Jon Kalish


Yiddish Tomes Go Digital With DIY Scanner

By Jon Kalish

Yiddish Tomes Go Digital With DIY Scanner
When the National Yiddish Book Center got a new scanner to digitize old books, it needed hardware that could deal with fragile print and technology-averse users.Read More


A Mandolin Orchestra's Labor Roots

By Jon Kalish

Photo courtesy New York Mandolin orchestra Read More


VIDEO: Jazz Genius in the City of Light

By Jon Kalish

VIDEO: Jazz Genius in the City of Light
A friend of klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer recently stumbled on a mention of Behcet’s Syndrome, a medical disorder involving inflammation of the blood vessels. He joked that Krakauer seems to be suffering from Bechet’s Syndrome, an obsession with the American reeds player Sidney Bechet, who received great acclaim in the late 1940s. Krakauer has let it be known that he has idolized Bechet ever since he was 11, when his parents gave him one of the great clarinetist/saxophonist’s LPs, and has called Bechet the teacher he never met.Read More


Podcast: The Best Hasidic Composer in Brooklyn

By Jon Kalish

Podcast: The Best Hasidic Composer in Brooklyn
Over the past 200 years, the Modzitzer hasidim have become known for their beautiful melodies, or nigunim. Thousands of them, in fact. Today, 88 year-old Ben Zion Shenker is one of the most prolific, and respected, Modzitzer composers. For his latest album, “Hallel V’zimrah,” he teamed up with klezmer and bluegrass virtuoso Andy Statman. The Forward’s Jon Kalish caught up with Shenker in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn to talk about composing Jewish music, meeting the Modzitzer rebbe, and performing on Yiddish radio.Read More


A Talking Trove of Interviews as AJC Oral History Goes Online

By Jon Kalish

A Talking Trove of Interviews as AJC Oral History Goes Online
Want to hear what Hank Greenberg had to say about anti-Semitism? Or Bella Abzug’s views on sexual discrimination? Now that AJC’s oral history library is online, you can.Read More






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