Yearly Archives: 2006

Music in Jewish History and Culture

By Emanuel Rubin and John H. Baron

In a carefully chosen title, Rubin and Baron set about to teach not only Jewish music but to give the reader a handle to understand their working definition of Jewish music which is “Jewish music is music that serves Jewish purposes.” Thus Music in Jewish History and Culture is a title that tells the reader that any music “that serves Jewish purposes” in the course of time, various places and for various Jewish cultural or religious purposes might be construed as Jewish music. This is functional music. It must be at the service of those in the community for religious, spiritual, national, psychological, artistic or cultural matters. In the end, there are many Jewish musics. These are not only the product of the ages past such as cantillation, nusach or synagogue modes, but also the music of the streets of today’s youth in Israel or elsewhere.…

Irving Fine: An American Composer in His Time

By Phillip Ramey

This thoroughly researched biography, commissioned by Verna Fine, widow of the composer, is a highly readable entree not only to the life and works of Irving Fine, but to the history of the Brandeis University Department of Music. Irving Fine was a highly creative and innovative composer, and became the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Music and Chairman of the School of Creative Arts at Brandeis. His inventive leadership of a newly formed Creative Arts Department would set the tone and course of study for the next 50 years. Fine had taught theory and music history at Harvard from 1939-50, when he joined the music faculty of Brandeis in Fall, 1950, as Lecturer in Music and Composer in Residence. Fine’s intellect led him to a style of “Stravinskian neoclassicism and romatically inflected serialism” that was to catch the imagination and close friendship of the American musical luminaries of the day, including Boston Symphony conductor Serge Koussevitzky, composers Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, and his Brandeis colleagues Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger.…

‘A Living Legacy’ Exhibition at HUC

A multi-media exhibition celebrating the creativity and contributions of
Samuel Adler, Charles Davidson, Jack Gottlieb, Michael Isaacson,
Gershon Kingsley,
Stephen Richards, Bonia Shur, Simon Sargon, Ben Steinberg, and Yehudi Wyner

and reflecting the enduring inspiration of their mentors

On View: November 12, 2006 – January 31, 2007
Museum Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am – 5 pm; Fridays, 9 am – 3 pm;
Also Sunday, December 10, 10 am – 2 pm
Information/Tours: 212-824-2205
Admission: Free, Photo ID required

‘Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish’ at National Arts Club

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 8 PM
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South (at 20th St. between Park Avenue & Irving
Place), New York City
Free event.

Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish
Slide Lecture, Musical Performance & Booksigning
In his latest book, Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish, composer and
author, Jack Gottlieb chronicles how Jewish songwriters and composers
transformed American popular music of the mid-twentieth-century. Dr.
Gottlieb will play piano and show vintage images as he illustrates
the connection, citing instances where Yiddish songs and cantorial
music were adapted by Jewish songwriters as they penned tunes for Tin
Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood. The book (which includes a CD)
will be available at NAC member discount. A reception will follow.

Milken Archive Releases 50 CD set

Milken Archive Completes First Phase of Multi-Year Recording Project with Release of 49th and 50th CDs-
and Complete Box Set

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, the most comprehensive exploration of music related to Jewish life in America ever undertaken, has reached a major milestone with the release of the 49th and 50th CDs in its pioneering recording series on Naxos American Classics.

These discs illustrate two of the Archive’s primary goals: to reconstruct and preserve for current and future generations major musical manifestations of the American Jewish experience and to reveal the intersection of Jewish composers and Jewish subject matter with some of the major genres in Western classical music.
The Milken Archive has also released a deluxe box set of < 50 Milken Archive CDs.…

Artist-in-Residence Opportunity

Sarah Beller is serving as co-coordinator for the Artist-in-Residence program at
the National Havurah Committee’s Summer Institute, a week-long
celebration of Jewish learning and living attended by a diverse group of
Jews from all over North America (Conservative, Reconstructionist,
Reform, Renewal, Orthodox, single, partnered, young, old, LGBT, etc.).

Under a grant from the Poretsky Foundation, the NHC sponsors two Jewish
Artists-in-Residence to teach and be part of the Institute community.
The application forms are available online, and those who wish may

The Poretsky Artist-in-Residence grant is ideal for those wishing to
explore a participatory project or thematic course idea in a supportive
community that itself includes a number of talented artists. The program is
particularly searching for artist-teachers who can help others become
art-makers for the week, and who will participate actively as both
teachers and learners in the Institute community that forms each summer.…

Rabbi Joe Black & Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

Rabbi Joe Black with The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band in Two Hanukkah Concerts!
Wednesday, December 20 (sixth night of Hanukkah)
6:00 pm Family Concert
7:30 pm Community Concert
Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
Doors and concessions open 1/2 hour before each concert
$12 advance/$15 at the door
Children age 3 and under free
Family maximum $50 advance/$55 at the door
Come early – stay late! One ticket price for one concert or both!
Be a Maccabee!
For $250, receive a reserved parking space in the Temple Sholom lot the
night of the concert, reserved concert seats for up to 6 people, a Rabbi Joe
Black CD, & a Maxwell Street Klezmer Band CD. Maccabee spaces are limited!
Reserve your tickets today!…

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo in Berlin

Dienstag, 21. November 2006, 21 Uhr

Ort: Maschinenhaus in der Kulturbauerei, Knaackstr. 97
Eintritt: VVK: 12,- Euro (zzgl. VVG) // AK: 15,- Euro
Karten unter: 030 – 44 31 51 51
Beginn: 21 Uhr

