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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Darkness At The Edge of Town

Shavua Tov ... we didn't get a chance to post about this last week, and it's not our "usual" subject matter, but it needs to be discussed and shared. The word "Nachlaot" is, unfortunately, not ONLY related to good and groovy things such as our radio station, but in fact has been in the news a lot lately because of the discovery of a Pedophile Ring that has been operating in the community here. Over 100 children (mostly in the Charedi sector) have been affected, families are traumatized, the community feels violated and vulnerable, and the police and social services have been remarkably inept. Last Thursday there was a public demonstration on Betzalel Street of some concerned citizens, demanding that the "authorities" step up and do something - become more proactive, do more to educate the community, address the particular needs of the Charedi community with cultural sensitivity, etc. We were there and recorded an interview with the protesters: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW AT THE PROTEST. 
For those who want to "do something themselves, a few different individuals have stepped up and initiated ideas that they've put into action. Chana Jenny Weisberg ( is collecting donations to help pay for therapy for the children affected, and she's also trying to organize a field trip / tyule for these kids, all of whom are too traumatized to play outside anymore and basically stay inside all day. Rabbi Moshe Pesach Geller ( is organizing a community watch and calling for volunteers to help "shadow" the 8 Pedophiles currently NOT in custody (four have been arrested and are still in jail, the other eight were arrested but released because of "tainted evidence" - mostly due to bungling by police and social services not correctly instructing the parents what to do when discovering their children had been molested). You can get in touch with either Jenny or Reb Moishe to help in those particular ways.
Most of all, we need help for the children of this community, and we need our streets to be safe from predators. The Charedi community is particularly vulnerable because of the gentle and trusting nature of the Charedi children (many/most of whom have never even seen television) and the reticence within the community to speak of things considered outside the bounds of "modesty," which would include anything sexual. Parents need to know in a practical way HOW to educate their children - without frightening them or exposing them to ideas that would upset them beyond their capacity to absorb - about the fact that there are bad people "out there," who might approach them, and what to do. This isn't easy - but it has to be done. We'll continue to report on the subject as news emerges - and now back to our regularly scheduled programming, folks!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


It's Day 8 - "ZOT CHANUKAH" - all our lights are lit - what happens next?
What do we take away from this Chanukah season, what stays with us after all the lights finally go out?
We're playing Songs About Light all morning on the radio.
At 1pm we'll have a live in-studio visit from our friend HESHY ("The Hesh, Inc.") who is visiting Jerusalem and performing at the Off The Wall Comedy Basement (King George & Ben Yehuda) tonight (stop by and see his show, starts about 8pm).
At 7pm Brian Blum's BRAINWAVES is all about "darkness." Hmmm. Should be interesting, a contrast to his show last week which was all about light.
9pm - Maya's Music of the Night - she says "It's Threesome Night." We're not sure exactly what that means: like a triple-play? Three songs from each of her favorite bands? Songs about emotional triangulation?
It's all part of the process - light, darkness, conflict, resolution. Tevet (the month we've just begun) is all about Tikkun Anger - let's remember wherever anger is, the Presence of G*d isn't.
So let's keep calm. The best way we know how to do that is - hanging out with us on the radio!
It's the safest place we know!
Bring down the light, people. We've lit our candles, now let's BE THE LIGHT for everyone and everything around us.
Happy Zot Chanukah!

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's Mon-Day 6 into Night 7 of Chanuka, and it's Rosh Chodesh!

That's right everybody, today is not just any ordinary Monday. And we're going to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Teves and Day 6-night 7 of Chanuka with a lazy Monday Morning Music which will become a special edition of Israeli-Soul all afternoon featuring divrei Torah by Shlomo at 12:15, and by Rav Daniel at 4:00. We'll also play the entire new Shlomo Katz CD: "Live in Melbourne" right after Rav Daniel around 5:45, and then, tonight, December 26th between 8:00 and 10:00 PM we'll bring back our first Father-Son DJ team as we continue with our special Chanuka progamming and bring you:
Hanukkah - ROCK OF AGES with Mark and Ilai Lazar!
That's Right. Rock with Black Sabbath, Queen, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The
Byrds and more as the thematic scheme of the kosher “chag” is musically explored!

You're not going to want to miss a note!

So, Light my

C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Chanuka and Rosh Chodesh Sameyach, Everybody!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's Sunday Night which means it's time for


That's right, tonight, Live from Studio B, Steve and Lorelai and Benzion will be together from an undisclosed location deep in the heart of Nachalaot... so deep we can't even tell you where we are...and joining us for this 6th Night of Chanuka and the beginning of the 7th week of Shlomo will be Steve and Lorelai and Benzion. That's right - due to the unfortunate last minute cancellation of our previously scheduled guest, tonight Lorelai and Benzion will interview Steve.  He did know Shlomo, you know... Of course Benzion will play some music and we'll all carry on just like it was Sunday Night Live on the radio!.After all, it's Chanuka and we should be getting together and having a party - just like the man on the record says.

....and to continue with our special Chanuka progamming, tomorrow night:

Hanukkah -  ROCK OF AGES with Ilai and Mark Lazar!

Monday night December 26th from 8:00-10:00PM! 

