March 16, 2015

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:
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December 07, 2014


Temple Beth Israel, Waltham presents
As part of its 100th year celebrations

Concert/Dance Party and Music Workshops
Featuring the dynamic duo of Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer Joined by very special guest Yosl Kurland

Music, singing, dancing (with expert leading), high spirits, refreshments, fun for all!
Sunday, Dec. 14
Temple Beth Israel
25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA 02453

2-5pm: Concert and Dance Party
$25, $20 TBI members, kids under 12 free
12-1pm: Simultaneous participatory workshops: Yiddish singing, instrumental klezmer music $18, $15 TBI members, kids under 12 free
Combined workshop and concert/dance ticket: $40, $32 members
Workshops begin promptly at 12
Lunch provided to workshop participants at 1
Participants will play a tune with the band at the concert
For information and ticketing:
Online ticket purchase

Posted by jmwc at 03:01 PM

August 13, 2013

New Yiddish Dance

Experiments are going on to create new Yiddish dance. Steven Weintraub has written a blog describing some of these efforts this Spring and Summer.
Posted by jmwc at 11:18 AM

July 14, 2013

Brooklyn Jewish Dance Institute

The Brooklyn Jewish Dance Institute has posted some pictures through facebook, showing various dancers.
This group trains young girls in dance in a safe and frum environment.
Posted by jmwc at 10:40 AM

April 11, 2012

Flash Mob Hora Jerusalem

Posted by jmwc at 06:37 PM

Dance Silhouette Story of Passover

Dance Silhouette that tells the story of Passover, from a competition in 2011. Quite well done.
Posted by jmwc at 10:47 AM

January 11, 2012

Veretski Pass with Benjy Fox Rosen Trio

Veretski Pass is joined by the perky Benjy Fox Rosen Trio , (Michael Winograd, Pat Farrell and Benjy), for a dance party extraordinaire at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center,
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California 94702
Doors at 7:00 pm
Dance Lesson at 7:30 pm with Dave Rosenfeld
Show at 8:30 pm, $10
Sweat it to 2 generations of great dance players!
Posted by jmwc at 10:42 AM

September 09, 2011

Bessarabian Tantshoyz

Thursday September 15, 7:00PM-10:00PM
Special Bessarabian Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party & Artist Interview
Featuring master clarinetist Isaac Sadigursky with Michael Alpert
Admission $10
Ukrainian East Village Restaurant
140 Second Ave. in Manhattan by St. Mark's Place
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July 21, 2011

Klezmer Dance Concert - "A Kum Shvits"!

Klezmer Dance Concert - "A Kum Shvits"!
Start Time: Saturday, July 30 at 8:00pm
End Time: Saturday, July 30 at 11:00pm
Folk Dance Center at Dancing Unlimited
4569 30th Street
San Diego, California
Tickets and information: 619-281-5656
Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz & Lou Fanucchi: Back by popular demand, this high-energy trio will present klezmer and Balkan dance music. Easy instruction by master dancers as well as seating for happy listeners

Nisht bloyz zetsn oyfn tukhes ober tantsn oyfn fis!!! (Don't just sit on your derriere - dance on your feet)

Posted by jmwc at 06:11 PM

May 18, 2011


Sunday, June 5 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm
House of Friendship/La Maison de 'Amitie
120 Duluth East
Montreal QC. H2W1H1

More Info
Please join up for an evening of Yiddish dancing with instructor Avia Moore and live music by clarinetist Christian Dawid and friends. Suggested donation at the door, $7. (Photo credit Maxim Zaytsev)
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February 15, 2011

Let My People Sing

Online Poster and website for AshkeNafard
March 11-12 2011
at Temple Sinai,
24 hours of music, dance and art featuring over 20 artists from around the world.
All events take place at
Sinai Temple
10400 Wilshire Blvd LA CA 90049

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February 08, 2011

Hopkele - Klezmer Keilidh

Time Sunday, February 13 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
The Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh phenomenon returns to London this winter. Old style Jewish ceilidh featuring circle, square and chain dances. No experience necessary.

Klezmer dance leading by Guy Schalom with live klezmer music from the Hopkele House Band lead by Ilana Cravitz.

Book online here:
Or Call: 077149 45971
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Time Tuesday, February 8 · 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100th Street
New York, NY
Alicia Svigals, Klezmer Violinist

A special Yiddish Dance party at Congregation Ansche Chesed, featuring master dance leader Steve Weintraub with live klezmer by Alicia Svigals's Klezmer Fiddle Express! Presented by CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture, Congregation Ansche Chesed and Klezmer By Alicia Svigals. Beginners are welcome! Suggested contribution $5 per adult, $3 per child. With Christina Crowder, accordion; Brian Glassman, bass; and Aaron Alexander, drums.
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October 25, 2010

Tanzhoyz! Party like it's 1899

Monday, October 25 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location L'envers
185 Van Horne Avenue
Montreal, QC

Shake your tuches to the sounds of Eastern-European Jewish music with dance-leader Avia Moore, Chrisitian Dawid clarinet, Alexis Basque trumpet, Rachel Lemisch trombone, Jason Rosenblatt piano, Thierry Arsenault poyk and other guests.

