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Keeping Israeli music on your dial! Love Israeli music? Israel Hour Radio is the official podcast of Israeli music lovers worldwide. Hear your favorite Israeli artists, your favorite Israeli songs, and your favorite Israeli memories - plus connect with others who share your passion for the music of Israel!

Keeping Israeli music on your dial! Love Israeli music? Israel Hour Radio is the official podcast of Israeli music lovers worldwide. Hear your favorite Israeli artists, your favorite Israeli songs, and your favorite Israeli memories - plus connect with others who share your passion for the music of Israel!
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Keeping Israeli music on your dial! Love Israeli music? Israel Hour Radio is the official podcast of Israeli music lovers worldwide. Hear your favorite Israeli artists, your favorite Israeli songs, and your favorite Israeli memories - plus connect with others who share your passion for the music of Israel!








Episode #1016: My Israeli Playlist - Barbara Pollak

Welcome to the second edition of 'My Israeli Playlist', our new monthly feature where our listeners pick the songs you hear on the show! This time, we're spending an hour with Barbara Pollak of East Brunswick, NJ, lifelong lover of Israel and its culture. Barbara joined us in our WRSU studio to play her favorite Israeli songs of all time, from oldies to contemporary hits. She's got great taste in music! Want to guest-host your own edition of My Israeli Playlist? Email us at...


Episode #1015: The Top 20 Songs of the Decade, 5770-5779

Last week, we counted down the songs of the year...this week, we're counting down the Israeli songs of the DECADE! Kan Gimmel radio recently surveyed its listeners, and asked then to vote for their favorite Hebrew songs of the past ten years 2010-2019. Today we'll feature their top 20. Not the most diverse list in our opinion, but an enjoyable listen nonetheless. Did any of your favorite songs make their list? Oh, and don't forget to sign up for our VIP Interest list for our summer 2020...


Episode #1014: The Top 14 Songs of 5779

Shana Tova! Our final show of 5779 looks back at the best Israeli music of 5779! We're counting down the top 14 songs of the year as voted by Galgalatz radio listeners in Israel. Did your favorite song make the list? We also have a VERY special announcement in honor of our 25th anniversary at WRSU Radio. We're not going to give away the secret here, but you just may find a hint on this web page: (Original air date: September 29, 2019) Full playlist at...


Episode #1013: Happy New Year! Rosh Hashana Music and More

It's a sentimental time of year...a time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year that will be. And so, the penultimate show of 5779 is the perfect time to play those happy, sappy songs that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. You'll hear some favorites for Rosh Hashana, prayers and wishes for the year ahead, an amazing retrospective of Israeli music in 5779, some great listener requests, and much more! (Original air date: September 22, 2019) Full playlist at...


Episode #1012: Israeli Songs of the Decade

The latest hit Israeli songs. A fun mix of Israeli music. And the top songs of the decade...all packed into one hour? You'll find it all on this week's Israel Hour Radio, featuring the three most-played Israeli songs on Israeli radio over the past decade! Plus, enjoy a slew of incredible new releases by Ivri Lider, Ishay Ribo, the Shalva Band, Kobi Marimi, and many more! You'll feel just like you're sitting in a cafe in Tel Aviv! (Original air date: September 15, 2019) Full playlist at...


Episode #1011: Introducing 'My Israeli Playlist'

We're excited to introduce a new monthly feature: 'My Israeli Playlist' - in which our incredible listeners co-host the show and tell about their favorite Israeli songs of all time! We kick things off this week with listener Erika Marcus of Plainview, NY, who has very fond memories of singing and dancing to Israeli music in Young Judea's Camp Tel Yehudah in the 80s and 90s. Erika can't wait to share her Israeli musical memories with you! Want to co-host your own episode of 'My Israeli...


Episode #1010: August's Hottest New Releases

After an amazing month of 'Chagigot', we've neglected brand new Israeli music for a few weeks. But during that time, our favorite Israeli artists have come out with some HOT new Israeli music! We think it's about time you heard these great new Hebrew songs, from Israeli singers like Sarit Hadad, Omer Adam, Eden Ben Zaken, David Broza, Tipex, and many more. We'll have you singing and dancing all the way into the new school year and beyond!(Original air date: September 1, 2019) Full playlist...


Episode #1009: Israeli Music for Kids, Tweens and Teens

It's the return of our Chagigat Shirei Yeladim - a celebration of Israeli music for kids! Mairov and Josh have brought their five children (ages 6-19) into the studio this week, and told them to select their favorite Israeli songs and play your requests. This time, though, when we say 'music for kids', we actually mean music for OUR kids. Most of them have outgrown the traditional nursery rhymes, opting instead for Omer Adam, Static and Ben-El, Netta Barzilai, etc. They did a pretty good...


Episode #1008: Israeli Wedding Songs

Ever been to a wedding in Israel? If you want to experience true joy, the music at an Israeli wedding will leave you feeling uplifted, energized, and inspired for the future. This week, we're transporting you to a wedding in Israel, and putting you in the center of the dancing circle! Enjoy a super-sized hour of unbridled joy (no pun intended) and serious fun during our Chagigat Shirei Chatuna - a celebration of Israeli wedding songs! (Original air date: August 18, 2019) Full playlist at...