Rock with Black Sabbath, Queen, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The
Byrds and more as the thematic scheme of the kosher “chag” is musically explored!

 Light my!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Two Candles - Two Great DJ's Tonight on Radio Free Nachlaot

Two of our BRIGHTEST, most SHINY DJ's bring you their special gifts tonight on Radio Free Nachlaot! Brian Blum's BRAINWAVES at 7pm lights up the night with songs about light - and our DJ MAYA at 9pm brings you music to get you all glittery and sparkly. Light two candles tonight - listen to two great DJ's tonight - celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights tonight with us on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's Erev Chanukah - Get Ready for 8 Crazy Wonderful Nights!

 We've got a GREAT "Erev Chanukah" Israeli Soul Afternoon for you on Radio Free Nachlaot- music from Shoshannah Piano, Seth Breitman, Sasson and Sasha Butterfly Rose, interspersed with special Chanukah Torahs recorded at Sulaam Yaakov Yeshiva in Nachlaot last year by Rabbis Aaron Razel, David Swidler, Gedalia Mason, Yehoshua Coren, Dovid Sperling, Adi Friedman, and Ami Silver - at 5pm we'll hear Rabbi Mottle Wolfe on "Chanukkah: the Art of Radical Amazement," and some great Chanukah music to listen to while you're watching your lights.  
At 6pm we'll bring you Benzion Eliyahu Lehrer's continuing series "Developing Your Neshama Through the Jewish Year" (with a special focus on Chanukah), at 7pm it's THE HOMEGROWN HOUR (did you send us your homegrown Chanukah songs yet? Email us at: already!), after Homegrown it's the Newgrass/Bluegrass Show, followed by Steve Levine's "That's Rock 'n' Roll" show - yay, Tuesday on RFN! Yay, Chanukah!
This little light of ours ... we're going to let it shine! Shine on with us all week long on RFN!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Everybody's Talking About ... HAIR

HAIR. Everybody's talking about it - sparked by the recent "Beardgate" incident last week. What happened? MATISYAHU, declaring "No more Chassidish Reggae Superstar!" shaved off his beard (and cut his hair and peyos as well, just for good measure).

The buzz on the Internet is astounding - hair, hair hair! What does it mean? Good Jew, bad Jew, no Jew, new Jew?

As Lorelai wrote on her Facebook page last week: "What is hair, why are we obsessed with it, why are we defined by it's length, visibility, style ... why should we or shouldn't we cut it, cover it, dye it, fry it, why we freak out when some ultra-visible person shaves their beard or changes their hairstyle, etc. As for me and my radio partner Steve Levine it's obvious by looking at us where we each hold - (Steve is ALLERGIC to the word "scissors" and as for me, I've only had one tiny trim in the last year and even that was traumatic - and now I'm facing impending marriage and the emotionally stressful decisions of how/why/when/what to do with my beloved "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" look)."

We're going to explore that question and more tonight at 7pm on the "Not for Drag Queens Only Show Tunes Show," we'll be featuring the full-length Broadway musical HAIR - followed by a discussion about what's REALLY going on with hair -  plus the audio of an interview Matisyahu did on WNYC shortly after the breaking of "Beardgate" which is very insightful into his mental and emotional state and why he shaved in the first place ... and more - right here on Radio Free Nachlaot.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Is it live, or is it

Sunday Night Live ?

Well, it is Sunday Night, and we will be "live" in Studio "B" to start off Week #6 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo. Tonight Sunday Night Live features some "memories" from previous 9 Weeks of Shlomo interviews, a real, live interview with Rena Meriash-Levine and then, somewhere around 9:30  PM (Jslm time) we will do the one thing we can't do during the 9 Weeks of Shlomo: conduct a live interview with Shlomo.  Well, we have one on "tape" and that is what we'll hear. Shlomo on Shlomo., let's not forget that it's almost Chanuka, so we may learn some Shlomo on Chanuka, as well.

It should be a great "live" evening, so why not join us!

C Ya on the Radio!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Immigrant: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

My mother and father's parents were immigrants.  My wife's mother and father were immigrants.  Guess what folks, we (and all of our aliya - olim brethren) are immigrants, also.  It's kind of like what goes around comes around.....but the fact is that this is the (unstressed, unpublicized) Aliya experience. Moving from somewhere, ostensibly some home-land, and now trying to integrate yourself in a new society.  Ok, so we know why we're here, and that goes a long way.  Emigrating on one's own instead of being expelled is a bit different but still, especially when your parnassah (cash to survive) options are a no match to the younger-native population. Doctors, Chemists, Information System Anaylsts, accomplished professionals often "give it up" to come and work as telemarketers, clerks, underpaid professionals, and even security guards and maintenance men. (Some people even start internet radio stations, but we know that's not for profit!). So, I have joined the ranks of the immigrants. And now I've even joined the ranks of the gainfully employed (bli ayin harah)immigrant, physically working for a living.  And you  know, even if it's manual labor, I'm happy to be able to contribute to the rent.  But suddenly, with achy muscles and chapped hands i realize that I am an immigrant. How do I feel about that? I don't know yet -- it just hit me (4 years later) -- but i think it's worth exploring.
You want to explore with me?  Cookin' for Shabbos is the place to be -- Tonight, Thursday at 10:00 PM, let's leave home and arrive at the Promised Land, together.

