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In Memoriam: Theodore Bikel

May 2, 1924 — July 21, 2015 by Bennett Muraskin From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THERE ARE FEW contemporary Jews who have been more steeped in the tradition of progressive yiddishkayt than Theodore Bikel. He grew up in Vienna, but after Nazi Germany took over the country in 1938, his family emigrated […]

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Unpacking a New Trunk of Soviet Yiddish Songs

by Eric A. Gordon Two hear two tracks from the album, City of the Future, click here: “Girls at the Sewing Machine;” “Red Army“ ONE OF MY TASKS when I was director of the Southern California District of the Arbeter Ring (Workmen’s Circle) was to gather, sort, and ship out thousands of books donated by […]

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May 13: Fred Hellerman and the Weavers

Fred Hellerman, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the Weavers with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert (also Jewish), was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1927. Hellerman taught himself to play guitar while serving with the Coast Guard during World War II, then became involved with People’s Songs, a progressive organization founded […]

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Khanike America

by Lawrence Bush Sung to the tune of Khanike O Khanike Khanike America Come light the menorah We all need a miracle So come, we implore ya Light a light for every house that’s been lost Banks too big to fail while millions get tossed Meanwhile, friends, billions, friends, are spent raining death overseas. Wars […]

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