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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19 May 2022, 7pm

19 May 2022, 7pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 19th May, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and as yesterday marked the 170th anniversary of the birth of the Yiddish Classicist I L Perets, writer, poet and inspiration to so many, we hear a little about him and a few of his wonderful creations.

12 May 2022, 7pm

12 May 2022, 7pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 12th May, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and as tomorrow we mark the Yortzayt-Death Anniversary of the great Yiddish Ukrainian writer and humourist Sholem Aleichem, we will obey his request for such an anniversary and hear and enjoy a few of his wonderful creations.

5 May 2022, 5pm

5 May 2022, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 5th May, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, and as yesterday Israel commemorated Yom Hazikaron, Remembrance Day and today it celebrated Yom Hatzmaut, Independence Day, we reflect on these important days on the Jewish calendar in word and song.

29 Apr 2022, 11am

29 Apr 2022, 11am 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show 27th April, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and as today, Hof Zayen Nisn on the Jewish calendar, marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Commemoration Day, we mourn the 6 million Jewish men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust and pay tribute to the heroic Ghetto fighters, Partisans and Resisters of the Second World War.

21 Apr 2022, 7pm

21 Apr 2022, 7pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 21st April, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, Yiddish Passover-Pesach songs, we hear about some of the Ashkenazi Jewish customs and traditions associated with this joyous festival, which ends this Saturday and since the 19th of April, the date of the beginning of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising is always tied with the Passover-Pesach festival, we also mark this important historic event on the Jewish Calendar.

15 Apr 2022, 9am

15 Apr 2022, 9am 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 14th April, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and two humorous Passover short stories by the great Yiddish humourist Sholem Aleichem.  A happy, healthy Passover !!

7 Apr 2022, 5pm

7 Apr 2022, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 7th April, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and ahead of the upcoming Passover festival we hear the short story “Der Khilef” – “The Barter/Swap-Over”, by Mendele Mokher Sforim, read by Sara Blacher-Retter.

31 Mar 2022, 5pm

31 Mar 2022, 5pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 31st March, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember the great poet and writer Avrom Reyzen e”h, on his yortsayt-death anniversary, we  hear a little bit about him, as well as two of his short stories and three of his poems set to music.

24 Mar 2022, 5pm

24 Mar 2022, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 24th March, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events from Australia and as a tribute to the great Ukrainian Yiddish literary tradition we recall and hear a little about Eliezer Steinbarg e”h, and hear some of his wonderful parables read by Hertz Grosbard, e”h.

3 Mar 2022, 5pm

3 Mar 2022, 5pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 3rd March, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, we honour the birth anniversary of the great Ukrainian Yiddish writer, humourist Sholem Aleichem and hear some of his wonderful creations for the Yiddish stage.

24 Feb 2022, 5pm

24 Feb 2022, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 24th February, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, we recall the 80th anniversary of the bombing and destruction of the northern Australian city of Darwin and honour the memory of the most popular writer of the interwar years Zusman Segalovitch e”h.

17 Feb 2022, 6pm

17 Feb 2022, 6pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 17th February, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and in honour of the Yortzayt – death anniversary, this coming Monday of one of the greatest Yiddish poets Itzik Manger e”h, we hear a little about him, and some of his wonderful creations.

10 Feb 2022, 6pm

10 Feb 2022, 6pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 10th February, 2022 Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and a yortsayt tribute to the great Yiddish novelist Y Y Singer.

3 Feb 2022, 5pm

3 Feb 2022, 5pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show for 3rd February, 2022 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, a short history of Nazism in Australia and a Jewish soldier’s memories of the battle for Stalingrad and Berlin.

30 Dec 2021, 8pm

30 Dec 2021, 8pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 30th December, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and a tribute to some of the great Jewish jazzman: George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz & Herbie Mann and of course their unforgettable music.

23 Dec 2021, 6pm

23 Dec 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show 23rd December, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, evocative Yiddish songs and a tribute to the great Yiddish poet and playwright H Leyvik.

16 Dec 2021, 5pm

16 Dec 2021, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 16th December, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and recollections of a tribute in Yiddish by Golda Meir to the great poet Avrom Sutzkever.

10 Dec 2021, 8am

10 Dec 2021, 8am 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 9th December, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, evocative Yiddish songs and a tribute to the Grandfather of the Modern Yiddish and Hebrew Literatures, Mendele Moykher Sforim, as well as two of his short stories.

2 Dec 2021, 6pm

2 Dec 2021, 6pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 2nd December, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, lovely Chanuka songs and Chanuka short stories by the Yiddish classicists I L Perets and Sholem Aleichem. Happy Chanuka everyone!

26 Nov 2021, 9am

26 Nov 2021, 9am 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show. 25th November, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Chanukah songs and the history associated with the festival of lights Chanukah. Happy Chanukah everyone!

