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September 30, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer
University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

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September 23, 2014

YIVO Announces the Vilna Project

YIVO released the following important (and exciting) announcement:
East European Jewish Archive and Library Saved from the Destruction of the Holocaust to be Reunited After 70 Years

Vilnius, Lithuania (September 23, 2014) - The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the launch of The Vilna Project, a seven-year international project to preserve, digitize and virtually reunite YIVO's prewar archives located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal. The Project will also digitally reconstruct the historic Strashun Library of Vilna, one of the great prewar libraries in Europe. Project partners are The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, The Central State Archives of Lithuania and the National Library of Lithuania.

In 1941, the Nazis destroyed YIVO in Vilna and ransacked the archives and library. A portion of YIVO's archives was sent to Frankfurt to become the basis of the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question; another part was hidden in Vilna; another part was destroyed. In 1946, the U.S. Army discovered the seized YIVO materials in the train depot in Offenbach, Germany and returned them to YIVO. The part that remained in Vilna was saved from the Soviets by a Lithuanian librarian, Antanas Ulpis, and remained hidden in the basement of a church until 1989. This Project will digitally reunite the two halves of the YIVO collection.

YIVO's original prewar archives and library are the preeminent source of documentation on the subject of East European Jewish civilization, which spanned over 1,000 years. The majority of this unique collection has not been conserved, preserved and digitized, and remains at risk of deterioration and loss. The YIVO Vilna Project will create the single largest digital collection related to East European Jewish civilization, including the largest collection of Yiddish language materials in the world. The Project's primary objective is to ensure the collections' survival and public accessibility.

The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself. Furthermore, these documents reveal the relations between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, how they understood their place in the world both politically and socially and how they faced the turmoil and promise of modernity. The full story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia has not yet been written. These unique, original materials will enable us to do so.

The Project encompasses some 10,000 rare or unique publications and approximately 1.5 million documents, including literary works, letters, memoirs, theater posters, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, political tracts, religious treatises, and communal records.

Total project costs are estimated at $5.25 million. Funding is currently being sought from a combination of public and private foundations, individuals and government sources. The Project timeline is five years in Vilnius and seven years in New York. Project commencement date is January 2015.

"The Vilna Project is a unique international undertaking of cultural and historical reclamation. It will transform the historiography of Eastern European and Russian Jewish history by giving scholars and the general public access to little known and often completely unknown documents and books," said YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent. "I am grateful to our Lithuanian partners and the Lithuanian government for enabling us to have access to materials that have been hidden from public view for almost 75 years."

Contact: Suzanne Leon
Director of Development
ABOUT YIVO: Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City, and is the world's premier teaching and research institute devoted to East European Jewish Studies with specializations in the Yiddish language, literature and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish experience.
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September 04, 2014

Carol Enger at Spectrum in NYC

upcoming concert. Carolyn Enger will present an exciting program featuring a concert premiere of a work by Sean Hickey, solo and chamber works by Arvo Part and solo works by Ned Rorem.

Joining Carol will be violinist Josh Henderson and cellist Susan Mandel.

Sunday September 14, 3 PM
121 Ludlow St.
Posted by jmwc at 10:07 PM

September 02, 2014

San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Receives Silver Medal

The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir is proud to announce that they are recent Sliver Medal Winners of the prestigious Global Music Awards, for their album, "Heritage." Heritage was released in January to wonderful reviews and can be purchased on and Itunes, as well as through website at

A percentage of all sales of this CD go towards providing FREE CD's to Jewish libraries, senior centers, and schools, so that this beautiful music will be available for generations to come.

You can hear clips of this music and read reviews of it by clicking on the album picture on San Diego JMC website.
Posted by jmwc at 09:54 PM

August 27, 2014

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming "last Klezkamp".
. It's the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z"l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!
Posted by jmwc at 01:21 PM

Yehezkel Braun Z"l

The Jewish Music WebCenter Mourns the Passing of the great composer and teacher YEHEZKEL BRAUN (1922-2014)

More about Braun:,+Yehezkel

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August 24, 2014

Zamir Chorale of Boston Auditions

The Zamir Chorale of Boston, "America's foremost Jewish choral ensemble,"
(American Record Guide) will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September 21, from 7:00 to 9:30 Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing

Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 9 and 16, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June. For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit

Posted by jmwc at 10:02 AM

Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

You are invited to Audition in New York City for the acclaimed
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus
with Binyumen Schaechter, conductor
Auditions for the 2014/2015 season for the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC will be held on the evenings of Tue., Sep. 2
Wed., Sep. 3
Thu., Sep. 4
6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Workmen's Circle / Arbeter-ring
247 West 37th Street, 5th floor
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York City.
Auditions by appointment only. Email:
If unavailable at the times listed above, please contact us to schedule another time.
Feel free to forward this email to anyone whom you believe would be interested in auditioning.
The JPPC is an intergenerational 4-part Chorus (SATB). They perform only in Yiddish. Knowledge of Yiddish is *not* required to sing in the Chorus. Most of the singers don't know Yiddish. Lyrics are written in English transliteration. Word-for-word translations are provided. Mp3s of vocal parts with lyrics are provided. By concert time, all singers sound fluent.
Ability to read musical notes or sight-sing is beneficial.
Rehearsals are Monday eves September through late May except Jewish and some national holidays. First rehearsal this year: Monday eve, September 08. More about the JPPC here.
Posted by jmwc at 09:54 AM

