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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 #1097: Whistle a Happy Tune

After two weeks of 'heavy' High Holidays, we are now ready to begin one of the most joyous holidays of the year. Sukkot is known as 'Zman Simchateinu', the time of our happiness...and so, we thought it would be the perfect time to play 'shirei simcha', songs of happiness! Every song on today's playlist includes the word 'sameach' (happy) in the tile, and every song is guaranteed to make you HAPPY! (*Happiness not really guaranteed. We can't control your emotions.) (Original Air Date:...


Episode #1096: Israeli Music Countdown 5781

For our first podcast of 5782, we take some time to look back at the most popular Israeli music of 5781! Every Rosh Hashana, the radio stations in Israel count down the biggest hits of the year. What songs were blaring on Israeli radios all year long? Reminisce with us and spend an enjoyable hour looking back at the Israeli songs that created the soundtrack of 5781. (Original Air Date: September 12, 2021) Full playlist at Love the show? Support us...


Episode #1095: Meet Hagit

It’s our last show of 5781, and it’s a very special episode. First, we'll meet special guest and former 'Kochav Nolad' winner Hagit Yaso, who will tell us about her career, her music, her family heritage, and much more. Then, we'll meet the folks behind "The Integration Project", a fun special initiative designed to help bring Israeli music to the masses by creating English versions of classic Hebrew songs. Shana Tova from Israel Hour Radio! (Original Air Date: September 5, 2021) Full...


Episode #1094: The Sounds of Summer 2021

What a summer it's been in Israeli music! Despite heightened Corona restrictions and the return of indoor masks, Israeli artists have been busy as ever, cranking out some incredible hits all summer long. Today we conclude our August Chagigot with a 'Chagigat Lehitei Kayitz 2021' - a celebration of Israeli music's hits of summer 2021. What was your favorite song released this summer? (Original Air Date: August 29, 2021) Full playlist at Love the...


Episode #1093: Songs About Real People

Here's a topic we've definitely never attempted before: Israeli songs about REAL people! Sometimes the best Israeli songs are about Biblical personalities, Zionist leaders, inspirational historical figures, or just inspirations in a songwriter's life. Tune in today for a fun, somewhat biographical look at a number of real people, past or present. It's our "Chagigat Shirei Anashim Amitiyim" ... a celebration of songs about real people, this week on Israel Hour Radio! (Original Air Date:...


Episode #1092: Israeli Reggae!

When Israel meets Jamaica: Our August Chagigot continue with our 'Chagigat Shirei Reggae' - a celebration of Israeli reggae songs! Wikipedia defines reggae as 'a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora'...and it’s made its way to Israel! Thanks to the efforts of artists like Hatikva 6, Tomer Yosef, Muki, and others, reggae music is on the map in Israel. Enjoy an hour of fun, upbeat, 'tropical'...


Episode #1091: Best Israeli Duets and Collaborations

When two or more Israeli singers come together to make beautiful music...the results can be magical. When you get to enjoy that magic for a full's an exhilarating experience! Welcome to Week #2 of our August Chagigot...and this week, it's a "Chagigat Duetim" - spotlighting the most meaningful, the most beautiful, the most interesting duets in Israeli music! (Original Air Date: August 8, 2021) Full playlist at Love the show? Support us by...


Episode #1090: English Songs In Hebrew

Welcome to August Chagigot 2021! For decades, Israel Hour Radio has devoted its August programming to fun and interesting topics in Israeli music. This year, we kick things off with a 'Chagigat Shirei Anglit...B'Ivrit' - a celebration of English songs translated into Hebrew! You'll hear classics from The Beatles, Ray Charles, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and many others - along with covers of current hits by artists like Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish. Best of all, they're all translated...


Episode #1089: Ahavat Chinam - Songs of Love and Kindness

Last week on Tisha B'av, the Jewish world cried over the ongoing pandemic of 'sin'at chinam' - baseless hatred. The antidote? 'Ahavat Chinam' - love and kindness. A week after Tisha B'av comes 'Tu B'av' - the Jewish holiday of love. But instead of playing cheesy love songs, this week we're playing songs ABOUT love and common decency. You'll love singing along to these positive, uplifting Israeli songs of kindness, unity, brotherhood, and optimism. (Original Air Date: July 25, 2021) Full...


Episode #1088: Three Israeli Musical Icons - Manor, Almagor, Shemer

We recently discovered that three of Israel's most important musical poets share a birthday on July 13th. Dan Almagor turned 86 this year, Ehud Manor would have been 80, and Naomi Shemer would have turned 91. Today we celebrate the music of these great artists, with popular songs that will undoubtedly have you singing along in no time. Recorded on Tisha B'av, this week's podcast focuses on the optimistic side of the holiday. While we still have plenty for which to mourn, these great songs...


