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February 02, 2016

World of Hasidic Music

Sholem Aleichem Culture Centeris happy to announce our rescheduled lecture in Yiddish by a heymisher expert on Hasidic music:
Reb Vovke
"The World of Hasidic Music"
Sunday, February 28, 2016
1:30 PM
In the musical program: A singer of Hasidic songs and nigunim
Contribution: $5.00; Members free
Sholem Aleichem Culture Center
3301 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY
Corner 208th street, nr. Montefiore Hospital
D train to 205th St. or 4 train to Moshulu Parkway
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January 09, 2016

Brothers Nazaroff Band releases Smithsonian Recording

A new recording has sparked a story on NPR about klezmer music.
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December 30, 2015

Collection of Yiddish Songs in HathiTrust

Several libraries have digitized scores of Yiddish music, which are now linked and in the HathiTrust. Other books of interest are listed in the catalog, but not yet available full text online to the public. Small collection, but interesting.
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December 27, 2015

Bulletproof Stockings All Female Hasidic Rock Band

TheForward ran a story about Bullet proof Stockings, an all female hasidic rock band. This unusual combination will produce a CD of their music and they are on tour with shows for all female />
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December 25, 2015

Klezmer Guide

Allen Lutins has created a very useful cross listing of Klezmer tunes with recordings and places to find scores for that song. It's a great starting place for anyone wishing to find out where to either listen to a klezmer tune or to see the sheet music if you already know the names of the songs you want. KlezmerGuide:
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December 09, 2015


Saturday Dec 26, 2015 8:00 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage36 Battery Place New York, NY
Admission: $36Students: $18Patrons: $180
Buy tickets online:

All proceeds go to the Adrienne Cooper Fund for Dreaming in Yiddish, which supports artists working in Yiddish. Co-sponsored by YIVO in association with Yiddish New York, GOH Productions, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Celebrate the life and work of Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish singer, scholar, and former Assistant Director at YIVO. Stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world, including Frank London, Sarah Gordon, Michael Winograd, and Joshua Dolgin present an evening of music from In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund (YIVO, 1999), an album that featured Adrienne and reflects her passion for justice and Yiddish. This year’s concert also awards Joshua Dolgin (a.k.a. Socalled) with the 2015 Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Award for his work as a singer, composer, hip-hop artist, and puppeteer.

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December 05, 2015

New Masters in Jewish Cultural Arts

New MA Program: MA in Jewish Cultural Arts at George Washington University
by Sarah Imhoff
GWU new Jewish Studies program / Sarah Imhoff
Take a leaf from our the arts...send us your students.
For more information, please click here:
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Director, MA in Jewish Cultural Arts
The George Washington University

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December 04, 2015

Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact

Cultural Heritage of the Diaspora. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish: Contrast, Comparison, Contact
May 8th-9th, 2016, Wrocław

The conference aims to show the current state of research on Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino, Judezmo) as well as their present condition and importance as part of the legacy of the Jewish Diaspora. It also creates an opportunity to exchange views and to share the experiences of scholars dealing with both languages. We invite submissions that include different research perspectives or adopt comparative approach in history, anthropology, linguistics, literature and culture studies.

Thematic scope of the conference:
1. Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish - Parallel Histories
History of Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish languages, their structure, character and areas of use in a linguistic, social and gender context.
2. Sources
Description, current state, preservation and protection of sources in both languages (archival documents, press, memorial books, ethnographic sources, oral history etc.).
3. Literatures
History and significance of Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish writing and literature, their autonomy or links with Hebrew literature and with heritage of the outer cultures (e.g. German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, South-Slavic etc.). Writers, readers, editors in a social and gender perspective. Religious and secular literature.
4. Ethnomusicology
Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish musical heritage in a historic and contemporary perspective. Its importance for the popularization of Diaspora legacy. Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish folk songs as research material for Jewish folk studies. Jewish cognitive ethnomusicology.
5. Living Communities: Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish Today
Contemporary Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish and their current users. Prospects of maintenance, preservation and promotion of Yiddish and Ladino as endangered languages.
Please submit paper proposals (max. 20 minutes for presentation) by January 15th, 2016 at: Paper proposals should include: paper title, author’s name, affiliation, e-mail address, and a short abstract. Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent by February 5th, 2016.

