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April 18, 2014

Zamir Boston Elijah Rocks

Monday, May 19, 7:30 pm, "Elijah Rocks" at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA:

Reserve your tickets now for our season finale, "Elijah Rocks." This multimedia presentation will bring to life some of the great stories from the Bible. Experience the creation of the world, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, Moses and the exodus, Joshua at the walls of Jericho, Elijah with the fiery chariot, Shadrach in the furnace, and more. Special guest: the incomparable singer/songleader Nick Page. This year, Zamir is delighted to honor Charles Coe, noted poet and arts advocate; and Heather Zacker, Zamir alumna extraordinaire and healthcare executive. For tickets: or contact:
Posted by jmwc at 01:21 PM

April 01, 2014

Ya Ribon to Klezmer tune

An old Shabbat table song set to a klezmer tune, dressed up by Yoni Genut. Enjoy!

Posted by jmwc at 04:55 PM

March 19, 2014

Future of Yiddish Song event at YIVO

On Sunday, April 6th at 11 am at YIVO, join Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg, Professor Mark Slobin, and top archivists, scholars and performers of Yiddish music for Passing the Torch: Jewish Music Archives and the Future of Yiddish Song. How can Jewish music archives foster new performance and scholarship? This symposium explores the folklorists and musicologists who collected Yiddish folk music, and the role of music archives in stimulating new work today.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit here<>.
Posted by jmwc at 09:33 PM

March 17, 2014

Review of Evgeny Kissin Performance in Washington

The Pro Musica Hebraica concert with Evgeny Kissin was reviewed in the Washington Post. It speaks well that the power of Yiddish alongside the power of Jewish musical works was so well recognized. Kudos to Kissin for a great performance.

Posted by jmwc at 01:09 PM

March 08, 2014


Sunday, March 23 at 5:00pm
The Town Hall in New York, New York
Havana Nagila is a joyful celebration of New York’s unique Latin and Jewish musical heritages. The Klezmatics update historic Yiddish tunes for contemporary listeners, creating a Grammy-winning style emulated worldwide. This spring, they will team up to craft an unforgettable evening with renowned Latin pianist & composer Arturo O’Farrill, Sofia Rei, Lewis Kahn, Reinaldo de Jesus and others
Posted by jmwc at 05:59 PM

D’var Shirah at Eldridge Street

"D’var Shirah will explore the intersection of Jewish text and music, recognizing the inspiration that one brings to the other, and the creative possibilities to be found within that synthesis." The Academy for Jewish Religion invited you to experience a one-night only, pre-Pesach encounter between instrumentalists, vocalists, and spoken-word artists.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception for all.
Museum at Eldridge Street
The historic synagogue space on New York City's Lower East Side.
LOCATION: 12 Eldridge Street
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Posted by jmwc at 05:53 PM

February 20, 2014

ECA Budapest Cantors Convention

Booking is now officially open for the ECA Budapest Cantors Convention
July 2014: Thursday 10 - Monday 14th.
Guest teachers: Asher Hainovitz and Yaakov Motzen
Subject the High Holydays

Convention includes Shabbat Services in the Hungarian tradition, a concert by world class cantors and an evening for young talent to perform. It also includes a Tour of Jewish Budapest and a personal tour of the Dohány Street Synagogue on Sunday afternoon.

Fees: full fee is £245 and for students it is £145. Some scholarships are available particularly for Eastern European delegates. There is a £15 discount on all bookings before 30 April.

This year the prices include (as well as breakfast and light lunches) Shabbat lunch and dinners on Thursday, Friday and Sunday for delegates. Accommodation is not included, but for early bookers there is a special discount price at the Convention Hotel: The Golden Park, which is near the synagogue. (See below for details)

Accompanying guests may to join us for evening meals and entertainment as well as Shabbes lunch and the Tours for reasonable prices. Please book these on the Registration Form.