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Eben klagt und weint sie noch – und im nächsten Moment hüpft sie fröhlich
davon und rennt, getrieben von purer Lebensfreude, immer schneller, die Violine
von Deborah Strauss, gefolgt von der federleichtfüßigen Gitarre Jeff
Warschauers. Die Musiker aus Brooklyn sind – konzertant und pädagogisch –
Koryphäen in
Sachen Klezmer und Yiddish Music. Sie waren Mitglieder der Klezmer Conservatory
Band und haben mit Itzhak Perlman musiziert. Manche Lieder dieser
wunderbaren, leisen CD singt Jeff Warschauer, der auch begnadeter Mandolinist ist,
alleine – mit hellem traurig-frohen Tenor. Wenn Deborah Strauss singt, dann ist es
filigran, behutsam, hört bei Duettpassagen genau auf ihren Partner hörend.…

Bo Shir Ivri , Come Thou Hebrew Song– A NEW BOOK

The publication of a new book “Bo Shir Ivri (Come, Thou Hebrew Song) – Songs of the Land of Israel: Musical and Social Aspects” (Haifa University Press, 2005) by Dr. Talila Eliram, will be celebrated in the auditorium of the music dept. at Bar Ilan University, on Wednesday, 22 November, 2006, 7:30pm. Free admission. Please confirm your participation (or leave a message) at either: 08-9432870, or 054-8032870

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos in East Village

Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos
perform together at Nuyorican Poets Cafe,
an East Village cultural landmark for 30 years!
Tuesday, November 21st
8pm double bill, $8 cover charge
as part of the club’s monthly Women Take the Bandstand series
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C), NYC
hotline: 212-505-8183

Shalom Kids by Roberta Seltzer CD

A new CD for children called “Shalom Kids” is now available through CD Baby by Roberta Seltzer.Roberta Seltzer is a children’s performer whose warm voice delights both youngsters and adults. She entertains extensively at temples, schools, libraries and organizations,
where she builds a warm rapport with her audience. In her CD SHALOM KIDS, she shares some of her favorite Shabbat melodies and familiar playsongs.

Roberta serves as music specialist at various temples, day schools and community centers. Sound clips for the CD are available at CD Baby.

Ruth and Naomi Raise Your Spirits in Israel
On stage in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, Israel is the season’s newest SMASH
HIT musical production – RUTH & NAOMI in the Fields of Bethlehem.

RUTH & NAOMI is the fourth production of the Efrat/Gush Etzion Raise Your Spirits
Summer Stock Festival. It follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “JOSEPH & The Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat” and two other original musicals, “ESTHER & The Secrets in The
King’s Court” and “NOAH! Ride the Wave!” “ESTHER,” “NOAH!” and “RUTH & NAOMI” were
all written by the team of Arlene Chertoff, Toby Klein Greenwald and Sharon Katz.
The music for “RUTH & NAOMI” was composed by Mitch Clyman.

Raise Your Spirits has already performed for more than 20,000 women and raised more
than 400,000 NIS for charity.

This year’s production is totally sold out until the middle of November, but tickets
are still available for November 20th and November 30th.…

Hanukah Hopkele – Yiddish klezmer keilidh

Live klezmer music and dance with attitude!
The Hanukah Hopkele – Yiddish klezmer keilidh.
Sunday 17 December 2006
Doors open 7.15pm, first dance 7.45pm

Merlin Shepherd’s Chanukah Dance Band
will provide the musical entertainment (Merlin Shepherd on clarinet, Ilana
on violin, Polina Shepherd on accordion and Julia Doyle on bass) and
your dance caller for the evening will be Sue Foy, all the way from
Budapest. Your last chance to bop the klezmer way in 2006!

Venue: 40 Hallam Street, London W1. Nearest tubes: Great Portland Street;
Oxford Circus.
Tickets £15, £12 concs. Call 020 8985 3724 or email to
This special party is being hosted and supported by Central Synagogue, and
forms part of the Jewish Music Institute’s Autumn/Spring programme.…

Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour

The Klezmatics will be in conert for a Woody Guthrie music performance to bring Happy Hanukkah music to Washington state.
When: December 12, 7:30pm
Where: Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
Info: Adult $36 Senior $32.50 Youth $15 Group $32
All tickets subject to a $1.00 service fee
(Youth is 25 and younger; Senior is 62 and older)
For information call Kirkland Performance Center at
(425) 893-9900 or visit
Taking advantage of a rare opportunity, Kirkland Performance Center
welcomes The Klezmatics to their 2006-2007 line-up midseason. The
Klezmatics will perform Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah Tour at
KPC December 12.
The Klezmatics will be presenting a contagious celebration of Hanukkah,
marrying their soulful and ebullient Jewish roots to Woody Guthrie’s
poignantly mesmerizing and newly discovered lyrics.…

American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music

Meira Warshauer Look to the Light will be performed on November 12 at Princeton University as part of American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music and Poetry Program

Meira Warshauer’s Look to the Light for SATB and piano, with text by
Rabbi Dan Grossman will be performed by Sharim V’Sharot, central New
Jersey’s select Jewish choir, Elayne Robinson Grossman, Music Director,
as part of their “American Democracy Inspires Jewish Music and Poetry”
program on Sunday, November 12 – 1:00 PM in Frist Hall on the campus of
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Look to the Light portrays
Chanukah themes of light and freedom through the lens of American
experience, with references to George Washington and Billings, Montana.

This program is free and open to the public, however reservations are

Le festival NIGUNIM

Le festival NIGUNIM (Mélodies) a débuté avec brio. Ceux d’entre vous qui ont assisté au concert de Gerard Edery peuvent en témoigner!