Venez vous dégourdir les semelles sous la maestria de la danseuse Avia Moore, avec un orchestre composé du clarinettiste Christian Dawid, du cornettiste Alexis Basque,de la tromboniste Rachel Lemisch et du pianiste Jason Rosenblatt, en compagnie d'autres musiciens invités!

Suggested donation at the door $7.
Posted by jmwc at 10:38 AM

January 15, 2009

Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh – a 21st Century Yiddish Barn Dance

Sunday 25 January 2009 at Cecil Sharp House, NW1 Doors open 7.15 for first dance at 7.45pm

Beat those winter blues with this post-festive season dance event for the whole family.
Marking the third anniversary of Hopkele Productions, Klezmer Dance "Kaller" Guy Schalom will lead East European Yiddish circle, square and chain dances, including freylekhs, sher, hora and bulgar along with a few surprises!
Klez-fiddler Ilana Cravitz and the Hopkele House Band (Ros Hawley, Yair Shleider, Paul Moylan) will put that extra spring in your step with the Jewish party music known as Klezmer.

Tickets £12 or £10 advance/concs. Venue: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road LONDON NW1 7AY (Camden Town / Chalk Farm Tubes)

BOOK ONLINE: or for postal bookings (up to 22 Jan) Call: 0771 494 5971 or Email:

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July 08, 2008

Leon Blank z"l

Leon Blank, known in Yiddish circles for teaching dance and music, died this past week. His funeral is in Stockholm. Here is a video from the Ashkenaz festival 2006 in Harbourfront Centre in Toronto showing Leon leading dance.

Video courtesy Leon Balaban.
Posted by jmwc at 10:29 AM

March 19, 2008

Out Of Darkness

Out Of Darkness featuring Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Special Guests Sayat Nova
Tickets on sale now or 800-432-7250
$35 / $45 / $55

MARCH 22, 2008
7:30 PM
Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont Street, Boston

The world-renowned Liz Lerman company boasts a 30-year international history of art-making, exploring the role of engaging the everyday individual in art-making processes, and the function of dance as a memory device.

The internationally treasured Armenian music and dance troupe Sayat Nova has since 1986 performed around the world in an effort to express the pride and indomitable spirit of the Armenian people, and foster friendship across communities worldwide. "... frantic and triumphant, with wailing melodies and a frenzied, rolling drum beat." -- Watertown Tab, 2006

In Out of Darkness the two groups perform together for the first time. They will provoke and inspire us, with probing explorations of mass violence in our time and a healing reflection on the scope of human compassion.

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May 17, 2007

Klezmer, Music with Soul in Santa Rosa

"Klezmer, Music with Soul" -- Concert and Dance Party, May 27th

Absolute Music
Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, The Red Hot Chachkas and Bruce Bierman (Yiddish dance teacher) will be presenting their program, "Klezmer, Music with Soul" in Santa Rosa.
Led by Julie Egger and comprised of multi-talented performers on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group plays traditional Eastern European dance tunes, ranging from frenzied to tranquil tantsn (dances), plus original compositions and improvisions building on the klezmer tradition.

Absolute Music
the Friedman Center brings master musicians and presents classical, jazz, folk and klezmer music to the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County.
The Friedman Center
4676 Mayette, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
May 27th, 2:00 - 4:00pm ~ Tickets: $15
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May 06, 2007

Rebbe's Orkestra in Albuquerque, NM

The Rebbe's Orkestra presents an evening of Klezmer, Mediterranean, East European and Middle Eastern music for a concert and dance party at Winning Coffee in Albuquerque.
Saturday, June 16th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Winning Coffee,
111 Harvard Dr. SE (south of Central Ave. near UNM),
Albuquerque, NM, 505-266-0000.
Admission is $5.00 at the door: 12 and under are free.

To learn all about the concert and the musicians, keep reading here...
Join the southwest's favorite klezmer band - THE REBBE'S ORKESTRA - for a concert of Sephardic, Mediterranean, Eastern European and Middle Eastern music, on Saturday, June 16th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The evening will begin with the concert which will also include folk songs in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Arabic, Greek and Romany. Then push back the chairs for a Klezmer dance party! Simple line and circle dances (no partner needed) will be quick-taught and led by Michele Diel, who is a member of Rikud Yiddish dance troupe. The concert and dance party will take place at Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard Dr. SE (south of Central Ave. near UNM), Albuquerque, NM, 505-266-0000. Admission is $5.00 at the door: 12 and under are free.

The Rebbe's Orkestra is an Albuquerque-based ensemble that has been performing throughout the Southwest since 1996. The ensemble plays an eclectic variety of Jewish music: Klezmer (Jewish instrumental dance music of Eastern Europe), Middle-Eastern and Israeli pieces, Yiddish theater and folk songs, Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Spanish New Mexican, Mediterranean, Balkan, Roma (Gypsy), even Jewish Jazz & Chamber-style Jewish music. Over the years, the group has explored the ways in which Jewish people over the centuries have interacted with surrounding musical traditions to produce music which is unique and uplifting. From Spain to Iraq, Poland to the Mediterranean: The Rebbe's Orkestra plays tunes and songs as widely divergent as the geography and yet with surprisingly similar themes. The band's set for June 16th will include lots of Klezmer dance music (the group's specialty), several songs in Ladino--the ancient language of the Spanish Jews, an Andalusian mushwasha -- an ancient Arabic poem set to music, an Iraqi-Jewish instrumental piece, an Arabic classical instrumental piece, as well as songs in Yiddish, Romany and Greek. Traditional improvisational techniques called doina, taxim, and vorshpiel will be used freely in many of the band's arrangements.

