Thursdays, 4pm

J-AIR host Alex Dafner
Radio veteran Alex Dafner.

Kadimah Yiddish Show, presented by Alex Dafner, consists Jewish and Yiddish-related current events from Australia and the world, Yiddish songs, cultural, literary, theatrical and comedy segments and events related to the Jewish calendar, such as holidays, celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries. Occasionally, the program features interviews with local and overseas Yiddishists and, of course announcements, of Kadimah and Yiddish-related events.

Alex was born in Lodz, Poland, to a Yiddish-speaking family and attended the local I. L. Perets Jewish school, before migrating to Australia in 1959 at the age of 10. He has presented the Kadimah Yiddish Show and co-presented Shlepping and Shmoozing, with Leon Gettler on J-AIR, almost from its inception. He joined J-AIR after a 33-year career as executive producer and presenter of the Yiddish-language radio program and trainer of journalists at SBS Radio Melbourne.

He was also the instigator, curriculum writer and teacher of VCE Yiddish in Victoria at Mount Scopus College and the King David School and was a long-serving president of the Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library Kadimah.


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29 Jul 2021, 7pm

29 Jul 2021, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, a short story by Nobel Prize Laureate Itzhak Bashevis Singer, e”h, and a yortsayt – death anniversary tribute to the wonderful Yiddish performer Shmuel Rudensky, e”h.

22 Jul 2021, 5pm

22 Jul 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and a tribute to the master story teller and Nobel Prize Literature Laureate, Itzhak Bashevis Singer, e”h, on his 30th yortsayt – death anniversary.

8 Jul 2021, 10pm

8 Jul 2021, 10pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and Prof Avrom Novershtern concludes his history about women in Yiddish literature, today, in the modern period, accompanied by some of their exemplary Yiddish poems and songs.

2 Jul 2021, 10am

2 Jul 2021, 10am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and Prof Avrom Novershtern talks about women writers and poets in old Yiddish literature and next week the modern Yiddish literature, accompanied by some exemplary songs

24 Jun 2021, 6pm

24 Jun 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and we remember the great Yiddish poet and writer Chaim Grade e”h, and hear about him and play a couple of his wonderful poetic creations.

17 Jun 2021, 5pm

17 Jun 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and following the turbulent few weeks in and around Israel, we reflect and entertain ourselves, with some classic Israeli Yiddish humour

11 Jun 2021, 10am

11 Jun 2021, 10am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and in honour of the yortzayt – death anniversary this Saturday of the controversial Yiddish American poet, writer and polemicists Moishe Nadir we hear a little about him, his colourful life and play a couple of his songs and allegorical stories.

4 Jun 2021, 5pm

4 Jun 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and in honour of the yortzayt – death anniversary tomorrow the 4th June, of Mordkhe Gebirtig, e”h, the wonderful composer of the most popular Yiddish songs, we hear a little about him and his tragic life and play a few of his unforgettable songs.

27 May 2021, 5pm

27 May 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, and we again honour the Prince of Yiddish Poets Itzik Manger on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his birth and hear renowned folklore expert Prof Dov Noy e”h, analyse some of Manger’s wonderful poetic creations. 

20 May 2021, 5pm

20 May 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and we honour the Prince of Yiddish Poets Itzik Manger on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his birth this Saturday and hear a little about him and from him and play some of his wonderful poetic creations, poems and songs.

13 May 2021, 8pm

13 May 2021, 8pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, and as today is the Yortzayt – death anniversary of the great Yiddish humourist Sholem Aleichem, we’ll honour him and play one of his short stories dedicated to Shavues – Shavuot, which falls on this coming Sunday.

6 May 2021, 5pm

6 May 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, new electro-pop Yiddish songs by Maria Ka and we recall the date of the victory over Nazi Germany on the 7th May 1945, with a witness account be one of the heroes of that victory.

29 Apr 2021, 8pm

29 Apr 2021, 8pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, a review of a new book dedicated to our great Yiddish comedians Shimon Dzigan and Yisroel Szumacher and one of their famous skits.

22 Apr 2021, 7pm

22 Apr 2021, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and to mark the yortsayt-death anniversary of Szmerke Kaczerginski, the Vilnius poet, writer of beloved Yiddish songs, partisan fighter during WWII and Yiddish song collector and publisher after the war, we remember his life and creativity and hear some of his beloved Yiddish songs.

16 Apr 2021, 9am

16 Apr 2021, 9am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, we commemorate the Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day and celebrate Yom Haatzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day and play some lovely Yiddish songs related to those commemorations and celebrations and hear a little of the history, sorrow and joy associated with those significant dates.

8 Apr 2021, 5pm

8 Apr 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, moving Holocaust era songs and on this Yom Hashoah the tragic history about the West’s abandonment of the six million murdered Jews in the Holocaust during WWII.

