place at a gathering of Holocaust survivors and descendants this past November 2018 organized by the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants -- for further information, visit: https://www.holocaustchild.org
  • Vocalist Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell will perform this weekend (Feb 2 2017, 7 PM) with accordionist Dmitri Gaskin. Their concert A World of Jewish Song will be at Temple Beth Elohim in Acton. We feature several tracks showcasing Anthony Russell's singing from his recent album (with Varetsky Pass). Concert info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-world-of-jewish-song-tsvey-brider-tickets-52604131373 And for further info on Anthony Russell, visit his web site: https://www.anthonyrussellbass.com/
  • Music by Anthony Russell with Varetsky Pass (Joshua Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein & Stuart Brotman)
    • Water
    • Train
    • Horses
    • Lift
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: January 30, 2019

Duration: 58:14

31 January 2019, 12:07 am

Esia Friedman (Part 1); Hankus Netsky's Latest Album

  • Interview with Esia Baran Friedman (Part 1). Esia, a holocaust survivor from Vilna, Lithuania, talks about her family and her childhood in Vilna and surviving the Holocaust. Esia is one the survivors whose testimony is featured in the recent Nova documentary Holocaust Escape Tunnel (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/holocaust-escape-tunnel). Part 2 of this interview continues next week (Jan 30 2019).
  • Hankus Netsky (pianist, arranger) visited our home studio recently and generously provided us with a preview version of his about-to-be-released album with the violinist and singer Eden MacAdam-Somer. Title as yet unknown. We previewed several new tracks.
  • Music from unreleased album by Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: January 23, 2019

Duration: 59:43

21 January 2019, 7:53 pm

Jay Riazanow (New); Miriam Libenson on Tu Bishvat (Repeat)

  • Jay Riazanow, a retiree in South Florida, talks about his life, from prewar shtetl in Belarus, surviving the Holocaust, growing up in the Soviet Union, moving to Israel, and finally coming to America.
  • From our archives: Miriam Libenson Z"L: a talk in honor of the holiday Tu Bishvat, the holiday of the trees, originally broadcast in 1994.
  • Music for Tu Bishvat
    • Victor Berezinsky: Tu Bishvat
    • Henry Carrey: Tu Beshvat (Music and Lyrics by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman)
    • Ruth Levin: A Hoykher Boym (Lyrics Shike Driz, Music by Leibu Levin)
    • Hilda Bronstein: Afn Veg Shteyt A Boym (Lyrics by Itzik Manger)
    • Dudu Fisher: Unter Beymer (Lyrics by Alexander Olshanetsky, Music by Moishe Oysher)
  • Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz

Air date: January 16, 2019

Duration: 59:13

21 January 2019, 7:49 pm

Debra Caplan: Yiddish Empire [Encore]

  • Air Date: Jan 9 2018
  • Original Air Date: Jun 27 2018
Duration: 59:31