The Rebbe's Orkestra's (pronounced to rhyme with "the Debbie's Orchestra") musicians are: Beth Cohen-violin, mandolin/tenor banjo/vocals; Debo Orlofsky-accordion/vocals; Randy Edmunds-guitar/ Macedonian tambura/vocals; Barbara Friedman-bass/Macedonian tambura/vocals with special guest percussionist Mary Masuk-doumbek and riq.

Beth Cohen is a well known vocalist, string musician and music teacher in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. She has been running her own music studio in Albuquerque since 1983, teaching voice, guitar, violin/fiddle and piano to students of all ages. In 1991, Beth received her Bachelor's of Music degree in voice performance from the University of New Mexico. Since 1995, she has been the musical director and Cantorial soloist at ABQ's Congregation Nahalat Shalom where she also teaches and directs the 20-piece Community Klezmer Band, teaches Bar/Bat Mitzvah prep classes, and organizes the annual renowned Klezmer music and dance festival "Klezmerquerque". Ms. Cohen is the violin/fiddle, piano & voice teacher at Santa Fe School for the Arts and she is an experienced band and orchestra teacher. Beth began singing and accompanying her voice with the guitar when she was 7, studied jazz piano from ages 9-17, and was the recipient of many music awards and apprenticeships throughout her childhood. Growing up in a home where both parents spoke Yiddish, Beth learned to sing in Yiddish--although she has (regrettably!) never learned to speak this expressive language. Since 1996, Beth has performed with bassist Barbara Friedman in Goddess of Arno-Balkan band & from 1984-1999 she was a member of the popular Svirka-women's Balkan chorus. Beth also performs with the vocal trio Earth Angels, the folk trio Village Idioms and she has played in all kinds of ensembles from Celtic to classical & reggae to blues.

Debo Orlofsky is The Rebbe's Orkestra's newest member: 'Debo' (a.k.a. Debra Orlofsky) has been singing in and around ABQ since the late 1980's. Following a few stints in hippie-punk and goth-rock bands, Debo performed as the lead singer of Splinter Fish, a seminal alternative band on the ABQ music scene. Well-known for her powerhouse vocals and presentation, inventive lyrics and percussion, and heart-grabbing harmonizing, Debo was invited to sing with Animal Opera, a local group of "all-stars" that rocked the NM desert with African dance music. She was also part of the world beat rock band, Manna from Nowhere. Debo sings and plays accordion and piano in the rockin' country blues band, Alpha Blue, showcasing her original songs. In her own Big Rock Studio, she engineered and mixed Alpha Blue's debut CD, "Agave Summer" - a spaghetti-western/middle-eastern folk-rock opera - which was released in the summer of 2004. Debo studied classical piano as a child, picking up the accordion by accident. Knowing how little respect the accordion has had in American pop music since the guitar assumed preeminence, she tried to put it down but found it was much too tightly strapped on. After a few close encounters of the Klezmer kind, she found her way to The Rebbe's Orkestra and decided it was destiny.

Randy Edmunds is one of the original members of The Rebbe's Orkestra. He is an experienced rhythm guitarist and provides a unique texture and fullness to the band's harmonic layer. Randy's use of the guitar as a melody instrument lends an unusual flavor to klezmer music, which is often associated with reed and brass instruments. He also plays the Macedonian tambura on several of the group's Sephardic pieces, and his lyric baritone voice adds another thread to the tapestry of sound woven by the band. He studied violin as a child in his home state of Louisiana and later picked up the guitar when he attended college in Texas. Randy's musical roots lie in the American genres of old-timey, gospel, bluegrass and country-western. After discovering and learning some Yiddish folk songs from a song book, he eventually expanded his repertoire to include Israeli, Greek, Rom (Gypsy), and Balkan folk songs. Randy performs in a duo with Beth Cohen, as a guest artist with Svirka and Goddess of Arno, and was a member of Sandanski men's Balkan Chorus. He is the guitarist in the folk trio Village Idioms and he's a special guest artist in The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band. Randy also works part-time as a personal care attendant for disabled people.

Barbara Friedman provides the solid foundation for the band's rhythmic drive. For over 25 years she has been singing and playing music professionally as a member of Svirka women's Balkan Chorus, Goddess of Arno, Erenler, Wired for Sound and other Middle Eastern and Balkan groups in New Mexico. An avid collector, student and performer of Eastern European music, Barbara regularly attends workshops and studies with the top musicians and ethnomusicologists from Europe and the USA. In addition to adding rhythmic solidity to the band, her bass playing adds a melodic layer to their sound: often lending a trombone-like quality to the melody line. Barbara is also skilled on the Macedonian tambura, which she plays on some of the band's Sephardic pieces and her powerful voice adds another layer to the band's dynamic sound. At Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Barbara performs in Alavados-Holy Days band and she is a special guest member of the Community klezmer band. She also works part time as a public health nurse in Albuquerque, NM.