Conference participants are welcome to join in events at the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in the White Stork Synagogue, Włodkowica St. 5a.

Thursday, May 5: Sing with us in Yiddish – two children's choirs from Wrocław and Sighet, Romania will present a repertoire of Yiddish songs with Bente Kahan

Sunday, May 8: Celebrating Yiddish and Ladino – a concert created in Wroclaw by the Bente Kahan Foundation especially for Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 to present Yiddish and Ladino, two European minority cultures and languages spoken by more than 15 million Jews before World War II. Bente Kahan (Wroclaw, Poland), Rosa Zaragoza and Ruso Sala (Girona, Spain) will be joined by Yiddish and Ladino musicians and artists for an evening at the White Stork Synagogue that will bring alive the journey of Yiddish and Ladino across Europe through song, music and dance.

Monday, May 9: Master classes with Greg Wall (klezmer), Bente Kahan (Yiddish song and music), Rosa Zaragoza with assistant Ruso Sala (Ladino song and music). The master classes will be free but booking is required. For more information please write to

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November 29, 2015

Judith Berkson Presents Cantorial Music from the YIVO Archive

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at 7:00pm
YIVO Institute at The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York

Acclaimed singer musician Judith Berkson presents arrangements of music from the YIVO sound archives, including from unreleased and rare recordings from Eastern European cantorial singing from the "Golden Age" of Cantors. Berkson, Frank London, Lana Cencic, and Cleek Schrey, reinterpret the sounds of Chagy, Karniol and Sophie Kurtzer. Berkson has composed new music inspired by the YIVO sound collection.

The New York Times has written: Of Judith Berkson's CD Oylam: "Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences...I can't get enough of it."

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the YIVO website: Continue reading "Judith Berkson Presents Cantorial Music from the YIVO Archive"
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November 28, 2015

"Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)" in New York

Yiddish Opera Di Goldene Kale (the Golden Bride) will be live in New York and runs from Dec. 2 through Jan. 3 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan
An article about the show appears in the New York Times: Previews December 2 – 6
Performances December 8 – January 3
Gala Opening Night
Tuesday | December 8 | 7:30 P.M.

Wednesdays & Thursdays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.*
Saturdays | 7:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 6 P.M.
Fridays | December 25 & January 1| 12 P.M.
*No 7:30 P.M. Performance on December 31

NYTF opens its 101st season with Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride), first seen on stage in the Roaring 20s. In this operetta, Goldele, a poor girl from the shtetl, inherits a fortune from her estranged father and embarks on a mission to find both her long-lost mother and her husband-to-be. Joseph Rumshinsky's original score is performed by a full orchestra in this lavish production.

$35 Preview Performances; $40 Performances;
$30 MJH and NYTF Members

Purchase tickets at 866.811.4111 or online.

For Groups of 10 or more:
$30 Preview Performances; $35 Performances
212.213.2120 x204 or

For Gala Opening Night pricing and information, please contact Aviva Miller at 212.213.2120 x208 or

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November 20, 2015

Poland's Klezmer Heritage Sunday

Poland's Klezmer Heritage Sunday, November 22, 2:00PM
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is pleased to present Jankiel's Legacy: Poland's Klezmer Music Heritage. All Polish schoolchildren know the character of Jankiel, the wise, old Jewish tsimbl (dulcimer) player featured in Pan Tadeusz, the epic masterpiece by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

For hundreds of years, Jewish klezmer developed in shtetls throughout historic Polish territories as well as in cities like Warsaw, Krakow, Vilna, Lviv, and Lodz. In recent decades there has been a resurgence of interest among Poles in Jewish music, and today Poland is home to some of the world's largest Yiddish music festivals. Join Walter Zev Feldman (NYU in Abu Dhabi), a pioneer of the klezmer revival and one of the music's leading scholars, along with acclaimed tsimbl player and CTMD Executive Director, Pete Rushefsky, the celebrated klezmer flutist Adrianne Greenbaum (Mount Holyoke) and violin virtuoso Jake Shulman-Ment for a multi-media presentation and performance exploring Poland's klezmer heritage.

