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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tonight at "reva l'sheva" it will be time for something really special!

That's Right!
Sunday Night Live Meets Homegrown?
Well maybe you could say that, or then again, we can just say that it's Tuesday Night Live with our special guest (and good friend) Yehuda Katz!

That's Right! Yehuda will be back in studio "B" tonight, Tuesday, December 31st, at 7:00 PM Jerusalem time.
Now, as Lorelai has posted on Facebook, this is not our "Sylvester" show, nor is this a replacement for a good old fashioned Grateful Dead New Year's Eve show.  This is much, much more (if you can believe that there is anything more than a Grateful Dead New Year's Eve show!!! :))))
Let's just say that tonight's visit is a warm-up for the upcoming Reva L'sheva reunion concert that will take place January 7th at Zappa's in Jerusalem.
This not only a chance to catch up with Yehuda but a chance to prepare ourselves and get in the spirit for what will surely be a great night of music, energy and general hysteria (hopefully one of many more shows to come) with that great band, Reva L'sheva.

....and if you don't know what I'm talking about, then you for sure better be listening!!!!!
C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9...... (revised)

Yes, folks. It's the 9th week of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo, already!!
Now, we all know that Reb Moish is the LAST word on all things Shlomo (jerry and spinning), and we thought that, as we have done in the past, that tonight Reb Moish would have the last word, once again, on the last night of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo....but, alas, Reb Moish will not be with us (for reasons as yet to be disclosed) so, Tonight, 7:00 PM on Sunday Night Live, we will let Shlomo have the LAST WORD, himself.
To celebrate Shlomo's Birthday, and his life, we will listen to 2 Shlomo learnings, one from the Sufi Center, 1981, and one all about "the Moon" (one of my favorite Shlomo learnings).
So, if you haven't been paying attention for the last 8 weeks, don't worry.
Listen tonight as we bring it all home,
Right here on
c ya on the Radio!!!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

"One More Saturday Night" LIVE from the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center - It's BLUES FOR CHALLAH!

Join us for the long-awaited broadcast of the "One More Saturday Night" Jam tonight, Saturday December 15th, starting about 9pm Eastern Time (sorry everyone else in the rest of the world, that's 4am Israel time on Sunday morning, and for y'all in LA, that's 6pm Saturday night).

Whatever time it is, wherever you are - wake yourself up and dance to the music!

It's been a Gevaldt sh'b'Gevaldt this Shabbos at the 3rd Annual Grateful Deadfest. It's a snowy winter wonderland at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center - the weather is picturesque (at least for Lorelai, who's from California after all, where snow is Hollywoodish), the davening and the Torah was sweet and deep, the chevre beautiful and glowing with kedusha and simcha .... More details to follow - but meanwhile -  listen to the music play!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, Maya, Morrison!

December 8, 1943.  Birthday - Jim Morrison.

He would have been 70 Years old, yesterday.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, Rock Poet, lit our fires and opened up many musical doors and actually proved himself wrong --in the end, the music is never over!!!!!
Tonight, 9-11 PM Jerusalem Time, Maya will celebrate Jim Morrison's life and play 2 hours of the music of the Doors.
So, "tell all the people" people - Maya, and the Doors, are coming!!!!

C Ya on the Radio!

Sunday, December 8, 2013



Blues for Challah Encores at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center!

December 13th - 15th

Visit and use the code B4CHIGHER2013 to save $50 while registering!

Meet RFN's Lorelai Kude at Blues for Challah!

She'll be broadcasting the "One More Saturday Night" Moetzi Shabbos Jam live from Isabella Freedman, you can hear it on Radio Free Nachlaot - but don't you want to be there in person?


If you have to travel by air to get there, don't forget about JETBLUE AIRWAYS - they're our official travel sponsor (of course! You know, JetBLUE, BLUES for Challah, Stella BLUE, etc.!)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

So, This is IT! "ZOT CHANUKA" is upon us!!!

That's right. Today is the Eighth day of Chanuka -- 8 Candles burning bright -- and Radio Free Nachlaot has something special for all of you.
(of course you can donate all year long.....)
We know you've been reviewing all those to whom you've already given gifts, or for those of you who celebrate the end of December festivals, those to whom you might be giving gifts - 'cause we know you don't want to forget anyone, right? Well, did you know that "Gifts" and Chanuka used to mean giving "Chanuka Gelt" - money - not just presents.
So, for ONE DAY ONLY - today, ZOT CHANUKA you can continue that established (i don't want to say old) tradition, and not leave anyone off your list at the same time. How? Just go to the Donate button on our web page, and Gift Radio Free Nachlaot some Chanuka Gelt! It's real easy, just takes a minute, and you'll be able to be connected to your favorite internet radio station in the "old, traditional, way."
Believe it or not, Radio FREE Nachlaot isn't really cost-free. We do need rubles (dollars, shekels) to run this station, and will be Grateful for all your help.
So that's it.
Zot Chanuka.
We thank you so much - for listening, for caring, and in advance, for giving!
C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Chanuka Sameyach - Happy Week 7 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo!

