By Michael Croland

The King of Jewish Punk: Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman

In January (while he was in a medically induced coma, no less), the unstoppable Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman released The King of Jewish Punk. It’s his milestone 30th album (#68 if you include his 38 cassette recordings). He figures that he’s been calling himself the King of Jewish Punk for about a decade, and if no one has […]

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Guest Post: From Punk Rocker to Rabbi

The following guest post is by Rabbi Patrick. Rabbi Patrick is in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk in Chapter 3, as the front man of CAN!!CAN, and Chapter 6, as the executive director of PunkTorah. Here he explains how lessons from being a touring punk rocker helped him as a rabbi. Living in a Dodge […]

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10-Year Anniversary: The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s

In October 2006, Steven Lee Beeber’s The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk was published. While both that book and Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk featured the Ramones and the Dictators, Beeber included original interviews with key people involved with both bands. He also painted a much more comprehensive picture of the 1970s […]

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Nederlandsch-Israëlietisch: Tracing a Sliver of Family History in Rotterdam, Holland

In 1921, my great-grandparents were emigrating from Russia to the United States. On April 1, when the ship was docked in Rotterdam, Holland, my maternal grandfather, Max Schwartz, was born. On April 8, he had his bris in Rotterdam. Twenty-three days after he was born, they reached the U.S. He wasn’t a Dutch citizen, he […]

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New Memoir by Jason Diamond of Fear of a Blue Planet, Shabbos Bloody Shabbos

Jason Diamond could’ve come up in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk much more than he did. The book discusses his bands Fear of a Blue Planet (in which he screamed “Kish mir in tuchas!”) and Shabbos Bloody Shabbos (which “kind of” had one practice). One could be forgiven for reading the book and […]

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Jew Cocks Declare “WAR! (On Christmas)”

Warning: Sometimes punk rock can be offensive and shouldn’t be taken at face value! I learned about the Jew Cocks too late to include the outrageous LA punk rock band in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, but I blogged about them in January. This week the Jew Cocks released the new song “WAR! (On […]

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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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Every Time I’ve Seen the Shondes Live

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 eight!] In light of similar posts I’ve done for Golem and Moshiach Oi!, […]

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