18 Nov 2021, 5pm

18 Nov 2021, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 18th November, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and we remember and pay tribute to the American Yiddish poet and polemicist Yankev Glatshteyn e”h, on the occasion of his 50th yortsayt-death anniversary and hear a little about him and some of his insightful poetry.

11 Nov 2021, 5pm

11 Nov 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show, 11th November, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, moving Yiddish songs,  commemorations of the Kristallnacht pogrom, Remembrance Day and a short story The Soldier.

4 Nov 2021, 5pm

4 Nov 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 4th November, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, a Yiddish poem dedicated to the Melbourne Cup holiday and we remember and pay tribute to the great composer and humanist Ludwig Van Beethoven.

28 Oct 2021, 5pm

28 Oct 2021, 5pm 4:01 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 28th October, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, some moving Yiddish songs and we remember and pay tribute to the Vilnius poet and writer Moishe Kulbak and the Melbourne poet and writer Jacob Rosenberg e”h. 

21 Oct 2021, 5pm

21 Oct 2021, 5pm 4:00 pm – Kadimah Yiddish Show, 21st October, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, great Yiddish songs and we remember the Polish-Canadian Yiddish author Yehudah Elberg e”h, whose yortsayt-death anniversary fell this week and hear two of his short stories. 

14 Oct 2021, 5pm

14 Oct 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show. 14th October, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, great Yiddish songs and Ha’Rav Professor Gershon Wiener z”l talk about Yiddish and Yiddishkeit. 

7 Oct 2021, 6pm

7 Oct 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 7th October, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and we hear about the great Yiddish writer Yosef Opatoshu e”h, whose yortsayt-death anniversary falls today and we end with one of Opatoshu’s short stories. 

30 Sep 2021, 5pm

30 Sep 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show, 30th September, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and a poem dedicated to the just concluded, joyous Simkhes Toyre festival and we mark the 80th anniversary of the horrific massacre of more than 33,000 Ukrainian Jews at Babi-Yar, just outside Kiev and hear about the struggle to properly mark the place and to memorialize it’s victims, over many years after 1941,

23 Sep 2021, 6pm

23 Sep 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 23 September, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, lovely Yiddish Sukkes songs, how the Sukkes festival was depicted in Yiddish literature and a humorous Sholem Aleichem story about a Sukke.

17 Sep 2021, 12pm

17 Sep 2021, 12pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 16th September, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and as we’ve just completed the High Holidays, Rosh Hashana the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur Day of Atonement, we’ll hear three stories dedicated to these High Holidays read by two of the finest Yiddish performers Hertz Grosbard and Yosef Buloff, and a Happy Sukkot-Tabernacles festival to all…

9 Sep 2021, 6pm

9 Sep 2021, 6pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 9the September, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish and Cantorial songs and as we’re in the midst of the High Holidays, the Yomim Noroyim, Days of Awe, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur Day of Atonement, we  hear the second part of a program about how well known Yiddish writers and poets once wrote about these days in their literary creations.  Leshone Toyve, a Happy, Healthy New Year !!

2 Sep 2021, 5pm

2 Sep 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 2nd September, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish and Cantorial songs and as we’re approaching the High Holidays, the Yomim Noroyim, Days of Awe, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur Day of Atonement, we’ll hear the first part of a program about how well known Yiddish writers and poets once wrote about these days in their literary creations.  Leshone Toyve, a Happy, Healthy New Year !!

26 Aug 2021, 5pm

26 Aug 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 26th August’ 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish remembrance songs and we recall the second largest Jewish centre in pre-WWII Poland, the city of Lodz and commemorate the anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto, at the end of August 1944.

19 Aug 2021, 5pm

19 Aug 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 19th August, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, some lovely Yiddish songs, we commemorate and pay tribute to the wonderful singer and actor Emil Gorovets e”h, on the occasion of his 20th yortsayt death anniversary, and well learn about a cure for the nerves or perhaps not, via the comedy of Dzigan and Shumacher.

12 Aug 2021, 9pm

12 Aug 2021, 9pm Kadimah Yidish Show 12.08.2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs and we commemorate and pay tribute to the Yiddish Soviet writers, poets, artists, scholars and others murdered by the heinous Stalin regime, prior to and on the 12h August 1952.

5 Aug 2021, 5pm

5 Aug 2021, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Radio Show for 5th August, 2021 Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Yiddish songs, a new biography of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and short story by Sholem Ash.

29 Jul 2021, 7pm

29 Jul 2021, 7pm Kadimah Yiddish Show for 29.07.2021 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 for 22.07.2021 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 for 8th July, 2021 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 for 1st July, 2021 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 for 24th June, 2021 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 for 17th June, 2021 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 Yididsh Show for 10th June, 021 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 Yididsh Show for 4th June, 2021 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 for 27the May, 2021 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.