Et voici les deux évènements du week-end prochain:

Samedi 11 novembre à 20h
Salle Ernest Ansermet (Maison de la Radio, 66 Bd Carl Vogt)

TOHU veBOHU musiques klezmer, arabo-andalouse et de la Renaissance
avec: Michel Borzykowski: saxophone, Christine Niggeler: accordéon, Bianca
Mihaies-Favez: violon, Adrien Gaubert: contrebasse, Adel Degaichia: chant,
percussion & cordes, Claude Jordan: flûtes, Cecilia Knudtsen: viole, Laura Mendy:
clavecin, Patricia Esteban: flûtes & percussion, Julie Mazille: flûtes & chant


Dimanche 12 novembre à 17h
Salle Robert Dunand ( 9 rue du Marché, Carouge)

pour enfants et adultes de 7 à 777 ans! avec 2 invités successifs:

– Rose Bacot (voix et clarinette):
“Zlateh la chèvre” (d’après I.Bashevis Singer)

– la Compagnie “2 temps 3 mouvements”:
“Otto, autobiographie d’un ours en peluche” (d’après Tomi Ungerer)
avec Nathalie Athlan, Sylvie Zahnd, Marc Athlan & Proum-Proum:
Mise en scène et chorégraphies : Rossella Riccaboni

Billets en vente:
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aux guichets ResaPlus (liste sur
par téléphone: 0900 552 333 (1 fr/minute)

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Le comité de l’AMJ se réjouit de vous y retrouver avec de la belle musique et de


Over 250 adults and children will celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, in concert, 3 P.M., Sunday, December
10, 2006 as Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan hosts its unique, multigenerational Festival of Choirs.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street off of Central Park West in Manhattan. For more information about this concert, please call (212) 362-8800, ext. 1337. A Festival of Choirs is free of charge and open to the entire community.

The seventh annual concert will feature cantors and their volunteer adult and children’s choirs from all
over the New York metropolitan area. This year, the first night of Chanukah is Friday, December 15, 2006.

“There is no better way to usher in the festival of Chanukah than to see people from all ages, literally from age five to 85 singing together,” according to Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor, Rebecca Garfein.…

‘Ud & Piyyut 2006 The Legacy of Asher Mizrahi

This year’s Ud U’fiyyut (a co-production of the JMRC and the Confederation House in Jerusalem, in the framework of the International ‘Ud Festival Jerusalem, 2006) bears the title:
Mi-qeddem U-miyyam: The Legacy of Asher Mizrahi

This concert is dedicated to the work of Asher Mizrahi – poet, musician, composer, artist and a teacher of Hebrew and music – who was born in Jerusalem in 1890, lived more than 40 years in Tunisia, and died in Jerusalem in 1967. Mizrahi wrote songs in Ladino, Hebrew Piyyutim of longing to Zion, as well as Arab-Tunisian songs, performed in the 1930′ and 1940′ by the most prominent musicians of his time, both Jews and Arabs.

The ‘Ud Ufiyyut series, initiated by the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University, together with the Confederation House in Jerusalem as part of the International ‘Us Festival, Jerusalem, is meant to bring closer the academia and the stage.…

What to Listen For in Jewish Music

By Charles Heller

Heller covers the basics. He does so in a rather quirky way with very short, self-contained chapters. On the one hand, the book presumes one can read notes and there are many musical illustrations. On the other hand, he has some basic music hints –such as an illustration on how to relate notes on the score to a picture of a piano, or what a major and minor chord sound like –examples which makes the book seem as if it’s intended for those who have a very hard time reading music and no music theory background at all. It does seem difficult to me to explain Jewish modal theory if one doesn’t have the basics of a western scale firmly mastered. Somehow I’m having a hard time understanding this book’s audience as the author envisioned it.…

Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-Bibliography

By Leonard Lehrman

Even though Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-Bibliography is large, with more than 645 pages, this review will be brief, because it’s very easy to describe this book. This is Leonard Lehrman’s labor of love. For years he has been a fan, promoter, musicologist, arranger, adapter, reconstructor and performer of the works of Marc Blitzstein. Blitzstein is a major figure in American music and his star continues to rise. Lehrman’s devotion of years of work is clear in this major reference work. The book is extremely thorough, comprehensive and filled with extraordinary minute detail. It is a must for any music library in a college or university setting, as well as anyone who is studying or working with the music of Marc Blitzstein.

The scope is enormous. It includes a brief biography of Blitzstein, including a genealogy; chronological list of musical works with bibliographies of studies, commentaries and writings about those works; a chronological list of text to the music; an alphabetical list of works with alternate titles; general articles; and information about performances of the works.…

Come Celebrate Joel Mandelbaum & Friends at PeaceSmiths

On Sun., Nov. 12, 2006 at 3PM PeaceSmiths, The Elie Siegmeister Society, and The Professor Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation for Ethics, Religion, Science and the Arts, Inc. proudly present A Concert of Music by Joel Mandelbaum & Friends, launching the celebration of his 75th year, with Helene Williams, soprano; Antoinette Blaikie, oboist; and composers Jay Anthony Gach, Leonard Lehrman, & Joel Mandelbaum, the latter two at the piano, at First United Methodist Church, at 25 Broadway (Route 110 – “the last church on the left,” going south), in Amityville, NY. Info: 631-798-0778. A donation of $8 is suggested.

