Monthly Archives: January 2005


Havdalah plays this Sunday eve, and every Sunday thereafter @11PM
Artland Bar
609 Grand Street
Between Lorimer and Leonard
L train to Lorimer is best.
Brooklyn, NY(NYC).

Old Country

Steve Newman sent in his CD labeled ‘Old Country’. He’s a British Jewish guy, but living in Manhattan and writing songs for pubs in the Big Apple. Hmm, A bit odd and quirky but some good tunes too. Available on CD Baby.

Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band

“I can’t imagine what they [Yiddishe Cup] are like on stage, but I’m sure
the American Psychiatric Association is watching.” — George Robinson, New
York Jewish Week

Yiddishe Cup Schedule of events:
Feb. 12, Wilbert’s Food & Music, Cleveland 9:30 p.m.

March 24, Park Synagogue, Cleveland Hts., Ohio 7:15 p.m.
April 2, Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio 4:30 p.m. 330-744-7902.
June 26, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Beachwood, Ohio 6 p.m.

July 10, Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, Texas 7:30 p.m. 915-541-4481.

Shabbat Shira 10th Anniversary Concert

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah presents
Broadway Sings The Jews
special guest appearance by Tony Award winning actress Betty Buckley
Tickets: $36.00 – can be purchased @ or 212-929-9498
February 13th @5:00 PM
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street
A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert. Festive Attire.
Wheelchair accessible.

Charles Davidson music released from Milken

Including a Jazz and Blues Sabbath Service
This new Milken Archive CD of music by Charles Davidson-one of the most
frequently commissioned composers by synagogues, cantors and Jewish
institutions, as well as by secular choruses across the
country-illustrates the influence and vitality of three enduring aspects
of the Jewish experience: the timeless Sabbath liturgy, the literary
legacy of the “Golden Age” of Spanish Jewry, and the vibrant folklore
tradition of Eastern European Yiddish culture.


Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005 4:00 PM
One of the most amazing performing groups in Jewish music will be at Temple Emanuel on January 30 for a fund raising concert in support of the Cantors Assembly. The concert is being jointly presented by Temple Emanuel and the New England Region of the Cantors Assembly.

The Sons of Sepharad features leading musicians who started their lives in countries surrounding the Mediterranean, including Turkey, Morocco, Greece, France and Israel. The group was founded by Gerard Edery, who has published a book of Sephardic songs, and recorded 10 CDs of Sephardic music. He is joined by two prominent members of the Cantors Assembly, Alberto Mizrahi and Aaron Bensoussan, who serve congregations in Chicago and Toronto, respectively. The instrumentalists are Rex Benincasa (percussion) who has a career spanning professional orchestral appearances and performing in Broadway pit bands; George Mgrdichian, the leading performer on oud in the US; and Emmanuel Mann (bass) founder of several Israeli performing groups.…

Nigun Anthology Vol 1

New Book released by Transcon… Nigun Anthology.
*Unique, diverse compilation of wordless Jewish melodies (nigunim) and
liturgical settings
*Features nigunim from folk tradition and contemporary
*Includes Notational index by melody line & foreword by ethnomusicologist
Judah Cohen

*Transcending history, language, and society, the nigun – or wordless
Jewish melody – helps unify us in worship or around the Shabbat table.
Nigunim have long served to spark the spirit: 18th century Chasidim sang
nigunim to create a mood of holiness; in today’s liberal Jewish worship
service, the nigun helps shift focus to prayer from the concerns of the
outside world. Now, Transcontinental Music introduces the first
comprehensive anthology of inspiring nigun melodies, available in a
songbook with CD and on CD alone.
Purchase Songbook with CD
Purchase CD only:

‘The Whitechapel Windmill’ and A Seminar on Jewish Boxers of London’s East End

Tuesday 29 March 2005
A Seminar on Jewish Boxers of London’s East End
And excerpts from a brand new opera
‘The Whitechapel Windmill’
by Howard Frederics
The opera deals with the life of the famous Jewish boxer from the East End Jack ‘Kid’ Berg
(born Judah Bergman) covering aspects of his fascinating life. and 2 lectures on the
history of Jewish boxing in Britain.
7.30pm Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Square, London WC1
e-mail 020 7388 8822
details from Clive Bettington 07941 367 882
supported by the Kessler Foundation. The Jewish Institute (University College London),
Kingston University
and is part of the International Forum for Yiddish Culture project supported by the
Heritage Lottery Fund.

New Jewish Music Forum

The Jewish Music Forum, a new initiative of the American Society for Jewish
Music, an affiliate of the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center
for Jewish History, is pleased to announce its inaugural academic seminar
series. This ongoing seminar will feature leading scholars presenting new
research findings and theoretical contributions to the academic study of
Jewish music. All events are free and open to the public.

Jewish Music Forum
Spring 2005 Academic Seminar
“The Study of Music in Jewish Life”

January 28
Professor Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at
Harvard University, Inaugural Lecture, “Memory and History in Jewish Music”

February 11
Professor Edwin Seroussi, Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, “Studying Jewish Music in Israel:
Achievements, Failures and Challenges for the Future”
Guest chair and respondent: Professor Stephen Blum, City University of New

March 11
Professor Judah M.…

Bloch, Shoenberg, Bernstein: Assimilating Jewish Music

By David M. Schiller

For Jews, the terms “assimilating” or “assimilation” are charged. Many unpleasant associations arise with thoughts of Jews “assimilating into” or disappearing altogether into, general society; becoming like others. As Jonathan Sarna says in the introduction to his new book, American Judaism,: “Through the years, ‘assimilation’ has become so freighted with different meanings, modifiers, and cultural associations that for analytical purposes it has become virtually meaningless. In some Jewish circles, indeed, the term is regularly employed as an epithet.” But “assimilating” is a term that the dictionary states, also means, “absorbing”, or “to take in and appropriate.” It can mean a “healthy appropriation of new forms and ideas.” In this book, David Schiller bravely makes distinctions with something that “happened in a more or less remote past or that is happening now.” Using the term in the title is not only eyecatching, but essential to his thesis about the nature of Jewish art music.…