C Ya On the Radio!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's Wednesday. We're all going to be in Studio B - do you know where you'll B?

That's right.
Tonight, Studio "B" will be rockin' - I hope the Neighbors like music!!!!

Not only will we be having an all day Wednesday Jazz Fest sandwiched between a couple of  Grateful Dead show, but tonight we will bring you Brainwaves (and Son of Brainwaves) between 7:00 and 9:00 PM live from Studio "B". Yes, Brian and his son Aviv, taking the queue from Mark and Ilai Lazar, will bring us Aviv's favorite music, between 7 and 9.  Hmmm, I wonder if he likes the same stuff as his Dad?  Maybe he'll surprise us and play 2 hours of Jerry and the Dead!!!! Probably not, but we'll just have to wait and see.

And then at 9:00, the Best of the 90's with, none other than Maya.  I mean, who else will play the best of the 90's on Radio Free Nachlaot. I mean, who else remembers their music by decades? Hey, i've got too many decades (bli ayin harah, poo poo poo) to keep track of, but the young'uns, I mean how many decades do they have to worry about????  Well, don't worry, Maya won't be playing the music from Titanic, Boy Bands or Britney Spears. Don't we feel better already?!!!
Of course we do. And why? Because it's Radio Free Nachlaot, that's why. The best Music, talk and Torah, coming at you 24/6 from undisclosed locations in Jerusalem/ Tzfat, and even Nachlaot!!!!

C Ya on the Radio!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fantuzzi, Birthday Surprises, Week 5 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo, and More!

It's Sunday, December 11th - it's Lorelai's Birthday! She's 9 for the 6th time - because she only believes that a person goes from one to nine, over and over again. Do the math, people! L'kavod "The Happiest Day of the Year" (at least on the Solar calendar - her Hebrew birthday is 18 Kislev) we're having a wild and wonderful day of special programming.

Lorelai is going to play some of the albums that were the "most-listened to" during the previous "9" years of her life - the lineup goes like this:

9 (9 for the 1st time) – 1966 – The Beatles Revolver
18 (9 for the 2nd time) – 1976 – The Grateful Dead “Europe ‘72”
27 – (9 for the 3rd time) - 1984 – Carly Simon “Hello Big Man”
36 – (9 for the 4th time) - 1993 – Jerry Garcia Band “Garcia”
45 – (9 for the 5th time) - 2002 – Norah Jones “Come Away with Me”

Not only that - around 3pm, FANTUZZI is stopping by "Undisclosed Studio Tzadik" in Tzfat to hang out with Lorelai and Benzion, play some music, chat and enjoy "Birthday Afternoon." How lucky can we get? Fantuzzi is one of the "Reshonim" of the Rainbow Gathering chevre, a musical force in his own right who has been bringing light, love and music to folks all over the world for decades. Join us LIVE around 3pm for FANTUZZI - LIVE from Benzion's Returning Light Healing Center (a.k.a. our Northern Israel broadcast location!)
Not ONLY Fantuzzi - but tonight is Week 5 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo - and our special guest is SHMA YISROEL WITT, who will remember Reb Shlomo with us LIVE at 8pm Israel time. Yes, another Witt - but if we had EVERY Witt child on we'd have to do the 14 weeks of Shlomo! It's all good, it's all great, it's all HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEASON here on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's John's Yahrzeit.

We'll honor John after 9:15 PM (or so ) - right after Lorelai's interview with Rabbi Moshe Schlass at 8:00 PM, and right before Steve's "Cookin' for Shabbos" show, at 10.
John, we miss you!

8pm Jerusalem time tonight - our interview with Moshe Schlass - original "flower child," founder of The Cauldron (NY's first-ever Macrobiotic restaurant), confidante of beatnick icons Kerouac, Ginzburg & Ferlinghetti, lifetime VIP backstage pass-holder to the Fillmore East, traveling companion of Baba Ram Dass, the prototype wandering Jew and finally - peerless Chassidic guru-to-the-gurus of Jerusalem's Old City. Fascinating AND historical! 8pm tonight - then, the John Lennon Yartzeit tribute show, and then ... "Cookin' for Shabbos" with Steve Levine ... it's THURSDAY NIGHT, LIVE! Only on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday's Here, Catch it before it's gone!

I know how Wednesday's just kind of sneak up on us, and then, next thing we know, it's Thursday.
Well, I think you just have to Stop, Look and Listen to Radio Free Nachlaot extra carefully on Wednesdays, just so you don't miss out!

We started after the Rock and Roll Show from studio "B" with the Grateful Dead --> Jazz --> Lorelai driving the bus from Tzfat --> Back to Studio "G" for Steve at 6:00, Brainwaves at 7:00 PM with Brian Blum and then at 9:00 PM, Maya, leading us into the world of Night Music until sometime before Thursday A.M. we go back to Studio "B" with Steve to take us through the day until our special interview with Moshe Shloss at 8:00 PM, and then "Cookin' for Shabbos" at 10 -- you see what I mean... it's like one big game of catch.... or maybe tag, yea, that's the ticket -- TAG - You're IT!
Hey, so who's driving the Magical Musical Bus?

