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May 14, 2015

Stonehill Jewish Song Collection

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces that the Stonehill Jewish Song Collection website is live - recordings of songs collected by Ben Stonehill in 1948 from DP Camp refugees being temporarily housed at the Hotel Marseilles in Manhattan. CTMD has been working with Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs to implement the site, and we'll continue to expand the online offerings over time.

www.ctmd.org/stonehill.htm
A project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture
Posted by jmwc at 06:16 PM

Anat Fort Trio in Tel Aviv

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8PM
Levontin 7 in Tel-Aviv
Anat performs with Avri Borochov-bass and Roy Ben-Yosef-drums
http://www.levontin7.com/
לבונטין 7, תל אביב, Israel
+972 3-560-5084
Anat Fort Trio--Chosen for one of the best live shows in 2014 by John Kelman for All About Jazz!

Posted by jmwc at 10:59 AM

May 09, 2015

How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark

Anne Dvinge, University of Copenhagen

It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish singer in front. The story of how the band came to be so popular is one that uncovers the great role that jazz and race played in the occupied territories during the Second World War.

Several factors contributed to the social and political atmosphere that enabled their success. In the occupied territories in the Second World War, Denmark was known as the Sahnefront – the cream front – due to the co-operative government and the relative leniency of the occupying forces.

There was a desire on both sides to make a pretence of life continuing as before and therefore a reluctance to clamp down on the entertainment industry. As long as you could still go out dancing, how bad could it be? And, contrary to popular belief, the Third Reich never issued an official and total ban on jazz. Rather, the policies on jazz were filled with ambivalence and inconsistencies.

On one hand, jazz was deemed a “degenerate music”. Despite difficulty in pinning down exactly what jazz was and in which ways it was offensive, Nazi ideology agreed it posed a threat to German high culture.

On the other hand, the difficulty in defining the dangerous elements of jazz also made it possible for it to slip through the net of regional and national decrees and prohibitions. The entertainment and recording industry in Germany was a real economic boon as well as a tool for propaganda. Seeing the effectiveness of popular music, Goebbels even authorised a German jazz propaganda band – Charlie and His Orchestra that aimed to stir up Allied sympathy.

In the occupied territories, jazz continued to exist and even thrive. In Norway, a ban on radio jazz transmissions meant an increase in live performances, both public and underground, and in Paris the popularity of Romani jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, allowed him to avoid both racial and artistic persecution.

Harlem Kiddies: “Alligator Swing”

And the war years became one of the most fruitful periods for Danish jazz. For one thing, the nightlife in Copenhagen boomed during the German occupation. Clubs and dance restaurants featured live jazz performances on a regular basis and big swing cavalcades drew audiences of up to 8,000, according to an old news clipping. Because of the war, no British or American musicians were touring and jazz records were not imported from overseas, meaning Danish jazz musicians were able to perform and record as never before.

So jazz, in Denmark and in other occupied territories, became a music of resistance. It was the music of the Allied forces, a music despised by the Nazis, and a music of joy and syncopation in a time of fear and regulation. The symbolic significance of jazz during the occupation resulted in a huge rise in audiences.

Race and ideas of authenticity had been part of jazz since the very start, and it also played a part in the creation and reception of the Harlem Kiddies. Jimmi and Jonny Campbell, whose African-American father had arrived in Copenhagen in 1891, teamed up with Kaj Timmermann, a drummer with a Congolese-Danish background. Timmermann saw the potential in a black and white orchestra that could play on assumptions about jazz, blackness and authenticity.

“Did you not hear ‘Snowball’? Then listen to it now”. Add from JAZZreports, March 1943. Little Beat Records

Kaj Timmermann and the Campbells were largely ignored by the German forces of occupation. But band members were met with both acceptance and harassment in varying degrees.

Raquel Rastenni, the Jewish lead singer, was heavily harassed, particularly by the Danish national socialists, and eventually had to flee Denmark in October 1943 along with the majority of Denmark’s Jews. Yet she was also loved and likened to Ella Fitzgerald. Rastenni later expressed the seeming impossibility of the situation:

There we were, on stage in the Café München. Three negro boys and a Jewess, while the Germans tore up and down the streets in Copenhagen.