For more information about the band contact:
Beth A. Cohen at (505)243-6276,
For information about Winning Coffee (venue) call: (505)266-0000
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February 26, 2007

Yiddish Dance in Geneva

3ème stage de DANSES YIDDISH
Organisé par les Amis de la Musique Juive
Samedi 24 mars 2007 de 13h à 18h00
Dimanche 25 mars 2007 de 11h à 17h00

au Centre Musical du Grand Lancy -- Geneva
63, Av. des Communes Réunies
(trams 13, 15 et 17, arrêt "Palettes")

Venez découvrir et pratiquer quelques unes des danses traditionnelles juives d'Europe de l'Est: Hora lente, freylekh, bulgar, sher, patsh tants, terkish, khosidl, etc.

Animation: Steven WEINTRAUB (USA)
Musique 'live' avec l'ensemble klezmer MENTSH (Paris)
Le samedi est dévolu aux 'débutants'. Le dimanche est prévu pour les 'avancés' et ceux qui souhaiteront approfondir ce qu'ils auront appris la veille !
Le dimanche se conclura à 17h30 par une démonstration publique (entrée libre).

Coût par journée (samedi ou dimanche): 50 Frs /personne & 70 Frs /couple, membres AMJ, AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc.: 40 & 60 Frs). Pour les deux jours: 80 Frs /personne ou 100 Frs /couple membres AMJ, AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc.: 70 & 90 Frs).

Chaussures légères à semelle claire / robe ou jupe recommandée pour les dames. Nombre de participants limité ! inscrivez-vous rapidement !

Fiche d'inscription à renvoyer à Michel Borzykowski, 12 ch. Franconis, CH-1290 Versoix, fax: +4122 776 14 94 tel: +41 22 755 41 23
Organisation: les Amis de la Musique Juive
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Hidden Talent! for Purim

Following the trend started by Queen Esther, a new women's arts organization reveals...

Hidden Talent!
Women performing only for women!

Come see vocalists - songwriters - dancers and more!

for women only!

Shir La Maalote: Elevating the World Through Song & Dance
Sunday, February 25, Shows at 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Schottenstein Cultural Center of Yeshiva University
239 East 34th St, near 2nd Ave, NY 10016

Tickets: Questions:

Chanale Fellig, Adena Kozak, Nehedar, Rena Needle, Tziporah Miriam Halperin, Leslie Ginsparg, Yachad Dance, Debra Landau, Leah Sigal, Sara Gita Sobel, Rachel Kohl Finegold, Chaya & Faige Glaser, Claudia Amzullag, Anna Shoen, Gabrielle Orcha, Lori Leifer, Chana Leah Schwartz, Tsivia Glinert, Penny Klein, Elena Merlis, Kol Isha A Cappella, & Kol Neshama!

Do not miss this spectacular performance by the rising stars of the Women's Only Performing World!

A production of Professional Women's Theater February 2007
Believer, Crown of Creation, Vatispalel Chana, Chanale & Friends, all available at a Judaica store near you or
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February 15, 2007

An All-Women's Music & Dance Festival!

SUNDAY, February 25, 2007
SHIR LA MA'ALOTE: Elevating the World Through Music and Dance A concert for women only to benefit Professional Women's Theater, an organization which seeks to promote all-female performance opportunities, featuring known and rising stars in the Jewish women's performing world! Singer-songwriters, dancers, vocalists....
Chanale! ~ Debra Landau ~ Rachel Kohl Finegold ~ Emilia Cataldo ~ Gabrielle Orcha ~ The Light Peddler's Band ~ Rena Needle ~ Tziporah Miriam Halperin...And MORE!
Show I: 4:00 pm
Show II: 7:30 pm
Reception & CD Fair: 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Yeshiva University's Schottenstein Cultural Center
239 East 34th St. between 2nd & 3rd Aves. NY, NY 10016
$30 in advance, $36 at door / $15 students / all proceeds considered charity For further information, please contact or 646-234-1542.
"Elevating the World through Music and Dance"
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February 02, 2007

Verestski Pass at Univeristy of Chicago Folk Festival

<Veretski Pass2 hour Yiddish dance workshop at the University of Chicago Folk Festival on Sunday 4 March from 2 to 4 pm. Accompanying the class will be the wonderful Verestski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and Stu Brotman) who will also be appearing in concert Saturday and Sunday nights, and giving a free klezmer music workshop earlier on Sunday.
In Eastern Europe, the roots of "world music" go back centuries: historically, Jews, Christians, Moslems, Rumanians, Ukrainians, and Roma played music together in this multicultural area where professional musicians had to know as many musical styles as the diverse peoples among whom they lived. Veretski Pass, a trio of veteran klezmer artists, plays Old Country Music that ranges from melodies of Medieval Poland and dances from Bessarabia, Ruthenia, and Bukovina to music originating in the Ottoman Empire -- much of which they learned from field recordings they themselves gathered.