So, I think tonight's Sunday Night Live Show needs to be refered to as the "Blink and you'll miss it" edition of Sunday Night Live.
...and you say: "what? Did I miss it?"
and I say:  "you see, it's like this, it just happened...."
Now, all of you regular Sunday Night Live listeners already heard the most wonderful 52 minutes of a "Holy" Gathering (Melave Malke-Chanuka Party) from just last night in Berkley, California that featured our friend, the most wonderful Shlomo Chasida ever, (not to mention being wonderful on her own!)
Emunah Witt-HaLevy.
We've been trying to get Emunah to be a guest during the "9 Weeks of Shlomo" for 4 years already, and now, I'm happy to say, we have finally done it!
Emunah Witt-HaLevy leading the gang, recorded live -right here on Radio Free Nachlaot.
How cool is that?
And you say: "why didn't you tell us????"
And I say: "well, I'm telling you NOW!"
So, because it's Chanuka, and because this was SO GOOD and because we really didn't want you to miss it, 
Sunday Night Live,
The "If you Blink you'll Miss it" Edition will be re-broadcast at:
Midnight - Jerusalem time,
5:00 PM - East Coast (NY) time
3:00 PM - West Coast (Berkley - studio A) time.

Don't you dare miss it!!!!

C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Heart to Heart with Thanksgivukkah

The origins of Thanksgivukkah - the only one we'll experience in our lifetimes - and back to our roots with "Heart to Heart".

Everybody knows that the Hebrew word for "thanks" and "turkey' are the same word, "Hodu" is the Hebrew word both for the idea of to give thanks (Hodu l'Adonai ki tov, ki l'olam chasdo) and the word for turkey (the bird Americans traditionally eat at their Thanksgiving meal), AND it's what Israelis call the country of India (Hodu), AND, in one of the most famous linguistic ironies in history, Native Americans (who played the starring role as savior and deliverer of the hapless and starving Europeans who showed up on their shores) were called "Indians," because of course North America is what the European explorers ran into when trying to sail west to the Far East. 

Thanksgivukkah also comes at a time in the Torah Parsha that a feast is discussed (Yosef's brothers sat down to eat after they threw him in the pit, thousands of years later the Jewish people would find themselves in peril from the result of another feast - hence the story of Purim) and that a famine causes starvation, and a wise ruler (Yosef) manages resources to save his family and in fact the nation itself. 

This week American Jews who gather for Thanksgiving will be sitting down to a feast in the midst of great peril (never has it been more obvious that our government is not our protection) and the publicity that Thanksgivvukah has already generated will make even the most non-affiliated, non-connected Jew want to light Chanukah candles at dusk (probably an hour or two after sitting down to the gigantic meal) and by the lighting of Chanukah candles in the environment of food, family and culturally institutionalized gratitude, some actual REAL spark of Thanksgiving will ignite the hearts of the American Jewish people, who will begin to burn with a holy fire of love and brother/sisterhood for their fellow Jews and their fellow Humans of all kinds - gratitude produces praise, and it is known that HaShem is enthroned upon the praises of His People. So when else do we "enthrone" HaShem - Rosh HaShannah, right? It's ALL CONNECTED, there are no calendar accidents, time itself is a sacred lesson, and "once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."

 Thanksgivvukah will be, in my opinion, the spark that ignites Neshamot whose flames have been snuffed down to mere embers by the burden of gashmi golus for so long.

With that in mind, we're relaunching "Heart to Heart with Lorelai," Thursday at 6pm Israel time / 8am California time. "Heart to Heart" is Lorelai's eclectic half-hour showcase for intimate interviews with passionate people. 

What's the criteria? "I'm always looking for people who "twinkle" at me because they're doing something they're passionate about, something meaningful, something that imbues them with vitality."(Lorelai).

WENDY KENIN is Lorelai's first guest on "Heart to Heart" - Thursday November 29th, 6pm Israel time / 8am California time. Wendy is founder of Imeinu Doulas and the Young Urban Moshav. She's also a passionate advocate for Jewish women, the rights of indigenous peoples, and the environment. Find out more about why Wendy "twinkles" and in fact, shines (apropos of Chanukkah, and both Lorelai AND Wendy are Kislev babies!)

