Monthly Archives: May 2007

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Eldridge Street Project’s
Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival
Sunday, June 3, 12-4PM FREE!

Voted the Best Annual Block Party by the Village Voice!

Experience a unique slice of Lower Manhattan, where Chinatown meets the old
Jewish Lower East Side at our annual block party. Sample the rich cultural
traditions of the Chinese and East European Jewish communities: klezmer music,
Chinese opera and acrobatics, scribal art, language lessons, folk art demos, art
projects and more!

Eldridge Street Project
12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets

For more information visit our website at or call

The not-for-profit Eldridge Street Project is preserving the 1887 Eldridge
Street Synagogue as a center for historical reflection, aesthetic inspiration,
and spiritual renewal. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996, the
Eldridge Street Project Synagogue is the first great house of worship built in
America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.…

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and more at MFA

BarenboimThe Boston Jewish Film Festival and The MFA Film Program are pleased
present two special music documentaries at the MFA’s Remis Auditorium
on Sunday, June 3: Knowledge Is the Beginning at 1:30 pm and The
Ramallah Concert
at 3:45 pm. Both of these films chronicle the
formation and livelihood of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded
by conductor and Pianist Daniel Barenboim and writer Edward Said as a
way of promoting peace in the Middle East through collaborative
artistic effort. Daniel Barenboim is featured as the conductor of the
orchestra in both films.

Conversation and discussion following Knowledge Is the Beginning with
Matthew Guerrieri, composer and music critic, and Amir Milstein,
flutist who co-led Bustan Abraham, a world-music ensemble of Jewish
and Arab musicians that combines Eastern and Western musical traditions.…

Ramon Tasat in Concert in NY

Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat in Concert
Sunday, May 20th 2007
7:00 pm
Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100 street (corner West End Avenue)
New York, NY 10025
Tickets $20. in advance $25. At the door Children under 13 Free
Tickets on line

Hear the echoes of faraway lands that hosted Sephardic Jews for centuries and enjoy a kaleidoscopic array of musical styles in a thoughtful exploration of the age-old liturgical texts as well as joyous and moving Ladino folk songs exploring eternal themes of love and life.

Klezmer on the Bay Dinner Cruise

Sunday, June 10th
Join fellow Klezmer lovers for an unforgettable evening of music, dinner and dancing
onboard the beautiful Royal Prince ferry. Price includes kosher-style dinner, cruise,
entertainment and first drink.
The ferry boards from two locations: Sausalito passengers board at Golden Gate Ferry
at 5:45 pm (return at approx. 8:15pm).
All other passengers board at Pier 43 1/2
in San Francisco at 6:45 (return at approx 9 pm).
Details here,
or call (650) 212-PJCC (7522)

Klezmer, Music with Soul in Santa Rosa

“Klezmer, Music with Soul” — Concert and Dance Party, May 27th

Absolute Music
Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, The Red Hot Chachkas and Bruce Bierman (Yiddish
dance teacher) will be presenting their program, “Klezmer, Music with Soul” in Santa
Led by Julie Egger and comprised of multi-talented performers on violin, clarinet,
mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group plays traditional Eastern European
dance tunes, ranging from frenzied to tranquil tantsn (dances), plus original compositions
and improvisions building on the klezmer tradition.

Absolute Music
the Friedman Center brings master musicians and presents classical, jazz, folk and
klezmer music to the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County.

The Friedman Center
4676 Mayette, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
May 27th, 2:00 – 4:00pm ~ Tickets: $15

Tonight May 17 Anat Fort Trio

Thursday, May 17th at 9 and 10:30PM at Cornelia St. Café
29 Cornelia St. NYC
Reservations and Information:

Another performance:
Saturday, 5/19 at 8 and 9:30pm at An Die Musik Live!
409 North Charles Street
Second Floor
Baltimore, Maryland
Reservations and Information: 888.221.6170 or 410.385.2638

Both gigs feature trio with Gary Wang-bass and Roland
Music old and new, some from A Long Story and some from from other


A new CD from
Voices For Israel has been released: Keeping the Faith

It’s the largest gathering ever of women in Jewish music, from four continents and all Jewish
backgrounds, joining their voices for Israel. This historic project
includes 2 CDs of exciting and inspiring music and video and features
the brand new anthems, “Keeping the Faith” and “Land Of Your Heart.”**