Cookie Segelstein (Budowitz, New Haven Symphony Orchestra), Joshua Horowitz (Budowitz), and Stuart Brotman (Ellis Island Band, The Klezmorim, San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Brave Old World) synthesize raw energy and polished musicianship to produce music of unusual depth and power on a variety of traditional instruments, including violin, viola, button accordion, bass, bassetl (three stringed bass), basy (three stringed Polish folk cello), baraban (Jewish style drum), and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer).
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January 25, 2007

Alicia Svigals' Party Band at Celebrate Showcase

Alicia Svigals

Free! Come dance the hora with dance leader Steve Weintraub and Alicia's klezmer party band!
Sunday, January 28, 12 to 5 p.m.

Big hora at 2 p.m! Come dance with us, and check out the band for your wedding or bat/bar mitzvah. Before and after the big hora, we'll be playing for and teaching klezmer and Israeli folkdancing in a more intimate setting. Its free, and its part of the Celebrate! Party Showcase featuring hundreds of party vendors.

Celebrate! Party Showcase
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666 USA
Phone: 1-201-836-0600
For showcase information and directions: or call Flora at 1-203-322-2840

Read about Alicia Svigals at

Visit the JCC website for more info:

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September 06, 2006

Tantshoyz (Dance House) - Dance Party at the Manhattan JCC

Thursday, September 14
8:00PM - 10:30PM
At the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam @ 76th St.
Cost is $10.
For tickets call 646-505-5708 or

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan present a Tantshoyz (Dance House). Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of traditional Ashkenazic dancing led by master dance leader Walter Zev Feldman. Live klezmer music will be provided by some of New York's hottest young musicians-Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Michael Winograd (clarinet), Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) and Nick Cudahy (bass). Part of the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival and Sidney Krum Conference.

Posted by jmwc at 01:49 PM

July 10, 2006

Telophaza by Bat Sheva Company at Lincoln Center Festival

Thursday July 20; Friday, July 21; and Saturday July 22, 2006
8:00pm at New York State Theater
"Telophaza" was choreographed by Batsheva's artistic director, Ohad Naharin.
Israel's Emanuel Gat Dance Company will be performing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring as part of the Festival as well Saturday July 15, 2006
9:00pm at LaGuardia Concert Hall.< br/> Check the Lincoln Center website for more information:
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July 09, 2006

Leeds Hopkele

Hopkele III - the summer Klezmer Keilidh

Whether you're in London or Leeds you can dance the summer night away to live klezmer music-- Leeds Hopkele
When? Wednesday 12 July. Doors open 7.15pm
What? Yiddish barn dance with Steven Weintraub calling
Where? Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 8AZ (no. 71 bus)
Tickets? £9/£7 concs. Call Tracy Bickler on 0113 218 5824 or

Love to dance? Steven Weintraub, Chicago?s Yiddish Fred Astaire, will be showing you the steps to fantastic eastern European Jewish traditional dances. In London you can also come and learn some extra moves in advance at our special Yiddish dance workshop

Can?t dance, won?t dance? Then come along, listen, and watch those dancers shvitz while you shmooze! There?ll be snacks, drinks and live klezmer music all night (except when we?re on our break, of course) from the Hopkele House Band: John Bone (accordion), Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Ros Hawley (clarinet), Guy Schalom (drums) and Paul Tkachenko (bass)

London Hopkele
When? Sunday 16 July
What? Afternoon dance workshop and evening dance with Steven Weintraub calling When exactly? Dance workshop: 4-6pm. Evening dance: doors open 7.15pm Where? West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London W1 (Marble Arch tube) Tickets? Workshop or dance: £10/£8 concs. Both events: £17/£13 concs if booked in advance. Call Ilana on 020 8985 3724 or

Presented by Hopkele Productions
020 8985 3724 ●
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 PM

February 09, 2006


Saturday, February 11, 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30
At the Workmen’s Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline
TICKETS: WC Members: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Non-members: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
For more information contact the Workmen’s Circle at 617-566-6281 or

Mail check (payable to the Workmen’s Circle) to the Workmen’s Circle 1762 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, or call for credit card payment. Advanced payment must be received at the WC office by 5pm on the Thursday prior to the concert.
Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most beloved performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London, and are curators of the Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music & Yiddish Song.
“Terrific” “Phenomenal”
The New York Times Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
After the concert set, Deborah Strauss will teach and lead traditional Yiddish dances — freylekhs, khosidls and more — with live musical accompaniment. No previous experience needed!

Posted by jmwc at 11:00 PM

December 16, 2005

Art of Yiddish song and dance in LA

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be teaching Yiddish song and Yiddish dance classes and performing in LA all next week (starting this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005), as part of "The Art of Yiddish."

Heroes of the Yiddish World:
Knights, Mystics, Partisans & Scribes
December 18 – 24, 2005

A joyful and enriching opportunity to connect with a global legacy. No previous knowledge of Yiddish needed.

Presented by the California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL) in association with Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

For details visit, call 310-745-1190,
or email
Visit the Strauss/Warschauer Duo's website:
Posted by jmwc at 09:34 AM

May 03, 2005

Machaya, Rockville, MD

Machaya, Rockville, MD, May 22
An exciting evening of dance and music as the Machaya Klezmer Band entertains with the beauty of Klezmer music. Dance instructor Jay McCrensky will teach basic and advanced simcha dancing, couple dancing, Hassidic dancing, shers,jocs, and terkishes.
Sunday, May 22 7 - 9 pm, $8 mem./$10 general public/$5 children under 12 years. Reservations not necessary.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852.