See how everything is connected? :)

Connect with us on Thursdays - Right after "Temple Talk" at 5pm Israel time, "Heart to Heart with Lorelai" at 6pm Israel time, it's a great way to ease our way into what later becomes "Cookin' for Shabbos with Steve Levine" at 10pm Israel time ... just more of our great programming - the best music, talk & Torah 24/6 from Jerusalem (and Berkeley) to the World!

To listen to "Heart to Heart" - Interview with Wendy Kenin on-Demand CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Arik Einstein - YOU AND I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD Ani Ve Ata אריק איינשטיין - אני ואתה


Lorelai's thoughts on the loss of one of the Reshonim of Israeli music -

Mourning Arik Einstein is also an experience of mourning an Israeli that exists only in memory - my Israel of 1974 and 1976, my Israel where there was only one TV station (which played IDF-Meets-Jack LaLane style calisthenics   every morning in black and white), where the sound of feet crunching sunflower seeds beneath sidewalks was part of the hum, where a flock of sheep crossing the street in Jerusalem routinely stopped traffic, when a bathroom was a "Beit Shemush" and not a "Sherutim." My Israel that reached from Metulla and Rosh Hanikra to Sharm El Shech, when laying beneath the starry desert sky at Dahab was both safe and normal, when a walk through the Arab Shuk via Jaffa Gate promised bloody goat body parts hanging from hooks at every turn, when Mamilla was a respectably shabby slum instead of a glittering retail installation.

A more innocent time and place, look for it no longer, for it exists only in memory - and on video, and captured recordings - luckily for us.

What hasn't changed since the '70's is how much Israelis love Arik Einstein. 

Israelis love to sing. They sing in what would be to the average American male, an almost embarrassingly uninhibited way, while doing normal things - walking down the street, driving a bus or a taxi, sorting mail, sweeping the sidewalks, etc. etc. Israeli men in particular are touching in this manner - especially the burly and testosterone-endowed amongst them, G*d bless them and thank you Ribbono Shel Olam for creating this particular strain of Israeli. The guy just sings to himself, going about his business.

There's not one amongst them that doesn't sing "Ani v'Ata" as part of his everyday repertoire. With the possible exception of Naomi Shemer's "Yerushaylim Shel Zahav" and of course, "Hatikva," there isn't a more iconic song for Israelis than "Ani v'Ata." In fact, may I venture to say that "Ani v'Ata" is to Israeli culture what  Alaynu is to the Orthodox liturgy. Can't get through the day without it. It's in our blood.

Bibi Netanyahu nailed it when he said Arik's music was the soundtrack of our lives.

Arik died Erev Chanukah. Let's remember his light - the light of the Reshonim of Israeli music - like the Chanukah candles, will grow in brightness forever. You and I will change the world.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Radio Free Nachlaot and JetBlue Airways don't want you to have the blues about not having quite as much liquid currency as you'd like to be able to attend "BLUES FOR CHALLAH: The 3rd Annual Grateful Deadfest" Dec 13/14 at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center so we're going to DISCOUNT YOUR FACE RIGHT OFF YOUR HEAD - use our promo code that will give you 50% off registration costs AND we'll throw in a free download of "The Best of Radio Free Nachlaot Live Vol. 1" and great stuff from Noah Munro Lehrman (he of Phish on Shabbos w/ Noah Lehrman @ Blues for Challah! fame). 
 Use our code B4CHIGHER2013 to save 50% and register here:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We're Jelling!!! We're Jelling!!!

Radio Free Nachlaot's newest Torah series is jelling it's format. Here's the lineup:

"Na Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door: Torah from Nachlaot"
Monday - Thursday, 5pm Israel time

Machane Yehuda Mondays - Torah from Nachlaot's Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov and Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo

Tanya Tuesdays - Tanya with Yiscah Sara Smith

Wild Card Wednesdays - See who drops by to enlighten us!

Temple Thursdays - "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven

Write us at: to suggest Torah teachers we might be interested in featuring on our "Wild Card Wednesday" (yesterday we had Tovia Singer and Rabbi Avraham Sutton, that was pretty wild!)

... and of course really, it goes without saying but I'll say it anyway: listen to us 24/6 at - because Nachlaot is not JUST a neighborhood: It's a State of Mind.

Tovia Singer Interviews Rav Avraham Sutton! 5pm Israel time "Wildcard Wednesday" - "Na Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door" - Torah from Nachlaot!

Well, I know you're asking yourself - how does either Tovia Singer or Avraham Sutton come under the category of "Torah from Nachlaot"?

