About Michael Croland

Michael Croland runs heebnvegan, a Jewish blog about veganism and animal protection issues. He has taught an animal rights course at Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2005, he won the Student Genesis Award from The Humane Society of the United States.

Punk Jews in the East Village

By June 21, 2010

This weekend, the upcoming Punk Jews online documentary series hosted a concert and fundraising party at Sixth Street Community Synagogue in New York City. There was a mixture of mostly Jews with different levels of adherence to punk ethos, punk … Read More

A Pre-Shabbat Blessing: Gangsta Rabbi

By April 2, 2010

If you haven’t had the good fortune of experiencing the Gangsta Rabbi, we are pleased to give you an introduction.  This prolific one-man band combines bass guitar (with the distortion turned way up), vocals, drum machine, and flute. Add that … Read More

Jewish Pride at Shamrockfest

By March 15, 2010

I attended Shamrockfest, a massive Celtic-rock festival at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. During the opening set by Celtic-punk band Charm City Saints, an audience member wearing a NOFX sweatshirt shouted "The Brews!" For a split second, I … Read More

Political or Not, Useless ID Brings Israeli Punk to Brooklyn

By March 11, 2010

Following sets from obscure punk bands that wouldn’t be known on the international stage, Israel’s most famous punk export performed in front of about 20 people without a stage. Haifa-based Useless ID is touring the U.S. for the first time … Read More

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