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November 23, 2004

Bukharan Wedding Music and Dance

Tofakhon Pinkhasova and Members of the Ensemble Shashmaqam.
Wednesday December 8, 2004. 8:00pm Admission $25.
at the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts
New York City

As part of a continuing series of music and dance of the Jewish wedding, this concert is devoted to re-creating the music and dance of traditional Bukharan wedding celebrations. The performance is led by Tofakhon Pinkhasova, the "undisputed master among the current generation of sozandas (female Bukharan musicians who are revered for their artistic mastery and spiritual power.) She is joined by three other leading sozandas, Tamara Kattayeva, Firuza Yahudaeva and Travis Jarrell, and member of Shashmaqam, a Bukharan instrumental group based in Queens.

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November 07, 2004

"Funky Khanike Freylekh"

Rikud Dance Troupe leads and performs authentic Yiddish dancing.
Date: Sat, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 PM
Where:Congregation Nahalat Shalom
3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, NM 87107
Cost:$5-General,$2- Seniors/Students,$1 - Children
Contact: 343-8227
"Funky Khanike Freylekh" features the Rikud Dance Troupe performing and leading authentic steps danced by Jews in Eastern Europe to klezmer music before the Holocaust. The troupe and attendees will dance to the exciting music of the intergenerational Community Klezmer Band. This event enables the public to become part of the Yiddish dance revival! The party will also include stories with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, yummy refreshments, artists' booths, childrens' presentations, and more. This event is a fund-raiser for Congregation Nahalat Shalom, a tax-exempt and non-profit organization
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October 21, 2004



Walter Zev Feldman, Artistic Director

Ashkenazi Wedding
(re-enactments of a traditional Ashkenazi wedding)

Featuring KHEVRISA
Wednesday, November 10, 8:00 pm, $25

Bukharan Wedding
Wednesday, December 8, 8:00 pm, $25

Moroccan Henna & Wedding
Tuesday, February 3, 8:00 pm, $2


Here's the full press release with lots of info:
NEW YORK, NY: October 19, 2004 The 92nd Street Y presents three concerts featuring re-creations of the music and dance of three radically different Jewish wedding traditions: European Ashkenazic, Bukharan (originating in the area now known as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and Moroccan.

On Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m., the series kicks off with a re-enactment of a traditional Ashkenazi wedding, featuring music and dance that was a part of Jewish weddings in Eastern Europe throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The program bears only a passing relationship to the modern-day Ashkenazi wedding seen in Hasidic communities, which have preserved primarily the religious aspects of the wedding, but not the secular and sometimes vaguely pagan customs that were once common. The concert at the Y follows the course of the traditional Ashkenazi wedding ceremonies, which generally took place over several days leading up to the actual wedding. Observances began with meditative tunes for the morning of the wedding and concluded with joyful dancing for the ensuing celebration. The music is announced and punctuated throughout by the badkhn, the traditional master of ceremonies, who sets the requisite tone, ranging from dramatic to pious to humorous.

The program is performed by world-renowned traditional klezmer band Khevrisa: Zev Feldman, cimbalom (Eastern-European hammered dulcimer) and dancer; Michael Alpert, vocals, sekund violin and dancer; Steven Greenman, violin; and Stuart Brotman, double bass. Joining Khevrisa are guests Kurt Bjorling, clarinet; Deborah Strauss, violin; and dancers Joanne Borts, Hlne Domergue-Zilberberg and Steven Weintraub. Many of the members of Khevrisa and the gathered ensemble, notably Michael Alpert and Zev Feldman, learned the musical and dance traditions directly from those who carried it to America from the old world. They grew up and studied in post-Holocaust immigrant communities in the United States, where traditional Ashkenazic music and dance was practiced, preserved and handed down to the next generation.

The concert at the 92nd Street Y expands on material recorded on Khevrisas CD European Klezmer Music (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2000).


The concert begins with the music of the kale vechere (KAHL-uh VETCH-er-ay), the party for the bride and her friends held at the end of the Sabbath prior to the wedding. The mood of this gathering is somber, with sad songs of parting as the bride prepares to leave her family and friends for a new life with her husband. The same mood continues on the morning of the wedding, which is heralded with the dobriden, a dignified melody in 3/4 played by the violin and cimbalom. As the day progresses, the wedding band marches through the street, gathering guests to the wedding with khasene gehat (they are married), and close relatives are greeted upon arrival by tunes such as the mazeltov or by serious modal improvisations known as shteyger. The cathartic moment of the wedding ceremony is the brides lament, known as kale basetsn or kale baveynen (seating or bemoaning of the bride), where the badkhn paints a somber picture of the life of a married woman, singing prayer-like tunes in a minor key, while the violin and cimbalom answer with improvisations in different but complementary styles. The khupe marsh (canopy march) follows, a tune that leads guests to the wedding canopy, where the actual betrothal ceremony takes place. The concert features two versions of the khupe marsh one composed by violinist Steven Greenman, and the second a tune played by the Lepianski family of cimbalists in Belarus. After the rabbi sings the wedding blessings and marries the couple, the groom traditionally breaks a glass to signify the end of the ceremony, and the somber mood is broken, switching instantaneously into festive shouts of mazeltov! (good luck!). This moment closes the first half of the concert.