Both qualify for that category, and that's why we're airing Rabbi Tovia Singer's recent interview with Rav Avraham Sutton on the "Wildcard Wednesday" episode of our new "Na Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door: Torah from Nachlaot" show!

5pm Israel time you'll hear Avraham Sutton take Tovia Singer into INNER SPACE - and they're going to take you there too!

So, what's the connection?

Rav Avraham Sutton frequently teaches at Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo in Nachlaot, run by Rav Sholom Brodt and Rebetzin Judy Brodt.

Both Rav Sutton and Tovia Singer have been related to Radio Free Nachlaot since our earliest days - Lorelai made the original "shidduch" between Tovia and Rav Sutton when RFN first began broadcasting,
... and of course whenever Tovia is shopping for Shabbos, there's nowhere he likes to be more than Machanae Yehuda Shuk, buying freshly baked challot and the freshest salmon for his famous Shabbos Sushi.

So there you go. Another great Torah show at 5pm Israel time. Because you know we're all about the best music, talk & Torah 24/6 from Israel to the World - and even though we're triangulating a lot lately (first Tzfat, then Berkeley) our HOME, our ANCHOR LOCATION, is always and forever in Jerusalem, and thank G*d, Baruch HaShem, Steve Levine & Family are anchored to Yerushalyim and Undisclosed Studio B will always "B" THERE - no matter where Undisclosed Studio A roams!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Na Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door - Torah from Nachlaot, 5pm Israel time - TANYA TUESDAYS WITH YISCAH SMITH!

So ... as we've mentioned, we're adding a new Torah show to our regular lineup!

"Israeli Soul Afternoons" on Radio Free Nachlaot still begins at 1pm Israel time, and we still play the best Jewish and Israeli music of all genres - and now we're topping the afternoon off at 5pm Israel time with NA NAH NACHIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR: TORAH FROM NACHLAOT!

Featuring teachers such as R' Daniel Cohen, R'Mike Fleur, Rav Aaron Leibowitz, Rabbi Tovia Singer, Rabbi Avraham Sutton, Raz Hartman, Chaya Kaplan-Lester, Yiscah Sara Smith (just the beginning!) "Na Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door: Torah from Nachlaot" Mondays - Thursdays 5pm Israel time will showcase the highest of the high and holy Torah teachers from Nachlaot! Great teachers from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov, Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo, and more! 

TODAY: TANYA TUESDAYS!!! 5pm Jerusalem time join Yiscah Smith's Tanya Class - Perek Aleph begins today, don't miss it! Only on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Celebrate BLUES FOR CHALLAH With Free Downloads from RFN and JetBlue!

25 Days until BLUES FOR CHALLAH!!!
L'kavod Radio Free Nachlaot's coverage of the BLUES FOR CHALLAH Grateful Deadfest Shabbaton at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, we're giving away FREE DOWNLOADS of "The Best of Radio Free Nachlaot Live, Vol. 1" every day between now and December 11th! 

It's not too late to register for the event - visit this link:

The RFN broadcast of "One More Saturday Night," 7pm Eastern Time on December 14th, is brought to you by JetBlue Airways , our awesome and hip Travel Sponsor - give them some love, they deserve it! If you've got to travel by air to get to the event, go JetBlue

To claim your free download, send an email to:
and tell us what gives you the Blues, and what you do when you've got 'em!

It's Week 5 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo,

and in true Shlomo fashion, Week 5 will not be starting on time!

Anyone who knew Shlomo, OB"M, remembers that Shlomo was always late! (It's funny that he is now refered to as the "Late Shlomo Carlebach.") Even if Shlomo came on time, until he greeted everyone in the room and returned or made a few phone calls, he never started on time. So, tonight's show Week 5 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo will start sometime around 9PM - maybe even as late as 10:00.  You see, Steve, the host of tonight's show won't be home until sometime after 9PM, and to have the show run by itself is not really the way we want to honor Shlomo.  There are no "live" guests in the studio tonight, but the Live part of Sunday Night Live will be the introductions to the Shlomo pieces we're going to play, and to whatever might come to mind - music, outtakes and the like.  We also have it on good authority that Steve doesn't want to miss the Shlomo Torahs, either!
So, here's the way it's going to go:
Starting at 7:00 PM - The Allman Brothers Band from last March at the Beacon Theatre, 3/15/13.
Shlomo when it's just the "right time" and then to make tonight extra special, after Sunday Night Live we will go back 43 years for Elton John's live in-studio recording titled: Elton John 11/17/70.  Remember that one? How could you not????
So, The Allman Brothers meet Shlomo meet Elton John  - sounds good to me.
C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nah Nah Nachin' on Heaven's Door: Torah from Nachlaot!