To get a registration form email:
Details and registration form will soon on the ECA website
Posted by jmwc at 01:26 PM

February 16, 2014

Film Music of Yuval Ron CD Release

New CD Release! 20 Years of Film Music by Yuval Ron February 25, 7pm A New CD Release!
Film Music of Yuval Ron: 20 Years of Innovative Scores

Location: A recording studio in West Los Angeles. Please rsvp to receive exact address details.
Note:doors open at 6:30pm, event begins at 7:00pm<,br /> Admission: Free, but seating is limited! RSVP: RSVPs required by 02/21/14 to

In celebration of the 20th year of Yuval Ron's composing career in Los Angeles. this album showcases highlights from such scores as West Bank Story (Academy Award winner for Best Short Film), Road to Victory (Best Original Soundtrack, Moondance Film Festival), Breaking the Maya Code (Best Film Award, Nyon Film Festival), Proteus (Best Film Award, Philadelphia Film Festival), Samsara, Spiral Staircase and more. With his innovative writing, composer Yuval Ron delightfully combines Eastern and Western music with traces of industrial and organic sounds to create inspiring and haunting soundscapes that transport audiences to new worlds.

Listen to the new CD here Order the new CD here
Posted by jmwc at 04:01 PM

Crossing the sea of song, Popular Music in the Mediterranean, from Italy to Israel

February 20, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Italian Cultural Instituite
Street: 814 Montgomery Street
City/Town: San Francisco

Showing the impact of Italian popular music, and especially the Sanremo Song Festival (Festival della Canzone Italiana), on the development of Israeli popular song from the 1950s to the present, musicologist Francesco Spagnolo explores the politics of culture and national identity across the Mediterranean. The talk, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Italy's public television broadcasting, will be illustrated by numerous recordings and videos of Italian songs and their Hebrew adaptations. Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

This event is co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.
Phone: 1 415 788 7142
Posted by jmwc at 10:25 AM

Rebecca Teplow Concert

Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eric Brown Theater, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 East Clinton Ave
Tenafly, New Jersey 07670
Click for ticket info
About Rebecca:
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February 10, 2014

Jewish Radio Winnepeg--Fiddler with Authentic Instruments?

The first part spotlights one of the most popular musicals of all times - Fiddler on the Roof. This year Fiddler celebrates its 50th anniversary. It first opened on Broadway on September 22, 1964 and still has great appeal around the world. As well as selections from the show, you'll hear an interview with Theodore Bikel and a comic take based on the musical by Dudu Fisher,

However the real inspiration for this show came from Stephen Pearl of Stage Stars Records. The show, which takes place in Eastern Europe in 1905 has normally had an orchestra. However, if you lived in Anatevka you would have been listening to Klezmorim. Therefore Pearl has re orchestrated and recorded new version of Fiddler with a klezmer band using instruments that Klezmer musicians play and a full cast of performers.

The Yiddish portion is inspired by Valentine's Day which takes place this week.. (true--, it is not a Jewish Holiday). But it a day that celebrates love, which is a subject of universal importance. The first selection is by Winnipeg's own Jane Enkin from her wonderful new CD of Yiddish Songs entitled Lider Fun Amol - Yiddish Songs we love to sing.

Playlist and featured artists
Sheyn Vi Di Levone - Jane Enkin
Reyzele - Eleanor Reissa
Di Fayerdike Libe - Klezmer and Co.
Vint Fun Berg - Vira Lozinsky
Ikh Zing - Eleanor Reissa
Libe - Mitch Smolkin
Dortn - Abby Rosenblatt
Gib a Kush - Polina Shepherd and Fanfara
Di Sapozhkelekh - Magillah

Listen from 1:30 - 2:30 PM CST
Sunday February 9th/14
CKJS 810 on the AM dial
Onlne at that time at: Archive File of Fiddler on The Roof show:

Archive File for Yiddish Portion

Complete Yiddish Archive

Posted by jmwc at 04:25 PM

Ayn Neue Lid--When Yiddish Was Young

Lucidarium, a group specializing in music of the MIddle Ages and Renaissance, will have an upcoming tour of Holland. This tour is part of the group's plan "to teach people that there is more to Jewish early music that Salomone Rossi and Sephardic songs played on recorders and viola da gambas..."

