April 06, 2016

Zemel Choir at Rykestrasse Synagogue

It seemed like a good day for Lewandowski. Enjoy.
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March 21, 2016

Nehama Reuben plays her Psalm 121 Esa Enai on Harp

Nahama Reuben and her husband moved to Israel from France a few years ago. She continues to perform on harp and sends along this video of a new composition for harp. Beautiful!

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September 21, 2015

Yosselle Rosenblatt Sings Kol Nidree

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

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Kol Nidre in Amsterdam

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

A video about Jewish music by JTS

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July 24, 2015

Theodore Bikel singing Phil Ochs in Boston 2014

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

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July 22, 2015

Theodore Bikel at Montreal Segal Centre

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

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

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


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

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

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April 29, 2015

Rabbi Joe Black and Maxwell Street Klezmer "Leave a Little Bit Undone"

Song by Rabbi Joe Black, performed in 2013, at Maxwell Street's 30th Anniversary Concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sounds of new Jewish music.....

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March 06, 2015

Victoria Hanna -- Alephbet Song

Victoria Hanna acts as lead singing and acting in this piece on the Hebrew alphabet.

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December 03, 2014

Golden Oldie

Adam Sandler.... of course.
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Debbie Friedman's I Am a Latke

Debbie Friedman's social message through her Latke song.

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Boogie Woogie Chanukkah

Original music and lyrics by Yoseph and Leah Urso. A little boogie woogie for Hannukah. You just never know what you'll find...

Posted by jmwc at 04:09 PM

Barenaked Ladies- "Hanukkah, O Hanukkah"

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On Top of Old Dreidel... or Dreidl Dreidl Dreidl

Here we see a combo medley of the Gelbart song "Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl" mixed with the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey". With text. (And a bit of "On top of Spaghetti, mixed in for,... well, fun,... and selling stuff to kids).

Posted by jmwc at 03:56 PM

The Maccabeats - Miracle - Matisyahu - Hanukkah

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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.

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April 01, 2014

Ya Ribon to Klezmer tune

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

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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. http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/jewish-music
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December 01, 2013


A newly composed Chanukah song written as a response to some vandalism at the Northeastern campus. This is a video by students at NU and some of the neighboring campuses. Music in response ... a wonderful way to say "we're here". And it's a delightful song. I think you'll enjoy it.
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November 26, 2013

Hanerot Hallalu

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Ocho Kandelikas

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Al Hanisim

Sixth Chassidic Song Festival--1974--Itzhar Cohen
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Klezmatics Hanuka gelt

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Chaukkah Mix NCSY

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Hanukkah O Hanukkah

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November 24, 2013

Light the Legend by Michael Isaacson

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August 20, 2013

Neshama Carlebach on Broadway during Soul Doctor

Neshama Carlebach debuted in the Broadway production of Soul Doctor, a musical about the life of her father, Shlomo Carlebach.She wrote: "I had the honor of closing the evening, sharing a message of hope and joy and singing in his honor. Later that night, I performed with my band at a press gathering/after party with Rev. Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. For me, the evening was a moment of deep liberation and victory. I made my Broadway debut, and was so happy and proud. I feel like I am still flying."

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August 08, 2013

Sephardi Tunes for Shabbat

Enjoy Youtube clips of someone singing the Mizmore LeDavid and Lecha Dodi with some traditional Sephardic melodies.

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August 07, 2013

Orthodox Singing Show --Men Only!

Tablet Magazine Online has an interesting article about the Orthodox community having a "kind of" American Idol show on Youtube. However, no one seems to have the stomach to do the criticism in the way that made that other show famous. Well, is that so bad? If you're uncomfortable with that, How about reworking the premise to work within Jewish values?


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July 17, 2013

Lipa Schmeltzer's "Diet" Song

Lipa Schmeltzer has created many things, but a lot of people will relate to his "diet" song... in Yiddish.
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July 15, 2013

Yeshiva Boys Choir "Amein"

with assertively Ashkenazi pronunciations, these kids are pretty cute.
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December 14, 2012

Six13 and Friends Haneirot Halalu

Chanukah Song from A Capella group Six13

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London Jewish Male Choir Sing Hanukah Medley

London Jewish Male Choir

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December 10, 2012

Hanukkah in Santa Monica

And now for something different... Ye ole Tom Lehrer song... Hanukkah in Santa Monca.
Posted by jmwc at 10:39 AM

December 05, 2012

Bruce Roter "Maoz Tzur"

Bruce Roter has written a new melody for the traditional text of "Maoz Tzur". It is performed by the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, conducted by Frank Abrahams. The Conservatory is located on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Chorale has completed several projects including a Jewish music series which includes their Chanukah CD called "Celebrate Chanukah" which has contemporary music of Michael Isaacson, Joel Philips, Eric Contzius, Ronald Hemmel, Baruch Cohon and Allan E. Naplan.