Blues for Challah The 4th Annual B4C Jewish Grateful Dead Shabbaton is rollin'! Featuring the one and only Robbi Cohn, Grateful Dead photographer extraordinaire with a special Q&A and gallery exhibit. Two prayer service options with Rabbi Jeff Marker (Renewal) and Rabbi Moshe Shur (Orthodox). And of course, the One More Saturday Night Jam Session extravaganza. Get on the bus! Register today.
Posted by jmwc at 07:09 AM

International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam

A quick reminder of what will be happening at the International Jewish Music Festival from September 13 - 16, 2014. The festival directors want you to know about a special offer:

Always wanted to make a flight over Amsterdam? If you support our festival with a donation, our own pilot will take you up into the sky! We enormously appreciate your help to realize our festival and we can use every donation. But there is now another reason to help us: until September 1st, KUNSTENISRAËL foundation will double any amount donated to our voordekunst campagne (up to a maximum total of € 2500)! So every euro that you donate is worth three to us! Visit for details and conditions.

What is happening in Amsterdam that weekend?
Preliminary competition rounds the 13th through the 15th, semifinals on Monday the 15th, and the final round on Tuesday the 16th.

You can find descriptions of some of these events in this newsletter, and more information at -
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Posted by jmwc at 06:58 AM

Yiddish Singer and Actress Remembered

The Forverts contains a very interesting article about the singer and actress Esther Nersolavska. There are so many women musicians whose stars have faded with time, but who were so great in their day!
Posted by jmwc at 06:44 AM

July 14, 2014

London Klezmer Quartet in Clapham

LKQ's concert and Summer Tea Dance in Clapham is Sunday 13 July at 4.30pm

LKQ album launch is Weds 20 August at 8pm
Posted by jmwc at 11:49 PM

Amnon Shiloah Z"l

Amnon Shiloah, one of the world's foremost authorities on Jewish music passed away in Jerusalem on Jul 11 2014 at the age of 85. A long-time professor of musicology at Hebrew University, Amnon Shiloah was an internationally respected and widely published authority on Arabic and Middle Eastern Jewish musical traditions, a scholar who did both ethnomusicological fieldwork and traditional historical research. Prof. Shiloah was a prolific author of books and articles, and editor of records; He did an immense amount of groundbreaking fieldwork. His most valuable work may be his large bibliographic compendium and his magnum opus "The Theory of Music in Arabic Writings ca.900-1900" published by RILM in 1979.

Other works include: The Musical Tradition of Iraqi Jews,Music Subjects in the Zohar, Text and Indices, Jewish Musical Traditions, The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture, Music in the World of Islam: A Socio-cultural Study.
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Posted by jmwc at 09:57 AM

Article o Syllabes Meter of the Psalms

Guy Shakad has put together a theory of syllabes meter of the psalms, which makes interesting reading.
Posted by jmwc at 09:52 AM

July 02, 2014

The Star Spangled Banner in Yiddish

In honor of our Independence Day, here's a video of The Star Spangled Banner in Yiddish. Sung by the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus in NYC.

Posted by jmwc at 10:08 PM

June 23, 2014

Nellie Casman song Recovered

Jane Peppler in North Carolina is continually on the lookout for Yiddish songs. She found this one in the Library of Congress (with the help of the Librarian, of course!). She decided to record it, and who knows... maybe it's the first time.

Posted by jmwc at 11:06 PM

June 11, 2014

WunderKammer Klezmer in NYC

ISLE of KLEZBOS sextet presents: 16th annual KlezBiGay Pride show Monday, June 30 2014 “WunderKammer Klezmer”
7PM til 9PM - FREE & outdoors*!
El Sol Brillante Garden
East 12th Street between Ave's A/B, East Village NYC
(*Rain location TBA at as needed)
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Posted by jmwc at 04:21 PM

London Klezmer Quartet in Summertime

London Klezmer Quartet concerts and courses coming up

12 June, Camden, London. Music starts at 8.30pm
London Klezmer Quartet in concert at the Green Note, also featuring gorgeous Romanian melodies from the Brasov String Band - Francesca Ter-Berg (cello) and Flora Curzon (violin).
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Posted by jmwc at 04:13 PM

June 10, 2014

Laible Ben Moshe with Jewjah Jam Band

Millinery Center Synagogue Presents:
Singer Songwriter "Laible Ben Moshe" Along with "The Jewjah Jam Band"
Michael Poulad; Guitar; Yaniel; Vocals & Keyboards; & JJ Horowitz; Drums
This Thursday June 12 2014
@ 8:00 pm
1025 Ave of the Americas
(6th Ave. & 38th St.)
Donation: $12
Doors: 7:30
For More Info:
Call us @ (646)262-5061
Posted by jmwc at 06:01 PM