The program is "Ayn Neue Lid - When Yiddish Was Young," created with a grant from the EAJC and the Rothschild Foundation Europe.
Here's the schedule -

za 22 feb, 20.15 uur | Utrecht, Geertekerk
zo 23 feb, 14.30 uur | 's-Hertogenbosch, De Toonzaal
di 25 feb, 20.15 uur | Amsterdam, Waalse Kerk
wo 26 feb, 20.30 uur | Rotterdam, Laurenskerk (19.45 inleiding)
do 27 feb, 20.15 uur | Westzaan, Zuidervermaning
vr 28 feb, 20.15 uur | Deventer, Penninckshuis

For more info -
Posted by jmwc at 04:19 PM

February 05, 2014



Warsaw, Poland--The Grand Opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will take place on October 28, 2014. At this time, the 8-gallery Core Exhibition, presenting 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland, will be unveiled to the public. This announcement follows closely on that of the appointment of the new Museum director, Dr. Dariusz Stola, who begins his position on March 1.

Even before its Grand Opening, the Museum has received accolades. The New York Times named the Museum’s Core Exhibition the one to watch in its "Great Expectations 2014" list. The Architectural Record featured the Museum building in its Design Vanguard 2013 issue.

The Museum held its soft opening on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on April 19, 2013, and has since received more than 200,000 visitors. These visitors have enjoyed two temporary exhibitions, viewed the centerpiece of the Core Exhibition, which is a close-to-scale replica of a 17th-century wooden synagogue, and taken part in hundreds of educational and cultural events.

The Core Exhibition and Education Center will be named in honor of the largest private donors to the Museum, Taube Philanthropies and the Koret Foundation. Headed by Tad Taube, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland in the Bay Area, the foundations are leading a 70-person VIP delegation that will travel to Warsaw for the Grand Opening events. Tad Taube remarked, "Seeing the Museum become a reality is the fulfillment of a dream for me and an enduring testament to a millennium of Jewish life and culture in Poland. Its powerful message will inspire visitors from around the world to reclaim and cherish this precious heritage."

Posted by jmwc at 09:39 PM

February 01, 2014

Like Wildflowers, Suddenly

Like Wildflowers, Suddenly
Sunday, March 2, 4:00 pm
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
300 Hammond Pond Parkway,
Chestnut Hill, MA
Zamir is delighted to join Cong. Mishkan Tefila in honoring Cantor Aryeh Finklestein.
The program will feature the stunning oratorio Like Wildflowers, Suddenly, composed by Cantor Charles Osborne, lyrics by Cantor Finklestein. For more information: visit click here.
This program is part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival
Posted by jmwc at 11:44 PM

January 27, 2014

Newton Choral Society Presents Bloch's Sacred Service

The Newton Choral Society will present Bloch's Avodath HaKodesh-Sacred Service on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3pm in The Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton, MA. The performance will feature Rick Lawrence, Baritone and Frederick MacArthur, Organ. The concert will also feature music by Max Janowski and Lewis Lewandowski. It looks like it will be a spectacular night for Jewish Choral music in Newton. The Newton Choral Society is under the direction of David Carrier.
Posted by jmwc at 06:24 PM


AMERIKE DI PREKHTIKE (America the Beautiful) This 45-minute a cappella concert, celebrating 360 years of American Jewish life (1654-2014), features unique Yiddish choral arrangements in distinctly American musical styles: blues, jazz, spirituals, Second Avenue theater hits, labor anthems, and more. In these works you will recognize America's pervasive influence on Jewish culture - and vice versa. English translations provided.
Friday evening, March 7, 2014
6:30 Services, 7:15 Dinner, 8:00 Concert
Dinner and Concert: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12

under "register for events" or contact Adina at or 212-787-5347
Posted by jmwc at 05:47 PM