Episode #1007: Songs of Hope and Optimism

This podcast was recorded on Tisha B'av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. We could spend the day playing sad, depressing songs...but why? That's not who we are! Instead, we've devoted the hour to songs of hope and optimism to brighten our spirits. You'll love our 'Chagigat Shirei Tikva' - a collection of songs that offer the promise of a better tomorrow! (Original air date: August 11, 2019) Full playlist at


Episode #1006: Israeli Music of 1994-95

Welcome to Chagigot 2019! Our annual August Chagigot are a month-long celebration of Israeli music, where we devote each week's show to a particular topic. This week, we kick things off by celebrating the year hosts Mairov and Josh first came to WRSU, and never looked back. Our 'Chagigat Shirei 1994-95' celebrates Israeli music in the 90s - featuring songs by Aviv Gefen, Boaz Sharabi, Rami Kleinstein, Ethnix, 'The Lion King'...and more! (Original air date: August 4, 2019) Full playlist at...


Episode #1005: Ninet Tayeb Interview and The Return of Live Radio!

Israel Hour Radio is back live on WRSU! Be sure to tune in live every Sunday at 11am Eastern. For our first week back, we've invited a VERY special guest to join us: the gorgeous and insanely talented Ninet Tayeb! Ninet and Josh speak about her Kochav Nolad victory in 2003, her musical journey ever since, her US tour with The Zombies, her appearance at the Woodstock 50 festival, her television role in 'When Heroes Fly', and more! Plus: new music from Shiri Maimon, Kobi Peretz, Noa Kirel...


Israel Hour Radio - Episode #1004: A Sizzling Summer Israeli Playlist

With songs to make you smile, dance, and even cry, you'll love this week's amazing playlist - featuring new music from Keren Peles, Lior Narkis, Miri Mesika, and many more! Plus, a mega-concert in memory of Meir Ariel, a new song in support of Hadar Goldin's family, a new emotional song from Yonina, upcoming concert announcements...and a light at the end of our tunnel! Full playlist at


Israel Hour Radio - Episode #1003: Israeli Music Goes Bananas

Eden and Eden...Bananas and more bananas...Shlomo Artzi and Ben Artzi...and so much more! Static and Ben-El release a new hit song, Shlomo Artzi releases a new concert album, and your favorite Israeli singers release tons of brand new music. Enjoy a fantastic hour of all-new Israeli music! Full playlist at


Israel Hour Radio - Episode #1002: Ten Israeli Songs Every Jew Should Know

We at Israel Hour Radio believe that every Jew, everywhere, should possess at least a basic knowledge of Israeli music. Israel is our homeland, and it's important for us all to understand a bit about Israeli culture to help us better connect to our beloved country. But where to start? This week, Josh takes a stab at a playlist of 10 Israeli songs every Jew should know, from the early days of the state through today. This podcast serves as a fantastic "beginner's guide" to the music scene...


Israel Hour Radio - Episode #1001: An Hour of All-New Israeli Music

We have no idea if this is really our 1,001st episode, but we decided to start our numbering system there to make each show easier to find online. In reality, we've probably done more than 1,001 shows in 25 years. Anyway, enjoy this incredible hour of ALL-NEW Israeli music, featuring Eliad, Ninet, Mooki, Mergui, Shefita and other stars who may or may not have last names. Plus - Woodstock 2019, "SuperTrump", "Yellow Submarine"...and more! Full playlist at


Israel Hour Radio - June 16, 2019: An Interview with Koolulam

Mairov and Josh present the latest in Israeli music, from Idan Raichel, Omer Adam, Rita, Static and Ben-El and many more! Plus, Josh speaks with Or Taicher, co-founder of Koolulam - the group that's turning mass-singing events into the coolest ticket in town, all around the world! Full playlist at


Israel Hour Radio - June 2, 2019: Songs of Jerusalem

Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Songs about Jerusalem are among the most beautiful Israeli songs of all time. This week, Mairov and Josh present a collection of love songs to the city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel. It's the perfect soundtrack to your Yom Yerushalayim celebration...commemorating 52 years since the liberation and reunification of the city of Jerusalem! Full playlist at...


Israel Hour Radio - May 26, 2019: The Israeli Song of the Year

Israel recently hosted its annual "ACUM Awards", which, more or less, are Israel's version of the Grammy Awards. Who won Song of the Year? We'll play it for you. Plus - it's a 'whole new world' for Israeli singer Adi Bity...a fun new world for Eden Ben Zaken...a proud new world with the official song of Tel Aviv Pride 2019...and more! Full playlist at


Israel Hour Radio - May 19, 2019: Eurovision 2019 Wrap-Up

Mairov and Josh look back at the best 'Israeli' moments of Eurovision 2019 - with highlights from the Shalva band, Idan Raichel, Kobi Marimi, a fantastic medley of Israeli Eurovision entries, and much more! Plus - all-new music from Shiri Maimon, Hatikva 6, Noa Kirel, Moshe Peretz and Lior Narkis, and many more!