**Proceeds benefit survivors and victims of war and terrorism in

Available in your local Judaica store and online

Songs of Mark Warshawsky and Mordecai Gebirtig for Choir

will perform choral arrangements
of famous and lesser-known songs by the great Yiddish songwriters
Sung in Yiddish, with English translations.
Due to recent sold-out performances, the JPPC will hold two identical
When: Sunday, June 10th, at 2:00 and at 4:30
Where: Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th St. (betw. Broadway & Mercer
St.), New York, NY
Admission: Adults: $15; Seniors (65 and up) and students, with
ID: $10
PHOTO ID required, all adults age 18 & up

M5, M6 buses downtown to West 4th St./Broadway stop.
BY SUBWAY: 1) N / R train to 8th St. Walk 3 blocks S. on B’way to W.
4th St. Turn right.
2) 6 train to Astor Pl.…

Frank London & Friends Meets Frantic Turtle

Two Generations of Jewish Avantgarde: Frank London & Friends Meets
Frantic Turtle

Bowery Poetry Club 7.30pm
308 Bowery St
New York City, New York 10012

Grammy-winning downtown legend Frank London (Klezmatics) brings
together a band of seasoned improvisers to play a set of free-jazz
explorations of Ethiopian music. Opening for him is the
jazz-poetry/avant-punk outfit Frantic Turtle, with a set of ecstatic
antinomian poetics, Hebraic archetypes washed in the exegetical Tonic,
straight no chaser from Toledo basements and into New York
underground. The concluding collaboration session will rip through
age-roofs and convention-chairs!!



and more info:

Sydenham Choir at Queens College in June

The Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College
Is proud to announce their 6th Annual Benefit Concert

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Starring the world famous Sydenham Choir
from Johannesburg South Africa

The return of Cantor Oshy Tugendhaft & the Sydenham Shul Choir marks
their 6th North American tour performing their hit musical CELEBRATION!
Both Oshy Tugendhaft, and the Choir are internationally acclaimed having
sung with many leading Cantors, most recently with Yitzchak Meir

All seats are reserved. General admission: $50 $32 & $20
25 % discount for orders by May 28, 2007 $40 $24 & $15
Priority seating $100 $75. No discount, includes after show party with

Order tickets on line at
or call 800-494-8497.

Their CELEBRATION musical depicts many aspects of traditional and
contemporary Jewish life and liturgy and takes place to live music,
provided by a jazzy orchestra.…

Metropolitan Klezmer plays Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Metropolitan Klezmer plays Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday afternoon, May 20th at 2PM:
“Klezmerized!” double bill
starts with violinist Alicia Svigals’ Vodkazak ensemble,
followed by Metropolitan Klezmer’s full octet.

Don’t miss Metropolitan Klezmer’s return to the Walt Whitman Theatre
for this exciting program also featuring the Klezmatics’ founding fiddler,
located on the campus of Brooklyn College, @Nostrand & Flatbush.

Tickets $25
Online orders:
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1PM – 6PM
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 22
Directions – driving & mass transit:
(#2 train to the Brooklyn College/Flatbush Avenue stop)

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER at Brooklyn Center season finale:
Ismail Butera ~ accordion
Brian Drye ~ trombone
Pam Fleming ~ trumpet & flugelhorn
Michael Hess ~ violin and ney flutes
Dave Hofstra ~ upright bass & tuba
Deborah Karpel ~ vocals
Debra Kreisberg ~ clarinet & alto sax
Eve Sicular ~ drums / bandleader…

Mom Egg

Along with a group of talented lyricists, humorists, and poets, Rosalie Calabrese will be reading from her song lyrics in the Mom Egg, a new book is a multigenerational look at all sorts of issues from the mom’s point of view.
Friday, May 18, 2007 – 5:00-7:00 PM
85 East 4th St. (2nd Ave.) NYC
The Mom Egg book launch
and Mamapalooza celebration: music, poetry, and more –
books will be available for purchase ($15.00)
— and a Daisy guitar will be raffled off!
free admission, open seating

Honoring John Rauch in LA

What: An Afternoon of Joyous Musical Celebration honoring the life and
creative vision of John H. Rauch

Who: Ofer Ben-Amots, Nabil Azzam, Stacie Chaiken, Sam Glaser, Yehuda
Sha-Rone Kushner, Stephen Macht, Vanessa Paloma, Yuval Ron Ensemble,
Russell Steinberg, Yael Strom, Bryna Weiss
Where: Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064
When: Sunday, June 10th, 2007, 3:00 PM

Admission: A suggested minimum donation of $15.00.
All proceeds benefit the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.
Keep art alive.

