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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:

Posted by jmwc at 12:14 PM

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

Posted by jmwc at 02:59 PM

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
Posted by jmwc at 09:42 AM

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

Posted by jmwc at 07:13 PM

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: .
Posted by jmwc at 02:08 PM

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.
Posted by jmwc at 12:01 PM

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.
Posted by jmwc at 02:38 PM

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.

Posted by jmwc at 03:50 PM

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
Posted by jmwc at 02:23 PM

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

Posted by jmwc at 11:08 AM

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.
Posted by jmwc at 11:03 AM

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

Posted by jmwc at 10:34 AM

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:
Posted by jmwc at 08:15 PM

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:

Posted by jmwc at 06:51 PM

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.
Posted by jmwc at 12:54 PM

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.
Posted by jmwc at 01:42 PM

June 16, 2015

Harp and Piano Concert June 17 in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Mercredi 17 juin 2015. 20h. Rosh Hodesh Tamouz.
Projet "Shalom Lishmo" Rosh Hodesh Tamouz
Concert exceptionnel de Nehama REUBEN, concertiste virtuose et compositeur à la Harpe Hébraïque et de Shimon REUBEN, concertiste virtuose et compositeur au Piano Jazz, couple d'artistes de renommée mondiale.
20h. Buffet d'entrée. Présentation du projet "Shalom Lishmo" par Alexandra Bennaim et Myriam Mettoudi. Salle Harmonia 27 rehov Hillel Jerusalem Centre ville.Paf: 45 shReserv: 054 632 0313. ​​Nehama et Shimon REUBEN
Un couple unique au monde, uni dans la vie comme dans la musique concertistes virtuoses internationaux et compositeurs

Harpe Hebraique et Piano Jazz specialisés en musiques juives et jazz dans leurs propres improvisations et arrangements Nehama & Shimon REUBEN ont fait l’alya de Paris et vivent a Jerusalem, apres 40 ans de carrière musicale internationale
Posted by jmwc at 11:44 PM

Kulturfest NY Still Happening!

For Jewish music fans, this week New York is the place to be. If you get a chance, go attend Kulturfest NY this week! There will be some wonderful shows. You can still catch Shura Lipovsky Wednesday evening June 17 and Polina and Merlin Shepherd on Thursday June 18 at Joe's Pub... They are terrific! Check it out at
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June 12, 2015

Kulturfest NY Brings a Week of Jewish Arts to NYC

June 14-21-2015 in New York City

KulturfestNYC is the first-ever international festival of Jewish performing arts, celebrating the global impact of Jewish culture. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at MJH, now celebrating its centennial season, in collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York and Capital One Bank, the weeklong festivities will commence June 14th and run through June 21st all day and night jam-packed with incredible theatre, music, dance, film, cuisine, street performances, family programs, panels, lectures to inspire and entertain you. With over 70 partners/sponsors, more than 30 countries represented, and an eclectic plethora of event venues throughout NYC, join us for this history-making endeavor!

Posted by jmwc at 06:01 AM

David Chevan Playing Klezmer On the Green

Klezmer on the Green Thursday, June 18 at 6-7pm in New Haven, CT
David is playing with the Nu Haven Kapelye Thursday night, June 18, on the New Haven Green as a part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

David is excited about this because it's fun to make music, especially music that is Klezmer and Yiddish song with a big band (they'll be about 20-30 pieces) and been rehearsing so the group sounds great and also because most of the performance will be his original arrangements. Bring a picnic!
Posted by jmwc at 05:53 AM

NEA National Heritage Fellow 2015 Recipients include Yiddish musician Michael Alpert

National Endowment for the Arts celebrates master folk and traditional artists by awarding fellowships each year. This year, Yiddish and klezmer musician Michael Alpert was one of the 2015 recipients.