Two pieces will receive their world premieres at this concert: Elie Siegmeister’s “Outside My Window,” on a text by poet Kim Rich, who will also be present; and Mandelbaum’s setting of his own (June 10, 2005) “Letter to Jewish Week,” composed for the occasion.…


Song of the Lodz Ghetto in Yiddish, with English Supertitles
SUNDAY, DEC 3, 2:30 PM
36 Battery Place, New York, NY
Tickets: (646) 437 4202
World-renowned New Jewish Music quartet Brave Old World, the super group of the Klezmer revival, brings forth a breathtakingly original program combining the soulfulness of Yiddish tradition, the finesse of classical music and the vitality of jazz. Virtuoso musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling and Stuart Brotman join together to bring us a uniquely constructed theatrical evening exploring the beautiful and haunting Jewish melodies composed in the Nazi Ghetto of Lodz, Poland from 1941-1944. Featuring original Lodz Ghetto street songs and Jewish music of prewar Poland, interwoven with Brave Old World’s own arrangements and compositions, this is music of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit.…

Just Put it on Your Calendar Now: KlezCalifornia in January, 2007

Coming soon in San Francisco:
KlezCalifornia at the JCCSF
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 · 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Concert with the award-winning
European band BUDOWITZ
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 · 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
A full day of participatory workshops
Learn the klezmer style (all instruments, levels) with BUDOWITZ musicicans
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Yiddish theater, language, literature, songs, history, and crafts
Special programs for teens and youth

Tickets will be available at JCCSF Box Office
415-292.1233 or

Kleztet Events Lineup

A number of exciting things going on in the next week or two for Kleztet fans.
On Monday, November 6, Kleztet will be giving another free concerts at
the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. This time it will be in the Dance Studio
(B28) from 7 until 9 pm. The studio is pretty hard to find, so your best
bet is just to get to Peabody, and then ask security (or a student) for

Another event: Kleztet will be at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, or NERFA, in Monticello, New York at 9:45 pm on the evening of Saturday, November 11., 2006.

KlezKamp 22 – Hasidish Yiddish

KlezKamp 22 – Hasidish Yiddish
KlezKamp is almost here again! It’s being held December 24-29, 2006, at the
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, New York for a week of Yiddish
music and culture.

The entire catalogue and registration materials are available online at
If you would like Living Traditions to mail you a catalogue or
would like them to do so in the future, please email your current contact
information, email:

Psalms of Joy and Sorrow

On October 17, the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music released the 48th CD in its pioneering recording series that documents music related to the Jewish experience in America. Titled Psalms of Joy and Sorrow, this new disc reflects the varied responses of twelve 20th- and 21st-century composers to some of the most affecting and enduring of all biblical texts-the Psalms.

Common to the liturgies, histories, and spirit of both Judaism and Christianity, the biblical Book of Psalms is one of the most widely familiar and most frequently quoted books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms’ sentiments and teachings, expressed in a singular blend of majestic grandeur and poignant simplicity, give them a uniquely universal resonance.

Encompassing virtually every human emotion and mood from exaltation to alienation, hope to despair, these texts have inspired musical interpretation since Jewish antiquity, with notated musical settings dating back more than ten centuries.…

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar at Stain

ABOP performs at Stain Bar on Wed, Nov 1, 2006. 7-9pm.
Admission is by donation at the event.
766 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (By Subway: take L to Grand, 1 block west)
718-387-7840 | for more directions and information.

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar new CD is now available! Branch from the Tree features fresh
interpretations of rarely heard material first recorded by Romanian-born
cymbalom master and Lower East Side restaurateur, Joseph Moskowitz. On this
debut cd, the band also explores early 20th century Jewish fiddle pieces,
improvisation, newly composed music, and pieces from the klezmer and
Eastern European repertoire. Learn about the CD, listen to clips, or purchase it online at

Helfgot Sings at the Met

Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 7:30pm. Acclaimed Cantor Yizchak Meir Helfgot will sing cantorial classics at the Metropolitcan Opera House in New York as part of a Cantors World presentation. Cantor Helfgot is cantor at the Park East Synagogue. He will be accompanied by members of the New York Philharmonic with Dr. M. Sobol conducting a choir. General seating is $50, VIP $100, Friend $180, Family $250 and Supporter $500. There are other seatings as well. For more information see or call 718-851-3226.

MUSICA ANTIGUA DE EDUARDO PANIAGUA playing around Canada this Fall

MUSICA ANTIGUA DE EDUARDO PANIAGUA, a group dealing with Spanish medieval music, will perform soon in Canada. On October 26th at the Outaouais Festival de Musiques Sacrées with the program “Three Cultures (Jewish’, Muslim’ and Christiian’ Spanish medieval music and song)”. and on Oct. 28th
at the Quebec Festival de Musiques Sacrées with the program “Sefarad in Al-Andalus
(music and poetry from Hispano-Jewish Golden Age)”.

On November 4th the group will play the
“Three Cultures” program at Givatayim Theater (Tel-Aviv, Israel), and on Nov 6th at
the Jerusalem International Oud Festival, with the program “The Andalusian Oud”.

On Nov 22th the group travels to Germany where they will present “Sefarad in Al-Andalus” at the Cervantes Institute of Munich, as part of the “Jüdische Kulturtage”.
Contact Klezmer Sefardi.…


51st Annual Concert of the Zemel Choir
Cantors and Choristers
Sunday 12th November 2006, 7.30pm
Belsize Square Synagogue
51 Belsize Square , London NW3 4HX, UK

Now in its 51st year, Britain’s leading mixed voice Jewish choir,
presents a mixed bag of choral goodies at a concert at Belsize
Square Synagogue on November 12th.

The concert follows Benjamin Wolf‘s appointment as choirmaster
at the synagogue, and includes a performance by a new male-
voice quartet comprising young soloists Marc Finer, Eliot
Alderman and Benjamin Seifert, joined by Benjamin Wolf
. Finer,
Alderman and Seifert are already well known to Jewish audiences
as cantors and cantorial soloists.

With music ranging from Yiddish opera to close-harmony, and
including jazzy arrangements of Chanukah tunes, this promises
to be a fun concert not to be missed.…

Beverly Hills Concert Music and the Holocaust: Survival, Resistance and Response

“Music and the Holocaust: Survival, Resistance and Response” is a concert of
rarely heard music composed in hiding, before deportation, and in Nazi concentration
camps and ghettos.

The Concert features Choral Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Zimriyah
, USC Thornton School of Music Chamber Choir and student soloists, members of
the Los Angeles Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble ( la vie ), Cantor David Cane, and recordings made in the camps. The program will include works from various composers
in hiding, concentration camps and ghettos, including:

Cantor David Cane’s performance of songs he was forced to sing in Auschwitz.