Hey people! We're working on Radio Free Nachlaot's new programming. We'll be adding "Nah, Nah, Nachin' on Heaven's Door: Torah from Nachlaot" during our "Israeli Soul Afternoon" show (1pm - 6pm Monday - Thursday) with selections from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov and others.

Some of it will be entirely in Hebrew (for instance a Rebbe Nachman shiur by Rav Raz Hartman ), some will be in English. 

Please note that simply because Lorelai can't resist a pun (i.e. "Nah Nah Nachin'") that does NOT mean that the programming will be entirely Breslov or even entirely Rebbe Nachman-oriented. We love Rebbe Nachman and he will get his fair share, and since he's a Tzadik he won't mind sharing the programming time with other Tzadikim. 

These new Torah shows will be presented at 5pm Israel time Tuesdays and Thursdays. Listen and learn!

Another programming note: We'll be airing "Temple Talk" featuring Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of The Temple Institute every Thursday at 5pm Israel time (a change from our previous time of 7pm so please make a note!) as well as Rabbi Richman's Parsha Shavua Thursdays at 1pm Israel time.

Radio Free Nachlaot: The best music, talk & Torah 24/6 from Nachlaot, Jerusalem's coolest neighborhood, to the world!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Maya's World of Music! Every Monday night at 21pm Jerusalem Time

We want to remind you about MAYA!
Every Monday at 21pm Jerusalem time, Maya will be weaving her magical musical spell...
Read all about it (and keep up with her!) on her blog MAYA's WORLD OF MUSIC
Don't forget, you can always share your love for music with her, on Facebook during her show!  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

You Say It's Our Birthday - Happy Birthday To Us!

GEVALDT, It's RFN's 4th Birthday!
Rosh Chodesh Kislev marks our 4th year of broadcasting the best music, talk & Torah 24/6 to our world-wide listening audience!
 Starting Year 5 off right ....
 Steve Levine is live on the air in Jerusalem celebrating Radio Free Nachlaot's Rosh Chodesh Kislev 4th Birthday - Lorelai be taking the radio 8am Monday, Jerusalem time / 10pm Sunday California time, to continue the party, and will be Skyping in Steve so "Papa Radio" and "Mama Radio" can simulcast a little bit and be together for the bday celebration. 
 Listen at as we play "The Best of RFN Years 1-4" - and this is Week 3 of the 9 Weeks of Shlomo, and  Steve is planning on playing Reb Shlomo recorded live at a Sufi retreat! That should be fun! 
Yom Huledet Sameach, Radio Free Nachlaot!

Monday, October 28, 2013


So here's the thing..sometimes words aren't only unnecessary but are totally limited and unable to express what goes on in our soul. That's what music is for! The words are there but the melody is infinite. The melody flows gently inside the soul and expresses it. It takes us to that place where the streets have no name. Sometimes i can't express myself in words, i just choke. So i express myself through songs-i sing. So tonight we'll take a musical journey and let the music talk for us. 

The show is dedicated to the late Lou Reed. His passing has left a big hole in the music world. 

21-23pm (Jerusalem time), with Maya

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Week 2 of the 4th Annual 9 Weeks of Shlomo is upon us!

There are 9 weeks between Shlomo (Carlebach)'s Yahrzeit and his birthday.  Yup. Only Radio Free Nachlaot would figure that out! And not just figure it out, but we're doing something about it. We're celebrating Shlomo every Sunday Night during these 9 weeks, by bringing you interviews with Shlomo chevra, performances by Shlomo chevra, and Learnings and music by Shlomo himself.  Last week we were live at Yakar celebrating the Yahrzeit with Rabbi Joe, Yankele Shemesh, Rabbi, Dr. Josh Richie, Elya Sukkot, Rute Nussbaum, and Shlomo Katz and Yehuda Katz.  Tonight we're going to bring back Yankele's opening performance, and then sit in on a learning with Shlomo from 10/08/83 in New York City, and then some live Shlomo (in concert) to complete the eveing.
Join us, won't you - Sunday Night from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, right here on your favorite internet radio station, Radio Free Nachlaot.
C Ya on the Radio!!!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013


After 4 long years, with fans all over the world (and your D.J.) waiting and waiting for it...Pearl Jam has released their tenth studio album: "Lightning Bolt".  
The more i listen to it, the more it blows my mind away-but that's to be expected. And now it's my turn to blow your mind away with a 2 hour Pearl Jam special on Radio Free Nachlaot! 

When: Tonight, 21-23pm (Jerusalem time). With who: Maya, and for tonight's musical journey, no seat belts allowed!!! What: Pearl Jam music from the time they began, till now-studio albums, B sides, concerts. And, of course, songs from the new album. 

