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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Save Steven's Garden!

Lorelai's back with a new episode of "Heart to Heart".

Her interview with Shirel Levine, mother of Steven z"l for which "Steven's Garden" in Tzfat is named, will air on Radio Free Nachlaot Wednesday 6pm Israel time.

It's a short but sweet interview about how losing her son Steven to cancer in 1996 inspired another tzadekis, Tamar Bittleman of blessed memory to launch the project that would become "Steven's Garden".

Shirel has, with the significant help of Wendy Kenin (who produced this segment for Mitzvah Media / RFN) launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help take care of a special place that has meant so much to so many people over the last 18 years. Now that Tamar is gone and can't keep up the garden herself, it's up to us to lend a hand. 

Please visit the fundraising page at and even the smallest contributions will - like the small seed that began the garden 18 years ago - grow into a beautiful, flourishing "Tree of Life".

If you miss the broadcast, you can listen to the interview with Shirel at:

Find more great "Heart to Heart" content at 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's Wednesday, and we've got some changes!

So, it's after the 9 Days of Jerry, and it's time for some changes.
Please take Note:

The Jet Blue Blues Hour will now air at 11:00 PM Wednesday Night (Jerusalem Time). Yes, 2:00 AM in Jerusalem is a bit late for a "live" Blues Hour, and we are all about "live" radio 'round here, so the Jet Blue, Blues Hour will now air at 11:00 PM Jerusalem Time. (4:00 PM East Coast U.S. time, and 1:00 PM West Coast U.S. time)
What, you say that's too early for you to have the Blues or to take a Blues Getaway?
Well, we'll replay the Blues Hour Sunday at 2:00 AM Jerusalem Time, which is 7:00 PM U.S. East Coast time and 4:00 PM West Coast time.

Change number is 2 is:  The weekly episode of our new feature, Jerusalem Stories will continue to air on Sunday Night at 11:00 PM and will be replayed 2:00 AM Thursday Jerusalem time (7:00 PM East Coast U.S. and 4:00 PM West Coast U.S.) and then on Friday, 11:00 AM Jerusalem Time (4:00 AM East Coast U.S. and 1:00 AM West Cost U.S.).
Got it?
Hey, just stay tuned, we'll keep you posted

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It was 45 Years ago.....

Where were you in 1969?
Well, whether you were at the original festival, or not, Woodstock (like Nachlaot) was/is a "State of Mind!"
Join us today, Sunday August 17th for our celebration of Woodstock!
4:00 - 7:00 PM
With our friends Renee and Jay Garfinkel, through the music and stories, we re-visit Woodstock.
So, whether you were there, or not, we can be there now!
Join us, it's gonna be fun!

...and if that isn't enough!
Right after our Woodstock celebration, stay with us for Sunday Night Live,
7:00 - 10:00 PM
This week featuring an in studio appearance with
Noah Lehrman.

Noah survived last week's guest D.J. spot during the 9 Days of Jerry, 
and is brave enough to return,
this time to play his music and talk about all things Noah.
You don't want to miss this chance to get to know Noah.

We asked the question - after 9 Days of Jerry, what's next?
Well, Woodstock and Noah, that's what's next - today, anyway!
C Ya on the Radio!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Shabbos Nachamu - Shabbos Jerry!

The 9 Days of Jerry always includes one Shabbat, which is of course called "Shabbos Jerry".
The greatest Kiddush HaShem we at Radio Free Nachlaot get to perform all year long is when we TURN OFF THE BROADCAST when Shabbat begins in Jerusalem!
Imagine - our little Internet radio station, with hundreds of people all around the world listening - the biggest audience we have all year - and we turn it off for Shabbat. Gevaldt.
It's always such an amazing feeling - and always wonderful to turn it back on again after Shabbos to have many more listeners return!
We're off the air l'kavod Shabbos Kodesh before 6:55pm Jerusalem time and we'll be BACK with the rest of the entire WEEK of 5th Annual 9 DAYS OF JERRY on Saturday night, sometime after Rabbaynu Tam time (yes as always all times are Jerusalem times!)
The 9 Days of Jerry continue through "Isru Jerry" (Friday August 15th). Much more Jerry to come next week!
From Jerry's Shabbos table to yours - Shabbat Shalom!
(Original photo by Rosie McGee, which I only found out about last December at Blues for Challah - I've been using this picture for years as "Jerry's Shabbos Table." It's really a picture of Jerry at a French chateau in 1971! But what can I say, it's obviously a perfect image to use to celebrate Shabbos Jerry!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

RFN'S 5th Annual 9 Days of Jerry Begins TODAY!

It's finally here - what we've all been waiting for, what the world NEEDS right now - The 5th Annual 9 Days of Jerry on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Beginning about 12:46pm Israel time (2:46am Pacific / 5:46am Eastern) on Wednesday, August 6th and continuing non-stop through the end of "Isru Jerry" Friday August 15th (except for Shabbos, of course) it's all things Jerry on Radio Free Nachlaot!

Jerry with the Grateful Dead
Jerry with the Jerry Garcia Band
Jerry with David Grisman
Early Jerry - Acoustic Jerry - Jerry and Sarah - Black Mountain Boys Jerry
"Sons of Jerry"

Join us LIVE from JERUSALEM for your favorite 9 days of the year!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!

"Jerry Garcia" by Sheva Chaya

We really, REALLY hope the war in Gaza is over with before the 5th Annual 9 DAYS OF JERRY begins on Radio Free Nachlaot.

Of course no matter what, the show must go on. RFN's 5th Annual 9 Days of Jerry starts at 1pm Jerusalem time on the 10th of Av (Wednesday August 6th and continues non-stop (except for Shabbos of course) through "Isru Jerry", Friday August 15th.

For those who are not familiar with Radio Free Nachlaot's minhagim, during Jewish leap years when Tisha b'Av occurs during the REAL 9 Days of Jerry (August 1st - 9th) we don't start broadcasting our Jerry and Jerry-related music until after Tisha b'Av is over. This has happened to us so far twice during the last five years and because this year is one of those years on the Jewish Calendar, we have to adjust the start of the 9DOJ for after Tisha b'Av.

Mark your calendars! If the war in Gaza isn't over with, someone should set up GIGANTIC speakers all around Gaza's periphery so the population will be forced to listen to non-stop Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band and other Jerry-related music at top volume during the 9DOJ, which will either cause peace to descend upon them (G*d willing) or force them to cast themselves into the sea simply to relieve the aural pressure. Either way, it's a win/win.