— A Jewish composer’s eight-minute choral work, written in the Kreuzburg Civilian
Internment Camp as a gift to Christian inmates who protected him and several other
Jewish inmates.…


Neshama Carlebach in NY. The charismatic Neshama Carlebach, whose voice and enthusiastic presentation
energizes audiences of all ages whether she is singing popular Hebrew and Israeli
songs or liturgical music, will appear in a concert on Sun., Nov. 19th, at 3 P.M.,
at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel, Henry Hudson Parkway East and West
250th Street, The Bronx, NYC. Modern, traditional and original songs will be featured.
The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale Choir, a community-based group that performed at the recent Jewish
Heritage Night at Shea Stadium, also will appear.
Tickets are: adults-$20 in advance, $25 at door; seniors-$15 and $20; students-$10
and $15.
Take Exit 19 on Henry Hudson Parkway. No. 1 Subway to 231st Street, then No. 7 or
10 buses. BxM 1 or BxM 2 express buses from Manhattan.…

Concerts at the Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC

Sunday, November 12, 1:30 P.M.
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Jewish Composers: Jerusalem to Broadway
With featured artists Guy Mannheim, tenor, and Shirit-Lee Weiss, soprano

Join Israeli soprano Shirit-Lee Weiss and Israeli tenor Guy Mannheim, a
soloist with the New Israeli Opera, for an exciting musical journey from
the streets of Jerusalem, through the shtetls of Eastern Europe and the
cities of Western Europe after WWII, to the sparkling lights of
Broadway. In a true celebration of the Jewish spirit, the program will
include the music and lyrics of world-renowned artists such as
Bernstein, Sondheim, and Weill, along with Israeli music by Naomi
Shemer, Zohar Argov, and others.

Tenor Guy Mannheim has performed with the New Israeli Opera, the New
York Chamber Opera, and in concerts and recitals in Israel, Germany, and
New York.…

Mofa Theater Zionist Play Looking for Venues

Yaara Guy, the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for the
Mofa Theatre writes to JMWC about their Zionist play “We need a homeland”.
If you are interested in a play about the period in Israel from the day the UN decided to divide the land between the Jews and the Arabs (November 28th) until David Ben Gurion declared Israel a state (May, 1948), you may wish to look into this production. The play is targeted for children ages ten and up. Call him at 972-9-7442292
or 972-57-7300072. Email:

Helene Engel Sings Yiddish in Lausanne, Switzerland

Les oiseaux reviennent avec le printemps au Quebec et Hélène Engel revient chanter
avec l’automne en Suisse… et en yiddish (mais pas seulement!) avec le groupe

Le 4 Novembre à 20h30
CPO à Lausanne (Centre Pluriculturel et social d’Ouchy)
Beau-Rivage 2 Lausanne
Prix d’entrée: entre 14 et 22 Fs
Réservations: 004121 616 26 72 ou

Le 5 Novembre à 10h30
Maison du Prieur à Romainmôtier Brunch-Concert
tel: 004122 366 01 53
prix 55 Fs (brunch gastronomique inclus)

De belles musiques en perspective… nous nous réjouissons de vous y rencontrer!

For More Info:
Michel Borzykowski
site klezmer:
site AMJ:

Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert in Springfield, MA

Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert
Sunday, October 22nd , 2006
Rivers Memorial Building
Western New England College
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA

On Sunday, October 22nd at 3pm there will be a FREE concert commemorating
the “Daniel Pearl Music Day” of Peace and Harmony. The concert will take
place in the Rivers Memorial Building at Western New England College, 1215
Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. For more info please contact Steve
Roulier at 413-782-1520 (

The musical groups performing will be:

– The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble
Ilene Stahl, clarinet
Brian Bender, trombone
Christina Crowder, accordion
Grant Smith, drums
Genevieve Rose, bass

– The Children’s Choruses of the Community Music School of Springfield

– Western New England College Campus Chorus

– The Presto String Ensemble

– Tehilah, adult gospel choir, from St.…


Yair Dalal:
WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City
A unique performance in the four-day program
Back to Babylon: 2600 Years of Jewish Life in Iraq, November 2-5, 2006,
Exploring the venerable and multifaceted culture of Iraqi Jewry< During the first half of the 20th century, Jews were virtually the only instrumentalists in the Iraqi musical scene. All the musicians from Iraq who attended the first Arabic music congress in Cairo in 1932 were Jewish (but one). With the exile of the Jewish community in the 1950’s, many famous Iraqi Jewish musicians immigrated to Israel. Their legacy is still strong today, both in the preservation of the traditional Iraqi Maqam, and in its influence on contemporary Israeli music.


Kristallnacht Commemorated with the Glorious Music of Salomon Sulzer and Louis Lewandowski

New York. Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor,
Rebecca Garfein, and Cantorial Intern, Jennifer Strauss-Klein will
commemorate Kristallnacht-the Night of Broken Glass, with the music of
renowned Viennese Cantor, Salomon Sulzer and Berlin composer, Louis
Lewandowski at 6p.m., Friday, November 3, 2006 during Shabbat services.
Guest Cantor, Dr. Bruce Ruben, newly appointed Director of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s School of Sacred Music will
also participate in this special service. Rodeph Sholom’s Organist, Dr.
John Schuder and augmented professional choir, will accompany the
cantors. This event is free of charge and the entire community is
invited to attend. Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street (off
Central Park West.) For more information, please call (212) 362-8800, extension 1337.

From Kinehora to Kuni-Ayland

The Fulton Public Library, winner of 2005 & 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities / American Library Association “We the People” Bookshelves on Freedom and Becoming American, and in cooperation with the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center < http://www.oswegohaven.orgwill present the last pair in a series of musical presentations entitled: “FREEDOM SONG!”