The prominence of the Harlem Kiddies reveals the intricacies of race and national identity under the occupation. The audience, which hailed them as some of denmark’s best musicians, also insisted that it was their un-Danish interracial nature that made them so. This slap in the face of Nazi ideologies of racial purity meant that the band was embraced as part and parcel of the everyday Danish resistance to the Nazis.

The Conversation

Anne Dvinge is Lecturer of American Studies at University of Copenhagen.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Posted by jmwc at 06:49 PM

May 07, 2015

1000 Years of French Jewry: A Concert in Words and Music

Sunday, May 17, 2015
7pm
Temple Emau-El
99 Taft Avenue
Providence, RI
A concert on the music of the 1000 year history of French Jewry, from Rashi to today, will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7pm. The concert will include music of every era and genre from classical, folk to jazz, with an original script narrated by Professor Bill Miles, and accompanied by renowned pianist Judith Lyn Stillman. Instrumental soloists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with Cantors Lynn Torgove, Brian Mayer and Maayan Harel and choral singers from Shir Emanu-El Choir, Kol Kesem Hazamir along with other choral singers will participate.

Advanced tickets are $50, $36 and $15 with tickets at the door at: $55, $40, $20.
Contact: 401-331-1616 or visit: www.teprov.org
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May 03, 2015

Lag B'Omer Bands Play at Millinery Center Synagogue

Millinery Center Synagogue
*Presents*
*­­­A Lag B’Omer Celebration*
*With The JewJa Jam Band* *& Friends*
*Featuring*
*Michael Poulad, Steve Schwab & JJ Horowitz*
*Location: **The Loft*
*379 Fifth Avenue** (at 36th Street)*
*New York, N.Y. 10016*
*Date: **Wednesday Night May 6, 2015*
*Time: 7:30 P.M.*
*Admission: $10 Donation*
*Millinery Center Synagogue - Adath Klal Yisrael
1025 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018 Phone: (646) 262 5061 Email: Millinerysyng@gmail.com
Posted by jmwc at 09:40 PM

Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Music

recologie*
presents
The Ken Maltz /Sy Kushner Klezmer Duo
Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Music

Ken Maltz and Sy Kushner's combined years of experience in the field of Jewish music is more than 80 years. From time to time, they have collaborated on each others' projects, Ken recording and performing as a guest artist with the Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble and assisting in the release of Sy's very popular klezmer music transcription fake books, while Sy has performed with Ken's bands including Kapelye, one of the first bands of the klezmer revival. They have come together as a duo to perform lesser known, but beautiful works within the klezmer repertoire and beyond.

Wed. May 6, 2015
recologie*
49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, New York
7:00 p.m.
$15Music Cover
plus Two Drink Minimum or Food Equivalent
General Admission tickets will be available at the door

"Technically adept and heartfelt clarinet playing."
Michael Dolan, The Washington Post

The Kushners are the great biblical begots of klezmer music.
Jonathan Mark, Associate Editor, Jewish Week
Posted by jmwc at 09:36 PM

Nashir in NYC!

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale presents
On Sunday, May 31, at 7:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present its annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York.

The eclectic program features works by Eric Whitacre, Yehezkel Braun, Gil Aldema and Salomone Rossi, in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French and Lugandan.

Tickets are $24 (preferred seating), $21 (general admission) and $17 (seniors/students).
For further information, contact Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330) and on
the web at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/MCH.
Posted by jmwc at 09:20 PM

April 30, 2015

Hidden Gems from Israel: The Music of Max Stern

This past January, during the winter while everyone was freezing and digging out of the snow in Boston, a beautiful concert of the music of Max Stern, who lives in Beersheva, Israel, was performed at the Hillel House at Boston University. Now here is Spring. Listen and watch to these recordings of that concert and Max Stern's beautiful music. Enjoy!