Yiddish Summer Weimar

July 19 2014 to August 16 2014
Yiddish Summer Weimar is a Intercultural Yiddish Festival. it includes everything from intensive study of an instrument, to concerts, to workshops, films, storytelling, cooking, dance and history about Yiddish. Many events will be held at the "Other Music Academy" in Weimar, Germany. To see a complete listing and all details, visit the Festival website at:
Posted by jmwc at 05:53 PM

June 04, 2014

Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty Confurius

June 10, 2014
5:30 - 7pm - Instrumental Klezmer Workshop w/Pete Sokolow
Concert 7:30pm
NY Klezmer Series Presents: Pete Sokolow's 'Klezmer Plus Trio" w/Ken Maltz, Marty Confurius
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th Street, NYC
(212) 877-4050
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Posted by jmwc at 06:35 PM

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival

Metropolitan Klezmer plays Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival The Museum at Eldridge Street: Bi-cultural Block Party, 14th annual!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
12 noon til 4PM ~ FREE event
12 Eldridge Street
Lower East Side/Chinatown NYC 10002
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May 23, 2014

ISLE of KLEZBOS plays Father’s Day Klezmer Brunch

Sunday, June 15
Band performs 11:00AM - 2:00PM; doors open 10:00AM
Tickets $10 (kids under 13 enter free)
Full menu and bar; no minimum order
Location: 155 Varick Street at Vandam, New York NY [West Soho]
Posted by jmwc at 11:18 AM


Yiddish blues?! Yiddish jazz?! Yiddish pop?! Yiddish spirituals?! A concert unlike any other !
(With English translations)
("America the Beautiful")
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014, 4:30 PM
Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus
Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (corner 95 Street), New York City

This two-hour concert, celebrating 360 years of American Jewish life (1654-2014), will include Yiddish music in distinctly American musical styles: blues, jazz and pop numbers, spirituals, standards, Second Avenue theatre hits, labor anthems, and more. In these works you will recognize America's pervasive influence on Jewish culture - and vice versa.

Posted by jmwc at 11:01 AM

Kickstarter Songs for Tsippora

Avior Bryon has a kickstarter campaign to get a CD off the ground he's naming "Songs for Tsippora". You can read about it here:
Posted by jmwc at 10:56 AM

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in Potsdam

Potsdam Musikfestpiele Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu
18-06-2014, 20:00, Mittwoch
Potsdam, Germany
"Music from the Spanish Jews"

For details:
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Posted by jmwc at 10:46 AM

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu in Israel

Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu Israeli Festival 7-6-2014, 21:00 YMCA
Jerusalem, Israel
"My heart remembers"
Ensemble Me La Amargates Tu with guest singer, mezzo soprano Bracha Kol
For details and tickets:

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Posted by jmwc at 10:40 AM

May 20, 2014

Allen Watsky's Djangle Box Project

NY Klezmer Series Presents: Allen Watsky's Djangle Box Project
Tuesday May 20 at 7:30pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St., New York, New York 10023
5:30 - 7pm - Instrumental Klezmer Workshop $25
7:30 - 9ish - Concert $15
9 - 9:45 Klezmer Jam Session
Full Night Pass $35
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May 16, 2014

“Yentl” the play in NYC

“Yentl” the play, featuring Jill Sobule performing her new songs With Isle of Klezbos as houseband, plus friends from Metropolitan Klezmer & beyond!
Featuring Songs by Jill Sobule. Directed by Steven Cosson.

Wednesday, May 28
7:00PM (doors open 6:00PM)
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, NYC
425 Lafayette St (between E. 4th St & Astor Pl), New York City
Box office: 212-967-7555
Tickets $20.

“Yentl”: a play by Leah Napolin based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel. featuring Jill Sobule performing her own music and lyrics; accompanied by bandmates from Isle of Klezbos, Metropolitan Klezmer and beyond. Come partake of “the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul.” Let YENTL, that most unorthodox of love stories surprise you… that most surprising of love triangles enchant you. It’s YENTL for a new age. Rediscover this timeless, tender, gender-bending tale that surprises and enchants!

Jill Sobule vocals & guitar, with guitarist Alex Nolan.
Karen Waltuch, viola
Shoko Nagai, accordion & piano
Reut Regev, trombone
Eve Sicular, drums & bandleader
Reuben Radding, double bass & vocals
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Posted by jmwc at 11:20 AM

May 13, 2014

Prayers for Fellow Prisoners with Ullern Kammerkor

Norway's Ullern Kammerkor at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC
Thursday, May 29th at 7 PM
Prayers for Fellow Prisoners
by Kristian Hernes on a text by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Norway's Ullern Kammerkor
Gjermund Brenne, Conductor
A program of music by composers active in the Terezin Concentration Camp and who perished during the Holocaust. In addition, the concert will have two pieces by Kurt Weill.

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Posted by jmwc at 04:49 PM

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