About Michael Croland

Michael Croland is the author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jew and Punk, which was published by Praeger (an imprint of ABC-CLIO) in April 2016. For more information, go to www.oyoyoygevalt.com. From 2005 to 2010, he ran the Jewish-vegan blog heebnvegan.blogspot.com. He works as an editor for books about music.

The Four Questions: Myq Kaplan

By March 2, 2010

When I first saw the name "Myq Kaplan," I figured that "Myq" was Vietnamese. It turns out that the name is pronounced "Mike" (which shouldn’t seem all that foreign to me), not "meek," and Mr. Kaplan is Jewish. I really … Read More

Natalie Portman: Pacifist Vegan Jew

By January 13, 2010

For the second time in the past year, I tracked down Natalie Portman at a public appearance in New York City and asked her about connections between her Jewish faith and her vegan diet. After the world’s most famous Jewish … Read More

Yidcore Says Goodbye: An Interview with Bram Presser

By January 6, 2010

Yidcore played their final show on December 17 in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia. The genre-defining Jewish punk band went from just covering classic Jewish songs a decade ago to recording gems like "Punk Rock Chanukah Song" and "They Tried … Read More

DJ Lil Ray: Jewish, Vegan, Loves Hip-Hop

By December 1, 2009

DJ Lil Ray, aka Rachael Spiewak, got her start as a DJ last year. This Jewish vegan specializes in hip-hop and had a weekly gig at a Saturday night dance party called Radiotron in Atlanta. She recently moved to Brooklyn. … Read More