Posted by jmwc at 05:37 PM

April 29, 2015

Conspiracy of Beards

May 2nd @ littlefield in Brooklyn: Daniel Kahn w/ Jake Shulman-Ment & Michael Winograd opening the evening for Conspiracy of Beards. We think Leonard Cohen would dig Daniel Kahn. Here's the poster for the show and @Daniel Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird's "Love Lays Low" video. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/5ZyWeeFAxP8
Littlefields
622 Degraw St
Brooklyn, New York
http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/
Posted by jmwc at 01:07 AM

Music In Our Time at CJH in NYC

Music in Our Time: 2015
Concert May 31 2015 3pm
Music from Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Yulzari's Le Grand Méchant, l'Oud and Il était une Fois; Kaminsky's Duo for Cello and Piano; Cohen's Steal a Pencil for Me; Fine's A Short Alleluia; and Ladino songs by Neumann. Performed by Charles Neidich, Rémy Yulzari, Ilana Davidson, Laura Leon, Donna Breitzer, Nadav Lev, and artists from Mannes College The New School of Music.

Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 American Society for Jewish Music/American Jewish Historical Society/Center for Jewish History members; $9 students, seniors

Purchase Tickets presented by American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music
Posted by jmwc at 12:29 AM

Rabbi Joe Black and Maxwell Street Klezmer "Leave a Little Bit Undone"

Song by Rabbi Joe Black, performed in 2013, at Maxwell Street's 30th Anniversary Concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sounds of new Jewish music.....



Posted by jmwc at 12:26 AM

Celebrate Israel in Boston

May 31, 12-6PM
Celebrate Israel: Boston
Gann Academy
333 Forest Street, Waltham, MA
Neshama Carlebach will be performing with Josh Nelson, her band, Reverend Milton Vann and the Glory to God singers.
For further information please visit celebrateisraelboston.com
Posted by jmwc at 12:08 AM

Neshama Carlebach Live!

NESHAMA LIVE!

May 3, 7PM
Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson in Concert
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 N Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90048
For further info please visit jewishwisdomandwellness.org

May 7, 7PM
Washington DC JCC
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Neshama is honored to be opening the Washington Jewish Music Festival Series with her band, Reverend Milton Vann, members of The Glory to God Singers and special Guest Appearance by Josh Nelson.
For further information please visit wjmf.org/neshamacarlebach
Posted by jmwc at 12:04 AM

April 27, 2015

Zion 80 in NYC for Six Weeks

Zion 80 will kick off a six-week residency at Joe's Pub in NYC, starting on May 5 at 9:30pm. Shows are every Tuesday night from May 5-June 9. Zion 80 will be playing music from their debut CD plus Adramelech: Zion80 plays John Zorn's Book of Angels vol. 22 and some brand new music. Come on down and join them!

Tuesdays at 9:30pm
425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
May 5
May 12 - special guests Shlomit & RebbeSoul
May 19 - Q&A with George Robinson (The Jewish Week) before the show
May 26 - special guest Cyro Baptista
June 2
June 9

Group rates available: email info@zion80.com for details.

Posted by jmwc at 12:54 PM

Kol Rinah Chorale's 2015 Spring Concert

Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Chorale's Spring Concert
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4 PM
Address: *Yorktown Jewish Center*,2966 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Admission: GA $22; Students/Seniors $18. Group Rates, Advanced Sale Discounts
Other Information visit: www.kolrinahchorale.org
or call (914) 243-9059
Music genre: Kol Rinah, led by Benjamin Gruder, offers an eclectic concert of songs from a rich Jewish heritage, ranging from liturgical to contemporary, in English, Yiddish, Russian and Hebrew.

Kol Rinah performed by invitation within the last year at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and at the Westchester Jewish Heritage Festival, as well as at other venues.
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Posted by jmwc at 11:51 AM

April 26, 2015

YIDSTOCK at the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA

Yidstock is an annual festival of new Yiddish music at the National Yiddish Book Center July 16 - 19, 2015 in Amherst, MA
Yidstock has an entire week of activities and concerts. See the website for the most recent information. http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events/yidstock-2015-festival-new-yiddish-music-0 You can purchase full festival passes or attend individual events.
Tickets for concerts and workshops are going fast and some are even sold out already. Be sure to check the website to get your tickets now for the upcoming summer season!!
http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/events/yidstock-2015-festival-new-yiddish-music-0