The second half opens with the ritual music and dancing of the wedding feast, in which the fathers-in law, elder relatives, rabbi, and other honored guests dance to slow elaborate tunes. Among the most famous of these dances is the broygez tants (dance of anger) between the two mothers-in-law; in this mime-dance, one woman generally acts offended while the other attempts to mollify her, and the scene ends with a sholem tants (dance of peace), in which they become reconciled. Following these communal dances, music is performed for guests seated at tables. This music consists mostly of solos or duets by the violin and cimbalom or clarinet and bass, and served as a way to honor special guests at the wedding as well as an opportunity for the best klezmorim to showcase new tunes. The concert and the wedding then proceeds to dancing among the guests, the centerpiece of which is the sher, an elaborate mixed (male-and-female) contra-dance based on European court dancing of the 17th and 18th centuries, but identified strongly as a Jewish dance. The shers performed in the concert include the oldest example of the form that is known today, composed by the Moldavian fiddler Selig Lemisch in the mid-19th century, as well as a sher composed by Zev Feldman in 2000.

The sher reflects the longstanding tension in the Jewish wedding tradition between secular and religious elements. Artistic director Zev Feldman says, this dance has been part of our folklore for 500 years, and the rabbis were condemning it for 500 years. In the last 50 years especially in the post-World-War-II Hasidic and orthodox communities the tension between secular and even pagan customs once found in Jewish weddings have given way to more of a split between secular and religious traditions. In secular Jewish communities, the balance has shifted in the opposite direction, with many of the traditional wedding customs being largely eclipsed by primarily secular practices drawn from the surrounding culture.

This series was developed by Hanna Arie-Gaifman, director of the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts, and ethnomusicologist Walter Zev Feldman, who serves as artistic director of the series.

On Wednesday, December 8, at 8:00 p.m., the Jewish Weddings series continues with a Jewish wedding ceremony from the former BUHKARAN EMIRATE (todays Uzbekistan and Tajikistan). The ceremonies combine Iranian and Turkish traditions and include singing, dancing, drumming and improvised verses in Tajik and Uzbek. The performance is led by Tofakhon Pinkhasova, the undisputed master among the current generation of sozandas. Sozandas are women considered to have almost shamanic powers; their lineage often goes back several generations Featured musicians include members of the ensemble Shashmaqam, a Bukharan instrumental group based in Queens.

On Thursday, February 3, at 8:00 p.m., the MOROCCAN HENNA & WEDDING takes center stage. The Charles Edry Ensemble, a leading Moroccan Jewish wedding ensemble based in Montreal, performs a program featuring music of the Judeo-Arabic tradition of Casablanca and other Moroccan cities. Songs of the Henna ceremony held for the bride prior to the wedding will be performed in addition to the instrumental, vocal and dance music of the wedding itself.

Khevrisa was founded in 1998 by Walter Zev Feldman and Steven Greenman, Khevrisa features two of the central figures of the Klezmer Revivalthe vocalist, fiddler and dancer Michael Alpert and the bassist Stuart Brotman. Khevrisa performs klezmer music of 19th and early 20th century European klezmorim on the original klezmer instrumentation of violins, cimbalom and bass. Khevrisas repertoire also includes new compositions by Greenman and Feldman in traditional style. Khevrisa has performed at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Cracow, at the Pfingskonzerte in Ittingen, at the Concert Gebow in Amsterdam, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, and at Symphony Space in New York. Its CD European Klezmer Music was issued by Smithsonian Folkways in 2000.

Walter Zev Feldman is a leading researcher in both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music, and a performer on the klezmer dulcimer, cimbal (tsimbl). During the mid-1970s he and Andy Statman studied with Dave Tarras and were two of the creators of the klezmer revival; at that time Feldman reintroduced the dulcimer cimbal into klezmer music with his classic LP Jewish Klezmer Music (1979). Today he performs on the cimbal with the group Khevrisa and elsewhere. Having grown up with traditional Ashkenazic, Greek and Armenian dance, during the 1970s he researched and taught Turkish folkdance. Today Feldman is a teacher and performer of Ashkenazic dance, leading workshops in the U.S., Canada, England,Germany and Israel. He regularly teaches at the Klezmer Wochen in Weimar and at KlezKanada.

Feldman is a fellow of the Center for Jewish Music Research at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and is a co-editor of the Medimuses Project for Modal Musics of the Mediterranean for the EnChordais School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He recently co-produced the CD Tanburi Isak with the Bezmara Ensemble of Istanbul for EnChordais. In 2003 he curated the concert series The Revival of Klezmer and Yiddish Music in New York at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the artistic director of the current series Music and Dance of the Jewish Wedding at the 92nd Street Y. Next in the series is Bukharan Wedding, Wednesday, December 8, 2004 and the final program is the Moroccan Henna & Wedding, Thursday, February 3, 2005.

For complete biographies of the artists performing in this program, please contact Beverly Greenfield at or 212-415-5452.