Admission: $10, members/seniors/students: $7.
At the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street in Manhattan. (2:00PM)

Presented in partnership with the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History. Special support for this event was made possible by the Eli Kleinman Fund for Jewish Education of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Metrowest. For more information:

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November 11, 2015

Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture

Jewish Music Forum 2015–16 Season Opener In conjunction with The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Leo Back Institute
“Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture”

Book Talk and Conversation with Dr. Tina Frühauf (RILM, CUNY), Dr. William H. Weitzer (Executive Director, Leo Baeck Institute), and Dr. Mark Slobin (Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music, Wesleyan University)

Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014), editors Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Monday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, The Skylight Conference Room: 9100

The first volume of its kind, Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture draws together three significant areas of inquiry: Jewish music, German culture, and the legacy of the Holocaust. The volume makes powerful arguments about the impact of the Holocaust and its aftermath in changing contexts of musical performance and composition. In doing so, the essays in Dislocated Memories cover a wide spectrum of topics from the immediate postwar period with music in the Displaced Persons camps to the later twentieth century with compositions conceived in response to the Holocaust and the klezmer revival at the turn of this century. Dislocated Memories builds on a wide range of recent and critical scholarship in Cold War studies, cultural history, German studies, Holocaust studies, Jewish studies, and memory studies.
Admission is Free for Jewish Music Forum Attendees Only
For Free Admission You Must RSVP to:

Reception to follow event

This program is sponsored by the American Society for Jewish Music, the Jewish Music Forum, and the Leo Baeck Institute, in conjunction with the The Barry S. Book Center for Music Research and Documentation, CUNY.

The Jewish Music Forum is a project of the American Society for Jewish Music, with the support of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History. Founded in 2004, the Jewish Music Forum is now in its twelfth season.
For more information please visit

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November 03, 2015

21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin

Tuesday night, November 3, 7PM - Center for Traditional Music and Dance is pleased to copresent Fidl-21st Century Masters of the Klezmer Violin at the beautiful Museum at Eldridge Street in NYC. ?Featuring Alicia Svigals, Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment who will tell their personal stories of how they became intimately involved in the revival of the klezmer violin tradition. Moderated by ethnomusicologist Amanda Scherbenske. Click below for more information....
Co-presented with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
$20 adults; $14 students and seniors
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 Museum Site: 212.219.0302
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September 21, 2015

Yosselle Rosenblatt Sings Kol Nidree

Probably recorded in the 1920s.
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Jan Peerce Sings Kol Nidre

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Kol Nidre in Amsterdam

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To God's Ear: Music and Song of the Jewish Liturgy

A video about Jewish music by JTS

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September 04, 2015

Rumshinsky Yiddish Operetta to be Heard in NY

“Di Goldene Kale,” a Yiddish-language operetta with music by Joseph Rumshinsky, lyrics by Louis Gilrod and a book by Frieda Freiman was restored by Michael Ochs and will be staged in New York in December 2015. Read about it in the New York Times: .
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Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Berenson Hall
$10 | Purchase tickets
The School of Jewish Music of Hebrew College in Newton, MA will honor the memory and celebrate the life of troubadour, humanist and cultural icon Theodore Bikel with a special showing of the documentary "Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem." Bikel's career spanned more than 150 screen roles and countless stage and musical performances. The film combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of Aleichem's life and work. Hankus Netsky, composer of "Theodore Bikel's" original score, will introduce the film and conduct a brief Q&A. Join us in the Ted Cutler Atrium outside Berenson Hall at 7:15 p.m. for a musical tribute to Bikel by Netsky and Cantor Becky Wexler, Can '14.
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August 12, 2015

Closed for Shloshim

The Jewish Music WebCenter News and Announcements will be closed for observing the shloshim following the death of my mother, Eileen Pinnolis, Asnah bat Tzvi Hirsh v'Zlota Menucha, z"l.
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July 24, 2015

Theodore Bikel singing Phil Ochs in Boston 2014

An old Phil Ochs song becomes so much more poignant. Released by the Boston Jewish Music Festival today.

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Theodore Bikel at YIVO last June

Last June Theodore Bikel was honored by YIVO. Today they released this video, where he is accompanied by Lorin Sklamberg and Daniel Kahn.