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Posted by jmwc at 11:20 AM

April 22, 2015

Kol Arev in Concert in Cambridge, MA

Kol Arev and the Seraphim Singers
A concert about "Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented"
Jennifer Lester, Music Director
Sunday, April 26, 2015 3:00pm*
First Church (Congregational)
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
$20 regular / $15 students & seniors
*Composer panel discussion at 2:30pm

This collaboration with Kol Arev Chamber Choir of Hebrew College features music inspired by the holy city of Jerusalem, including ancient psalms, world premieres by Israeli composer Avner Dorman and Boston's Joseph Ness, and works by Aaron Copland, James Woodman, Mikołaj Zieleński, Manuel de Sumaya, Volker Wangenheim, and more. With Heinrich Christensen, organ.
Visit www.seraphimsingers.org for more information.
Posted by jmwc at 10:17 AM

April 21, 2015

Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody at New York Klezmer Series

Tues. April 28, 2015
NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents: Susan Leviton & Lauren Brody

The New York Klezmer Series
Tuesdays at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NY NY 10023
212-877-4050

All Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 5:30-7pm $25
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, concert & jam sesson)

Tickets: $15 at door
Doors open at 7pm.
For more info go to www/aaronalexander.com/wp

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Posted by jmwc at 12:42 PM

April 20, 2015

London Klezmer Quartet

London Klezmer Quartet
Thursday 23 April, 7pm
SOAS Concert Series
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1X 0HG
FREE ENTRY
www.londonklezmerquartet.com
Posted by jmwc at 10:34 PM

The Yellow Ticket in Detroit

Friday 4/24/2015 7pm
Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performs her original score live to 1918 silent film, with special guest, Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca

The work, which was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's 2012 New Jewish Music Network commission, is currently touring the U.S. and Canada. Next stop: a return engagement at the Detroit Institute of Art. This performance, with Alicia on violin and pianist Marilyn Lerner, will also be a reprise performance of a new version of the score for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by Music of Remembrance and featuring Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the first film to explore the discrimination of Jews in Tsarist Russia and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood?s first European silent film star. Filmed on location in German-occupied Warsaw, it tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of his own.

Svigals performs her score live with Canadian new music virtuoso, pianist Marilyn Lerner.

Thanks to a grant from the Still Point Fund, Svigals' Yellow Ticket tour also premieres a newly digitized version of the film, created so that audiences can view it for the first time in almost a century at the proper speed, in high definition and with intertitles accurately translated from the original German.

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 pm

WHERE: Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Tickets: http://klezmerbyalicia.c.topica.com/maarXZPacl2VKbIFEx6eafpQav/

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Posted by jmwc at 10:14 PM

Yiddish Summer Weimar

Yiddish Summer Weimar will have an extensive array of programming in Yiddish music in the summer of 2015

For more information, visit their website at: http://www.yiddishsummer.eu/

Workshop Weeks (Workshopwochen)
From July 18 to August 9, Yiddish summer Weimar: offers beginner through advanced workshops in Yiddish instrumental music (klezmer), vocal music, dance, language, and more, taught by some of today's leading artists. With participants of all ages and from all around the world, Yiddish Summer workshops touch the mind, heart, soul, and body. You won't believe how much you can learn in an atmosphere that is so open and supportive! It's no wonder that many of today's most creative and successful Yiddish music projects have roots in Yiddish Summer Weimar. Concerts, jam sessions in outdoor cafés, Yiddish dance events, and more contribute to the justly famous "Yiddish Summer Weimar" atmosphere during the Workshop Weeks.

Festival Week (Festivalwoche)
From August 11-16, Yiddish Summer Weimar is designed especially with visitors to Weimar in mind. The evening program features a concert series with world-class artists and late-night jam sessions. The daily program features exciting events for the whole family, with something for all ages and levels of experiences. You can try whatever you like as often as you like: hands-on, mini-workshops in Yiddish language, klezmer music, song, dance and literature, even Yiddish cooking, a Jewish documentary film series, and more. There's also a youth band camp and a children's program.

Posted by jmwc at 10:10 PM

Anshe Emet’s 13th Annual Kaplan Concert Presents Alberto Mizrahi and Friends: A Global Mélange of Music

Anshe Emet's annual Kaplan Concert will honor Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi and his 25 years of service to the synagogue. The concert will include performances from world famous Hazzanim who will be in Chicago for the annual Cantors Assembly.

