Thursdays, 5pm

Shlepping and Shmoozing is presented by Alex Dafner and Leon Gettler and consists of a hard-news chat show covering the week’s main news events from Australia, the world, Israel, the Jewish world and the Australian Jewish community. At the end of the program there are reviews of books, films, TV, theatre, concerts, albums, etc, and cultural news and announcements. In between these items you can hear music and songs by some of the best-known Jewish performers from around the world.

J-AIR host Alex Dafner
Radio veteran Alex Dafner.

Alex Dafner 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.

J-AIR Presenter Leon Gettler
Veteran journalist Leon Gettler.

Leon has worked in journalism for 45 years. He has worked for the Truth, The Sun News-Pictorial, The Age, The Australian and AAP. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to magazines such as CFO, CRN, ProPrint, Management Today, Charter Magazine, BRW and Business Spectator. He runs a weekly podcast Talking Business. He has also written three books: An Unpromised Land, Organisations Behaving Badly and Ten Ways to Survive the Corporate World. He is working as a research assistant for the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub. He is now doing a PhD on newspapers, innovation and communities.

He does two programs for J-AIR: Talking Tachless which presents all the week’s news, along with great music, and Shlepping and Shmoozing with Alex Dafner which looks at all the week’s news, what’s happening in the Jewish world, a discussion of books, films and TV to watch, along with great music.


Listen On Demand

22 Feb 2024, 5pm

22 Feb 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember the Yiddish poet, writer and journalist Zusman Segalovitch e”h. on the occasion of his yortzayt-death anniversary.

15 Feb 2024, 5pm

15 Feb 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember and hear the prince of the Yiddish poets Itzik Manger e”h. on the occasion of his upcoming 55th yortzayt-death anniversary.

8 Feb 2024, 5pm

8 Feb 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we honour the memory of one of the greatest Yiddish novelists Y Y Singer e”h. on the occasion of his upcoming 80th yortzayt-death anniversary.

21 Dec 2023, 5pm

21 Dec 2023, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia and a tribute to the great Yiddish poet and playwright H Leyvik and his evocative Yiddish poetry and songs. A Happy New Year and we’ll be back with the Kadimah Yiddish Show on the 1st February 2024.

14 Dec 2023, 5pm

14 Dec 2023, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we hear more about the history of the origins of the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah and a Sholem Aleichem story about children at this joyous Chanukah festival.

7 Dec 2023, 5pm

7 Dec 2023, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we hear about the history of the origins of the Jewish Festival of Lights Chanukah and play some well know Yiddish Chanukah songs.

30 Nov 2023, 5pm

30 Nov 2023, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we pay tribute to the great Jewish leader and founding Premier Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion e”h, on the occasion of his upcoming 50th yortsayt-death anniversary on the 1st December and we hear him speak about his beliefs and his historical role in the foundation of Israel, in his native Yiddish.