Israel Hour Radio – Episode #1159: Remembering Yehonatan Geffen

Episode #1159: Remembering Yehonatan Geffen

On April 19, 2023, the Israeli music world lost one of its most creative and accomplished minds, as poet and lyricist Yehonatan Geffen passed away at age 76. Yehonatan was responsible for some of the most famous Israeli songs ever written, with classic Israeli songs for adults and children alike. As Israel Radio’s Benny Dudkevitch […]

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Israel Hour Radio – Episode #1156: For Women, By Women

Israel Hour Radio - Episode #1156: For Women, By Women

Who runs the world? Girls, of course. As we catch up on a few podcasts that aired on the radio but not published online, here’s a great episode from March 2023 in celebration of International Women’s Day. We’re turning up the volume and spotlighting the empowering sounds of Israeli music created for women, by women. […]

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Israel Hour Radio – Episode #1155: New Israeli Music – May 2023

Episode #1155: New Israeli Music - May 2023

In our weeks-long celebration of Israel’s 75th, we neglected to keep you up-to-date with the amazing NEW music coming out of Israel. It’s time to correct that injustice right now! This week, Israel Hour Radio proudly presents a countdown of the top 15 songs of the week, based on the songs that received the most […]

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Next For Noa Kirel: Madison Square Garden?

Noa Kirel poses with an Israeli flag

It’s been a few weeks since the Israeli music world was abuzz over the big announcement that Ishay Ribo would be the first Israeli singer to headline Madison Square Garden. Could Noa Kirel be next? According to Mako, Kirel’s people are looking into it. After conquering Yarkon Park and placing third in Eurovision 2023, Kirel […]

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Concert Review: Rami Kleinstein in Englewood, New Jersey

Have I mentioned how much I adore Rami Kleinstein? Since the time I began learning about Israel’s music scene in the mid 1990s, Rami has been one of my all-time favorites. Before I knew Rami, I was a huge Billy Joel fan – so when someone suggested I look into “Israel’s Piano Man,” I couldn’t […]

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13 Covers of “Jerusalem of Gold” That Will Take Your Breath Away

Jerusalem of Gold - The Best Covers

Chances are you’ve been singing “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” (“Jerusalem of Gold”) your whole life. But do you know the history of the iconic Israeli song? In a nutshell, the song became a symbol of hope, resilience, and love for Jerusalem during a critical period in Israeli history. As tensions escalated before the Six Day War […]

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