Posted by jmwc at 01:54 PM

November 27, 2012

A Sheinem Cholem

Song composed by Yossi Green
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August 23, 2012

Yiddish Summer Weimar 2012: The Bridges of Ashkenaz

Itzik Gottesman reports on the activities of the Yiddish Summer program held in Weimar. In Yiddish with English subtitles.
Posted by jmwc at 05:31 PM

August 11, 2012

Kraukauer on NYC-Arts

NYC Arts on Public TV offered a segment on David Kraukauer and his music
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August 08, 2012

Old Trout

An "all star cast," as the saying goes. Found on YouTube.
Posted by jmwc at 07:31 PM

May 17, 2012

Betty Klein Sings "Siente mi Korason" (Listen to My Heart)

Something beautiful for a sunny spring day! Sung in Ladino by Betty Klein.
Posted by jmwc at 12:50 PM

May 14, 2012

Neshama Carlebach Sings Hatikvah with Inclusive Lyrics

Where but YouTube would you be able to hear a new version of a national anthem? The Forward newspaper asked Neshama Carlebach to sing Hatikvah, but not just any recording. The article was suggesting some new lyrics that could potentially be more inclusive to all Israelis of whatever creed, color or religion in a democratic society. This proposed change is not just for Arabs (not Palestinians, but Israeli Arabs), but also may resonate with other minorities now living in Israel including Christians, Bahai, Druze, Buddhists and peoples of other faiths and ethnic groups.

Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late Shlomo Carlebach, took up the idea and has released a YouTube video with the suggested new and "old"-er texts. Of course the lyrics of this song "Hatikvah" have been changed before, and also those other famous Jewish songs, such as "Jerusalem of Gold." Each time, these changes have come about due to changes in historic circumstances. Below is also a link to an article about the specific changes. It's quite controversial, and has been stirring the press and pundits since Israel Independence Day. JMWC is happy to repost links to the YouTube and some articles for readers to hear and read for themselves.


A Jerusalem Post article:
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?ID=267867 Neshama herself writes:
I hope blessings surround you.

Recently I was asked to express my thoughts about the concept of Redemption (quoted above).

It was a deep and ever evolving assignment. I remain tremendously grateful for this valuable and precious exercise.

Shortly thereafter I was asked by The Jewish Daily Forward (NY) to sing their new version of Hatikvah ("The Hope"), the Israeli National Anthem, with lyrics created by their staff.


The intention and prayer is for these new lyrics to not only open the door to more inclusion and peace, but also create the space for a global conversation about what that would mean, hopefully leading to more support for Israel. Since this was not the first time these lyrics were altered, I felt elated to have the opportunity to also create an impact. How incredible it is to witness these beautiful little souls in the 1930's expressing the same longing we all feel when we sing this timeless melody!


There has been controversy and misunderstanding attached to my recording of Hatikva but I know we are moving toward a better place and a new moment of perspective as a result.

Please scroll down to read my press release.

In my own search for truth and meaning, I've thought about these two projects/opportunities a lot. My view continues to expand. After these experiences, it has become clear to me that our ultimate redemption and great healing will come from us. It is absolutely in our hands.

To find hope and redemption, we have to be who we are, without exception. It's about connecting to the Source and recognizing our unique gifts and the pure joy found within the call of our personal mission . We should be invigorated, not depressed, by this challenge. There are times we all fall apart, but we must consciously choose to stand up again, stronger, more capable, and filled with more life-power than before. Then, as soon as possible, we should seize the opportunity to use our experience to inspire others to find strength within themselves. A broken heart is absolutely the most whole; we pray to be broken so that when we heal we can recreate ourselves with new depth, empathy and understanding. When we find this, we are able to include every human being in a meaningful and redemptive manner. When we find each other, we find the Hope that allows us to grow and break free from everything holding us back. If we can love others from this place, aware of their vulnerability and all that we share in common, we can start to build a new world.

I hope you feel me praying for this- our Hope and Redemption- as I sing. It is my dream and personal mission to be a part of the inspiration for this change. I know we can get there.

With great pride, I also want to share our first video clip from our collaboration with Odyssey Networks. Please G-d, may this be the first of many we will create together. I remain so blessed by the Holy Work my team and I do together.


I'm looking forward to singing with you, in person, in your City, very soon. In the meantime, I send love to all corners of our world, to every one of you.

Peace and love,

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April 11, 2012

Flash Mob Hora Jerusalem

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April 10, 2012

Lenka Lichtenberg Breathing Walls Project

You can view this project here.