The 2015 National Heritage Fellows will be honored in Washington, DC, at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and a free concert on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. Concert tickets are first come, first served and will be available later this summer. The concert will also be webcast live at More information about these events will be available this fall. - See more at:

For more information about Michael Alpert and his music, see:

Posted by jmwc at 05:43 AM


The Leib Glantz Project Team announces that the website of the LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT is now up and running on the Florida Atlantic University website.

This following last year’s publication of the 500-page book THE LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT that included three audio compact disks.

You can gain access to this website by logging on to:
The website is defined as “Sound ‘n Scores” - a project of the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton. It is a unique online approach to music studies, which combines the experience of hearing recorded sound tracks while viewing corresponding sheet music.

The website contains 43 Leib Glantz compositions, organized into seven content areas in the order they are performed in Jewish prayer services.
Displayed pages of over 100 scores of new arrangements composed by several world famous musicians, many by Raymond Goldstein in collaboration with Cantor Naftali Herstik. The arrangements are presented in various keys for the convenience of performers with different vocal ranges.
The user may click on the sheet music image to select a specific composition.
The first page to appear is an introduction explaining the composition, followed by the musical score. Audio tracks are shown in the player on the upper right side of the page.
Track 1 is an original recording of the composition by Cantor Leib Glantz.
Track 2 is an audio of the new arrangement as produced by Finale software.
Translations and transliterations are available by clicking on the book icon beneath the player. The menu at the top of the page can be used to navigate, zoom and print. The user may print any of the new arrangement musical scores free of charge.

In addition, the site contains a biography of Cantor Leib Glantz, photos, and access to all Cantor Glantz’s historical recordings.

We would like to thank all the donors that made this project a monumental success and to the very dedicated staff at FAU: Dr. Maxine Schackman, Yom Chouloute, Alethea Perez and Ben Roth.

The Editorial Board of the Leib Glantz Project –
Raymond Goldstein, Cantor Naftali Herstik, Cantor Evan Cohen, Cantor Benjamin Maissner and Noam Brown.

The Leib Glantz Project is dedicated in honor of Cantor Yonia Glantz (1903-1962), Leib’s brother.
Posted by jmwc at 05:36 AM

June 03, 2015

Merlin and Polina Shepherd Duo at Joe's Pub in NYC

Thursday June 18, 2015
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003
Clarinetist and composer Merlin Shepherd, an innovative force in the klezmer renaissance and Polina Shepherd, a virtuosic vocalist, pianist and composer blend traditional and new Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.
Witness musical spontaneity and a journey that not only crosses continents, but also takes the audience deep within themselves.
Please note that seating will be assigned by the venue based on availability and all efforts will be made to seat your party together.
More about Merlin & Polina Duo:
More info about the event: #joespub
"They're terrific! 5 Stars"--JMWC
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May 31, 2015

Andalus Ensemble in NY

Greek Jewish Festival: May 31, 5pm, Outdoors!
The New York Andalus Ensemble--Chamber Orchestra presents a set of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Al-Andalus is excited to be headlining the first every Greek Jewish Festival, in front of the historic Kehilla Kedosha Janina synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The event takes place outdoors on Broome Street, between Allen and Eldridge.

For more info: or
Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst: June 1, 7pm

The New York Andalus Ensemble (large ensemble) presents an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Sponsored by the Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation, NYAE is happy to be performing music in the beautiful Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst, and being hosted by a wonderfully open and engaging community. Be sure to make your reservations.
Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst
775 Branch Boulevard
Cedarhurst, NY 11516
For more info:

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May 25, 2015


May 31, 2015, 11am-2p
City Winery,
155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013

Sam Thomas and Elie Massias, at CityWinery ( ) in the Tribeca area of NYC, present "ASEFA-DUO." In a multi-instrumentalist _tour de force,_ Sam and Elie explore different world music traditions and hybridizations, investing each song with the sounds of a Jewish spirit and flare. For more information: see: or **call 212-967-7555

Samuel Thomas sax, clarinet, nai, oud, percussion, vocals, electronica
Elie Massias guitar, sax, vocals, percussion, electronica
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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.
A project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture
Posted by jmwc at 06:16 PM

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