C Ya on the Radio!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's a Boy!

Announcing New Release:  Coren Version 4.0!

Yes, indeed.  A new grandson has been born into the Coren Family / Levine Family which means that the Radio Free Nachlaot Family has a new grandson, as well! Yeah Nava and Yehoshua! Way to go.
...and yes this is a Great Grandson, as well as a nephew and Great Nephew and brother and cousin --
so wonderful that a new Neshama has entered the world and is a YERUSHALMI!  That's right. Born right in Yerushalayim - Deep in the Heart of Nachlaot - Mamash! Home Birth and everything!!!!

Well, needless to say, we're going to celebrate the birth --
first - Torah from Benzion Eliyahu Lehrer and Lorelai from Tzfat at 6:00
Homegrown (talk about homegrown!) at 7:00 which will morph into the NewGrass/BlueGrass show which will become "That's Rock and Roll" Show around 9:30 PM which will play music all about, you guessed it, births, babies, etc. -- at least one elongated set......

So, stay tuned for baby updates, Torah, and of course Great Music, all day and all night long!
C Ya on the Radio!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shavua Tov

It's a new week! Shavua Tov, Shavua Tov.Predictions? Directions? Where will be going this week?  We all know that even though Steve and Lorelai drive the Radio Free Nachlaot Bus down here in this world, this is only part of the picture.  And what the Master of the World has in store for us?  Right now, we don't know.....however... we know that we're going to keep bringing you Music, Talk and Torah from Yerushalayim, Ir Hakodesh, 24/6 Im Yirtzah Hashem - As long as Hashem blesses us to do so!

Having said that, this week's schedule looks like this:

Motzoei Shabbos - Melave Malke meets Saturday Night - dedicated to  our dear friend R' Yitzchak Aisenstadt who left the world before Shabbos.
Sunday Night Live with Sharya Witt
 Monday Night  - Rabbi Trugman on the video side and the Show Tunes show on the radio side
Tuesday Night - Benzion, Homegrown, Newgrass/bluegrass and That's Rock and Roll
Wednesday Night - Brainwaves and Maya
Thursday Night - Cookin' for Shabbos
Friday - Not for Kids Only Childrens' Hour and Going Down the Road to Shabbos

Not bad  -  hey, after 2 years we have a schedule.  Time to make some changes? You never know - stay tuned!!!!

C Ya on the Radio!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jazzy Wednesday Day into a Rockin' Wednesday night

 with a Sun Ra special, to boot!

You know that Wednesdays are dedicated to Jazz, (at least most of the day,) and today is no different.
Coming out of our Tuesday Night "That's Rock and Roll" Show which always ends with a Grateful Dead show, we will have a jazzy day of it, featuring between 3 and 5 pm, and then between 12 and 2 am a musical special spotlighting the music of Sun Ra.   Sun Ra believed he wasn't from this planet (he held he was from Saturn), nor was his music (much of the time) either.  The Sun Ra Arkestra recorded its first album in 1956, and recorded over 100 albums and wrote over 1000 songs until he died in 1993.  Since Mr. Ra's death in 1993, the Arkestra continues on, and as a matter of fact the Sun Ra Arkestra will be coming to Israel and performing at the Barbi in Tel Aviv, this Motzoei Shabbos (Sat Night) December 3rd, at 10 PM.  If you want to catch some good jazz, be sure to show up!
Remember. we will celebrate the coming of the Sun Ra Arkestra to Israel with a two part Sun Ra special, today. Wednesday, November 30th.
Part 1 will be on between 3 and 5 PM, and then Part II will be on between 12 and 2 AM, following our regular Wednesday night programming, which includes:

Brainwaves - 7-9 PM - Brian Blum bringing you his eclectic mix of indie pop and rock and then
Maya at Almost Midnight - 9-11PM, bringing us into the world of night music, as only Maya can!

Music, Music and more Music, (not to mention Talk and Torah) all day and all night long.

C Ya on the Radio!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tah-Dum! "Year Three" Begins!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to join us at Mike's Place to celebrate our Second birthday! A fantastic time was had by all ... and now, it's the Day After, the beginning of Year Three on Radio Free Nachlaot .

As Steve likes to say: It's all about the Day After: What are you bringing forward from your highest high?

As for us, we're bringing forward more great stuff, just for you!

Tuesday 6pm: Benzion Eliyahu Lehrer's series "Developing Your Neshama Through the Jewish Year" continues live from Jerusalem - tonight's the night folks, we've been waiting for - "Vav Kislev," find out why this date is so important in the "two sides of the Jewish Year" idea - we're at Mattan Torah on the side of the year of thought - you've got to hear it to get it folks, so tune in at 6pm!

7pm: HOMEGROWN HOUR - all the best music that YOU send us to play! If you've got some great tunes you want us to hear and to share with our audience, send them to us at : - and join us for the HOMEGROWN HOUR 7pm Tuesday night!

8pm: THE NEWGRASS/BLUEGRASS SHOW - Sharing the best of Bluegrass, both classic and modern! This show will get you hoppin' happy and rev you up for what comes next ....