So get ready, the count down has began...


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Shlomo - May your Neshama keep going Higher and Higher!

"Everyone knows" that the Rebbes always celebrated Purim by extending the seuda (meal) well into the night.
What better way to celebrate Shlomo's 19th Yahrzeit than to continue the celebration well into the night?
Tonight, Sunday Night Live, beginning around 7:30 PM will broadcast, LIVE, tonight's concert from Yakar in Yerushalayim, featuring:
Yehuda Katz and 

Shlomo Katz.

Doors open at 7:30 - Concert starts at 8:00
Yakar - 10 Halamed Heh Street, Jerusalem
If you can make it - SHOW UP!  It's always good to see you, and to show support for our friends and artists.
But if you can't, you can still join the celebration by listening to the radio!!!
C Ya on the Radio!
Shlomo, WE LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


As the poets once said: "God gave R&R to you...put in the soul of everyone". And that is exactly why I'm here-to bring you the Gospel according to the founding father (yes, it was a man...) of music. So who was he exactly? Genesis, chapter 4, verse 21: "His brother Yuval, he was the father of all violin and organ holder". Some thousands years later, radio waves and the electric guitar was given to us. From that unholy and naughty union (some would say), Radio Free Nachlaot was born and we are here to continue the tradition. Tonight 21-23pm (Jerusalem time), we'll take a ride through a musical journey, with me-Maya. No seat belts allowed. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Hey RFN friends, fans and family!

In the interest of instant gratification ("The only kind worth having," as Lorelai has been known to say) we're posting some quick links to recordings made over the last several months of some of our most recent and wonderful original programs!

Feel free to "Link Up" with any and all of these recordings, they're free to listen to and to download!

Our interview with RABBI AARON LEIBOWITZ, broadcast on October 13th, 2013, candidate for Jerusalem City Council with the "Yerushalmim" Party  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our interview with ARYEH NAFTALY, broadcast on October 6th, 2013 during which he unfolds his landmark musical project, "The Songs of Songs: Words and Music by King Solomon" CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our interview with "Chiro Divine," Chiropractor DR. TOVA TERI GOLDFINE ("Dr. Tova") broadcast on September 29th, exploring the roots of health and healing CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our interview with musician ALLAN SOBERMAN, broadcast on October 1st, recording artist and son of renown Cantor Morris Soberman CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our interview with MICKEY HART recorded in Jerusalem on August 22nd, 2013 after his gig on Mt. Scopus with the Mickey Hart Band! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PART ONE and then when you're done, CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PART TWO! 

Our interview with divine Vocalist CRYSTAL MONEE HALL, recorded after her performance in Jerusalem with the Mickey Hart Band on August 22nd. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our interview with JONATHON LIPSIN, Founder of the legendary "Incredible Records," recorded during his visit to Jerusalem in August, 2013. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Our live show with musician YOSEF DANIEL VILLARREAL, which was broadcast during August 2013 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN  

Lorelai's on-the-road interview with JERILYN LEE BRANDILUS, author of the Grateful Dead Family Album, recorded live at "Jerry Day 2013" in San Francisco CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Lorelai's on-the-road interview with Jerry Day Founder TOM MURPHY, recorded live at Jerry Day 2013 in San Francisco CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

SHARYA WITT's Melava Malka for Rav Dovid Hertzberg's yartzeit, recorded at the Happy Minyan in Los Angeles, July 2013 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
and click here to listen to the Melava Malka music and Torah

Our interview with renown voice teacher and internationally acclaimed author MIRIAM JASKIEROWICZ ARMAN, originally broadcast July 3rd, 2013 from the International Institute of Voice Development in Tzfat, Israel CLICK HERE TO LISTEN 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Klezmer Music On Our Minds

The word "Klezmer" is believed to have come from a melding of two Hebrew words, "Kli" -- instrument -- and "Zemer" -- music. Klezmer music has come to characterize the style of secular musical entertainment which is played in Ashkanazi communities.

Klezmer music evolved in the shtetels of Eastern Europe, some say as early as the 13th century.  By the 15th century Jewish writers were writing about "klezmorim" who travelled from community to community, playing the tunes that combined the feelings of despair that Jews felt in their insecure lives with a specifically Jewish joy of life. Klezmer music as it is known today evolved in Bessarabia in the 19th century as secular instrumental music based on synagogue liturgy, specifically on hazzanut -- cantorial music. The Klezmer music was also heavily influenced by the Roma -- gypsies -- both musically and linguistically. The Roma influenced the klezmorim in other ways as well and most klezmer musicians became wanderers, moving from town to town as they transverse the countryside to play their music wherever they could find jobs. In return today's Roma music includes vestiges of Yiddish-speaking klezmorim's influence. 