Since its concert series began in 1934, what is now the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts, endowed through the generous support of Joan and Preston Robert Tisch, has presented the world's most acclaimed classical musicians like Janos Starker, Emmanuel Pahud and the Tokyo String Quartet. The Center is also well known for its jazz series, curated by jazz great Dick Hyman, and its Lyrics & Lyricists series, the grandfather of the now popular American songbook series. The Center's legendary Unterberg Poetry Center (estab. 1939) presents the countrys oldest and most illustrious reading series and an extensive writing program that gives working adults the opportunity to learn from well-known, published authors. Outreach activities include a literacy program for new immigrants and workshops for high school students taught by some of the countrys leading writers.

The 92nd Street Y unites culture and community service in one multifaceted institution. Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the Y is dedicated to enriching the lives of the 300,000 people of every race and faith who annually visit its three facilities the well-known headquarters on Manhattans Upper East Side, Makor, on the Upper West Side, and the Rockland County campgrounds. Visitors come to the 92nd Street Y to hear music of all kinds; to listen to writers read from their work; to explore Jewish culture; and to gain insight into the events and ideas of the day from public figures and experts in every field. Programs for children and adults help both groups navigate each stage of life, an extensive adult-education curriculum includes instruction by renowned authors and artists, and an unusual wellness initiative offers both a wide range of fitness activities and the opportunity to learn from the nations leading healthcare professionals. Committed to sharing its programs with all New Yorkers regardless of economic circumstance, the 92nd Street Y provides $1 million in scholarships every year and reaches out to 6,000 public school children with fully-subsidized arts programs. For more information, visit

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May 07, 2004

Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble CD

Thursday May 13th @ 8PM
Satalla on 37 West 26th Street (b/t 6th Ave. & B'way)
$12 at the door (no minimum cover)
Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble CD Release Party !!! A night full of music and dance!!! Yoel's music is greatly inspired by childhood memories from the Moroccan Synagogue in Israel and incorporates some traditional hymns. He sings in Hebrew and Arabic.

Creating an innovative and rich sound that interweaves East and West into a fascinating musical experience; combining the many strands of Mediterranean music with new world Jazz, flamenco and other exciting sounds and rhythms, they bring to the stage a powerful performance. Featuring: Yoel Ben-Simhon, Jay Rodriguez, Leane Darling, Hicham Chami, Yossi Fine, Tomer Tzur and Ramzi Eldlibi. And special guests: Smadar Levi, Shai Bachar, George Mordechai, Carlos Revollar, Gisele Revollar and Dorit Konig.
Tel. 917-952-2544

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March 14, 2004

Kurt Weill Review

The music of Kurt Weill will be performed by 5 very talented singers, and staged/choreographed by Steve Weintraub in the Chicago area. The show opens on Friday, March 19, and runs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 7 thru April 25. The location is the historic No Exit Cafe at 6970 N. Glenwood Ave, in Rogers Park. Free parking available at the Trilogy lot at Estes and Glenwood. Tickets are $12, food and drink will be available (seating is at tables). Call 773-743-3355 for info or reservations. More...

Weill not only wrote 3 Penny Opera (with Brecht) and the well known Mack the Knife, but also, after moving to America at the onset of WWII, some beautiful songs for musical theater, including September Song and Speak Low (When You Speak Love). The full range of Weill's adventurous musical styles and social conscience will be evident. Steve staged the first part- the German period, in Expressionist style, and the second, American part, with more than a nod to Broadway.

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February 26, 2004

"Ketubah" at the Houston Ballet

The San Francisco-based choreographer, Julia Adam, has created a ballet entitled "Ketubah" for the Houston Ballet which will have its world premiere tonight, February 26th at the Wortham Center in Houston. For more info...

Included are a mikvah scene and a joyous wedding celebration. The music is performed by "The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas", led by violinist/vocalist Marcia Sterling. Isabelle Ganz is featured vocalist for a Russian song during the Mikvah scene. Performances are February 26, 28, 29 and March 5,6, & 7.

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January 14, 2004

Voices of Sepharad

Voices of Sepharad have been working together since 1990. They are based in Twin Cities, Minnesota...They have a new website... David Harris and Judith Ingber cofounded the group. Harris specializes in Sephardic music and the vocalist. Mick LaBriola (percussionist) ; Judith Brin Ingber (dancer, choreographer); David Burk (guitar, ud, chumbush, bass) and David Rockne Stenshoel (violin) round out the group.
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January 07, 2004

Tanz mit mir - Yiddish Ballroom Dance

A double cd, packed with yiddish hits, all in ballroom dance rhythms...

Re-release of hits such as: shein vi di levone, belz, yiddishe mamme, zing feigale zing, oyfen preypechik and many others, 40 in total, all in tango, waltz, cha cha cha, rumba , passodoble and twist arrangments. The double c.d. is divided to a vocal c.d. including talents such as the Barry Sisters , Max Perlman , Israel Itzhaki , The Bursteins, and many others, while the second c.d. is instrumental Release date : January 11th 2004, Israel. CD price as single at 13.50 (that is $20) + 1.50 postage to anywhere in the world, from Noa Lachman Jewish Music Distribution PO Box 67 Hailsham BN27 4UW UK Free phone: 0800 7811 686 Tel/Fax: (44) 01323 832 863 Website: email: email

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