Monthly Archives: November 2004

Concert Reading of Comic Opera

“Jewish Humor from Oy to Vey” a comic opera by Seymour Barab will have a concert reading Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 3pm at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NYC. Also featuring Isaiah Sheffer, Storyteller. Singing will feature Martha Novick, soprano; Adrieene Cooper, mezzo-soprano; Nico Castel, tenor; Robet Abelson, baritone; Miriam Charney, Music Director. Candle lighting and Chanukah songs in the Steinberg Great Hall.

Golem–Homesick Songs

Homesick Songs. New album features songs about old-world cities, towns and countries. It features gypsy songs sung by Annette Ezekiel…. but this is music for the younger generation, being edgy, sexy and very vibrant. The Washington Post said “GOLEM produces the sort of music you’d expect if the shtetl were filled with punks instead of peasants.”… That gives the idea pretty well… it’s Jewish, it’s cool, but even though it’s about Europe, probably not for your bubbe. A look at the website will tell more info about music stores where the CDs are being carried.

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song Presents
Three Monday Evening Events: November 22, November 29 and December 13, 2004, 8:00
Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo,
this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect
the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and
Yiddish song.

Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky

Kaplan & Rushefsky, Amherst, MA, Nov 21
On the Paths: Yiddish Songs with Tsimbl (Oyf di vegelekh)
National Yiddish Book Center
on the campus of Hampshire College, Route 116, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Sunday, November 21, 2004 2:00 PM
Donation: $6

Acclaimed Yiddish music artists Rebecca Kaplan (vocals, piano, drum) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl, the harp-like traditional klezmer hammered dulcimer) bring to life rarely heard gems of Yiddish music from collections by Moshe Beregovski, Joseph Moskowitz, Ruth Rubin, and others.

At the National Yiddish Book Center, on the campus of Hampshire College, Route 116, Amherst, Massachusetts. You don’t need to know Yiddish to enjoy our programs! Space is limited, and all programs are filled on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, an application or reservations, please phone us at 413-256-4900.…


4�me concert de MUSIQUE JUIVE DE RUSSIE organis� par l’Association des Amis de la Musique Juive
Centre Musical Robert Dunand, 9 rue du March�, Carouge
Ces deux magnifiques virtuoses russes tireront de l’oubli des oeuvres originales de compositeurs juifs censur�s par le r�gime sovi�tique:
Jo�l ENGEL, Lazare SAMINSKI, Alexander ZHITOMIRSKI, Boris LEVENSON, Solom ROZOVSKI, Leo ZEITLIN, Joseph ACHRON, Alexander KREJN, Alexander VEPRIK, Joachim STUTSCHEWSKI , Veniamin SCHER, Israel FINKELSTEIN & Abraham JUSFIN.
Prix 25.- / AVS, ch�meurs, �tudiants… 15.-
R�duction suppl�mentaire de 5.- aux membres AMJ
Informations et r�servations: tel 022 734.71.93

Jack Gottlieb on LOC site

Jack Gottlieb wrote the book, “Funny, It Doesn?t Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood.? At, you can see and hear a talk he gave on September 20 at the Library of Congress. He plays and sings examples of American music, Hebrew prayer melodies, and music from the Jewish theater, to illustrate his thesis that they are not coincidentally similar.

“Judas Maccabeus” in St. Louis

The St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music and the University City Symphony
Orchestra will collaborate for the second year in a row in a sing-along
performance of George Friderick Handel’s “Judas Maccabeus” December 11th,
2004. The concert will take place at 7:30 pm at Shaare Zedek Synagogue,
829 N. Hanley Road in University City, a suburb of St. Louis. Other music
to be performed includes “Shirey Chanukah” by Abraham Cohen, and a
newly-commissioned piece in honor of the centennial of Shaare Zedek, being
written by film composer Sheldon Mirowitz. Audience members may purchase
the piano-vocal score at the door, which serves as a ticket in all
following years, and are encouraged to sing along with the choruses.

Ilyas Malayev Ensemble

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA. Fall 2004 Season World Music Concerts at Williams to Conclude November 14 at 3:00 P.M. with Music of Bukharan Jews:
The Ilyas Malayev Ensemble.
The ensemble will perform in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College (second floor of the Bernhard Music Center) on Sunday, November 14, at 3:00 p.m. Directions: (413) 597-2736.

Meira Warshauer�s “Yishakeyni” To Be Performed Across the U.S. by

Meira Warshauer�s �Yishakeyni� To Be Performed Across the U.S. by
Jerusalem Lyric Trio
Tour Performances in North Carolina, Illinois and California

Meira Warshauer�s “Yishakeyni� (Sweeter than Wine) for soprano, flute
and piano will be performed across the U.S. by the Jerusalem Lyric Trio
during the month of November. The piece, a setting of the first four
verses of “Song of Songs,” the great love song of the Bible, will be
performed by the Trio as part of their tour concerts on the following
dates and at the following locations:

November 11 – 7:30 PM – Durham, North Carolina – Judea Reform
Congregation, 1933 West Cornwallis Rd. For more information, contact the
Congregation at 919-489-7062. This concert is co-sponsored by the Duke
University concert series.