The pair of events are scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 1:30 pm in Fulton, NY at the David E. Vayner Branch Library of the Fulton Public Library, 365 West First Street (in the CYO Building) and at 7:00 pm in Oswego, NY at Safe Haven, 2 East Seventh Street (on the grounds of Fort Ontario).

The concerts, performed by 11 year-old Reyna and her father, Binyumen Schaechter are entitled “From Kinehora to Kuni-Ayland: Snapshots of the History of Jewish Life in North America (1654-2005).” A musical revue in Yiddish and English with translations provided.…

Trios from Terezin in San Francisco

Performed by The Bridge Players
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-567-3327 ext. 703

Terezin, the “model concentration camp” established by the Nazis outside Prague,
became for a short time the meeting place for many of Europe’s finest musicians.
Violinist Randall Weiss will be joined by cellist Victoria Ehrlich and violist
Natalia Vershilova in performing string trios and duos by Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa,
and Zikmund Schul.

Journey of Spirit Travels to TV

The world premiere of A Journey of Spirit, the award-winning independent
documentary on wsinger/songwriter Debbie Friedman, will air on two
consecutive Sundays, October 15th and 22nd at 7 a.m. ET/PT (6 a.m. CT)
on Hallmark Channel. A Journey of Spirit which won the best film award
from the National Council for Jewish Women, and the Detroit Jewish Film
Festival award for best new Jewish film
, among others, chronicles the
inspirational story of Ms. Friedman and how she has affected
contemporary Jewish music. Check your local times and listings.

Afro-Semitic Experience in Boston

The Afro-Semitic Experience is making its Boston debut this Wednesday,
October 11 at 6:30 p.m. They will be playing at Cathedral High School, 74 Union Park Street, Boston.

At 2:30 Baba Coleman and Babafemi Alvin Carter, Jr. will be presenting a
drumming workshop for the students and then at 6:30 will be the

Joining this concert will be special guests Art Blakey,
alumnus Kalim Zarif on piano (Warren is in Nepal!!) and Paradox Trio’s very
own Matt Darriau on clarinet and sax. Admission is free, but seating is
limited. For more info please call 617-542-2325.

Tell your friends and invite them to join in, as this is a low key (but hi-energy) event.

di bostoner klezmer around for the holidays

Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 P.M. at the Stoughton Public Library.
Join “di bostoner klezmer” for a free, freylekh concert on Boston’s
South Shore. Accordionist Matt Wulf’s original pieces will be
featured, along with a new Terkisher by trombonist/melodicaist Brian Bender.
The library is located on 84 Park Street on the corner of Walnut
Street and Park Street (a.k.a. Route 27). For directions, call the library at
781-244-3711 or go to

Shabes October 14, 2006
Temple Emanuel in Worcester for a morning musical service starting at 9:30 A.M.
(address is 280 May Street, phone: 508-755-1257)

Motzi Shabes, October 14, 2006 in the evening – from about 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. – at the
always-lively service at Temple Beth Zion (Moshe Waldok’s shul) at 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline.…

Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska offers Jewish Music Symposium

A two-day academic symposium called “‘I Will Sing and Make Music’: Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages” will be held October 29-30, 2006. It is The Nineteenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium being held in Omaha Nebraska. This year’s theme on Jewish music has as keynote speaker Josh Jacobson of Northeastern University.
Presenters include:

Theodore Albrecht
Kent State University
“Beethoven’s Quotation of Kol Nidrei? A Circumstantial Case for Sherlock Holmes”

Paul Eisenstein Baker
University of St. Thomas (Houston)
“Leo Zeitlin and the Early Twentieth Century Society for Jewish Folk Music”

Emily A. Bell
University of Florida
“Revitalizing the Synagogue Ritual: Cantor David Putterman’s Annual Service of New Music at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue”

Dan W. Clanton, Jr.
University of Denver
“‘From Biblical Times to Lyrical Rhymes’: The Assertion of Jewish Identity in Music as Cultural Resistance”

Marsha Bryan Edelman
Gratz College
“What Do You Mean, ‘It Doesn’t Sound Jewish?’: Debunking Myths and Defining Models for Extra-Liturgical Music”

Anat Feinberg
College of Jewish Studies Heidelberg
“To Play or Not to Play: Jewish Musicians in Germany After 1945”

Susan M.…

Sharon Bernstein at Kavehoyz

Sharon Bernstein will perform a concert of Yiddish songs of angels and streets, accompanying herself on the piano,

Thursday, October 19, 7pm
Congress for Jewish Culture
25 E. 21st St., Manhattan (between Park and Broadway, take the “6” train to 23rd street)
$7 admission includes coffee, tea and pastries.
For more information, call 212-505-8040

“ZUN MIT A REGN” (Sun and Rain) in St. Petersburg

The Amsterdam Jewish Music Projects Foundation will be taking part in
the Russian Centennial Celebration for Dmitri Shostakovich with the
programme “Zun mit a regn” (Sun and Rain) that is to be performed at the
Shostakovich Conferences in St. Petersburg on 12 and 13 October. The
programme, which premiered in the Netherlands, includes chamber music and
songs composed by Shostakovich himself and by his friends Mieczyslaw
Weinberg and Veniamin Basner. The central source of inspiration for the
works on the programme is the music of the Jewish people, oppressed in
Russia during the Stalin regime. The works will be performed by singer
Sovali (soprano), violinist Grigory Sedukh, cellist Alexander Oratovski and
pianist Paul Prenen. The performances are supported by the Wilhelmina E.
Jansen Fund.



Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd Street

Michael Alpert, artistic consultant.
Yiddish musicperformed by a blockbuster crew, with Michael Alpert: vocals, drums, violin,
Sharon Bernstein: vocals, Adrienne Cooper: vocals,
Rebecca Kaplan: vocals, Janet Leuchter: vocals,
Miryem-Khaye Seigal: vocals, Paula Teitelbaum: vocals,
Deborah Strauss: violin, Marilyn Lerner: piano, Peter
: cimbalom
To purchase tickets 212-415-5500
JMWC Recommendation: “Not to be Missed”!

7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

The 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2006, will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada, from Sunday October 8th to Thursday October 12th, 2006.

The annual ISMIR Conference is the first established international forum for those involved in work on accessing digital musical materials. It reflects the tremendous growth of music-related data available either locally or remotely and the consequent need to search this content and retrieve music and musical information efficiently and effectively.

LP Camp or True Americana?

The ‘History of Jewish music’ told through LP album covers is ready for perusal and additions.
Josh Kun and Roger Bennett, calling themselves “Hippocampus,” have entered the entertaining world of Jewish camp. It’s hard to say whether this is more a dedication to a really bad advertising ideas at Capitol and Decca Records in the 50s or actual Jewish sensibilities. Neverthess, their blog says it all: or will, eventually.

Sandy Cash will be touring this Fall

Singer songwriter and storyteller Sandy Cash plays and sings in English accompanied by accoustic guitar. The Yale-educated, Detroit-born singer is popular in Israel’s “anglo” community. Sandy, who has also performed opera in Hebrew in Israel, has a rich voice which you can hear online at her website: Her touring starts next month in Georgia.

Wednesday, October 25
Eddie’s Attic
515-B North McDonough St. Decatur, GA
Info: Eddie’s Attic website or call 404-377-4976
For more tour dates, read on.

Save the Date–Trios from Terezin

Trios from Terezin
Performed by The Bridge Players
Thursday, January 11, 2007, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

BJE Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-567-3327 ext. 703

Terezin, the “model concentration camp” established by the Nazis outside Prague,
became for a short time the meeting place for many of Europe’s finest musicians.
Violinist Randall Weiss will be joined by cellist Victoria Ehrlich and violist
Natalia Vershilova in performing string trios and duos by Gideon Klein, Hans Krasa,
and Zikmund Schul.


Sunday, September 17th, 2006
Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
7 PM Doors Open, 8 PM Concert/Dance Party

Goldenshteyn Tribute Ensemble
Featuring: Frank London, Jeff Warschauer, Margot Leverett, Susan Watts,
Aaron Alexander, Alicia Svigals, and many more
The Goldenshteyn Tribute Ensemble will begin at 8 PM on Sunday September
17th at Southpaw. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call
212.946.6334 or visit for more information
and online ticket purchase.

Catch Metropolitan Klezmer Before the Holidays

Metropolitan Klezmer octet on the cusp of the holidays (awe-appropriate…)
Recharged traditionals, soulful originals, retro surprises! Full details

Thursday, September 14
7:00pm @ JCC Metrowest, West Orange NJ – free!

Tuesday, September 19
7:30pm @ Mo Pitkin’s – Judeo/Latino cuisine!
34 Avenue A (East Village) NYC


by the New Budapest Orpheum Society
Thursday, September 14, 7 pm
VENUE: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West
16th Street
TICKETS: $20/$10 students – Box Office: 917-606-8200/

Experience the musical tradition of the European Jewish cabaret. The NBOS, an
eight-member ensemble, revives hauntingly beautiful songs from these troupes and
from composers and lyricists in exile. The performance will mix skits, comedy, and
songs in German, Hebrew, Yiddish and English with scholarly commentary.

Pre-concert talk (free to ticket holders): 6:15-6:45 p.m., “Jewish Cabaret: The
Stories Behind the Stereotypes” Philip Bohlman, Artistic Director, New Budapest
Orpheum Society; Mary Werkman, Professor of the Humanities and of Music, University
of Chicago
For more information

Grand Récital Liturgiques Roch Hachana 5767 En la grande Synagogue de Créteil

Le Président André BENAYOUN
Et les Membres de la Commission Administrative de la communauté de Créteil
Monsieur le Rabbin Alain SENIOR
Ont l’honneur et la joie de vous inviter
En présence d’Artistes et de Journalistes
Des présidents de communautés et des membres du consistoire
Le Dimanche 17 Septembre 2006 – 14 Elloul 5767 à 19h30
En la grande Synagogue de Créteil – KYRIAT – EL
Rue du 8 mai 1945 – 94000 CRETEIL
au profit des sinistrés du Nord d’Israël.
Au Grand Récital Liturgiques Roch Hachana 5767
Avec la Participation Exceptionnelle des Artistes
Ténor « Gabriel Efassi »
Hazan « Michaël Dahan »
Hazan « Moshé Amram »
Violoniste «Chalom Kinor»
Exposition JUDAICA
Présentation des Oeuvres, Artiste Peintre Israélien.
« Meyer LAZAR»
P.a.f : 20 euros, étudiants 10 euros – Suivi d’un cocktail.…

Simcha on the Square at Trafalgar Square, London

A Celebration of British Jewish Culture in the presence of deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron. Marking 350 years of British Jewish life. All welcome. Admission Free. Bring a Shofar to Grafalgar Square for a mass Shofar blast at around 2pm. Sunday, Spet. 17, 2006 1:00pm-7:00pm.
Hear Danny Shine’s Neshama Jewish Wedding Band, Three Cantors, The London Jewish Male Choir, She’Koyakh’s top tapping klezmer, Mor Karbasi, The Ronnie Scott’s Legacy Quartet in a jazz tribute, Los Desterrados, The Sophie Solomon Band’s world music, Merlin and Polina Shepherd with special guests, Rivers of Babylon Iraqi Jewish music, and featuring Jewish Lad’s and Girls Brigade, and the Jewish Youth Choir, Oranim and Ntzanim dance troupes and more. Deliciou food and lots of exhibitions of Jewish history and culture.…

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.

