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About Borscht Beat

Borscht Beat is a weekly hour of Jewish music featuring a unique mix of timeless, sentimental classics and rare oddities curated by Aaron Bendich. Borscht Beat is inspired by Aaron’s grandfather Max Bendich, who was the son of Jewish immigrants from present-day Ukraine and had a lifelong interest in Yiddish and American folk music. Frequent guests include notable klezmer musicians, musical historians, and ordinary fans of Jewish music. The show’s title reflects the so-called “Borscht Belt,” a collection of cottages, hotels, and entertainment venues that catered to a Jewish clientele during the mid-twentieth century in the Catskill Mountains of New York.  

Airs: Sundays, 1-2 pm