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.


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18 Mar 2021, 5pm

18 Mar 2021, 5pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Time for our weekly news chat show. With some great music

11 Mar 2021, 5pm

11 Mar 2021, 5pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Time for our weekly news chat show. With some great music

4 Mar 2021, 7pm

4 Mar 2021, 7pm Shlepping and Shmoozing The weekly chat show about the week’s news from Australia, the World, Jewish World, reviews and some great music in-between.

25 Feb 2021, 7pm

25 Feb 2021, 7pm Shlepping and Shmoozing The weekly news and reviews chat show with some great music in between.

11 Feb 2021, 6pm

11 Feb 2021, 6pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Weekly news chat show with some great music

4 Feb 2021, 9pm

4 Feb 2021, 9pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Our weekly news chat show iwth some great songs and music is back!!

17 Dec 2020, 5pm

17 Dec 2020, 5pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Time for our last weekly news chat show for 2020, with some great music…

10 Dec 2020, 5pm

10 Dec 2020, 5pm Shlepping and Shmoozing The weeks’ main news stories from Australia, the World, the Jewish World, book and film reviews and great music in between.

3 Dec 2020, 5pm

3 Dec 2020, 5pm Shlepping and Shmoozing Weekly review of news from Australia, the World, Israel and Jewish World, cultural reviews and previews, with some great songs by Jewish artists in between.

25 Nov 2021, 4pm

25 Nov 2021, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents reports from Australia, Chanukah songs and the history associated with the festival of lights Chanukah. Happy Chanukah everyone!

18 Nov 2021, 4pm

18 Nov 2021, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show 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 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 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, 4pm

28 Oct 2021, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show 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, 4pm

21 Oct 2021, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show 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, 4pm

14 Oct 2021, 4pm Kadimah Yiddish Show 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Yiddish Show 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 Show 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 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, 4pm

25 Mar 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

18 Mar 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

11 Mar 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

4 Mar 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

25 Feb 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

11 Feb 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

4 Feb 2021, 4pm 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, 4pm

17 Dec 2020, 4pm 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, 4pm

10 Dec 2020, 4pm 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, 4pm

3 Dec 2020, 4pm 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.