Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jewish-American Israelis Rock out at RockAmi Festival for Sukkot

Interview with singer Gershon Veroba on the upcoming RockAmi Festival in Jerusalem on Sukkot aimed at Jewish Americans in Israel. Plus an interview with Yaakov Shwekey on his new album of Sephardic music. Also, new music from Soufarm, Aryeh Kunstler and Shlomo Dovid.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sephardic Jewish Music for the High Holidays

Interview with Aaron Hai and Uriel Suliman from Hal'haka HeSepharadit HaYerushalmit, a new band of young musicians performing traditional Judeo-Middle Eastern music. Hear about how Uriel was almost arrested in the Old City and his performances in China and Taiwan. Aaron talks about the history of the Spanish-Jewish musical traditions and plays solo on the qanun.

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Aaron Catz's Powerful Experience in Uman for Rosh Hashanah

A interview and acoustic performance with deep, soulful singer/songwriter Aaron Catz on his new project Silent Devotion and his powerful trip to Uman for Rosh Hashanah where he visited the mass grave at his grandfather's shtetle in the Ukraine.

Plus hip new Jewish and Israeli music from Avraham Tal, A Groyse Metsie, Yaakov Shwekey, Shloime Gertner, and Yuval Sela.

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Arrested for Blowing Shofar at Kotel on Yom Kippur

Under a British law in Palestine passed in 1930, Jews were forbidden to blow the shofar at the Kotel, pray loudly there, or bring Torah scrolls, so as not to offend the Arab population.

Despite this restriction, for the next seventeen years, the shofar was sounded at the Kotel every Yom Kippur. Shofars were smuggled in to the Kotel where brave teenagers defiantly blew them at the conclusion of the fast. Some managed to get away - others were captured and sent to jail for up to six months.

Six of these men are still alive.

Two weeks ago, these six men returned to the scene of their "crime". Armed with shofars, they recounted their individual stories and blew shofar again at the Kotel.

This is their powerful and inspiring story.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Photo Essay: "Balabusta" Shuk Street Fair in Jerusalem Market

The fruit stands and fresh fish stalls were accompanied by a plethora of musicians and artists at the "Balabusta" street fair at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem. Better known as "the shuk", the historic open air market held events every Monday throughout the month of August. Israel Beat takes you there with this photo essay giving you a taste of the shuk this summer. FOR FULL PHOTO ESSAY CLICK HERE:

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Play Written by Netanyahu's Brother at Herut Women's Benefit

Menachem Begin's Herut Party is not associated immediately with its children's day care centers and radiologist Dr. Iddo Netanyahu of the is not known as a playwright. But an event this week will be combining the two as Neshei Herut, the Herut Women's Organization, celebrates its 60th anniversary.

"They are in denial even though the ground is burning beneath their feet," says Dr. Netanyahu...

"Jabotinsky would have approved," says Yael Shmargad of the Herut Women's day care centers across Israel....

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