1 Apr 2021, 5pm

1 Apr 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, a lot of lovely Yiddish Passover songs and two wonderful Passover stories written by our great classicists I L Perets and Sholem Aleichem. Happy Passover !!

25 Mar 2021, 5pm

25 Mar 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, and as we find ourselves just two days away from Pesach-Passover, we’ll introduce the yontevdike – festive atmosphere with a couple of lovely Pesach songs and a pre-Passover story by Mendelle Moykhersforim.  A happy Passover !!

18 Mar 2021, 11pm

18 Mar 2021, 11pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, and we remember and hear some of the evocative creations of the beloved poet and victim of Stalin’s murderous regime Moishe Kulbak e”h, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary on the 20th of March.

11 Mar 2021, 7pm

11 Mar 2021, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, and we remember the genius and humanist Albert Einstein e”h and have a laugh at the expense of his name, with Dzigan and Szumacher.

4 Mar 2021, 7pm

4 Mar 2021, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and Yiddish songs, we recall Sholem Aleichem as a fine playwright and hear an excerpt from one of his one-acters and we honour the Jewish women who helped found the International Women’s Day on the 8th March and those who continued their fight for equal rights here and around the world.

25 Feb 2021, 5pm

25 Feb 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and we usher in the joyous Purim festival with Purim stories, songs and reflections. A happy Purim to all !!

18 Feb 2021, 6pm

18 Feb 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and we honour the memory and hear about the wonderful Yiddish poet and balladeer Itzik Manger e”h, on his Yortzayt-death anniversary the 20th February and hear him and others recite and sing some of his beautiful Yiddish creations. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע.    מיר ב’ערן דעם וואונדערלעכן ייִדישן פּאָעט און באַלאַדע מײַסטער יציק מאַנגער ע"ה, צו זײַן יאָרצײַט דעם 20טן פֿעברואַר און מיר הערן וועגן אים, אים אַליין און עטלעכע פֿון זײַנע הערלעכע שאַפֿונגען אין וואָרט און אין ליד.

11 Feb 2021, 5pm

11 Feb 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia; we honour the memory and hear about the great Yiddish novelist Y Y Singer e”h, older brother of Bashevis Singer and hear the introduction to one of his famous novels; and as this week came the sad news of the death, at the age of 87 of David Eshet e”h, the much loved Israeli singer, we honour his memory with a couple of his Yiddish recordings. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע;   מיר ב’ערן דעם גרויסן ייִדישן מחבר י י זינגער ע"ה, צו זײַן יאָרצײַט וועלכע איז אויסגעפֿאַלן דעם 10טן פֿעברואַר און מיר הערן דעם אַרײַנפֿיר צו איינע פֿון זײַנע באַליבטע ראָמאַנען. און אַזוי ווי די וואָך איז אָנגעקומען די טרויעריקע ידיעה וועגן דעם טויט פֿונעם ישראל זינגער דוד עשתּ ע"ה אין עלטער פֿון 87 יאָר, הערן מיר, לכּבֿוד זײַן אָנדענק, אים זינגען צוויי ייִדישע לידער.

4 Feb 2021, 5pm

4 Feb 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, a retrospective look at the main events which occurred in and around the Jewish communities in Australia over the past historic year 2020, an interesting short autobiography of the Russian-Israeli Yiddish writer Shira Gorshman and a few evocative Yiddish songs.

21 Jan 2021, 6pm

21 Jan 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents a report from Australia: The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) welcomed the new US Biden Presidency and suggested that it would continue some of the policies of the Trump administration regarding Israel, such as retaining the American Embassy in Jerusalem and encouraging normalisation of relations between the Jewish State and Arab countries. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has vigorously condemned the sale of a Third Reich era Nazi flag at a Gold Coast auction and she was strongly supported by the Anti-Defamation Commission, who have been campaigning for the banning of such Nazi items from sale in Australia. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will head up an impressive list of speakers and participants, including Holocaust survivors, in the first ever Australia-wide online commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the 27th January, 2021. Anns: To register to watch the Australia-wide online commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day online go to:-www.fanforcetv.com/programs/internationalholocuatremembranceday

12 Jan 2021, 10am

12 Jan 2021, 10am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents a month by month summary of main events occurring in the Jewish communities in Australia in 2020.

17 Dec 2020, 5pm

17 Dec 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, traditional Yiddish Chanukah songs and two wonderful Chanukah stories written by the Yiddish classicists Sholem Aleichem and I L Perets.  A happy Hanukah and we’ll be back on February 4th 2021 after our summer break. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, טראַדיציאָנעלע ייִדישע חנוכּה לידער, און צוויי פּרעכטיקע חנוכּה געשיכטעס פֿאַרפֿאַסט פֿון אונדזערע קלאַסיקערס שלום עליכם או י ל פּרץ

10 Dec 2020, 10pm

10 Dec 2020, 10pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, traditional Yiddish and Hebrew Chanukah songs and the story of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights and Renewal. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, טראַדיציאָנעלע ייִדישע חנוכּה לידער, און די געשיכטע פֿון חנוכּה דער יום-טובֿ פֿון ליכט און באַנײַונג.