Vanessa Paloma in Casablanca -- En Kelohenu

Version de Slat El Fassiyine, interpreté en hebreu, judeo arabe et judeo espagnol. Synagogue Benarrosh, Avril 2013. Enregistré lors de la soirée "The Sound of Jewish Morocco" organisée pour le départ de l'Ambassadeur Samuel Kaplan et de sa femme Sylvia Kaplan.
Posted by jmwc at 01:22 PM

New York Klezmer Series on Tuesday

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel will be opening the New York Klezmer Series with the Dave Levitt Trio, featuring Mike Cohen (clarinet), Christina Crowder (accordion) and Dave Levitt (trombone). It's a wild mix of original and revived material, including songs from the repertoire of Marty Levitt and Harriet Kane. Come hear songs you won't hear anywhere else!

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., NYC
Concert: $15. Jam session afterward.
Klezmer Instrumental Music Class, 5:30-7pm. $25 per class.
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, concert & jam session)
Posted by jmwc at 01:13 PM

January 16, 2014

Study Jewish Music at Hebrew College

Hebrew College "Kol Arev" Choir, featuring Cantor Charles Osborne in musical concert, August, 2012.
Hebrew College School of Jewish Music registration for Spring courses is now online.
Posted by jmwc at 07:34 PM

January 14, 2014

Zion80 live on WNYC

TODAY January 14 2014 at 2pm - listen to Zion80 live on WNYC's Soundcheck! Jewish Songs meets Afrobeat. Continue reading "Zion80 live on WNYC"
Posted by jmwc at 11:56 AM

January 13, 2014

Krakauer Big Picture at Museum of Jewish Heritage

David Krakauer announces the release of his project "The Big Picture: A Cinematic Concert" which will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for 8 shows, sharting on January 29th. Tickets are $35 General, $30 Seniors/Students, $25 Members. For more information see:

In this cinematic concert, master clarinetist Krakauer explores the intersection of music and Jewish identity in iconic movies of the last 50 years. Krakauer adds his contemporary style to beloved songs from films ranging from Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof to Sophie’s Choice and The Pianist.

David Krakauer, clarinet, is joined by Rob Schwimmer, piano, various keyboards & theremin; Sara Caswell, violin; Mark Helias, double bass; Sheryl Bailey, guitar; and John Hadfield, drums and percussion.

Other dates are: Wednesday, January 29 @ 7:30pm* *opening night
Sunday, February 2 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 5 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 9 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 23 @ 2pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280

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Posted by jmwc at 10:38 AM

Two Worlds / Tsvey Veltn Concert

Wednesday, January 15th at 7 PM

On January 15 at 7 PM at the Center for Jewish History, a concert co-sponsored by YIVO, the American Society for Jewish Music, and the Center for Tradition Music and Dance wlll celebrate the long-awaited, new CD release of Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltn (Golden Horn Records) by the rising Yiddish musician Benjy Fox-Rosen and his band.

Following the concert, there will be an artist talkback with Fox-Rosen, master Yiddish musician Joshua Waletsky, Pete Rushefsky, Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and Amanda Scherbenske, Executive Director of ASJM's Jewish Music Forum, a scholar of new Jewish music.

Tickets: $15 for General Admission; $10 – YIVO, ASJM, CTMD members, students, and seniors. Box Office: _smarttix.com_ | 212.868.4444

Continue reading " Two Worlds / Tsvey Veltn Concert"
Posted by jmwc at 10:31 AM

January 02, 2014

Yuval Ron Ensemble in Concert

Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Location: The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center,
University of Northern Iowa campus, 8392 University Avenue, Ceder Falls, IA
Admission: Adults: $29, $23, $23, kids $1
Buy tickets: Phone: 1-877-216-3663, Email:, Online:">Click Here
For more information:
Posted by jmwc at 09:58 AM