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February 09, 2012

Feidman's 75th anniversary performance by Moussa Berlin

A few days ago, Moshe (Moussa) Berlin wrote this note:
"Some years ago, when playing the ceremony of 7th of Adar, at the tomb of Rabi Shimeon in Meron, There came a rumor that the famous composer and songwriter Naomi Shemer, become ill. My thought at that time was what can I to help her in that situation. (Meron is a place where people are praying, crying, asking their requests for health, livelihood matchmaking etc'.) So I decided to play one of her songs (Shirat Ha'asabim to words of R' Nachman), and to combine it with a Breslaver Nigun. After I have done it (it was the first time in history that such song was played in Meron) I was told that one of the Chassidim asked his friend :"What is that tune?" and he was answered: "Oh, that is un alter nign". I don't know how it helped but Naomi died one and half year later. And now the clip[above] (played in another situation with my son and daughter)"
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January 30, 2012

Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio at the Kennedy Center

Video from the Kennedy Center concert:

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January 06, 2012

Ya'alili by 8th Day

A chassidic duo blends pop with some instrumental elements of Sephardi music in this New York video taking place in a grocery store. Co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, the duo has released 3 albums. 8th Day's sound is complimented by their catchy lyrics (mostly English with some Hebrew and Yiddish mixed in) and their spirited vocal harmonies. The group will appear at the
Hofstra Playhouse
Motzei Shabbat, January 7 at 8pm.
at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
118 Hofstra University, Hemstead, NY.
for tix: www.jewishtickets.com

This YouTube video has over a million hits.

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December 22, 2011

Except Saturday --Maoz Tzur

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Maoz Tzur by Pharoah's Daughter

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The SHIRAH Chorus performs Ma'oz Tzur, led by Matthew Lazar

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B'yemai Matisyahu by David Flug -- Deemyon Orchestra

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Eight Days of Chanukah --Cindy Paley

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Everyone Dance to the Hanukkah Song

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Miracle -- Matisyahu Hanukkah

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Light Up the Night-- Fountainheads Hanukkah

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December 21, 2011

the Dreidel Song

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Adam Sandler, Update, Version 3

Some things get a sequel. This is version 3.

Posted by jmwc at 05:04 PM

Adam Sandler's Hanukah Song

Ask anyone under 35 in America to sing a Hannukah Song, and they're likely to give you the full rendition of the Adam Sandler Hanukah Song... which you can see by this video is widely popular.

Posted by jmwc at 04:48 PM

December 20, 2011

Maccabeats-- Do You Believe in Miracles?

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SwingSet Mamas Hanukah Song

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November 22, 2011

DeScribe & Y-Love

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October 14, 2011

Shakin' The Lulav

Bring your Lulav and Etrog into the Sukkah and Shake Shake Shake... (but not on Shabbes) song and dance to the tune of "Twist and Shout".
Posted by jmwc at 05:26 PM

September 26, 2011

Reform Rosh Hashanah

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Break Dance Rosh Hashanah

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Rosh Hashanah -- Mendy Pellin Style

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Shana Tova -- Dip Your Apple

Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah

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September 02, 2011

Survived Irene -- Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen
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August 26, 2011

Have a Safe Weekend East Coast!

Varda & Udi Spielman with Meir Finkelstien --Shalom Rav

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August 16, 2011


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July 29, 2011

Ensemble Sirenot

Women's Singing Group: Ensemble Sirenot in Israel
אנסמבל סירנות "לונדון" - חנוך לוין "אסור לי לשיר

מילים: חנוך לוין מוזיקה: חוה אלברשטיין עיבוד: עמית פוזננסקי ניצוח: שוש לגיל פסנתר: שחר בורק הקונצרט "אסור לי לשיר"
Posted by jmwc at 10:22 AM

July 24, 2011

Documentary on Ger Mandolin Orchestra Video

Germ Mandolin Orchestra
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July 11, 2011

Ger Mandolin Orchestra

You'll really enjoy listening to this sampler of the GMO, Ger Mandolin Orchestra. You'll probably recognize at least the first tune in this video. Enjoy!

Ger Mandolin Ensemble / 5-minute sampler - The Ger Mandolin Orchestra (GMO) is a memorial project of reviving the Jewish Mandolin Orchestra that was active in Gora Kalwaria,Poland between 1920 to 1930. Most of its members died in the Holocaust. Renowned mandolin artist Mike Marshall is the musical director of the ensemble that includes many of the best mandolin artists in the world. In addition to Mike Marshall, these include Avi Avital, Radim Zenkl, Jeff Warschauer, Eric Stein, Chris Acquavella, Dana Rath, Adam Roszkiewicz, Tim Connell, Sharon Gilchrist and Brian Oberlin.
Posted by jmwc at 07:56 AM

Yemen Blues

Track: At Vaani - Performed by the hot Israeli band Yemen Blues in 2011 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. The band was founded by Ravid Kahlani. Idan Raichel appointed Ravid to be a lead-singer in his successful Worldmusic project and Ravid toured the world performing with the “The Idan Raichel Project”.

