Monthly Archives: August 2006

“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.…

New Herman Berlinski CD from Milken Archive

Herman Berlinski: From the World of My Father [8.559446]

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has released a CD of four works for the synagogue and the concert hall by German-born, American composer and organist Herman Berlinski. These works reflect his rich, post-Romantic musical language, eclectic musical style, and depth of Jewish inspiration. This new disc complements the Milken Archive’s 2004 release of the composer’s Avodat Shabbat, a large-scale setting of the Sabbath evening liturgy according to the American Reform prayerbook. It brings to 45 the number of recordings released since the Milken Archive CD series was launched in September 2003.

KlezKanada has Started, So I’m on Vacation

9:15pm JMWC KlezKanada Blog here. Departing from the usual announcements, JMWC is creating a week of blogging from the wonderful and beautiful setting of KlezKanada, where I’m on vacation this week. Amazingly, they have internet connection this year, so I thought those who wish could can read what I’m doing on my summer vacation for a change.

Lucky me, my husaband and I are here at KlezKanada, –Leaving Boston…traveling through New Hampshire, Vermont and the Canadian border… where it was a relief that the holdup was not too long… on through the Montreal traffic, through the Laurentians and here at Camp B’nai B’rith. KlezKanada is getting an early start this evening with a cabaret starting right off the bat –candlelit checkered tablecloths, the whole thing–with some young singers… , “Papiroisson” is being sung with Michael Winograd accompanying Rena Herman, –who has a nice voice is setting a great mood for the crowd.…

Mikveh in Philly

Mikveh, Philadelphia, PA,
Saturday, October 28,2006, Mikveh at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia
One reader of JMWC says: ‘You’re not goin’ to get klezmer better’n this.’
‘Supergroup’ Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and jazz bass phenomenon Nicki Parrott. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.

ONE HEART: Music for the World in South Africa

A Benefit Concert for ORT South Africa, ONE HEART: Music for the World Celebrating Cross-Cultural Unity
This concert brings together brilliant musicians and songwriters from Jewish and African roots, to evoke and express our common humanity and to experience the wondrous unity within our amazing cultural diversity.
Afro-Judeo concert featuring outstanding musicians:

· Adama Kadmon, with Chanan Rosin, Johnny Sklar, Makhati Molekwa, Phosho Lebese. Afro-Judaic fusion featuring songs from their new “MAJUDA” CD.
·Ray Perkel with Friends, with Yochi Ress, Darrell Mordecai, Dan Palay, Mabaleng Moholo, featuring songs from the popular “New Journey” CD.
· Methapo Sounds, with Mabaleng Moholo, Dhumisani Khanye, Mosoeo Ketlele, Sowetan band playing inspirational world music.
·Ezra Altschuler and Chazak, songs to lift the soul.
·Avron Alter, songs from the depths.
· Shmueli Perkel, original Afro-Celtic penny whistle melodies.…

OCLC, the central catalog organization of most major college, university and public libraries, announces
the release of the new Web site.

This site—and a downloadable WorldCat search box you can easily add to
your Web site—opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not
just the smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such
as Google, Yahoo! Search and others. builds on the success of
OCLC’s Open WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library
materials on the open Web since the summer of 2003.

The main attraction of the new site is the WorldCat search box. Web users
can now search the entire WorldCat database with the method most familiar
to them: simple keywords. As in Open WorldCat, each linked result leads to
a “Find in a Library” information page.…

Jewish Festival In Providence Rhode Island

The City of Providence and Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island
are proud to sponsor the second ‘Lower Eastside comes to the Providence’
Jewish Festival
Sunday August 27 from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
Featuring performances by:
The Fishel Bresler Klezmer Band
The Klezphonics
There will be Jewish food for sale, children activities, and a storyteller
and many booths.

The event will be held a the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd.
For more information call the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island.
401 861 8800
In case of rain the event will be held indoors at the Jewish Community Center
on Elmgrove Avenue.

Hadassah Helps Everyone

Editorial: It’s a rare day that the Jewish Music WebCenter veers off the topic of music, but given the events in Israel this past month, there is the urgent need. Hadassah is an organization dedicated to healing. They treat all people who come to them. There are so many injured people from this terrible war. They need our help… so I’m linking to Hadassah’s national donation page. If you can help, take a web visit and make a generous donation. Since 1997, The Jewish Music WebCenter has operated without asking for any money– but today we do — and hope you can give to those who will really benefit. Thanks so much, Judy Pinnolis, JMWC Editor.

Chava Rachel, Neshama Carlebach and More Help Families in Jerusalem

Women are Raising their voices in Jerusalem,– many concerts happening that will help support the displaced families in Israel:

Motsei Shabbat, August 12th at 9:30pm
Chava Rachel in Concert
Fundraiser for Tzfat families
11 Rechov Misgav L’dach, apt 3
Old City, Jerusalem
Suggested donation: “twice chai” – 36+ NIS… CDs are 50 NIS

Monday, August 14th
Neshama Carlebach in Concert
The Maabada – Jerusalem
Doors open 21:00
For more info, call 02-629200, 1-700700920
Also see

Monday, August 14th @ 8 pm
Calling all women!
Evening of original music and spoken word performed by women for women!
Yellow Submarine
Doors open at 8 pm, show begins @ 8:30pm
Tickets in advance:30 NIS
At the door: 40 NIS
Proceeds of ticket sales are being
donated to a women’s charity (to be announced at the show!)

Headliners includes: Aliza Chava!

Beth Schafer Wins American Idol Underground Faith-Based Category

Beth Schafer, a contemporary American Jewish music singer-songwriter, won the Faith-based category in a contest sponsored by American Idol Underground (the online extension of the popular TV series American Idol) on July 15, 2006. Primarily a venue for Christian religious song, Beth may have had the only Jewish entry. Her English language songs, Still Small Voice and Love Multiples won an elimination round of 10 from a field of over 600 songs, and then went on to win by a popularity vote, with the public voting on their favorites. Both of these songs are from Beth’s newest CD “The Quest and the Question”, released in December, 2005. Beth is a cantorial singer with Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo, FL. For more information on Beth and her work visit: or call 407-342-2027.…

New Shabbos Waltz by David Grisman and Andy Statman

A new CD by instrumentalists David Grisman and Andy Statman called ‘ New Shabbos Waltz ‘ is now available.
Years ago Grisman and Statman were highly successful with their first
CD, “Songs of Our Fathers.” This is the first release they’ve done together since then of a CD of Jewish Music.
FROM THE BOOKLET: “Although this is an instrumental album, the majority of
the original songs alternate between the twin themes of shabbos and Jerusalem,
which are closely related. Jewish mystics state that what Shabbos is in time,
Jerusalem is in space.” Selections include; Avinu Malkeinu, Anim Zemiros, Pischu Li, Shabbos Ha Yom
La Shem, Ya’Aleh, Old Klezmer, Yerushalyim Shel Zahav, Ani Ma’amin, Lekha Dodi,
and more. CD available through many vendors, including Hatikvah Music, Contact: (323) 655-7083.…