Info: contact C.J.C.C by phone at.: (323) 658-5824
Or email us at:

Second European Cantors Convention, London

JMI Choral and Cantorial Section and Central Synagogue present the
Second European Cantors Convention, London
Tuesday June 19 — Thursday June 21, 2007

An unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors from the UK,
Europe and further afield to share expertise and experience, learn new
melodies and be inspired by some of the greatest cantors in the world who
will be our honoured guests:

Asher Hainowitz, Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
Arie Subar, Congregation Beth Ora, Montreal
– Moshe Haschel, St John’s Wood Synagogue, London
Stephen Glass, Director of Music, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal
Alexander Knapp, former Joe Loss lecturer in Jewish Music, London

The Cantors Convention will begin with a Concert ‘Chazanut ? Back to the
on Monday night 18 June and will be officially opened by the Chief
Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks The programme, as last year, will provide stimulating lectures, debates,
masterclasses and discussion on matters relevant to both practicing chazanim
and ba’alei t’fila.…

Yavneh Ensemble Concert

Yavneh Ensemble Concert
The 49 Days: Music of the Omer Season
Sunday, June 3, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Adath Jeshurun
7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA
Tickets: $36 preferred seating, $12 general admission, $8 student
Order tickets online at
or e-mail
or call 215-849-4129

The Yavneh Ensemble, conducted by Robert A.M. Ross, will present music associated
with the holy days
and observances before, during, and after counting of the Omer, including music for
Passover, Yom
HaShoah, Yom HaAzma-ut, Lag ba’Omer, Yom Yerushalayim, and Shavuot, plus May Day.
composers include Charles Davidson, Yehezkel Braun, Gerald Cohen, and Mario
Soloists will include Hazzan Howard Glantz of Adath Jeshurun and soprano Ilana

Of special interest is Naomi and Ruth, a lovely cantata for women’s voices, by
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.…


The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St.
Petersburg is proud to announce “KlezFest St. Petersburg 2007,” an
international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European
Jewry, to be held July 8-12, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“KlezFest St. Petersburg,” now in its 11th year, is the oldest klezmer
seminar in Russia. The 2007 festival will include master-classes on
Yiddish folk songs and klezmer music, workshops on Yiddish folklore
and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two excursions: “Jewish St.
Petersburg” and “Rivers and Canals of St. Petersburg.” Our staff will
include world-famous musicians — from New York, the violinist,
accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world’s leading
expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the
vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from
Zaporozhie, Ukraine, the Yiddish folk poet and singer Arkady Gendler,
and others.…

Nashirah looking for new singers

Nashirah is an auditioned, community-based chorale in the Greater
Philadelphia area that performs exclusively Jewish and Jewish-themed
music. Participating singers come from New Jersey, Delaware, and of
course, Pennsylvania.

The group website is

Nashirah will have a Spring concert
Sunday • May 20, 2007 • 3:00 PM at
Congregation RODEPH SHALOM,
615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
Information is available from
Nashirah is planning auditions for the 2007-2008 season in early summer.
We are actively looking for new singers.

“Weinberger Tour”

“WEINBERGER TOUR” in Czech republic
Czech cellist Frantisek Brikcius will appear with pianist Tomas Visek as part of
the project “Weinberger Tour” with composition written by Jewish composers on the
opening concert on Monday 23rd April 2007 in Spanish Synagogue in
Prague and continuing on tour until 29 October 2007, 7.30 pm, Pálffy palace – final concert
Černovice 3 November 2007, 7pm.
The concert tour “Weinberger Tour” of the Czech cellist Frantisek Brikcius and
Czech pianist Tomas Visek is in remembrance of Jewish composer, Jaromir
(1896 – 1967), who was born in Prague (40 years since his tragic death)
and introducing to the audience lesser known works of Jewish “Terezín” composers. On
the program are compositions written by Erwin Shulhoff (Sonata), James Simon
(Lamento 1938 – Czech premiere), Irena Kosikova (d-Fence – premiere) and Jaromir
(Une cantilene jalouse & Colloque sentimental – arr.…

Pharaoh’s Daughter Record Release

Pharaoh’s Daughter is releasing their newest album on
May 14, 2007 at the Highline Ballroom
located at:
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
between 9th and 10th Ave
(212) 414-5994

Time: 8pm
Doors: 6 PM
Tickets: $25.00 (Free CD with ticket purchase)

All Ages

Pharaoh’s Daughter

Blending a psychedelic sensibility and a pan-Mediterranean sensuality, Basya
leads her band, Pharaoh’s Daughter, through swirling Hasidic chants,
Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock, and spiritual stylings filtered through
percussion, flute, strings and electronica.Her sound has been cultivated by her
Hasidic music background and a series of trips to the Middle East, Africa, Israel,
Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece.