December 29, 2013

Hanukkah Happens 24 on Jan 19 in Newton

The Brotherhood and Music Committee of Temple Emanuel present Hanukkah Happens 24 Jewish Love Songs
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton
The Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director, and Hazzan Elias Rosemberg
Concert admission (open seating): TE Members - $25; Non-members - $30; Seniors (70+)
$25; Children under 13 - $15; Tickets night of concert $30
Proceeds to benefit American Friends of Magen David Adom.
For more information and tickets, please visit or call 617-558-8100.
Posted by jmwc at 08:19 PM

Michel Pardes CD Chansons Juives

Michel Pardes has released a CD called Chansons Juives and has some videos on YouTube as well. This one is in French, but set in a kibbutz in Israel.
One song from the album is about the Kibbutz, Ayelet Hashahar. (Ayelet HaShahar is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located on the Rosh Pina – Metulla road, it is approximately 35 kilometers south of Kiryat Shmona.) A lot of tourists stay there and there's a museum for the Hazor dig. Pardes sings the praises of this kibbutz in his song. Not all the songs on the album are the same in style.
Posted by jmwc at 08:11 PM

Asian-American Woman Rabbi is Also a Cantor

While Angela Warnick Buchdahl was named Senior Rabbi of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, it is noted that she is also a trained cantor. Lots to celebrate in song.
Posted by jmwc at 07:40 PM

London Klezmer Quartet DownUnder in Australia for January

London Klezmer Quartet is going on a tour to Australia , 5 January-15 February 2013. So if you live there or are visiting, here are their tour dates: it out also for the band's shows, dances and workshops in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. Wow. Jewish music is everywhere!
Posted by jmwc at 07:07 PM

Jewish Sound Archive in Morocco Being Established

Follow the text of this video here:
Posted by jmwc at 06:55 PM

Sara Hecht Releases "Pieces" CD

Sara Hecht of Brooklyn, NY has released a new CD of Jewish songs called "Pieces". It's not your ordinary Jewish recording, but has all original songs (but one) written and sung by Sara in English. It's an album of searching for, and finding, faith in Judaism and Gd. Sara's music is arranged and performed by some key musicians, including Ian Freitor who made many of the arrangements of the songs. The first piece leads you into a country genre, but moves quickly into more soul and even some rock riffs here and there. There are some moving songs, including "Chana" which retells the story of Hannah and her seven sons in a heroine-point-of view way. Many of the songs are really contemporary female drashes in search of, and in thanks for, the Jewish faith. In general, for contemporary religious music, this is a pretty good album-- very accessible, good arrangements, and I think there will be a lot of people who will enjoy it. There are many who will appreciate Sara's thoughtful messages of Jewish searching and faith, as well as her pleasant voice singing in English in an American musical idiom. Aton Ben-Horin wrote the last song on the album "Unspoken Words" which is also a strong song.

The album is available on ITunes and CD Baby:
Posted by jmwc at 06:22 PM

December 26, 2013

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Vacancy Number
Location London
Campus Russell Square
Post Class
Teaching and Research
Department / Centre Department of Music
Contract Type Permanent
Closing date for applications 30 December 2013
School of Arts (Department of Music)
£32,558 - £46,741 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Department of Music is the leading centre in Europe for teaching and research in the music of Asia and Africa. Your principal responsibilities will be to lecture on Jewish music to BA and Master’s students, contribute to interregional, interdisciplinary or thematic teaching and research in Music, supervise research students, engage in research and publication, and contribute to the administration of programmes of study in Music. Ability to teach the musics of the Middle East and/or popular musics may be an advantage. You will have a relevant PhD and appropriate publications. The post commences on September 1st 2014.

You can obtain further information about SOAS and the Department of Music from the Head of Department, Rachel Harris (, and from the Department’s web site:

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description/further information, please visit CV’s will only be accepted when accompanied by an application form. No agencies.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for week commencing: 10 February 2014

SOAS values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Click on the link(s) below to download the job description/person specification
Lecturer JD&PS Joe Loss 2013 (1).pdf
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