9pm: Steve Levine's "That's Rock 'N' Roll" Show - Showcasing the best rock 'n' roll and featuring Steve's R&R Foundation Album of the Week - what will it be? You'll have to listen to find out!

... and lest we forget, it's George Harrison's 10th Yartzeit today (has it really been 10 years???) We're playing George's "All Things Must Pass" album starting about 4:15 this afternoon to kick off our great evening programming block. 

We miss you George. Maybe it's true that all things must pass, but what never passes is love, and music.

"And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to the love you make."

Terrible twos? Terrific Tuesdays! Mamash!

Monday, November 28, 2011


It's Radio Free Nachalot's 2nd Birthday - Celebrate with us!
Monday, November 28th at Mike's Place (33 Rehov Yaffo in downtown Jerusalem - next to the Village Green Restaurant, just east of Zion Square)
We'll be there from 7pm - 11pm
Come by for a l'chaim and to hang out with us!
Live music from 10 - 11pm (maybe earlier, who knows?)
We'll be broadcasting on the radio - but it's so much more fun to see you there in person.
The whole RFN mishpocha will be there - Steve and Lorelai, Maya, Brian, Benzion & the rest of the crew!
WE LOVE OUR BIRTHDAY - please be a part of it!
PS. Mike's Place is Kosher AND there's no cover charge - the new Jerusalem Light Rail goes right there - now what's your excuse???

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rosh Chodesh Kislev - It's Our Birthday!!!

Put another candle on the birthday cake, we're another year old today ... Rosh Chodesh Kislev, two years ago today, Steve Levine and Lorelai Kude began broadcasting Radio Free Nachlaot "24/6 from deep within Nachlaot, Jerusalem's coolest neighborhood," from two very undisclosed locations ... and the rest is Internet radio history, folks!

We've come a long way, we've come a long way, we've come ten thousand miles today ... but have we ever really left L.A.?

Of course we have. We've been all around this world - more than once. And we'll do it again - because that's what we're all about - bringing you the best music, talk & Torah we can possibly get our hands on, every day all day, every night all night except OF COURSE for Shabbos & Chaggim.

If you count the "days off" we've had from broadcasting over the last two years - once a week, plus various Chaggim - they don't amount to much time for rest. Because the radio never sleeps - the first year whoever "had the radio" at night (meaning whether Steve had it at his undisclosed location or Lorelai had it at her undisclosed location), we had to check it constantly to make sure it wasn't buffering, that our machines hadn't re-booted, etc.
We've overcome a lot of the initial technical difficulties - thank G*d - although there are occasional blips, buffering (thanks so much ORANGE and HOT, our various Internet providers!!!), etc., we're like a typical two year old - we're cute, we can feed ourselves, we can toddle about, we're basically toilet trained, and somewhat socialized - although we're not making any promises about whether or not we'll have a "Terrible Two's" phase (we think not, of course - because we're actually starting out THIRD year of broadcasting today - zero to one, one to two, you know ... it's called COUNTING).

Anyway. Come celebrate with us! Monday night, November 28th from 7 - 11pm, we'll be hanging out at Mike's Place in Jerusalem (next to the Village Green restaurant, just off of Zion Square). Come have a l'chaim with us - say hello, wish us a happy birthday, help us put another candle on the birthday cake ... we're so happy to be another year old today, gevaldt!

..and don't forget - tonight, Sunday Night, 11/27, Sunday Night Live will celebrate Week 3 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo with our special guest, Dr. Moshe Bloom.  Steve and Lorelai will be live in Studio B, between 8 and 10 PM remembering Shlomo by spending time with someone who knew him! I mean we all know him, on some level, even if we never met him, but Moshe knew Shlomo and has HIS story to tell. We want to hear it, and share it with the whole world! You are going to want to listen!

C Ya on the Radio (24/6)  -- and then we'll see you in person (Monday at Mike's Place - remember the top of the post?) What better a way to start Year 3 - don't you agree?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's Alice's Restaurant Day - you know what i mean?

Tradition, Tradition!  You know we're all about TRADITION 'round here at Radio Free Nachlaot. And the TRADITION where I come from, on the last Thursday of the month of November is that we play Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie at Noon.  Ok, so that's what we'll do. Now, which Noon? Israeli Noon? East Coast US Noon? West Coast Noon?  It's like Purim - multiple megillah readings, happening all day long.... So, here's what we'll do.
12:00 Noon - For the Americans in Israel,
7:00 PM - for the East Coast folks, and
10:00 PM - for the West Coast folks,
Alice's Restaurant!!!

Now, there will be plenty of other great music, as always to keep you company all day long, no matter how you're spending this, the last Thursday of November, including:
7:20 PM - The Band's Last Waltz, some recently acquired Jerry Garcia Band "Live" from MSG -- both originally recorded over the last Weekend in November, oh, so many years ago....
And don't worry, Cookin' for Shabbos will start right after Arlo at around 10:20 PM.

Hey, even thought I don't like the T word, we'll make today special, in our own way.

Remember, we give thanks, everyday!!!!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mercury, Retrograde!