Rebbe’s Orkestra in Albuquerque, NM

The Rebbe’s Orkestra presents an evening of Klezmer, Mediterranean, East European
and Middle Eastern music for a concert and dance party at Winning Coffee in
Saturday, June 16th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Winning Coffee,
111 Harvard Dr. SE (south of Central Ave. near UNM),
Albuquerque, NM, 505-266-0000.
Admission is $5.00 at the door: 12 and under are free.

To learn all about the concert and the musicians, keep reading here…

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale in Merkin Hall

On Sunday, May 20, at 8:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present
its annual concert at
Merkin Concert Hall,
129 West 67th Street,
New York.
The eclectic program features works by composers from the Renaissance to the
present day, including Salomone Rossi, Aharon Harlap, Max Wohlberg, David
Burger, Robert Applebaum, Robert Solomon, and Joshua Jacobson.

Tickets are $23 (preferred seating), $19 (general admission) and $16
(seniors/students). For further information, contact Benjamin Gruder,
Choral Director, at or
Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330).

Zamir Chorale Honors Cantor Jeff Klepper in Cambridge, MA

The Spring concert of the Zamir Chorale is honoring Cantor Jeff Klepper.
Sunday, June 3, 2007, 8:00 p.m., Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA

On June 3 the Zamir Chorale of Boston will celebrate
its 38th year of performing inspirational Jewish music
by honoring Cantor Jeff Klepper at its annual spring
concert at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge at 8:00 p.m.
For information about tickets:

Zamir will share the stage with Cantor Klepper and
Rabbi Daniel Freelander of Kol B’Seder for both a
rousing and reflective concert featuring the
beloved “Shalom Rav” (Abundant Peace.)

Cantor Klepper has strong Boston roots and even
sang with Zamir in 1973. He has very fond memories
of that time:

“I sang with Zamir for one precious year; it
brought great joy into my life.…

John Zorn and the Future of Jewish Music Lecture

The Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University’s S.E. Wimberly
Library on the Boca Raton campus, invites you to join librarian Daniel
, who will present a lecture titled “John Zorn and the Future of
Jewish Music,” on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from 7 to 8 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 29, 2007, from 7 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Paul C. Wimbish Wing of the S.E. Wimberly Library
Mildred & Abner Levine and Ruth & Saul Weinberger Jewish Life Center
Hillel Golden Pavilion
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

COST:*Free and open to the public
CONTACT: Judaica Sound Archives at FAU Libraries at 561-297-0080

Women Cantor’s Network 25th Annual Conference

The Women Cantor’s Network will hold its annual conference and 25th year celebration at Congregation
Beth El in Sudbury, MA from Sunday, June 10 – Wednesday, June 13, 2007.
All women cantors, cantorial soloists, service leaders, cantorial
students, educators and women who have a strong interest in synagogue
music are welcomed. This year’s conference theme is “Even Higher: The
Cantor as Spiritual Leader through Life’s Rhythms and Rituals” and will
include a performance of the acclaimed play, the “The Mikveh
Monologues”, which is open to the public on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
at Beth El. Tickets may be purchased at 978-443-9622. The conference
will feature many of Boston’s most renowned Jewish scholars, rabbis and
musicians. Conference registration is $190 before May 7th and $225 by
June 3rd.…

Sid Beckerman Memorial

Sid Beckerman, klezmer clarinetist, beloved teacher and mentor to a generation of klezmorim, passed away on April 4, 2007. A tribute to him will be held Monday, May 21 at 8pm at the Congress for Jewish Culture, 25 E. 21st St. ground floor, Manhattan. Musicians and friends are invited to share a tune or story. Sid’s musical partner of many years, Peter Sokolow and his protege Margot Leverett will lead an evening of musical memories. For more information contact Margot Leverett at 718-545-9404