Monthly Archives: February 2004

Yiddish ‘Pirates of Penzance’

GET READY NYC! because on May 2, 2004
Zalmen Mlotek will conduct the New Yiddish Chorale in a Folksbiene Theatre presentation of Al Grand’s Yiddish version of “The Pirates of Penzance” (a.k.a., DI YAM GAZLONIM) at Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street (at Second Avenue), New York on Sunday, May 2, 2004 at 3:00PM. For ticket information and group sales please call the Folksbiene at (212) 213-2120… more info…


–San Francisco–
Sunday, March 14 2-4 PM Songs of Work, Protest, and Celebration
Sing Along at the Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St, San Francisco, between Scott and Pierce
Tel. (415) 567-3327
(Free parking is available in a structure marked JCHS on Pierce between
Ellis and Eddy)

“The Dybbuk” in Newton

Jack Falk writes:
About 10 years ago I was drafted as music director for a
puppet theater production of “The Dybbuk” here in Portland.
(Since then I’ve worked on two other productions of the same
play, leading me to speculate that while possession might
not actually be 9/10 of the law, it was certainly approaching
9/10 of my musical activity.)
After all this time, “Between Two Worlds/The Dybbuk” has been remounted, and this time it’s going on the road. In Boston, there are two performances: Sat 2/28 8 pm and Sun 2/29 2 pm at the Jewish Theatre of New England, Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton. For ticket info: 617-965-5226 or
-Here’s a link to the article in


It’s that time again! SimplyTsfat is going on tour Feb 14-29. If you have
friends and family in… Springfield MA or HIghland Park, NJ (see below or the web site for details) please invite them to an experience!!

Kavehoyz concert-series

As part of the monthly Kavehoyz concert-series,
Temple Beth Elohim (the Garfield Temple),
The Congress for Jewish Culture, with Yugntruf and the League for
Yiddish invite you to an evening of Yiddish song with
Janet Leuchter, Jeanette Lewicki,
Shura Lipovsky (from Holland), Josh Waletsky,
and Jeff Warschauer
Special guest artists:
Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment.
Thursday, February 26, 2004 8:00 PM
Congregation Beth Elohim (Garfield Temple)
271 Garfield Place (8th Avenue and Garfield Place)
Park Slope, Brooklyn …. more….

“Old World” Klezmer Concert

An evening with Alicia Svigals & Pete Rushefsky
8pm Saturday, February 28
$16 members / $18 nonmembers
Open Center
83 Spring St., NYC
(212) 219-2527
Before the big klezmer bands of New York arose with their brass and clarinets, there were the archetypical Jewish orchestras of the old world, led by the fiddle and borne aloft by the otherworldly sounds of the harp-like “tsimbl”, or Jewish hammered dulcimer…..

Di Bostoner Klezmer

Dobe (Dena) Ressler, Brian Bender, and Terry Traub, play clarinet, accordion, trombone, melodica, fiddle, piano and…who knows what other instruments…they’ll play a few of original numbers, too… There are two concerts coming up…

Kol Zimra: Chant Leader’s Training

Held at ELAT CHAYYIM in 99 Mill Hook Road, Accord, New York, starting August 2-8, 2004…
If you are one of the many people who have been moved and transformed by Rabbi Shefa Gold’s chanting practice and if you are a healer, teacher, artist or spiritual leader in your community, here is your chance to cultivate the inner qualities and learn the practical techniques that will enable you to bring that joy and meaning to others…not to mention the abundant blessings it will bring to your own spiritual life. Please feel free to pass this information on to others
who might benefit from it.

Five-Week Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer

The Workmen’s Circle announces Five-Week Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer
Free Open House Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
Five-week paid session starts the following Tuesday, March 2, and continues
through March 30, 7:00 PM.
Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists
Develop tools for improvisation
Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene
More info…

White Christmas: The Story of an American Song

By Jody Rosen

Writing a popular book about a popular song should merit some attention, so it’s not surprising that no less than four items appeared in The New York Times about this book. It’s supposed to be a book about one song. But, of course, it isn’t really. It’s a book about acculturation, assimilation and cultural impact. For readers of the Jewish Music WebCenter, these issues raised by White Christmas, may ultimately deal out the moral: we have only ourselves to “blame” –or– “congratulate” –as the view may be.

Irving Berlin, born as Izzy Baline, was of the generation of Jewish immigrants who wanted nothing more than to be thoroughly assimilated and thoroughly American. Berlin was one of the most successful examples of this, both in his personal and professional life.…

Call for papers

The Eurovision Song Contest: Popular Music, Media, and Politics
With the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest approaching, we
invite submissions for a collection of essays dealing with this popular
culture phenomenon from a wide range of historical, sociological, and
theoretical perspectives…


Linda Yelnick runs an agency that books Jewish musicians and comedians. It’s called GIGZ and operates from 520 South El Camino Real, Suite 320,
San Mateo CA 94402. She is open to representing more artists. For more information….
Phone/Fax 650 692.1763