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Want to create a stronger connection with the land of Israel? Israeli music will bring you closer to Israel than ever before. For more than 25 years, Josh Shron's Israel Hour Radio has presented the very best in Israeli music - with news, discussion and FUN in English! Tune in each week for a front row seat to the latest in Israeli culture, and connect with others who share your passion for Israel!

Want to create a stronger connection with the land of Israel? Israeli music will bring you closer to Israel than ever before. For more than 25 years, Josh Shron's Israel Hour Radio has presented the very best in Israeli music - with news, discussion and FUN in English! Tune in each week for a front row seat to the latest in Israeli culture, and connect with others who share your passion for Israel!


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Want to create a stronger connection with the land of Israel? Israeli music will bring you closer to Israel than ever before. For more than 25 years, Josh Shron's Israel Hour Radio has presented the very best in Israeli music - with news, discussion and FUN in English! Tune in each week for a front row seat to the latest in Israeli culture, and connect with others who share your passion for Israel!








Episode #1126: Sad Songs Say So Much

As we get closer to Tisha B'av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, our tradition encourages us to think sad thoughts. But here at Israel Hour Radio, our job is to uplift you, not depress you! So this week, rather than playing 'sad' songs, we're sharing an hour of songs about sadness, and they all have the word 'atzuv' (sad) in the title. Yes, some of them may be sad, but others...not so much. So put on a happy face, and tune in! (Original Air Date: July 31, 2022) Full playlist at...


Episode #1125: Israeli Music Time Machine - 1982

In 1982: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time...'E.T.' becomes one of the highest-grossing films of all time...and Israel releases some of the best songs of all time! What did Israeli music sound like 40 years ago? It sounded pretty darn good, actually. Take a walk down memory lane and join us for a look back at the best Israeli music of 1982, as we count down some of the most popular songs of the year! (Original Air Date: July 24, 2022) Full...


Episode #1124: Comfort Through Music

When you're recording a show on a Jewish fast day, what kind of music do you play? Well, that depends on what you want to *feel* on that day. Are we supposed to be sad and depressed, or hopeful and positive? Well, we chose the latter. Recorded on the 17th of Tammuz, a sad day on the Jewish calendar, this podcast features those Israeli classics that just make you feel better the second they begin. Mostly selected by our listeners, these songs are not too upbeat, but certainly not...


Episode #1123: New Israeli Music - June 2022

If you consider yourself an Israeli music fan, then you've got to keep up to date with the latest and greatest tunes from the Holy Land. But what's the best way to stay informed? Israel Hour Radio, of course! We've got your back with a selection of the must-hear songs of June '22 - and be prepared - most are exciting, upbeat, and tons of fun. Need a good hour of music to listen to while exercising? These songs will be just what the doctor ordered. (Original Air Date: July 10, 2022) Full...


Episode #1122: New Israeli Music - May 2022

When Eyal Golan, Eden Ben ZaKen, Ivri Lider, Rotem Cohen, Idan Raichel, Noa Kirel and other Israeli singing superstars all share the stage throughout one one podcast, you know it's going to be fun. What brand new songs came out in Israel during the month of May? Tune in to this week's podcast, and get acquainted with some of the hottest Israeli songs on the radio today! (Original Air Date: June 12, 2022) Full playlist at Love the show? Help us grow...


Episode #1121: Singing the Praises of Jerusalem

One of the things we love about Israeli music is that, 74 years later, it still reflects a tremendous love for our country. This is especially true in the way Israel's music industry celebrates Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating the liberation and reunification of Israel's capital city in 1967. Considering we waited for this day for 2,000 years, it probably makes sense that we're singing about it 55 years later! As we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim 5782, we present an hour of musical love letters...


Episode #1120: Your 2022 Yom HaAtzmaut Party Soundtrack

Ready to party like it's 1948? Israel's 74th may be behind us, but the celebration continues today and every day! We're celebrating the miracle of the modern State of Israel with a collection of songs released specifically for Yom HaAtzmaut throughout the years. Especially since the birth of YouTube, Israeli singers have worked hard to help us connect to Eretz Yisrael through song on this special day. This week, we're ready to inspire you with songs you'll love singing along to, all to show...


Episode #1119: Remembering the Holocaust Through Israeli Music

The weeks after Passover are an emotional roller coaster in Israel, taking us on a gut-wrenching journey from the lowest depths to the highest highs. It all begins this week with Yom HaShoa - Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to remind us of the greatest tragedy the Jewish people have suffered in history. While the day will be marked by Holocaust programs around the world, there's something very special about the way it's observed in Israel - in art, literature, film, television, and...


Episode #1118: New Israeli Music - March 2022

Sure, we all love singing the classics, and reminiscing about the music of yesteryear. But if you want to get a sense of the pulse of today's Israel, you need to tune into today's Israeli music! Well, you've come to the right place. March 2022 was an amazing month for Israeli music, and we can't wait to share these great new songs with you! All your favorites are ready to perform for you, including Static and Ben-El, Omer Adam, Ishay Ribo, Noa Kirel, Hanan Ben Ari, and many more! (Original...


Episode #1117: Happy 60th Birthday, Rita!