Wednesday - a double dose of Mercury - the Planet and the Singer (Freddie, that is). It's time to remember the past again as the Planet Mercury prepares to "go retrograde" this Thursday at 9:20am Jerusalem time, and time to remember the late, great Freddie Mercury tonight (Wednesday) with Maya, as she plays her annual Freddie Mercury Yartzeit Tribute Show, starting 9pm Jerusalem time.

Now it's true that Steve and Lorelai hardly notice Freddie Mercury (except when it's time to play "Bohemian Rhapsody"), but that's because we have Maya, and it's her job to bring you music WE wouldn't necessarily play! After all, it's possible there's more to life than just Shlomo and the Grateful Dead (which is really quite silly - of course there is! After all, didn't we just add a new show last night - the Newgrass/Bluegrass Show at 8pm Tuesdays)?

Maya's here tonight to bring the spicy variety of life. Listen to her live at 9pm. Of course our "Indies" DJ, Brian Blum, will be in the studio from 7 - 9pm with his pre-Thanksgiving show - check out BRAINWAVES at 7pm to find out what kind of treats Brian brings us this week.

It's a jazzy Wednesday morning - Skruffy Jazz at High Noon - Brian's Brainwaves at 7pm, and Maya's Freddie Mercury Yartzeit Concert at 9pm - and of course then it will be Thursday, which means ... Shabbos is coming! Shabbos is coming!

Yay, we can hardly wait! Because Planets and Yartzeits aside - there's always Shabbos, every week, just in time, thank G*d!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin', Slippin', into the Future ...

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', into the future ... the days are so short, no sooner do we get up and get going for the day, then suddenly it's night again - it's just that time of year again, folks. Time to keep warm and snuggle-icious, time to curl up with a book or a pet or a loved one (or all of the above) and we've got the music and Torah to keep you company & warm your heart and soul.

TUESDAY - 6pm - Benzion Eliyahu Leher's series on "Developing Your Neshama Through the Jewish Year" continues live from the House of Love and Prayer in Tzfat - if you're in Tzfat, please join Benzion in person at 77 Jerusalem St. - if not, listen on the radio!

7pm - THE HOMEGROWN HOUR - Radio Free Nachlaot's famous Homegrown Hour bringing you YOUR best music - send us your MP3 files!

8pm - THE NEWGRASS/BLUEGRASS SHOW - Finally, a show catering to our latest addiction: Bluegrass music! Enjoy this upbeat hour of the best Bluegrass money can buy (ok, so it's play money, but: whatever!)

9pm - STEVE LEVINE'S "THAT'S ROCK 'N' ROLL" SHOW - Steve brings it down and gives it over - the Torah of Rock 'N' Roll, as only he can! Find out what the "Foundation Album of the Week" will be and hang with Steve while he opens your ears and your hearts to the "Shoresh Neshama" of Rock 'N' Roll... you'll like it, like it, yes you will!

... and as day follows night, Wednesday follows Tuesday - a preview of what's up for Wednesday includes:
  • Skruffy Jazz at High Noon
  • Brian Blum's "BRAINWAVES" at 7pm
  • MAYA'S MUSIC OF THE NIGHT at 9pm with a special tribute to Freddie Mercury, whose yartzeit it will be November 23/24 - two full hours of music by Queen, dedicated to the memory of Freddie Mercury (Maya did this show last year, we can't believe it's already a year since the LAST Freddie Mercury yartzeit show - where does the time go???)
You see? Time's just slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future...


MONDAY NOVEMBER 28th from 7pm - 11pm
Celebrating two awesome years of non-stop broadcasting (except for Shabbos & Chaggim) - gevaldt!
You're invited - please come!
Mike's Place in Jerusalem (just off of Zion Square) Monday November 28th, 7-11pm ... IT'S OUR AWESOME ROCKIN' BIRTHDAY BASH!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Download and Listen to "Sunday Night Live" (Week 2 of The 9 Weeks of Shlomo"

Chevre, last night's "Sunday Night Live" was a gevaldt, truly. We were live in Tzfat with Yacov and Miriam Drori, founders of the HOUSE OF LOVE AND PRAYER in Tzfat, and Benzion Lehrer and Lorelai - two hours flew by like five minutes as the songs and stories of Reb Shlomo kept on flowing. DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THE SHOW BY CLICKING THIS LINK and keep coming back to Radio Free Nachlaot to celebrate the life, legacy, music and Torah of our holy teacher, Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l during RFN's 2nd Annual 9 Weeks of Shlomo - that special time of year from his yartzeit on 16 Cheshvan to his birthday on 18 Tevet. Every week we'll bring you new, original programming featuring those who knew and loved Reb Shlomo who have something special to share with you. Don't miss it!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week 2 of The (Second Annual) 9 Weeks of Shlomo

It's SUNDAY NIGHT again ... but not just "any" Sunday night, oh no it isn't!

It's the second week of the second annual 9 Days of Shlomo on Radio Free Nachlaot - that time of year where we take some extra time to celebrate the life, music, legacy and Torah of our beloved Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l, whose 17th yartzeit we observed together only last week.

TONIGHT - live from Tzfat - our guests will include Benzion Lehrer (who literally grew up with Shlomo, whose first assignment was in St. Louis, Missouri - and whose first friends in St. Louis were Benzion's parents!), and Yaakov and Miriam Drori, creators of the new HOUSE OF LOVE AND PRAYER in Tzfat, a vital new Carlebach community, where Shlomo's nusach and Torah is celebrated every Shabbos at 77 Jerusalem St. in Tzfat.