3 Dec 2020, 6pm

3 Dec 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, we mark the Yortzayt death anniversary of the founder of the socialist Poalei-Tzion Zionism movement and pioneering scholar of the Yiddish language and literature Ber Borochov and hear the recently deceased Yiddish actress Shura Grinhoyz Turkow e”h, read a short story about Eretz Israel by Sholem Asch. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, ייִדישע לידער, און לזכּרון דער יאָרצײַט, מאָרגן, פֿונעם באַוואוסטן דענקער און גרינדער פֿון דער פּועלי-ציון באַוועגונג און פּיאָנערישער פֿאָרשער פֿון ייִדיש לשון און ליטעראַטור בער באָראָכאָוו, וועלן מיר באַערן זײַן אָנדענק, און נאָך אויך הערן די נישט-לאַנג פֿאַרשטאָרבענע ייִדישע אַקטריסע שורה גרינהויז טורקאָוו ע"ה, פֿאָרלייזן אַ קורצע דערציילונג געווידמעט ארץ-ישראל פֿאַרפֿאַסט פֿון שלום אַש.

26 Nov 2020, 4pm

26 Nov 2020, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and in memory of the recently deceased Yiddish actress Shura Greenhoyz Turkow, e”h, we hear her reading a short story by Efraim Kaganowski “Nokh A Mentsh – Another Person”. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, ייִדישע לידער, און לזכּרון די נישט לאַנג פֿאַרשטאָרבענע ייִדישע אַקטריסע שורה גרינהויז טורקאָוו ע"ה, וועלן מיר הערן איר פֿאָרלייזן אַ קורצע דערציילונג פֿון אפֿרים קאַגאַנאָווסקי

12 Nov 2020, 6pm

12 Nov 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, we commemorate the terrible Kristallnacht pogrom of the 9th November 1938 and the 11th November Remembrance Day and in honour of the 100th anniversary of the death of the great Yiddish poet, writer dramatist and folklorist Sh Ansky last week we’ll hear one of his short stories collected during his famous ethnographic expedition.

5 Nov 2020, 6pm

5 Nov 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, we remember and honour the Israeli PM Itzhak Rabin e”h on the 25th Yortzayt-Death Anniversary of his assassination and in honour of the 100th anniversary of the death of the great Yiddish poet, writer dramatist and folklorist Sh Ansky on Nov 9th, we hear about him and his wonderful literary and cultural legacy.

29 Oct 2020, 5pm

29 Oct 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and on the anniversary of the tragic death of the Yiddish poet and dramaturg Moishe Kulbak, we’ll hear about a performance of a play about him in Minsk the capital of Belarus this month and then about his life and death and some of his wonderful literary creations. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, און צו דער טראַגישער יאָרצײַט פֿון ייִדישן פּאָעט און דראַמאַטורג משה קולבאַק ע"ה, הערן מיר וועגן אַ פּיעסע לזכּרון אים פֿאָרגעשטעלט אין מינסק, די הויפּט שטאָט פון  ווײַסרוסלאַנד מיט צוויי וואָכן צוריק, און דאַן וועגן אים און אייניקע פּרעכטיקע לידער פֿון זײַן ליטעראַרישער ירושה

22 Oct 2020, 5pm

22 Oct 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, happy Yiddish songs and we bring some laughter into our lives with the two master Yiddish comedians Shimon Dzigan and Yisroel Shumacher.

15 Oct 2020, 5pm

15 Oct 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and two wonderful Hasidic stories by Reb Nachman of Breslov, z”l and Yehuda Elberg e”h. 

8 Oct 2020, 7pm

8 Oct 2020, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and at the end of the joyous festival of Sukkot, and with Simkhes Toyre on the horizon, we recall how these happy days were reflected in some of the writings of Yiddish poets, writers and lyricists.  הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, ייִדישע לידער, און אַזוי ווי מיר געפֿינען זיך שוין בײַם סוף פֿון די שיינע, פֿריילעכע סוכּות יום-טובֿים און פֿאַר שׂמחת תּורה, וועלן מיר הערן וועגן די דערהויבענע טעג אויפֿן ייִדישן לוח, און ווי זיי זײַנען אָפּגעשפּיגלט אין אייניקע שאַפֿונגען פֿון ייִדישע דיכטער, שרײַבער און לידער פֿאַרפֿאַסער.

