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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!

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New Brunswick, NJ

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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!

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@israelhour

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English

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Episodes
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Episode #1195: Israeli Music Time Machine - 2009

7/7/2024
OK, reality check. 2009 was FIFTEEN years ago. Yup, you heard that right. While it may seem like only yesterday to many of us, 2009 marked a significant year in history and music, leaving a lasting impact on our lives (and our Spotify playlists!). It was also the year Michael Jackson passed away, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted for corruption, and Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. What were the most popular Israeli songs of 2009? Let’s take a trip in the Israeli Music Time Machine - and a walk down memory lane — to find out! What are your memories and milestones of 2009? (Original Air Date: July 7, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1195 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:09:29

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Episode #1194: Twenty Years Without Naomi Shemer

6/30/2024
In this special episode, we pay tribute to Naomi Shemer, one of Israel's most beloved songwriters and composers, on the 20th anniversary of her passing. Often hailed as the 'First Lady of Israeli Song,' Naomi Shemer's music has left an indelible mark on Israeli culture. Join us as we celebrate her life and legacy through her timeless songs that continue to resonate with listeners of all ages. We'll delve into her most iconic compositions, including 'Yerushalayim Shel Zahav' (Jerusalem of Gold), 'Lu Yehi' (Let It Be), 'Al Kol Eleh' (Over All These), and so many more. We'll share stories behind the music, and reflect on the profound impact she had on the Israeli music scene. Tune in to honor and remember Naomi Shemer, whose melodies and lyrics remain a cherished part of Israel's cultural heritage. (Original Air Date: June 30, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1194 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:13:30

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Episode #1193: Israeli Songs You Love To Sing

6/23/2024
This week on the podcast, we turn up the volume and get ready to belt it out! We put the call out to our amazing listeners in the "Israeli Music Community" Facebook group, asking for your favorite Israeli songs to sing along to at the top of your lungs. We got some amazing responses! This week on Israel Hour Radio, get ready for a playlist packed with iconic tunes, new favorites, and hidden gems – all chosen by YOU! We'll be singing along to the songs that make you reminisce, dance, and celebrate our beloved State of Israel. Start warming up your vocal chords, and get ready to sing along! (Original Air Date: June 23, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1193 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:04:44

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Episode #1192: Road Trip!

6/16/2024
'If you're going on a ten hour road trip, and can only listen to ONE Israeli artist...who's it gonna be?' Such was the question we recently asked on Israeli Music Community, our popular Israeli music discussion group on Facebook. And, wow! Did we get some great responses! With the tragic news of the day still heavy on our minds, permit us present a bit of a diversion this week. On the latest episode of Israel Hour Radio, we're counting down the artists with the most votes in our very unscientific poll. Oh, and we're only playing UPBEAT songs by these great artists, to help infuse some much-needed positivity into your day. Download, listen, and smile - you might just find some musical inspiration for your upcoming summer road trip! (Original Air Date: June 16, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1192 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:05:01

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Episode #1191: Like The Old Days

6/9/2024
Remember the music of the 'good old days'? You know, those blissful days before the world changed forever? We're referring, of course, to the Israeli music released BEFORE October 7. Back then, Israeli songs were generally fun and light, with songs about love and relationships. Although the past several months have been chock full of powerful, inspirational songs, many Israeli artists are slowly transitioning back to the days of old, with songs that are rather, well, meaningless. And y'know...that may be just what the doctor ordered right now. This week on Israel Hour Radio, we look back at the most played songs on Israeli radio over the past week. Surprisingly, almost all of them have NOTHING to do with the war and October 7...a refreshing change of pace from what we've gotten used to lately. It's time to get reacquainted with Israeli music! (Original Air Date: June 9, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1191 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:00:58:54

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Episode #1190: Israel's High Holidays

5/19/2024
Each year, there is so much emotional Israeli music that emerges in commemoration of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut. Between new original songs, musical tributes at state ceremonies, and performances at other events around the country, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. This year, however, was no ordinary year. Israel's Memorial Day was more somber than ever, and Independence Day took on a very different significance. So it only makes sense that we take a second week to explore the meaningful music that provided the soundtrack to this very important week. You'll hear uplifting songs celebrating our homeland, gut-wrenching songs mourning our losses, and new takes on classic songs that remind us of what we are fighting for. You'll also hear Eden Golan (finally) sing the original 'October Rain' - performing this year's Israeli Eurovision entry as it was always meant to be heard. Fasten your seatbelts for yet another emotional roller coaster ride, this week on Israel Hour Radio. (Original Air Date: May 19, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1190 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:06:57

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Episode #1189: From Darkness To Light