Early klezmer music generally involved violins, clarinets and other stringed instruments with an occasional accordion or additional keyboard instrument. The choice of instruments was not accidental -- until 1855 Jewish musicians were forbidden by Ukrainian authorities from playing "loud" instruments. Later, when that ruling was dismissed, brass and percussion instruments joined klezmer bands.

Klezmorim often broke religious strictures. They played in churches and provided instruction for other, non-Jewish musicians. These sorts of activities did not sit well with the communities' rabbis who discouraged their followers from listening to the Klezmer music or hiring the musicians but the rabbis' disapproval didn't stop the shtetel Jews from listening to, and enjoying, the music. 

Klezmer musicians joined the mass immigration of Eastern European Jews to the new world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The new world, however, was not conducive to klezmer music and few klezmer musicians were able to make a living as klezmorim in America. Jews wanted to integrate into the mainstream American culture and were no longer entertained by Klezmer music, especially with its connotations to "old-fashioned" Yiddish and shtetel culture. 

Today's music critics acknowledge the klezmer influences in the compositions of some of America's greatest Jewish composers including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ira Gershwin. They also point to some of the clarinet stylings of swing jazz bandleaders such as Artie Shaw and Bennie Goodman who seem to have been influenced by the klezmer music that they heard in their youth. One other -- non-Jewish-- composer who was vocal in acknowledging the influence that Klezmer music had on his work was Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich included Klezmer chords in a number of his works which included the Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor and Piano Quintet in G minor. 

Klezmer music began to experience a revival in the late '70s and early '80s. Artists including Giora Feidman, Zev Feldman, Andy Statman, the Klezmorim and the Klezmer Conservatory Band drew their repertoire from surviving klezmorim of Eastern Europe and from recordings of the early 20th century klezmer bands.  These recordings proved to be vital in the Klezmer renaissance. Such recordings and transcriptions enabled the new klezmer performers to capture, not only the right notes of the original klezmer tunes, but the nuances, gradations and distinctions that would have otherwise been lost to history.  

In their "Rebirth of a Folk Tradition" the Lowell Milken Archive adds to musicologists' efforts to archive Klezmer music. The Milken Archives were created by education philanthropist Lowell Milken to preserve and disseminate music related to the American Jewish experience, encourage the creation of the new music that speaks to the American Jewish experience compile and publish historical documentation that illuminates the cultural, historical, political, social, and religious contexts of American Jewish music.  

The Milken Archives' fifth volume, Rebirth of a Folk Tradition, includes ten tracks under the titles "Kli'Zemer" and "Celestial Dialogues," These archives will help to ensure that Klezmer music can continue to develop and evolve, and Radio Free Nachlaot will continue to feature Klezmer music as part of our regular lineup during our "Israeli Soul Afternoon" programming, Monday through Friday from 1pm through 6pm Israel time. 

Yerushalmim's Rav Aaron Leibowitz on SNL Tonight!

"Sunday Night Live" alert!!! 6pm tonight Israel time on Sunday October 13th - Rav Aaron Leibowitz will be our special guest on a slightly early edition of Radio Free Nachlaot's "Sunday Night Live" - Rav Aaron will fill us in on his involvement in the upcoming Jerusalem Municipal Elections, all about the Yerushalmim Party (he's #3 on the ticket) and why they deserve our vote. 

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Monday, October 7, 2013


Autumn has open the path for a new season, here on our radio. We are back from all the holiday ruckus that has left us with a great need for a diet!!!! The cold has arrived to the holy city as well...but fear not, for I'm here to keep you warm and cozy:)
With two hours of great music and lots of good energy. Tonight, 21-23pm (Jerusalem time), with Maya.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Night Live - with special guest Aryeh Naftaly

We know Aryeh as the leader of the band the Elevators - a wonderful Grateful Dead Cover / Original Rock and Roll band.
We know Aryeh as the music coordinator and M.C. of the Moshav Meor Modiim Music Fair each Chol Hamoed.
We know Aryeh as the leader of the once in a lifetime only 9 Days of Jerry Band....
but, do we know Aryeh Naftaly?
Do we know about Aryeh's latest project?
Well, starting at 7:00 PM we will begin to find our.
Right here on Radio Free Nachlaot, Sunday Night Live will feature "up close and personal time" with our special guest Aryeh Naftaly.
C Ya on the Radio!!!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Night Without Maya?