November 14 – 3:00 PM – Sacramento, CA – Mosaic Law Congregation, 2300
Sierra Boulevard.…

Simply Safat Concert Tour

Thursday, Nov 11th @7:30pm
New Haven, CT
Congregation Bikur Cholim Sheveth Achim
112 Marvel Rd
co-sponsors: Westville Synagogue, Yale Hillel, Young Israel of New
Haven, and New Haven Hebrew Day School
Contact: Moshe Waren @ 860-490-6816

B’nai B’rith Radio, the first 24-hour Jewish music Radio Station

Washington, D.C. –B’nai B’rith Radio, the first 24-hour Jewish music radio station located in the United States began broadcasting on the Internet Oct. 18, 2004.

B’nai B’rith Radio, sponsored by B’nai B’rith International (BBI), plays Jewish music from all over the world through its website,

Unlike most Internet radio, it is free both of charge and commercials. The station is fully subsidized by BBI and its members and supporters.

Along with an eclectic Judaic play list-which includes traditional Yiddish, secular Israeli, Jewish American, Instrumental, and Chasidic music -there will be special programming like Saturday night sing-a-longs, a remembrance program for slain former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, and festive holiday shows during the Chanukah and Sukkot seasons.

Gerald Cohen music concerts

Saturday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.: Champaign, IL
Concert: Music (mostly…) of Gerald Cohen
As part of a weekend as composer/cantor-in-residence at Sinai Temple in Champaign, IL, will present a concert of solo, choral, and chamber music including Preludes and Debka for trombone and string quartet, and selections from V’higad’ta L’vincha, Maariv for Weekdays, and the opera Sarah and Hagar. Other performers include Dennis Helmrich, piano; Jerold Siena, tenor; Elliot Chasanov, trombone; Allison Fromm Entriken, conductor.
*Sinai Temple, 3104 West Windsor Road, Champaign, Illinois
Call (217) 352-8140 for information

Melodia Women’s Choir Features Yehezkel Braun

Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC,/bwill delight New York audiences with three exciting and rarely-performed works by Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun in its upcoming concert, November Song. The three works by the highly-regarded composer from Tel Aviv are written to songs and ballads by H.N.Bialik, Israel�s first national poet and one of the country�s most revered and influential writers.

The concert will be presented on November 20, 2004 at 7:30PM, at St. Peter�s Church in Chelsea (346 W. 20th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues) in New York City.

Golem Events in December

Thursday, December 9th – 2nd Night of Chanukah
A Franco-Chanukah Party with New York rockers
Golem and Les Sans Culottes!
At the Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston @ Avenue A
Tickets $8
8:30pm The Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra
9:30pm Golem
10:30 Les Sans Culottes

Saturday December 11th
Golem in Boston!
A Chanukah bash with klezmer-rock band Golem and
comedy-burlesque act “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad”!
doors @ 8pm (show at 9pm)
Paradise Lounge
969 Commonwealth Avenue
Tickets: $15

Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanuka

Announcing the new Klezmatics cd – just in time for your holiday pleasure!

The Klezmatics: Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanuka (Klezmatics Records, 2004)

In 1942, Woody Guthrie moved to Brooklyn and soon, through his mother-in-law, the renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblat, he became involved with the Coney Island Jewish community. He wrote songs about Hanuka, about Jewish history and spiritual life and about World War II and the antifascist cause. After his death in 1967, these songs sat forgotten in archives. Lost for almost thirty years, Guthrie’s Jewish lyrics were discovered in 1998 by Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie. She was so inspired by what she found, she asked the Klezmatics to write new music for the lyrics. “Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanuka” is the first recorded release of this amazing material.…

The Alexandria Kleztet

Tuesday, November 9, The Alexandria Kleztet will be at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore from 7 until 9 pm in Griswold Hall, which is located on the second floor of the main conservatory building at 17 East Mount Vernon Place. For more information and directions, visit the Peabody Institute on-line at

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song

Three Monday Evening Events on November 22, November 29 and December 13, 2004, 8:00 PM

Curated by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, this series is dedicated to presenting performances and lectures that reflect the finest current research and creativity in the fields of klezmer music and Yiddish song.

The 2004 series begins on November 22 with THE FROG AND THE WOODCUTTER: Yiddish Story, Song and Klezmer Narrations presented by renowned Yiddish teacher and storyteller Peysakh Fiszman in a special collaboration with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo.

