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By Michael Croland

Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Most Jewish Cookbook Yet

  Isa celebrates Passover and Hanukkah, as shown in The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook Photos: Vanessa Rees In Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, I discussed how Isa Chandra Moskowitz integrated her Jewish and punk identities into her vegan cooking projects. Her ninth cookbook, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook, came out last week and […]

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Blankies, Dreidels, Punk & Friendship: Speaking to 8th-to-10th Graders at the Toledo Jewish Book Festival

Yesterday I spoke at the Toledo Jewish Book Festival in Ohio. My session was meant for 8th-to-10th graders, as part of an event geared toward four different grade/age brackets between kindergarten and 10th grade. The program was billed as “Blankies, Dreidels, Punk & Friendship,” incorporating the themes of the four different “children’s books.” Of course, Oy Oy […]

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Media Roundup about the Book!

Last month I posted articles about Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk in Jewniverse and The Algemeiner, and there’s been more to share since then! Reviews by Amos Lassen noted, “I am one hundred percent certain that there are very few, if any, who would think of punk and Judaism in the same sentence. At least so […]

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A Half-Dozen Shondes Shows

Louisa Solomon and Elijah Oberman of the Shondes (Photo: Emily Millay Haddad / Circles of Fire Productions) My review of the Shondes’ brand-new album, Brighton, got posted on Jewcy today. On Saturday night I saw them live for the sixth time. [Update: The tally is now seven!] In light of similar posts I’ve done for Golem and Moshiach Oi!, […]

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Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Modern Love Brooklyn

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is featured in Chapter 6 of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, and the chapter title, “Post Punk,” stems from her former television show and website, the Post Punk Kitchen. Moskowitz burst onto the vegan cooking radar with that show in 2003 (including with a highly recommended Passover episode). She went on to […]

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Double Digits: My 10th Moshiach Oi! Show

Last night I saw Moshiach Oi! for at least the 10th time. We’ve come a long way since I became the first person to interview the band in November 2008. Singer Yishai Romanoff is on the cover of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, and I’ve had a great time seeing them for many years […]

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Articles about the Book in Jewniverse and The Algemeiner

I am pleased to share new articles about Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk from Jewniverse and The Algemeiner. The Jewniverse review was written by Matthue Roth, author of the Jewish punk novel Never Mind the Goldbergs, which is discussed in Chapter 5 of my book. Click here to read the article. Here’s an excerpt: After digging […]

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Presentation at New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library

I had a terrific event for Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk at the New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Library last night. I assigned the task of counting to a friend who has a master’s degree in math, and he said that, including me, 54 people were present. Much of the multimedia Powerpoint presentation was […]

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Gangsta Rabbi Battles Cancer, Wonders “Has the G-d of Israel written a scorching rocker for me to play in Heaven—but not until I get there?”

I interviewed Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman for my very first article about Jewish punk in 2005. In 2006, he was the first Jewish punk artist I saw live; I also saw him perform in 2010 and 2011. I did an interview with him for my former blog, heebnvegan, in 2010. He’s the most prolific artist in my […]

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Israel’s Useless ID Gets Explicitly Political

  Useless ID, Israel’s leading punk rock band, didn’t want to be thought of as a political band. “State of Fear,” featured on a Rock Against Bush compilation, was a political commentary and probably Useless ID’s best known song. When I interviewed guitarist Ishay Berger after Useless ID released The Lost Broken Bones in 2008, I asked about clearly political songs […]

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