5/12/2024
We recorded this episode moments before Yom HaZikaron began in Israel, not sure of what to expect in this very strange and difficult year. So much has happened since last year's national 'high holiday season' in Israel. So much pain, so much fear, so much destruction, so much anxiety. How can we bear the burden of Memorial Day this year? How can we CELEBRATE Independence Day in a year like this? Well, perhaps music can help. This year, Israel's musical community has worked hard to create songs that capture this year's unique spirit, from sounds of pain to sounds of pride. Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut may be behind us, but this week's songs will help you hold on to the powerful emotions you’ve undoubtedly felt all week long – and throughout the past seven months. (Original Air Date: May 12, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1189 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:07:35

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Episode #1188: Heroes Don't Wear Capes

5/5/2024
What does it mean to be a hero? What does it mean to be a JEWISH hero? And what can we learn about heroes from the tragic events of October 7? This week, we are honored to welcome Israeli singer Gilad Segev, creator of "Project Heroes". Ever since October 7, Gilad has spent his time gathering heroic stories from that Black Shabbat...stories of heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save countless others. These stories inspired Gilad so much that he set many of them to music, and now he's presenting them in a series of special concerts throughout the US and Canada. Gilad has a lot to say about the lessons our heroes can teach us. Don't miss this inspiring interview! (Original Air Date: May 5, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1188 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:07:26

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Episode #1187: Why Is This Night Different?

4/21/2024
Passover is here, and by all accounts, this year's celebration will be a lot different than most years'. Like every year, we'll gather around the seder table with family and friends. But this year, so many will be missing from the table. This year, we'll save empty seats for hostages and for active soldiers, all who SHOULD be joining our seder. We'll also see many empty seats, vacated by the souls we lost on October 7. As Israel remains under attack, our observance of Passover is marked by a strange mix of celebration, frustration, and trepidation. Have we ever experienced Pesach quite like this? As we celebrate Passover 5784 on Israel Hour Radio, sure, we'll share the usual mix of joyous Pesach favorites. But this year, we also include new songs for 5784, with painful reminders of our loved ones who are missing from the table. (Original Air Date: April 21, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1187 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:02:27

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Episode #1186: Six Months - A Musical Retrospective

4/14/2024
This week, we acknowledge a grim milestone: six months since the October 7 massacre, kidnapping of hostages, and the resulting Operation Swords of Iron. As we watch events unfold, we remain sick with worry for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel and around the world. At the same time, we stand united in the belief that the State of Israel will emerge from this conflict stronger than before. In expressing a roller coaster of emotions, the music of this conflict has been nothing short of inspiring. This week, a recap of the most significant songs of the past six months, with prayers for a brighter future. (Original Air Date: April 14, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1186 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:08:23

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Episode #1185: Inside and Outside the Hurricane

3/17/2024
With Israel still very much at war, the country's 'new normal' continues to permeate its music. Yes, some of the new music is very raw, very painful, and very powerful. Other songs are as seemingly as mundane as can be, as Israeli music continues to shift onto topics other than the war. Still, nearly every song you hear these days can be interpreted differently due to today's complicated reality. Take, for example, Israel's 2024 Eurovision entry, 'Hurricane.' Even though the song sounds completely 'pareve,' we all know it's about Israel's current state of affairs and the pain so many of us are feeling. You'll hear the song this week, along with many other new releases...all guaranteed to make you think, make you cry, make you smile, and make you connect to Israel on a deeper level. (Original Air Date: March 17, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1185 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:04:35

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Episode #1184: Musical Messages of Resilience

3/10/2024
So often - especially throughout the current situation in Israel - Israeli music speaks directly to our hearts and evokes a wide range of emotions. This week we'll do the same...but in an overwhelmingly positive tone! Ready to smile? Hatikva 6, Moshe Peretz, Shlomi Shabbat, Lior Narkis, Mosh Ben Ari, Eden Ben Zaken, and many more will take you on a musical journey that's sure to lift your spirits just a bit during this difficult time. As one of our listeners said, 'I don't want this week's show to end!' Tune in and let us know if you agree. (Original Air Date: March 10, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1184 Love the show? Please help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:04:16

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Episode #1183: Israeli Music Time Machine - 1974

3/3/2024
Over the last several months, Israel Hour Radio has kept you up to date with the latest Israeli music, born of pain and pride during this time of war. It's reminiscent of another time of war - the Yom Kippur War of 1973. It began 50 years (nearly to the day) before the horrific attacks of October 7, 2023, and like our current conflict, Israel was taken by surprise on one of its most sacred days of the year. Israel suffered many losses during that war, and much of the music released the following year reflected that sad reality. So this week on Israel Hour Radio, we bring you the most popular Israeli music of 1974, in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War. No, it's not all sad, and not even all meaningful. In fact, some of the songs you'll hear are just plain fun. But it will help you connect to the mood of Israel in the wake of a very difficult time in its history, and we have a feeling you'll find yourself singing along with many of the nostalgic Israeli songs you'll hear. (Original Air Date: March 3, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1183 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:10:44

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Episode #1182: Sing, Sing A Song