"Di zun vet aruntergeyn" Words by Moshe Leib Halpern Music by Ben Yomen English adaptation by Theodore Bikel Di zun vet aruntergeyn untern barg vet kumen a goldene pave tsu flien un mit nemen vet zi unz ale ahin ahin vu di benkshaft vet tsien The sun will be setting soon over the hill A peacock will come and gold majesty show And with him we’ll fly Leaving earth far below To a land where all longing does go זאָל ער האָבן אַ ליכטיקן גן־עדן
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July 22, 2015

Theodore Bikel with Beyond the Pale

Theodore Bikel plays a Russian folk song with klezmer band Beyond the Pale. The words translated by a viewer say: Golden rings and turquoise rings were rolling Down the meadow and out of sight Gone, like you, your lovely shoulders Disappeared in the dark of the night

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Theodore Bikel at Montreal Segal Centre

Theodore Bikel, in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, playing on the Segal Centre mainstage from July 8 - 22, 2012. Video by George Allister, courtesy of the Segal Centre.
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Theodore Bikel z"l videos and performances

Theodore Bikel and the Zamir Chorale singing Techezakna, a folk song arranged by Eleanor Epstein, at the 19th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival in 2008, conducted by Matthew Lazar.

Theodore Bikel and Judy Collins "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" American folksong at 1963 Hooenanny


Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, song from The Sound of Music

Theodore Bikel With Judy Collins in Newport Festival in 1962 Greenland Whale Fisheries

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July 21, 2015

Jewish Music WebCentr Mourns Theodore Bikel Dead at 91

The great Yiddish and American singer and actor Theodore Bikel z"l died Tuesday July 21 2015. Story in the New York Times at:
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July 10, 2015

Zhenya Lopatnik at YIVO July 12

Zhenya Lopatnik, a well-known klezmer singer from Kharkov, Ukraine will be performing in NYC this Sunday, July 12 2015 at 1pm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th St. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best Yiddish singers in the world.

Zhenya Lopatnik is a singer,composer, Yiddish songwriter, and Jewish educator. She is perhaps best known for the music she composed to "Ver vet blaybn" by Avrom Sutzkever which is sung the world over. She has participated in numerous klezmer festivals as a singer, teacher and soloist of the "Kharkov Klezmer Band". Zhenya organizes the Annual International Festival "Kharkov Klezmer Teg". Her songs can be heard at Klezmer events in many countries.

She will be the featured singer in the Annual All-Yiddish Program in Memory of Dr. Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter z?l. The main speaker will be Dr. Kenneth (Binyomen) Moss, Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, author of Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution. He will speak on "Nationalism, the State and the New Antisemitism in Zionist, Diasporist and Territorialist Thought, 1929-1939". Itzik Gottesman, noted folklorist and currently senior lecturer of Yiddish at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on "My Uncle Mordkhe".

The event is co-sponsored by the League for Yiddish and YIVO. The event is free and open to the public. You may reserve at:

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Yiddish operetta "Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)" at Rutgers August 5

August 5 2015 at 7pm at Rutgers University in New Jersey will be the first orchestrated performance in 70 years of the Operetta "di Goldene Kale" The Golden Bride with music by Joseph Rumshinsky. This performance will showcase the reconstruction of the operetta by Michael Ochs, a scholar and librarian who worked at Harvard and found the manuscript there 35 years ago. Di Goldene Kale became a smash hit for Rumshinsky who wrote beautiful romantic melodies. Zalman Mlotek of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater in NYC will conduct. A company of singers from New York City’s National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene, accompanied by the Mason Gross Muzikers orchestra, will perform the operetta. For full details and to get tickets:

Di Goldene Kale takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors, and only $5 for students with valid ID. Fees may apply. The Nicholas Music Center is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. Tickets for Di Goldene Kale on sale 10 a.m. July 21, 2015.
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July 06, 2015

Finding Yiddish Music Online Guide

A guide to finding Yiddish music online has been uploaded by the NYPL. It's available at:
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June 24, 2015

Liturgical Song Contest

The Forward newspaper is running a liturgical song contest called "Soundtrack of our Spirit". I'm not sure what you win, other than getting your name out there, but the information and application is online.
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