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Syndication

A special "Shloyshim" program in memory of Gella Schweid Fishman, master Yiddish teacher and archivist of the secular Yiddish school movement in the USA.

Participants in the show include Dovid Fishman, Dov-Ber Kerler, Rukhl Schaechter, Dovid Braun, and Mark David. Fishman, who is Gella Fishman's son, is Professor of Jewish History at Jewish Theological Seminary. Kerler is Professor of Jewish Studies and Germanic Studies at Indiana University. Rukhl Schaechter is Editor of the Yiddish Forward newspaper and web site yiddish.forward.com. Braun and David are regular participants on the Yiddish Voice.

We featured audio excerpts of Gella Fishman's 2016 interview by Christa Whitney, director of the National Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project. Thanks to Christa and Wexner! See link below additional audio, video, and info.

Related links:

Air Date: June 21, 2017

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Daniel Galay wrote about the sorry recent demise of the daily Yiddish-language broadcast in Israel in his recent article in the Yiddish Forward (Forverts), titled (in translation) "Troubling Fate For Israeli Yiddish Radio". The article is here:

http://yiddish.forward.com/articles/204522/troubling-fate-for-israeli-yiddish-radio/

We reached Daniel Galay by phone in Israel. Daniel Galay is Chairman of Leyvik House (http://www.leyvik.org.il/), the Association of Yiddish Writers and Journalists in Israel, as well as a composer and pianist.

Also on this week's show:

We continue with an excerpt of an interview with Hasia Segal, the late former co-host of the Yiddish Voice, which was recorded at her summer home on Cape Cod (Massachusetts) in 2008.

We also continue with an excerpt of an interview with Arieh London that we first aired in 2010, the late former host of Kol Israel (Israel state radio), who recently passed away. Article in Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/articles/204381/lively-yiddish-radio-host-arie-london-has-died/

Air Date: June 14, 2017

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Iosif Lakhman, co-host of this Yiddish Voice radio show and podcast, died yesterday (June 6, 2017). Dovid Braun gives a short announcement of his death, which was sudden, and no funeral details were available. A Shloyshim (memorial) program is planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The featured interview on this show is with Avremi Zaks, who worked for the Yiddish service of Kol Israel, the Israel Broadcast Authority (IBA)'s radio service, until its recent closing. We cover the closing of IBA, as well as other recent events in Israel.

Also on this week's show:

We announce sadly that Arieh London, the former host of the Yiddish service of Kol Israel, died recently. We present a short excerpt of an interview he did with the Yiddish Voice in 2010.

We play an excerpt of an interview with Hasia Segal, the late former co-host of the Yiddish Voice, which was recorded at her summer home on Cape Cod (Massachusetts) in 2008.

Air Date: June 7, 2017

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Special guests and special themes:

Shvues and Yom Yerusholayim: Rabbi Itzchak Kin of Los Angeles, originally from Israel, talks about the holiday Shvues, as well as his memories of Jerusalem and the Six-Day War

Israel and Trump's Visit: discussed by Ruth Shulman of Tel Aviv and Gitu (Giselle) Cycowicz of Jerusalem

Air Date: May 24, 2017

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Gella Schweid-Fishman died yesterday (May 16, 2017). Dovid Braun gives a short announcement of her death, including funeral details, as well as some details about the life of the beloved Yiddish activist. See also this article (in Yiddish) in Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/articles/204111/yiddish-teacher-and-archivist-gella-schweid-fishma/

The featured interview on this show is with Professor Dovid Roskies. It is a slightly shortened version the interview that we originally aired Nov. 30, 2017.

Also on this week's show:

We announce that sadly the daily Yiddish radio shows that for decades have been a part of the Israeli state broadcasting service, better known as Kol Israel, have been canceled. They will apparently be "replaced" by a weekly show.

Various music is also performed, notably by the Dutch band Nikitov, which is on tour and will be playing several concerts this month on the East Coast of the USA, including a few in Boston. More info here: http://nikitov.com

Air Date: May 17, 2017

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On the Yiddish Voice tonight we have a very interesting guest. He's an actor and entertainer, but no ordinary one. He is a Chareidi Jew, specifically a Skverer Chossid. In his relatively short life he has suffered no small amount. He's a widower. He not only lost his wife, but then they wanted to take his son away from him. All that and more make up the plot of a new movie named "Menashe", in which this man, whose name stage name is Menachem Lustig, play the leading role. Menachem Lustig is our guest with an interview on this week's show.

Also on this week's show:

In honor of Israel Independence Day (Yom Haatsmaut): from our archives: Hasia Segal talks about a relatively unsung hero of Israel, and a Bostonian, the late Dewey Stone.

News report by Avremi Zaks via Kol Yisrael in Jerusalem (http://www.iba.org.il/world/)

Air Date: April 26, 2017

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For Yom HaShoah (Holocaust commemoration day), which occurs this year on Apr. 23, 2017, we present interviews conducted today with Holocaust survivors Yakob Basner and Judy Altmann. Basner was born and raised in Riga, Latvia. He survived the Riga ghetto, five concentration camps, and a death march. We reached Basner by phone at his home in Seal Beach, CA. Altmann was born and raised in Jasina, Czechoslovakia, a small town in the Carpathian mountains (now Yasinya, Ukraine). She survived Auschwitz, labor camps, and a death march to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. We reached Altmann by phone at her home in Stamford, CT.

Air Date: April 19, 2017

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Interview with the Sylvia Bialik, organizer of the "Yiddish Idol" ("Der Yidisher Idol") in Mexico City, a Yiddish singing and songwriting competition whose submission deadline comes later this month (April 23, 2017). See also "Der Yidisher Idol" web site (in Spanish and English):

http://deridisheridol.com

Also on this week's show:

Pesach music and Pesach greetings from sponsors and friends.

Hasia Segal: Di Veltlekhe Hagode (highlights of the Arbeter Ring haggadah; from 1991)

Air Date: April 12, 2017

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Interview with the reporter known as Jake Turx, Whitehouse correspondent for Ami Magazine. His question about anti-semitism at the first press conference of President Donald Trump on Feb. 16 caused a stir because Trump became angry at him, cutting him off, telling him to sit down, and accusing him of dishonesty. "A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question.", read a New York Times headline on Feb. 17, 2017, "It Didn’t Go Well." (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/us/politics/trump-press-conference-jake-turx.html)

See also Jake Turx's page at Ami Magazine:

http://www.amimagazine.org/author/jake-turx/

And follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeTurx

Also on this week's show:

Pesach music and Pesach greetings from sponsors and friends.

News report by Avremi Zaks via Kol Yisrael in Jerusalem (http://www.iba.org.il/world/)

Air Date: April 5, 2017

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Replays of some of our best Pesach presentations:

  • Hasia Segal: Di Veltlekhe Hagode (highlights of the Arbeter Ring haggadah; from 1991)
  • Rav Avrhohom Marmorstein: Passover Q&A (from 2015)
  • Myer Loketch: Pesach, Chometz, and Chaim Brisker (from 2007)

Pesach music by Bruce Adler, Richard Tucker, and Moyshe Oysher

Pesach greetings by Dovid Braun, Iosif Lakhman, Misha Khazin, Shimshon Ehrenfeld, Eli Dovek, and Max Gelerman (z"l).

News report by Avremi Zaks via Kol Yisrael in Jerusalem (http://www.iba.org.il/world/)

Air Date: Mar. 29, 2017

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