This group features:
Ravid Kahalani - Music & Lyrics, Vocals, Percussion, Gimbri
Omer Avital - Musical Director, Oud, Bass, Vocals
Reut Regev - Trombone
Itamar Borochov - Trumpet
Hadar Noiberg - Flute
Rony Iwryn - Latin Percussion
Yohai Cohen - Middle East Percussion
Hilla Epstain - Cello
Galia Hai - Viola
Posted by jmwc at 07:48 AM

July 10, 2011

Yemen Blues Official Trailor

Watch the amazing music of Yemen Blues!

Posted by jmwc at 12:16 PM

May 24, 2011

Almonds and Wine

Enjoy this delightful short film by Arnie Lipsey
I loved hearing Michael Alpert's music put to such good effect.

Almonds and Wine from Reel 13 on Vimeo.

Posted by jmwc at 03:23 PM

April 08, 2011

Happy Passover Robotics

Students....way too much free time.... or ...not?
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December 12, 2010

Speil un Tanz

Enjoy a piece from a concert held 1 September 2010 in Berlin.
Leon Gurvitch - Piano, Melodica
Frank London - Trumpet
Vladimir Karparov - Saxophon
Omar Rodriguez Calvo - Contrabass
Dimitris Christides - Drums

Posted by jmwc at 11:45 PM

Yeedle Werdyger in Brazil

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May 11, 2010

Ani Yehudi Video

Check out this video.
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March 04, 2010

Shabbat Across America Song

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January 09, 2010

Yiddishecup for a New Year

After the long winter break, JMWC is back to blogging. We'll start off the New Year 2010 with a fun version of "Halleluyah" with a country jazz blend sound by Yiddishecup band. http://www.youtube.com/user/yiddishecup#p/a/u/2/NBcfjr3llkA
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September 24, 2009

1949 Bas Sheva sings 'Sheyiboneh Beis Hamikdosh'

Another YouTube find: Israel Schorr's Sheyiboneh Beis Hamikdosh from the 1949 film "Catskill Honeymoon". In the film, Bas Sheva donned a kepah before singing liturgical music, even on stage.
Posted by jmwc at 02:07 AM

Cantor Leibele Waldman sings Kol Nidre

A YouTube find... from an old film. There are some mistakes in the filming and editing of this particular Kol Nidre, but it's still a fascinating capture of the style of the Ashkenazi Yom Kippur eve service and singing style from early twentieth century.
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When you hear these young cantors you realize that we're entering/living in a new "golden age" of chazzones. YY Stark is just amazing amazing.
Posted by jmwc at 01:24 AM

Cantor Yaakov Lemmer Sings Zochreinu L'chaim With The Jerusalem Cantors Choir In Budapest Hungary

Beautiful rendition of Zochreinu L'Chaim. . Lemmer is a great voice.
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August 21, 2009

Flatbush Waltz

Andy Statman (mandolin) Jim Whitney (bass) and Larry Eagle (drums and percussion) celebrating Dave Grisman's birthday with a performance of Andy's "Flatbush Waltz" at Yoshi's in San Francisco, 23 March 2009. A definite fav

Posted by jmwc at 11:02 AM

August 16, 2009

Kadish D Rabanan Cover of Debbie Friedman

Performed by Jack Goldenberg from the Jack Goldenberg Show
Not sure I get all the visuals on this... but you may enjoy the cover version of a Debbie Friedman song.
Posted by jmwc at 07:34 AM

June 16, 2009

Vanessa Paloma Sings Mose salio de Misrayim

YouTube of a traditional Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) song from Northern Morocco called Mose salio de Misrayim, telling the story of Moses and his encounter at the burning bush which led him back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh. This was filmed at the Jewish Museum of Casablanca, the only Jewish museum in an Arab country. Features the singing of Vanessa Paloma.

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June 03, 2009

Yiddish Lullaby

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May 18, 2009

Aren't American Mashups Fun?

Kinda a strange thing here... Arlo Guthrie captured on YouTube doing Tzena Tzena... sorta.
Posted by jmwc at 06:24 PM

July 20, 2008

YouTube Kol Nidre from Europe

Need an Early prep for HH? David Baltuch has made a demo Kol Nidre and more available on YouTube. Take a listen. http://fr.youtube.com/user/DavidBaltuch
Posted by jmwc at 07:55 PM

January 25, 2008

Metropolitan Klezmer's new video clip

Metropolitan Klezmer's new video clip, with trumpeter Pam Fleming soloing on her kudu horn. This is a 'shofar' from an African antelope... Full band backing -- a lush, grooving glimpse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtXMg7ZIbxY
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