1 Oct 2020, 6pm

1 Oct 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs. and as we find ourselves past Yom Kippur and a day before the festival of Sukkot- Feast of Tabernacles, we reflect these important dates on the Jewish calendar in today’s program, with some wonderful and whimsical songs and stories. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע, ייִדישע לידער, און אַזוי ווי מיר געפֿינען זיך שוין נאָך יום-כּיפּור און אַ טאָג פֿאַר סוכּות וועלן מיר הײַנט אָפּשפּיגלען די וויכטיקע דאַטעס פֿונעם ייִדישן לוח אין וואָרט און ליד אויך אין אונדזער הײַנטיקן פּראָגראַם.

24 Sep 2020, 5pm

24 Sep 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, we pay tribute to the recently departed Yiddish actress and broadcaster Shura Turkow-Grinhoyz, e”h. and hear her reading of a Sholem Asch short story, and as we’re ןn the midst of the High Holydays and Days of Awe before Yom Kippur, we’ll hear about the way some of our great writers reflected these days in their stories and hear some of the wonderful cantorial prayers associated with the High Holydays.   הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע און מיר גיבן אָפּ כּבֿוד די נישט לאַנג צוריק געשטאָרבענע ייִדישע אַקטריסע און קולטור טוערין שורה טורקאָוו־גרינהויז ע"ה און הערן איר לייענען אַ קורצע דערצײַלונג געשריבן פֿון שלום אַש, און אַזוי ווי מיר געפֿינען זיך אין די ימים-נוראים, די פֿאָרכטיקע טעג, וועלן מיר אויך הערן וועגן די ימים-נוראימדיקע און יום-כּיפּר מאָטיוון אין די שאַפֿונגען פֿון אונדזערע גרעסטע מחברים.

17 Sep 2020, 6pm

17 Sep 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and as we’re on the threshold of the Jewish High Holy Days and Rosh Hashona the Jewish New Year, we’ll hear about the way some of our great writers reflected these Days of Awe in their stories and poems, Shona Tova, A Gut Yor, Happy New Year! הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע ייִדישע לידער און אַזוי ווי מיר שטייען אויפֿן שוועל פֿון די יומייִם-נראים און ראָש השנה, וועלן מיר הערן וועגן דעם ייִדישן נײַ יאָר און די פֿאָרכטיקע טעג און ווי זיי זײַנען ארײַנגעפֿלאָכטן אין די שאַפֿונגען פֿון אונדזערע גרעסטע ייִדישע מחברים. לשנה טובֿה, אַ געזונט, גליקלעך און פֿרידלעך נײַ יאָר  

10 Sep 2020, 5pm

10 Sep 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and Ayzik Meyer Dik’s story “Der Yoyred – The Fallen”, read by Sarah Blacher-Retter. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער, ייִדישע לידער און אייזיק מאיר דיקס דערצײַלונג "דער יורד", געלייענט פֿון שׂרה בלאַכער-רעטער.

3 Sep 2020, 5pm

3 Sep 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and we entertain ourselves with Yiddish theatre and drama and hear Yosef Tunkel’s short story “Theatre of Paupers”, and later on “Shakespeare in Yiddish”, with some of the Bard’s most famous monologues and a sonnet performed in Yiddish by members of the Melbourne Kadimah Yiddish Theatre.

27 Aug 2020, 5pm

27 Aug 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and we commemorate the second largest Jewish centre in pre-WWII Poland the city of Lodz and the anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto at the end of August 1944 and hear the Lodz born actor Shemay Rosenblum e”h, himself a survivor of Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz Concentration Camp present his dramatized account of the last days of the Lodz Ghetto and of the deportation and murder of its inhabitants.

20 Aug 2020, 5pm

20 Aug 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and another humorous short story written by the marvellous Yiddish humourist and satirist Yosef Tunkel e”h, “Der Tunkeler”- “The Dark One”.

13 Aug 2020, 5pm

13 Aug 2020, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, some wonderful Yiddish songs and a commemoration and tribute to the great Yiddish Soviet writers, poets and artists murdered by the Stalin regime prior to and on the 12th August 1952. הערט די קדימה ייִדישע שעה מיט אַלעקס דאַפֿנער מיט באַריכטן פֿון אויסטראַליע,פּרעכטיקע ייִדישע לידער, און אַן אָנדענק לזכּרון און לכּבֿוד די ייִדישע סאָוויעטישע שרײַבער, פּאָעטן, דיכטער און קינסטלער דערמאָרדעט דורכן סטאַלין רעזשים פֿאַר און אום 12טן אויגוסט 1952.

6 Aug 2020, 6pm

6 Aug 2020, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and as this Sunday is the yortsayt-death anniversary of the wonderful Yiddish humourist and satirist Yosef Tunkel e”h, known as “Der Tunkeler”- “The Dark One” we will hear about him and also some of his wonderful satirical and humorous creations.