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

16 May 2024, 5pm

16 May 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we mark the anniversaries of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Remembrance Day and Independence Day, as well as the yortzayt-death anniversary of the great Yiddish classisist and humourist Sholem Aleichem, e”h.

9 May 2024, 5pm

9 May 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we recall the Bundist martyr Shmuel Zygelbojm and the anniversary of V-E Day, victory over Nazi Germany.

2 May 2024, 5pm

2 May 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia, we reflect on Jews  involvement in the 1st of May and we remember Itzhak Katzenelson e”h, known as the Yiddish and Hebrew poet of the Shoah, whose 80th yortzayt death anniversary fell on the 1st of May.

25 Apr 2024, 5pm

25 Apr 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and as we’re in the middle days of the Passover festival and ANZAC Day, the day of remembrance of Australian combatants in the many wars and conflicts of the C20th and C21st centuries, we reflect on these important dates in today’s program.

19 Apr 2024, 6am

19 Apr 2024, 6am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we commemorate the anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising and celebrate the start of the Passover festival.

11 Apr 2024, 5pm

11 Apr 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember the great Yiddish comedian Shimon Dzigan e”h and his comedic partner Yisroel Shumacher e”h and hear about them and one of their popular sketches that is still so very relevant today.

4 Apr 2024, 5pm

4 Apr 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember the so called Father of Yiddish Literature, the great Yitskhok Leybush Peretz e”h, on the occasion of his yortzayt-death anniversary and hear some of his wonderful literary creations.

28 Mar 2024, 5pm

28 Mar 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we honour two great Yiddishists, the world renown painter Mark Chagal and the poet and writer Avrom Reisen e”h and hear a little about them and about their marvellous creativity.

28 Mar 2024, 11am

28 Mar 2024, 11am Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner and Leon Gettler present the first Podcast related to Jewish History, beginning with the festival of Purim and the history around its origin in ancient Persia and subsequent historical developments in Persia and later Iran.

21 Mar 2024, 5pm

21 Mar 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we usher-in the coming joyous Purim festival and hear about it’s fascinating history and the  Sholem Aleichem Purim Story “Esther”.

14 Mar 2024, 5pm

14 Mar 2024, 5pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we entertain ourselves with the lively sounds of Yiddish Klezmer music composed and played by contemporary Australian and international klezmorim and musicians.

29 Feb 2024, 9pm

29 Feb 2024, 9pm Kadimah Yiddish Show Alex Dafner presents current events reports from Australia and we remember and hear the much loved and respected Melbourne Yiddishist and community cultural activist Danielle Charak OAM e”h, on the occasion of her first yortzayt-death anniversary, which fell this week.

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.