Join us on the radio for this very special edition of "Sunday Night Live" - and celebrate Shlomo with us - and yes we used the word "celebrate" 3 times so far in this post, but yet it seems so appropriate - Shlomo was all about celebrating Shabbos, celebrating ourselves as holy Yidden, celebrating the goodness of HKBH - after all, celebrating is what it's all about, right?


Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Aliyah to Reb Shlomo's Kever l'kavod his 17th Yartzeit

Gevaldt, it was the HIGHEST! Watch the recording of the Aliyah to Reb Shlomo's Kever from this last Sunday, November 13th (16 Cheshvan), which was Reb Shlomo's 17th Yartzeit. Thanks to BE THERE ISRAEL, the live videocasting experts, for the broadcast and the recording.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's Wednesday, must be time for Jazz, Brian and Maya!

That's right - Wednesday is the day Radio Free Nachlaot morphs out of Rock and Roll right into Jazz, and then right back to Brian's mix of eclectic-indie-rock-pop and roll, followed by Maya's foray into the world of "night music," leading us into and through her world of Rock and Roll.
Now, why is tonight different from other Wednesday nights? It's different because we're doing the "Two Studio Split."  That's right - Brian will be coming to you from Undisclosed Studio B, and Maya will be coming to you from Undisclosed Studio A.  Kind of like 2 sides of a record - if you remember records then you'll know what I mean.
Now.  One more thing.  Maya's very "theme oriented," as we all know. So, you ask, what is Maya's theme tonight? ...and the answer is: Love, Love, Love!
Yes indeed.  Maya wants to join Lorelai in the bliss of her upcoming wedding, so, tonight's musical journeywill be "love songs - but only the good ones - non of those kitchi ones! Songs that will make us smile, cry, take us down this memory lane or another.
Love, Love, Love -- All You Need is......
let's sing together, love each other, and remember, Radio Free Nachlaot, where Shlomo meets Jerry, and where the Love is flowing, all the time -- right from Jerusalem to the whole world!
C Ya on the Radio, everybody!

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's All About "The Day After"

Yesterday was so high. We're still buzzed from the experiences and events that marked Reb Shlomo's 17th Yartzeit - as hinted at in the Gematria of 17 ("Tov" = "Good"), it wasn't just good, it was truly great. The Memorial Concert on Moetzi Shabbos, the Aliyah to the Kever which we broadcast right here on our web page, the "Sunday Night Live" show with Shlomo Katz - so much light, so much goodness - gevaldt.

But as Steve likes to say - what about the day after? Where are we holding the day after the big highs - what are we taking forward into our week, into our hearts, into our lives? Is it all just a great buzz and life itself becomes the buzzkiller, or is there something more substantial to be garnered from all this light and love and highness?

Well, we know the TACHLIS truth here at Radio Free Nachlaot. Unless there's a take-away, it didn't really amount to much. For some of us it's one thing, for some of us it's another. For me personally it's about bringing the love of my fellow Yidden, the love of all humanity, into this world, and about being determined to make an extra effort not to speak lashen hara ("evil speech") about anyone. Because that's one thing about Reb Shlomo, he never spoke lashen hara - never.

Love is an action verb. We're going to love each other and love means giving - we've got so much to give you. The best music, talk and Torah - 24/6 - and now of course we've kicked it into high gear, the inauguration of the Second Annual 9 Weeks of Shlomo. We'll be celebrating the 9 Weeks between Shlomo's yartzeit on 16 Cheshvan and his birthday on 18 Tevet with special interviews with those who knew and loved Shlomo, lots of music and Torah from Shlomo himself, and more. Stay tuned for all of that!

So... where are we going? Higher and higher. Stay with us - let us take you there.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shlomo's Yahrzeit Celebration - All Shlomo, All day long!

We celebrate the life of our Rebbe, HaRav Shlomo ben HarRav Naftali, who left this world 17 years ago, today.
We will spend the whole day listening to Shlomo. I mean, if on Shlomo's Yahrzeit you can't turn to Radio Free Nachlaot to play you Shlomo where else can you turn? Now, not only will you be able to hear Shlomo all day, but you will be able to join us at the Aliayat L'Kever at 2:00 PM Jerusalem time (of course, if you can come in person, please join us!) brought to you by WWW.BETHERE ISRAEL.COM - live streaming video -- and then at 8:00 PM, Sunday Night Live will feature Shlomo Katz. It will be Shlomo on Shlomo with Steve and Lorelai - Music, Talk and Torah, right on the video/radio.
Folks, let's remember Shlomo together cause, you know, Shlomo was all about Together!

Reb Shlomo Carlebach loved the Israeli Soldiers. He taught about the holiness of Eretz Yisrael and the holiness of those who risk their lives to guard Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael. Show your gratitude l'kavod Reb Shlomo by visiting - supporting the hearts, minds and souls of Israeli soldiers.

C Ya on the Radio!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Thursday, Shabbos is Coming!