Toronto Jewish Folk Choir at Ashkenaz

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir is performing Sunday, September 3, 1 p.m. in the Brigantine Room at the Ashkenaz festival in Toronto. Free admission.
This will be the second performance of In Amerike, for choir and klezmer band by Sid Robinovitch – a terrific piece that was a big hit at its premiere in June. Beyond the Pale is joining the choir, and Sid is coming in from Winnipeg to play the piano part. Toronto Jewish Folk Choir also doing a few other numbers, including a choral version of the beautiful lullabye, Rozhinkes mit mandlen (Raisins and Almonds). Alexander Veprinsky will conduct the concert, including excerpts from a medley he created for our 80th anniversary concert.

Shevet Achim Featured on Richard Nunemaker CD

Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) by Meira Warshauer featured on New Richard
Nunemaker CD Project – Work Has Special Relevance for Today
Clarinetist Richard Nunemaker has released a new CD “The Louisville
which features Meira Warshauer’s “Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell).”
The Louisville Project (AUR CD 3127). The piece, for two bass clarinets, is a response to the troubled
relationship between the descendants of half-brothers Yitzchak and
Yishmael (sons of Abraham), now Israelis and Palestinians. Written in
fall, 2000, the piece roils with the conflict between the two peoples,
expressing both intense animosity and common identification. It has been
observed that the most strongly felt conflicts are between peoples whose
lives and histories are intertwined on many levels.

For more information,
including how to order this CD from Arizona University Recordings,
please visit…

Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Located in the Wimberly Library at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton, Florida campus, the Judaica Sound Archives has grown, since its inception in 2002, into a center for the collection and preservation of Judaica sound recordings. Its unique and rapidly expanding website ( allows browsers to search their 78 rpm database by artist or song title, hear the recorded works of prominent artists, and learn more about the program to rescue recorded Jewish music. The JSA’s collection includes Yiddish theater, Israeli folk, cantorial, and Sephardic music. Their goal is to be as inclusive as possible. Access to all of the digitized recordings in the JSA’s collection is possible through dedicated “research and listening stations” in the Wimberly Library. Off-site “research and listening stations” are planned for the future.…

KlezCalifornia All-Stars in San Francisco

YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL in downtown San Francisco, September 10, 2006, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
The KlezCalifornia All-Stars : Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance
101 will be part of the Music in the Gardens 101 which is a
series of narrated concerts that provides audiences a unique
and invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand from master
musicians about the music they perform, and their personal
sources of inspiration. The series is designed to appeal as
much to the musician and non-musician; as much to a
grandparent as to a child. Featuring Stu Brotman of
Brave Old World, Julie Egger of Red Hot Chachkas, Josh
of Veretski Pass, Kevin Mummey and Steve Saxon of
KlezX, and Gerry Tenney of California Klezmer. See
for information and directions.

Theresa Tova Sings Beyle

Theresa Tova is launching a new CD:
“You Ask Me Why — Tova Sings Beyle”. It is an ambitious CD featuring
a collaboration with masterful producer/arranger John Alcorn. The CD
celebrates the songs of Yiddish poet and songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (National Endowment of the Arts honoree). Tova places these folk gems in settings that are a meange of jazz, world
and contemporary pop grooves… bridging the gap between the traditional roots of Jewish culture and
21st century sensibilities and rhythms.

The CD launch is Monday September 4th 5:30 pm at the Harbourfront
Centre Theatre in Toronto with an all star jazz band:
Mark Eisenman Piano
Artie Roth Bass and Electric Bass
Daniel Barnes Drums and Percussion
Brian Katz Classical and Electric Guitars
Jane Bunnett Flute
Kelly Jefferson Tenor Saxophone
John Macleod Trumpet
and Julie Michels Vocal duet

For more information about Theresa Tova, visit:

“Days of Awe” at Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

The “Days of Awe” to be Experienced during Selichot at Congregation
Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

The music of the High Holy Days will be
explored in a sacred experience by David Chevan with the Afro-Semitic
Experience in a program of instrumental interpretations called “The Days
of Awe.” Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph
Sholom of Manhattan will join Chevan and the Afro-Semitic Experience and
with them enter a unique spiritual realm with their arrangements of
original music, High Holy Day cantorial works from the repertoire of
Hazzan Yosele Rosenblatt, along with familiar traditional Jewish
congregational High Holiday melodies on Selichot at 7:30p.m., September
16, 2006. Special Guest, Frank London of the Klezmatics will join as
well for this special evening. The program, a highly meditative series
of improvisations and interpretations of traditional melodies, is geared
to all ages.…

‘HOTEGEZUGT’ in Geneva

Synagogue Beth Yaacov, place de la Synagogue – 1204 Genève
dimanche 3 septembre à 17h00
Michel Borzykowski, saxophone
Bianca Mihaies-Favez, violon
Pier-Yves ” Yoyvl ” Têtu, accordéon
Dragos Tara, contrebasse

International Federation of Choral Music in Jerusalem

International Federation for Choral Music Conference
September 16-20, 2006
Jerusalem, Israel

Hallel, the Israel Choral Organization is hosting. also:
Israel Ministry of Education and Culture
Israel Music Department of the Cultural Directorate
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jerusalem Music Center
Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center

A very exciting and interesting event is taking place in Israel before the High Holidays. If any of you are not totally immersed in preparations for the High Holidays and/or will be visiting relatives in Israel for the holidays, the letter below about the program may be of extreme interest to you. The letter is written by Professor André de Quadros who is the head of the Music Department at Boston University and the chair of the Multicultural and Ethnic division of the International Federation of Choral Music.…