On November 29 acclaimed Jewish music scholar Dr. Mark Kligman will join the duo in THE SOUL YOU PLACED WITHIN ME: The Essence of Eastern European Khazones, Yiddish Song and Klezmer Music.

The series closes on December 13 with THE COLUMBIA KLEZMER BAND AND THE STRAUSS/WARSCHAUER DUO: Concert and Dance Party, featuring traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs, followed by dance instruction and a dance party.…


Marty Green productions introduces:

The Ballad of Monish
a one-man musical play
written and performed by Marty Green
Sunday Nov. 21 Berney Theater 123 Doncaster St. Winnipeg 2:00 pm/8:30 pm
Tickets: 2 for $25.00

Multi-talented Winnipeg-based interpreter of Yiddish culture Marty Green
introduces his latest offering in the form of a two-hour musical play, “The
Ballad of Monish”, based on a classic poem by I. L. Peretz. What starts out
as a Jewish retelling of the classic Faust legend quickly turns into a
rollicking, satirical look at traditional Jewish attitudes towards religion,
sex, and the non-Jewish world. Marty Green has taken this epic ballad and
adapted it to a lively jazz-klezmer setting, interleaving his own
razor-sharp English translations with the original Yiddish lyrics. There is
more info on the show at
including an audio clip of the opening number.…


NUSACHMAVEN2 Announces a new playlist of general Jewish Music. This
playlist has 7 1/2 hours of music by various artists. We feature
The Miami Boys Choir, Robin Hilzner, Cantor Riselle Bain, David and
the High Spirits, Gary Schubert, Insight and Visions, Reva L’Sheva,
The Schleps, Veretski Pass, and a few more which will be added over
the next day or so. The format of this playlist will be shuffled,
so there will always be a variety of music whenever you log in.
listen at work….listen at home….tell your friends!

The Sultana Ensemble

Sunday, November 21, 2004. Centenniel Celebration Sunday, Family Sephardic Festival ? Celebrate 350, A Special Collaboration with Congregation Shearith Israel. The Jewish Museum, New York City, 1109 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY, 10126, tel: 212-423-3271 FAX: 212-423-3232.

All day, all ages. General admission to The Jewish Museum is free in honor of the Museum?s centennial.

Sunday, November 21, 2004. 2 p.m. Ages 3 and up.

Concert: The Sultana Ensemble. Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble blend Mediterranean music, flamenco, and other sounds into a fascinating experience for the whole family. Dancers and drummers will captivate the audience with their spirited moves and infectious beats! Tickets: $12 per person; $10 Jewish Museum family members, Jewish Museum, New York, NY.

The London Jewish Male Choir (LJMC)

The London Jewish Male Choir (LJMC) is delighted to announce a
pre-Chanukah 2004 concert featuring the LJMC and SHIR – a London based
quartet specializing in Jewish music from Eastern Europe and Israel – at
the Artsdepot, the new theatre at Tally Ho Corner, Finchley on Wednesday
December 1st. 8pm
The concert will feature a mixture of Klezmer, Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino,
Chassidic and Israeli music performed by two of London’s top Jewish
musical acts. This will be the first major performance conducted by the
LJMC’s new Musical Director Michael Etherton.
The Artsdepot is a state of the art 400 seat theatre and “cultural centre”
which opened in September 2004.
Tickets are available from the box office 020 8449 0048. Priced 15 (pounds)
more information on the LJMC at
more information on Shir can be found at
more information on the Artsdepot can be found at…

David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble

On November 7, 2004 at 5PM we will be performing in Satalla (World Music
Club) in New York City.
The address is 37 West 26th Street (Between Broadway and 6th).
The group consists of: Ronn Yedidia Accordion, Dave Keen Violin, Yuval Edoot
Percussion, Eddy Khaimovich Fret-less Bass, David Glukh Piccolo Trumpet.


El Mez de Hanukkah,The Month of Hanukkah!
Sunday Afternoon. NOVEMBER 21 at 3 PM
175 Temple Street, West Newton, Massachusetts
Directions: (
$18.00 in advance by phone or email reservations
$25.00 at the door on day of concert

Anusim and Sephardim in Poetry and Song

Beit Hasofer
6 Kaplan St.
Tel Aviv
Please join us on Thursday, November 4, 2004, at 8 p.m.
for a colorful evening on the reconnection of cultures
Herzl Hakak, poet and chairman of the Israeli Association of Hebrew
Writers,will speak on the sanctification of the mundane
in the poetry of Schulamith Chava Halevy
Schulamith Chava Halevy will read translations of poems
written in Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish,
as well as from her own poetry.
Stories and poems by and about anusim will be featured
We are excited to have with us again the lovely and renowned Ladino
singer Ofri Eliaz who will perform selections from her brand new CD of Ladino music
Tickets: 20 NIS per person
Soldiers, students and senior citizens: 10 NIS
Members: free
*The evening will be filmed for a documentary on anusim…