That's right, it's Thursday already.  Where does all the time go?
...and forget time as in days of the week, or hours in the day, where does ALL THE TIME go? like, where do the years go?

17 years since (as we like to say) Shlomo "took off." 17 years since we were left to "do it on our own."  He z"l, as all great Rebbes do, showed us the way, gave us the tools, and left us just in time -- in the right time -- to do it on our own.
I alway ask the question: "How are we the day after?"  We have amazing MIND BLOWING experiences, are moved for moments, hours, even days and weeks, but really, how are we the DAY AFTER?  How are we 17 Years Later?
I think celebrating a Yahrzeit is not only celebrating the life of he/she that has left, but also a chance for us to take a hard look at where we are, each year, so many years later.
We've been saying that the month of Cheshvan is Ram Cheshvan. Why Ram Cheshvan? Because we have to lift the month up. There are no chagim, no holidays to provide us with a spiritual assist.  It's the month, wait for it, to DO IT ON OUR OWN. (and i don't necessarily mean by ourselves, 'cause we all need each other and need to work together to make the whole.)
In many ways, Shlomo, as his last act of kindness left us with a Spiritual Assist - his Yahrzeit.

Radio Free Nachlaot, where "Shlomo meets Jerry" actively celebrates Shlomo's life all the time.  But,the Yahrzeit is still a special time.  Join us on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm - the annual ALIYA LaKEVER on Har HaMenuchot to be broadcast in live streaming video by BE THERE ISRAEL on RADIO FREE NACHLAOT. If you are in Jerusalem please join us a the Kever in person. If you're not, you'll be able to watch it in live streaming real-time video starting around 2pm Jerusalem time. 

And then, Sunday Night, between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM join us for a special Yahrzeit Edition of Sunday Night Live, featuring Shlomo Katz. 
Shlomo will be sharing music, Torah, and stories of and by Shlomo. You might say it will be Shlomo on Shlomo, right here on the Video/Radio.

In addition, there are plenty of other events to remind you about:


Global E-Learning on Parsha VaYeira
GLOBAL E-LEARNING from the new CARLEBACH CHUMASH on Parshat VaYeira - download at, click
on 'parsha' - Carlebach communities world-wide will be learning Parshat VaYeira together. Join us to raise Torah Consciousness wherever you are!
Annual Carlebach Memorial Concert at Binyanei HaUma
Saturday night at 8:30 - ANNUAL R' SHLOMO CARLEBACH YAHRTZEIT CONCERT - Binyanei HaUma in Jerusalem. Performers include: Featuring: **BenZion Solomon and Sons, Chaim Dovid Saracik, Yehudah Katz, Aaron Razel, Shlomo Katz,
Chiski Sofer, Yitzchak Meir, and Special Guest - Shlomo Bar**
Tickets: 100 NIS / 80 NIS
Advance reservations 077-2164436; 052-6070412 (assigned seating), Tickets available at the door
Doors open 8:00pm
Concert begins 8:45pm
Jonty Zwebner 052-5665600 
...and then,
The 2nd Annual 9 Weeks of Shlomo Begins on Radio Free Nachlaot
 Radio Free Nachlaot's 2nd Annual 9 Weeks of Shlomo officially begins on Shlomo's Yartzeit (the 16th of Cheshvan) and runs all the way through the anniversary of his birth (the 18th of Tevet).
During these 9 Weeks we will again bring you the best of the best of interviews with the original "Shlomo Chevre," those who lived with the phenomenon that was Reb Shlomo, as well as "the new generation" - Shlomo Chevre who didn't know him personally but whose lives have been touched, changed and illuminated by his songs, stories and Torah. We like to call these two groups the "Reshonim" and "Achronim" of Shlomo - and as last year, we promise to bring you the best of the best, the sweetest of the sweet, the most inside of the inside of the Shlomo Chevre as well as more music, stories and Torah during the 9 Weeks of Shlomo. Stay tuned for more details on the schedule as it evolves.

Today is still Thursday.
We still need to prepare for Shabbos and all the big events coming up right after.
Let's prepare together.
Music all day, the "Cookin' for Shabbos" show all night. (starting at 10 PM.)
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How can you not?

C Ya on the Radio!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Threes on a Wednesday, are you with us?

Chazal telll us that a rope made of 3 strands is unbreakable. A table needs three legs to stand. There were 3 forefathers. 3 times makes a "chazakah," an unbreakable repeating pattern. 3 strikes you're out. 3 meals on Shabbos. Nefesh, Ruach and Neshama - 3 parts of the soul (ok, chaya and yechida make 5, but...), and then of course we have the Chochma Bina Daas, or Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferes groupings, and on and on and on....(Did we forget Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Peter, Paul and Mary?)

Today, as we prepare for Shlomo's Yahrzeit, as we get ready to get ready for Shabbos, we will celebrate the number 3. Yes, aside from our regular programming we present 3 special programs on Wednesday:

1 - Jazz all morning culminating with the Crimson Stone, Skruffy Jazz show at noon.
2 - Brainwaves with Brian Blum at 7, and
3 - Maya World of Night Music at 9, tonight featuring, "Threesomes," as only Maya can!

What a great way to spend a Wednesday, wouldn't you say?

C Ya on the Radio!!!