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi
One of my goals as incoming President of the Cantors Assembly is to find ways to meld the traditional modes and magnificent music of our past with more contemporary melodies and musical interpretations.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 13, 2015 Anshe Emet Synagogue announced that its 13th Annual Dr. Arnold Kaplan Concert will be a musical celebration that will include participation from Hazzanim (Cantors) from all over the U.S. in honor of Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi’s 25 years of service to the Congregation and his installation, that evening, as president of the Cantors Assembly, the largest body of Cantors in the world.

The celebration called, Alberto and Friends: A Global Mélange of Music, is set for May 6, 2015, Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 at Anshe Emet, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago, Il.

The Cantors Assembly will hold its annual convention in Chicago, May 3-7, drawing 250 Cantors from around the world. The meeting will culminate with the Kaplan concert that will feature a world class array of Hazzanim including, Roz Barak, San Francisco, CA; David Feuer, Palm Beach, FL, Herschel Fox, Encino, CA; Magda Fishman, Stamford, CT; Kim Komrad, Gaithersburg, MD; Jacob Benzion Mendelson, White Plains, NY; David Propis, Southfield, MI; Mike Stein, Woodland Hills, CA; Sol Zim, Hollis Hills, NY; with accompanist, Craig Terry (Lyric Opera), and special guests, Grammy Award winning Howard Levy and his ensemble.

“One of my goals as incoming President of the Cantors Assembly is to find ways to meld the traditional modes and magnificent music of our past with more contemporary melodies and musical interpretations, “ Hazzan Mizrahi said. “During the convention, we will spend a great deal of time exploring the history of Jewish music while we also seek out new musical experiences that the Cantors can bring to their synagogues to give their congregants additional paths to appreciate prayer and engage in spiritual life.

“We are calling the evening ‘Alberto Mizrahi and Friends’ because colleagues and close friends of mine from around the U. S. will participate. And the ‘Global Mélange of Music’ refers to the diverse music the concert goers will be able to enjoy, from Ladino music, Yiddish music, contemporary Israeli songs, Country style fiddling and an operatic duet,” Hazzan Mizrahi added.

Tickets are $20 and available at: ansheemet.org/Kaplan.

About Anshe Emet Synagogue
Anshe Emet Synagogue is one of the oldest and most prominent congregations of Conservative Judaism in America. It is well known for a variety of prayer services, a multi-generational membership and a broad range of programming.

Posted by jmwc at 10:05 PM

Eleanor Reissa Concert in NY

Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center-Bronx
Annual Holocaust Program
A concert by the well known Yiddish singer, actress and director Eleanor Reissa

Sunday, April 26th 2015 1:30 PM
Contribution: $3.50 Members free
Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center
3301 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx

917-930-0295
Corner 208th street, nr. Montefiore Hospital
D train to 205th St. or 4 train to Moshulu Parkway
Posted by jmwc at 09:56 PM

April 01, 2015

International Yiddish Festival in Tel Aviv

The International Yiddish Festival will take place in Tel Aviv April 4-6 from Motzi Shabbat to Monday April 6 2015 at the Suzanne Dalal Center, Tel Aviv. For more information, go to the festival page at http://www.suzannedellal.org.il/?CategoryID=447

The Festival will feature Kayah (Poland) with special Trio Warszawo Ma. Yiddish and Klezmer songs from the rich Polish musical and cultural heritage, as well as Polish classics which have been translated to Hebrew and Yiddish and have become rooted in Israeli culture.
Jan Smoczyński - piano
Michał Miśkiewicz - drums
Michał Barański - bass

Ora Sittner sings the best of Itzik Manger
Ora Sittner performs the biggest classics by Itzik Manger, along Hebrew translations of his songs with music composed by Sasha Argov. An intimate and moving recital following Sittner's album "Nigun Sherodef Aharai" (A tune which follows me).
Piano and vocals – Ora Sittner

The Spielberg Klezmer group with the singers: Mendy Cahn, Avishai Fish and Svetlana Kundish Arum Dam Fier (Around The Fire)
The Spielberg Klezmer ensemble hosts three of the most prominent artists in the Israel Yiddish scene for a journey from the Shtetl to the city. Songs of love, freedom, Hasidism and redemption.
Posted by jmwc at 11:43 AM