How could it be?
....and we finally decided to have Maya play us the music "only Maya can" on Monday nights, between 9 and 11 pm - you know, the professional thing to do, schedule a show....same time, same channel...
well, I guess that's not always the way it goes 'round here...
So, yes, Monday without Maya will take place tonight, and as soon as Maya can make it back to the radio, we will let you know!!!

...and what does Monday without Maya look like?
well, to start with we'll be celebrating the fact that 20 years ago Nirvana and the Counting Crows released major success albums - Nirvana's 3rd album, In Utero, and Counting Crows first album, August and Everything After -
Prompted by a long story i don't wish to make short - unless i do so on the air... we'll mixed together both albums and see where that gets us!

After that, you know Mickey Hart is in the queue, and other surprises -- hand selected just for you!

C Ya on the Radio!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Shavua Tov - Parshas Beraishis - On the Road, Again!

That's right folks, we are "on the road, again."  I mean, we've had time to reflect, repent, get our bearings, reset our spiritual and physical GPS systems, danced our tuchuses off in the Sukka, and around the Torahs, and now, we pull out of the "rest stop" back on to the highway, all charged up and ready to go!

... and where are we going, you ask?

Well, first stop is Sunday Night Live, with tonight's special guest, who just happens to be one of our sponsors of last week's Moshav Meor Modiim's Music Festival broadcast, Dr. Tova Goldfine.
Dr. Tova will spend some time with Steve and Lorelai, live in Studio "B" talking about all things healthy, and i bet a bunch more!!!!!

Join us, the first Sunday Night Live of 5774, starting at 7:00 PM Israel time, right here on Radio Free Nachlaot.
C Ya on the Radio!!!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013


It's Chol haMoed, our favorite vacation time of year (and aren't we lucky, we get it TWICE a year)! And as has become our minhag, Radio Free Nachlaot will be broadcasting LIVE from the famous Moshav Mevo Modiin in Israel during the 12th Annual Moshav Country Fair, Chol haMoed Sukkot 5774!

We'll be live from 11am - 11pm (or thereabouts) Israel time on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd  

Join us and thousands of our world-wide listening audience as we enjoy a day at the Fair, with music from a real all-star lineup!

11 am     Josh Lauffer
12 pm    Benyamin Steinberg
1 pm      Gavriel Naftaly
2 pm      Yerachmiel and Arba Minim
3 pm      Shlomo Katz
4 pm     Yehuda Katz
5 pm     BenZion Solomon & Sons
6 pm    Hamakor
7 pm    Shivat Zion
8 pm    Shivi Keller
9 pm    Aryeh Naftaly & Elevators 

Our broadcast this year is sponsored by Dr. Tova Goldfine, known far and wide as our beloved "Dr. Tova," whose work as a Chiropractor has brought relief and healing for uncountable patients during her 30 years of practice, and an Anonymous sponsor on behalf of the Hochbaum Family and the Holy City of Hevron. We're grateful for the support of our sponsors - and you should be too, because without them we wouldn't be able to do this broadcast for y'all! 

Tune in to Radio Free Nachlaot to hear our live broadcast from Moshav Mevo Modiin starting around 11am Israel time on Monday, September 22nd - and join us in celebrating Moadim l'Simcha during Chol haMoed Sukkot!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sukkot - Living On Faith!

So it really feels like one thing after the other, right? Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur, and now: Sukkot - one of our favorite holidays, the one where we bring our insides out - literally. Moving into our Sukkahs reminds us how temporary anything passing for "security" really is. We live in "booths," that is to say, flimsy structures which, no matter how tastefully decorated or sturdily built, are inherently temporary. Just like our lives - and all we have to do is just live in the Sukkah for a week, living on faith, believing that HKBH is the only real security we have in this life!
We'll be off the air for Chag haSukkot beginning Wednesday night until Thursday night this week. We'll be back on the air Thursday night until we're off the air Friday night for Shabbos again! Gevaldt, one thing you can say for the Month of September (Tishrei as it happens to be this year) is that our computers are getting a lot of rest!
Chag Sameach everybody - enjoy your time in the Sukkah and see ya on the radio!

Monday, September 16, 2013


Holidays behind us, holidays ahead of us and we are in the 

middle of the commotion, doing what??? building sukkot,

working , eating, sleeping, getting ready for autumn. 

Listening and watching the news 24/7...So i say enough with the 

news. Enough with CNN poisoning our minds, enough with the 

same routine. We need excitements, fire, passion, 

crazy-amazing experiences with great music in our ears during 

the whole time.Tonight's musical journey will give you the 

infusion you need to get started. 21-23 pm(Jerusalem time), 

with Maya.