2/25/2024
Clay Aiken once said: "A song can be more than words and music ... when sung with soul a song carries you to another world, to a place where no matter how much pain you feel, you are never alone." Well, in today's very painful world, so many in Israel and around the world have turned to singing to help ease the pain and bring people together. Ever since October 7th, the internet has been flooded with videos of communal singing, in which thousands of people filled up auditoriums, stadiums, or schoolyards to sing their hearts out. The result? A few moments of sheer joy. This week's Israel Hour Radio brings you some of these special performances, in which you can't help but be swept up by the enthusiasm, unity, and exuberance of these magical musical moments. Tune in, and get ready to smile. (Original Air Date: February 25, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1182 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:00:55:59

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Episode #1181: From Meaningful To Mundane

2/18/2024
What does Israeli music sound like today? A mix of everything. Some of it is sad, some of it hopeful, some of it patriotic. And some...is just back to normal. This week on Israel Hour Radio, you'll hear it all - from love songs to the country, to plain old love songs that could be recorded anytime. From painful songs about our hostages, to painful songs in memory of fallen Israeli soldiers. From classic Israeli songs heard in a whole new light, to classic Jewish texts reimagined. A meaningful mix of new Israeli music, sprinkled with a few ounces of the mundane. We'll also remember Israeli singer Lior Farhi, who passed away suddenly on February 12, 2024. (Original Air Date: February 18, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1181 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:07:42

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Episode #1180: Sad Music From My Happy Place

2/11/2024
Ask Josh Shron about his 'happy place,' and he'll tell you: number one is on the beach in Tel Aviv, and number two is behind the control board at WRSU Studios in New Jersey. This week he comes to you from Happy Place 2 for the first time in six months, and you can just hear the excitement in his voice! Despite his joy, he also brings along a playlist of emotional songs about the 'matzav' (situation)...with new Israeli music mourning those we've lost, praying for those we miss, and celebrating our beloved homeland. You'll also meet Israel's newly-crowned representative to Eurovision 2024, and get a small taste of her impressive vocal abilities. All in all, it's an hour of entertainment, emotion, inspiration, and so much more! (Original Air Date: February 11, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1180 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:03:30

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Episode #1179: Saluting Our Men and Women In Green

1/28/2024
We've focused on the victims, we've focused on the survivors...but how about a show dedicated to the soldiers? The men and women of the IDF are putting their lives on the line each and every day, fighting on the front lines or behind the scenes. They are all true HEROES, defending our right to exist! This week, Israel Hour Radio salutes our chayalim during this time of war, with positive, uplifting songs of strength, heroism, patriotism, and dedication. You'll emerge from the hour with a heightened sense of pride in our men and women in green! (Original Air Date: January 28, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1179 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:03:49

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Episode #1178: Musical Therapy

1/21/2024
Music is amazing. It can raise you up or knock you down with just a few well-placed notes or lyrics. And somehow, the music in Israel since October 7 has been able to take us on all kinds of highs and lows. Each week, we at Israel Hour Radio have taken you on a musical roller-coaster ride, throwing your emotions into overdrive. But this week, just by coincidence, it seems we have more uplifting songs than we've had in a while. And despite the pain, we have plenty of good reasons to be optimistic, even during these dark days. No, not all of this week's brand new songs will put a smile on your face. In this time when it's so easy to be bogged down by depression, however, it sure feels good to be motivated, inspired, and uplifted by a song or two. Consider it musical therapy. (Original Air Date: January 21, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1178 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:00:58:34

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Episode #1177: One Hundred Days

1/14/2024
It's been more than 100 days. 100 agonizing days of darkness. Of heartbreak. Of pain. 100 days of despair. The world recently marked 100 days since the horrific events of October 7, with special emphasis on the hostages that remain in Hamas captivity. This is a milestone we never imagined we'd reach. As painful as it is to think about the plight of these beautiful men, women, and children, it's so important for us to keep them in our hearts and minds every single day. So this week on Israel Hour Radio, we mark this tragic milestone with a recap of the songs that have emerged in support of our hostages over the past 100 days, pleading for the world to ensure that we BRING. THEM. HOME. NOW!(Original Air Date: January 14, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1177 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:05:41

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Episode #1176: New Year, Old 'Matzav'

1/7/2024
It's our first show of 2024 - but despite the new year, the 'matzav' (situation) drags on. We're still at war, we're still awaiting the return of our hostages, we're still grieving what we lost on October 7 and its aftermath. Thankfully, new Israeli music helps unite us, reminding us constantly of what we're fighting for. This week, more new music to depress, inspire, frustrate, uplift, move, and reassure you, connecting you to the vibe of today's Israel as nothing else can. Plus - we wish a musical Happy Anniversary to some wonderful listeners, and share details on our upcoming speaking tour in the US and Canada! Don't miss it! (Original Air Date: January 7, 2024) Full playlist at https://www.myisraelimusic.com/episode1176 Love the show? Help us grow by becoming a member of MyIsraeliMusic.com: https://myisraelimusic.com/membership Join the Israeli Music Community on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/IsraelHourRadioFans/

Duration:01:09:20