March 18, 2015

Der Idisher Idol

International Festival of Composition and Interpretation of Yiddish Songs
will be held in Mexico City June 14, 2015.
Call for singers and composers!
The deadline for entry, to submit a video is April 13, 2015.
- The sign-up period closes on April 13, 2015. Contestants will be able to sign up through the official website: www.deridisheridol.com
Participation is open without restriction to age or gender, to singles or groups of Jewish communities.It is not even necessary to know Yiddish to participate! For full information, see the website of Der Idisher Idol at: http://www.deridisheridol.com/en/index.html
The website includes the rules for submission and registration for the competitions.
Posted by jmwc at 10:39 PM

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place
International Conference
Jerusalem, 16-18 May 2016

The centennial of the death of Sholem Aleichem (Rabinovich), the most well-known and celebrated Yiddish author , creates an opportunity to revisit his life and work. His direct and indirect influence permeates literary, theatrical, and cinematic representations of East European Jewish life and, in his late work, America. Straddling the fine line between empathy and irony, Sholem Aleichem’s writing is a sensitive guide to the vicissitudes of cultural modernization, secularization, migration, and revolution.

As a research consortium based in four Israeli universities, the “Da’at Hamakom”/ ICORE Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World invites interested scholars and senior graduate students to submit proposals (for individual papers or for panel sessions), which will aim to illuminate the various facets of “place” in Sholem Aleichem's oeuvre or in cultural representations derived from his work.

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Posted by jmwc at 09:37 PM

March 16, 2015

KlezCalifonia Finale in Berkeley Sunday March 22

Sunday, March 22,2015
1:00-6:00pm
Jewish Music Festival Finale and Dance Party. Sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. Dancing led by international Jewish dance expert Steve Weintraub

1:00 - 1:30 Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
1:40 - 2:10 Nigunim Community Chorus
2:20 - 3:50 Pop-Up Chorus: Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
4:00 - 6:00 Dance Party with Steve Weintraub and Veretski Pass

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15 general / $12 seniors, students, JCCEB members. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info: jewishmusicfestival.org.
At JCC of the East Bay, BERKELEY
Posted by jmwc at 11:00 PM

Dance Workshops with Steve Weintraub, March 17-19 2015

Dance in Berkeley, CA with Steve Weintraub!
Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Steve Weintraub, Magician of Jewish Dance, presents three workshops:
Tuesday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Styles (Part 1). Dancing at a simkheh is not only a pleasure, it is also a mitzveh and a gift to those celebrating. Learn to show off with the Bottle Dance, and be part of a Human Roulette Wheel and the Crushing Walls!

Wednesday, Make 'Em Dance, for musicians and bands. Musicians will take turns dancing. Learn correct tempos and feeling for each dance style. Improved playing guaranteed!

Thursday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Style (Part 2). It's Yiddish barn dancing! Including the Jewish square dance called the sher, and a variety of other fun and social dances with ballroom roots.

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15/workshop, $25 for two, $39.99 for all three. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info: jewishmusicfestival.org.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY
Posted by jmwc at 10:57 PM

HaZamir At Avery Fisher Hall in NYC March 22

Join HaZamir for their Gala Concert March 22, 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
Posted by jmwc at 10:46 PM

March 15, 2015

A Besere Velt Workshop in Boston

Do you and your child love to sing? Find out what it would be like to sing in A Besere Velt,
the Boston Workmen's Circle Yiddish Community Chorus
Special Workshop for Families
Sunday March 22
at the BWC building, 1762 Beacon St.
The workshop will be from 1-2 pm
Pizza lunch provided at 12:30; workshop begins at 1pm
Our new Chorus Director, Steve Lipsitt,
will give families a taste of the chorus experience, learning to sing a few songs in harmony. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles or family friends can come with children ages 9 and up Knowledge of reading music or Yiddish not necessary -just a love of singing.

A Besere Velt - A Better World - is a 70-member multi-generational community chorus that weaves the irrepressible idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century.
Please RSVP: jenny@circleboston.org
Posted by jmwc at 07:06 PM

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