Is there an Israeli music fan out there who isn't just a little obsessed with the music of Rita? For nearly 40 years, Rita's cranked out hit after hit in Israel, and her music still blares on radios throughout the country every single day. Rita turned 60 on March 24, and we wanted to join the Israeli music community in showing our love. So this week, we present an hour of Rita's greatest hits...some sung by her, and others by adoring fellow Israeli artists. What's YOUR favorite RITA song?...


Episode #1116: Israeli Musical Solidarity With Ukraine

With most of the world appaled at the events unfolding in Ukraine, we at Israel Hour Radio felt the need to offer some small gesture to show our solidarity. So with your help, we gathered together some of our favorite 'shirei shalom', Israeli songs of peace - and we present them this week in hopes that these songs will inspire you to keep Ukraine in your prayers. (Original Air Date: March 20, 2022) Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of


Episode #1115: New Israeli Music - February 2022

Each month, we take time to explore what's new, hot, and trending in the world of Israeli music. Well, cold as it may have been, February was a HOT month for new Hebrew songs! Your favorite Israeli artists are excited to show off ther new material - with new songs from Idan Raichel, Omer Adam, Shiri Maimon, Ninet Tayeb, and many others! Betcha find a new favorite song this week...just be sure to write to us (josh-at-myisraelimusic-dot-com) and tell us what songs you liked best! (Original Air...


Episode #1114: Israeli Music Time Machine - 2005

This week, we take you back to the year of Hurricane Katrina, the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, and Israel's disengagement from Gaza. Ouch...did anything GOOD happen in 2005? Well actually, yes. In the world of Israeli music, some incredible songs came out that very same year. Take a trip back with us to 2005 in Israeli music, and sing along to some old favorites we know you'll love! (Original Air Date: February 27, 2022) Full playlist at


Episode #1113: Two Are Better Than One

In their most famous song, Kaveret sang 'tovim ha'shnayim min ha'echad' - two are better than one'. Ain't that the truth? It's said that the best things come in in honor of the very unique date of 2.22.22 (taking place on a TWOS-day), we thought it would be a great time to present an hour of Israeli duets! Grab a friend and listen together! (Original Air Date: February 20, 2022) Full playlist at Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a...


Episode #1112: Music For a Rainy Day

Snow? Ice? Frigid temperatures? Though these things do occur from time to time in Israel, they are rare. This time of year, however, Israelis do see quite a bit of rain - and rather than a nuisance, it is seen as a blessing. Apparently, they like to sing about it too! So this week on Israel Hour Radio, we bring you a collection of our favorite Israeli songs about 'geshem' - rain. We'll turn your next gloomy, dreary, soggy day into one that's bright and upbeat - so save this podcast episode...


Episode #1111: Israeli Music From the Driver's Seat

After nearly two long years, Israel is officially open once again! Josh didn't waste a moment in buying tickets for himself and his family, and boy, was it good to be back! This week, we present the tunes heard throughout his recent trip, experienced mostly from the driver's seat of a rental car. What's blaring on Israeli radios in 2022? Which Israeli superstar did he see in concert? And why is Greg Cafe the best place to have breakfast in Israel? Tune in and find out. PLUS - Israel's entry...


Episode #1110: Remembering a Lyrical Genius

Even if you've never heard the name Yoram Taharlev, you've definitely heard many of the songs for which he's responsible. Taharlev was a master lyricist, who wrote at least 1,000 Israeli songs throughout his life. Yoram Taharlev passed away on January 6, 2022 at age 83, and we take time this week to marvel at the beloved songs he created, many of which we've been singing for years. Join us as we pay tribute to a master of the Hebrew language. May his memory be a blessing. (Original Air Date:...


Episode #1109: New Israeli Music - December 2021

Happy 2022! As we begin a great new year of programming and fun, let's take some time to catch you up on the latest and greatest in Israeli music, shall we? And yes, December's new releases were pretty great indeed. You'll hear incredible new releases by artists like Hanan Ben Ari, Omer Adam, Yasmine Moalem and some amazing collaborations with Rami and Rita, Zehava Ben and Avraham Tal, Noa Kirel and Osher Cohen, and Eden Ben Zaken and Eden Hason! We also pay tribute to our...


Episode #1108: The Israeli Music of '21

It's been a fun year in Israeli music! With Coronavirus still a major part of our lives, 2021 will be remembered only slightly better than 2020. But in Israel, the music industry remained as exciting and vibrant as ever. As 2021 draws to a close, Israel Hour Radio looks back at the most popular Israeli music of the year. What songs were heard on Israeli radio stations more than any others? What were the most popular songs and artists? We count 'em down this week, and hope to 'hear' you...


Episode #1107: My Israeli Playlist - David Alpern

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome digital marketer, family man, and Israeli music fan David Alpern of Long Beach, California to Israel Hour Radio! As a former DJ of a similar Israeli music radio show, David's excited to get back into a radio studio and spin his favorite Israeli tunes, just as he did during his college days. So as part of a family trip to New York, David is making time to stop by the Central New Jersey studios of WRSU and co-host Israel Hour Radio. His wealth of knowledge...