Episode #1087: LGBT Singers In Israel

Welcome to the return of My Israeli Playlist – a monthly feature in which we invite our listeners to present their favorite Israeli songs of all time! We’re excited to welcome Richard Isaac of Seattle, Washington – longtime listener and a MAJOR part of our Israeli music community. Rich has been listening for at least two decades, and we’re thrilled to have him on the show! In honor of Pride Month (albeit a few days late), Rich’s playlist features a handful of Israeli gay, lesbian, bisexual,...


Episode #1086: A Tribute To 'Abba'

In honor of Fathers Day in the USA, we're taking some time to pay a musical tribute to 'Abba' - the Hebrew word for 'father'. Turns out there are a lot of Israeli songs devoted to fathers, and our incredible community came up with a string of amazing tunes! These tunes are sure to put a smile on your face - and perhaps a lump in your throat - as you reflect on the special fathers in your life. (Original Air Date: June 20, 2021) Full playlist at Love...


Episode #1085: New Israeli Music - May 2021

May 2021 was an interesting month in Israel, full of highs and lows. It began with a general feeling of hope, with most Coronavirus restrictions lifted and life getting back to normal. However, the celebratory mood quickly turned to one of fear, with 4,000 rockets raining down on Israeli cities. Israelis left the streets once again and huddled in bomb shelters. Once that was over, antisemitism and anti-Zionism began to emerge around the world. Much of the music you'll hear...


Episode #1084: Israeli Beach Party!

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER OF '21...and by nearly all accounts, it's expected to be a heck of a lot better than the summer of '20! Coronavirus is slowly fading into obscurity (we hope!), the world is opening up again, and it's a great time to get back to the beach! We'll help you do just that this week on Israel Hour Radio, with a fun collection of Israeli songs about the ocean, the beach, the sun, and of course, 'matkot' - the ultimate Israeli beach sport. Allow us to welcome you to...


Episode #1083: Shalom, Salaam, Peace

In the aftermath of Israel's latest flare up with Hamas in Gaza, Jews everywhere have seen an ugly escalation of anti-Semitism around the world. As we remain vigilant and stand up against hate and intolerance, we also pray for peace. It just so happens that Israelis have been yearning for peace since the founding of the state, and apparently, like to sign about it. You'll hear some of our favorite 'shirei shalom' - songs of peace - this week on Israel Hour Radio. (Original Air Date: May 23,...


Episode #1082: A Musical 'Hug' For the IDF

To say the least, it's been a tense week for Israel. Our brothers and sisters are under constant threat of rocket fire, and many have spent several days huddled in bomb shelters. Throughout it all, the brave men and women of the IDF have done their best to keep our nation safe. Today, we thank them through music - offering prayers, praise, hope, and gratitude. It's our way of giving a virtual 'hug' to our our chayalim and chayalot. May we see better days ahead. (Original Air Date: May 16,...


Episode #1081: New Israeli Music - April 2021

Shiri Maimon...Omer Adam...Eden Ben Zaken...Ninet Tayeb...just some of the big names who released new Israeli music during the month of April. We consider it our responsibility to keep you current on new Hebrew songs, and we're proud to help you connect with the State of Israel by sharing an incredible playlist this week. What's hot on Israeli radio right now? Tune in and find out! (Original Air Date: May 9, 2021) Full playlist at Want to sponsor an...


Episode #1080: What Song Is the 'Most Israeli'?

This past Yom HaAtzma'ut, Galgalatz radio in Israel asked listeners and some of our favorite singers the following question: In your opinion, what Hebrew song is 'the most Israeli'? What song exemplifies the Israeli experience? What song is as 'Israeli' as they come? The answers are interesting and diverse, and you're sure to have a great time singing along to the songs they chose. Do YOU have a better choice? Join the conversation and let us know on our Facebook group! Full playlist at...


Episode #1079: New Israeli Music - March 2021

Yes, we know it’s the end of April. But with Passover, Yom Ha’atzma’ut, etc. in the way, we never took the time to explore the best new Israeli songs that came out in March 2021 – and there are some GREAT ones! Better late than never, right? These songs are too good to ignore, and we just HAD to get them on the podcast! Join us for an hour of Israeli music by some of your favorite artists – with hot new songs by Roni Dalumi, Static and Ben-El, Miri Mesika, Noa Kirel, Eden Alene, and many...


Episode #1078: The Party Ain't Over Yet...

We’re not ready to end our celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut just yet! We’ve received such positive feedback for our week-long celebration of Israel’s 73rd birthday on Facebook that we decided to recap this amazing week in podcast form. Enjoy highlights from a week's worth of Yom Ha'atzma'ut shows, with your favorite Israeli music to celebrate Eretz Yisrael! You'll also hear brand new music for Israel's 73rd by Noa Kirel, Yardena Arazi, Koolulam, Eliad, and many more! (Original air date: April...