Monthly Archives: December 2008

Spiro Ark’s TZAVTA Hosts Steve Homes & Monica Acosta

Event: Steve Homes & Monica Acosta
“Sephardic Love Songs”
What: Concert
Host: Spiro Ark’s TZAVTA
Start Time: Sunday, January 25 at 7:30pm
End Time: Sunday, January 25 at 9:30pm
Where: The Spiro Ark Centre

Flamenco guitarist Steve Homes, percussionist Ulises Diaz and singer Monica Acosta will be performing some beautiful Sephardic Love Songs.
This concert is the third in a series of four over the coming months (to March 2009). Each concert will focus on a specific theme.
3. Sephardic Love songs
Sunday 25th January 2009 7:30 p.m.
4. Sephardic Wedding songs
Songs about Weddings and Mothers in law
Sunday 8th March 2009 7:30 p.m.
All concerts will take place at The Spiro Ark Centre
Tube: Marylebone
Tickets £12/£10 conc-members
More info:

A Match Made on the Bowery

Event: A Match Made on the Bowery
“Yiddish Princess and The Avi Fox-Rosen Band live at BPC”

What: Performance
Host: The Organization For Unfunded Culture
Start Time: Saturday, January 3 at 7:00pm
End Time: Saturday, January 3 at 9:30pm
Where: Bowery Poetry Club

a mere $10
presented by The Organization For Unfunded Culture (OFUC)

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom Classical Jazz Concert

NY Premier of “Excursions and Impressions for flute, clarinet, cello
and Jazz Trio” by Ted Rosenthal
Saturday, January 31st, at 1PM
The concerts are free.
Please rsvp to enjoy a light lunch before the concert.
Phone 646 -454-3039 or email
Congregation Rodeph Sholom,
7 West 83rd Street, NYC can be reached by bus or subway. Take the B or
C train, or the M86 bus to 86th Street and Central Park West and walk
three blocks south.

Winter Happenings in London

Klezmer Workshop
Sunday 21 December 2008
12 – 1pm
London Klezmer Session
1 – 4pm
The Cross Kings, 126 York Way, N1

A festive version of the London klezmer session, which is once a month on a
Sunday afternoon. Bring an instrument and a tune, or just come to shmooze &
booze. The pub does great food and has comfy sofas, too… Info and tunes
are at
Next date: Sunday 18 January.
Workshop £5; Jam £1.

NEW London Klezmer Orchestra
Monday 19 January 2008
7.30 – 9.30pm
Inn on the Green, 3 Thorpe Close,
Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5XL

Join the Klezmer Orchestra that meets every couple of weeks in Ladbroke
Grove. From trad klezmer to eclectic doyne-ish – you get to choose the
repertoire and help arrange the music.…


“KLEZMERQUERQUE” –Albuquerque, New Mexico’s annual Klezmer music and dance festival
celebrates its seventh year over Presidents Day weekend February 12-15, 2009.

Known as “The Southwest’s Celebration of Klezmer Music and Dance”, KLEZMERQUERQUE 2009 will present a weekend of concerts, dance parties, classes and workshops featuring the world-renowned
klezmer duo Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, the renowned dancer, choreographer,
dance scholar and historian Judith Brin Ingber, as well as many local artists.
‘Klezmer’ is the music and dance of the Jewish people of Eastern Europe which is
currently enjoying a revival in world music as well as in popular music and culture.
The annual festival will take place over Presidents Day Weekend from February 12-15
(Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) at Albuquerque’s Congregation Nahalat
Shalom which is located on 3606 Rio Grande Blvd.…

Zamir Chorale of New York in Concert at Merkin Hall

Zamir Chorale in Concert
Matthew LazarMatthew Lazar, Conductor

A joyous program of music celebrating the holiday,
including the premiere of a new work by David Burger

Wednesday December 24, 7:30 pm
(the 4th night of Hanukkah)
Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th St
New York City
Tickets: $36 & $25
Call Box Office at 212-501-3330
Order Tickets Online

Open Sing
Join the chorus
for an
Matthew Lazar
Special Guest Conductors
Natasha Hirschhorn
and Zalmen Mlotek
with Cantor Faith Steinsnyder
and Beth Robin at the piano
December 25
1 – 3 pm
The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
(at 76th St)
Music Rental:
$18 / Members $12
For Tickets
Call the JCC
at 646-505-5708

Celebrate with Radio Hannukah

Starting Dec. 21, 2008, JMWC readers are being offered a free online trial of Sirius channel 3, which is a station that requires a subscription. Those who are interested in this may try it, as they have a new series of shows specifically about the Jewish holiday.
go to
Here’s part of the show lineup:
Join Neil Sedaka, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, David Broza, Leonard Nimoy, Rabbi Shmuley
(from XM’s Oprah & Friends channel), Janis Ian, The Hooters, Dave Koz, Matisyahu,
Lisa Loeb, Barenaked Ladies and more for a celebration of Jewish music, culture and
all things Hanukkah. It’s on SIRIUS channel 3 and XM channel 38.
Click HERE for the schedule.

The trial starts Dec. 21st.

Free Synagogue of Flushing presents Judas Maccabaeus

Free Synagogue Cantor with Choir

As its Chanukkah gift to the community, the Free Synagogue of Flushing will present a special performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus on Friday, December 19, 8:15 PM.

The Bible-based musical masterwork, which tells the story of Chanukkah, is FREE and open to the public.

It will feature celebrated Cantor Steven Pearlston and the distinguished Free Synagogue choir.
Robert Barrows will play the synagogue s historic pipe organ, which dates back to
1927, the only pipe organ at a synagogue in Queens. Jason Covey and Charles Grauman will be featured on trumpet. The program will be narrated by Rabbi Michael Weisser in the synagogue s magnificent sanctuary.

Handel s oratorio tells the story of Judas Maccabaeus, better known as Judah
Maccabee, a fearless leader acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in
Jewish history.…

Art of Jewish Music, à la Russe

Event: The Art of Jewish Music, à la Russe:
A Centennial Celebration of the Society for Jewish Folk Music

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: General Admission, $15; Students, $10
Location: Hebrew College, Berenson Hall, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

Klára Móricz, Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College, explores the Russian origins of Jewish music as a serious art form and the relationship of this body of work to emerging 20th century Jewish nationalism and modernism. Musical illustrations performed by pianist Edwin Swanborn, tenor Elias Rosemberg and soprano
Lynn Torgrove.

Details and online registration at

CUNY Hosts ‘Beyond Boundaries’ Dec 16

Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries: Klezmer Music in the 21st Century
Looks at the State of the Art of Klezmer through Discussion and Performance

On December 16, the Center for Jewish Studies and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of the CUNY Graduate Center will present Beyond Boundaries: Klezmer Music in the 21st Century. Featuring distinguished klezmer performers, scholars, cultural commentators, and composers, the program includes an afternoon symposium with music (at 3:00 p.m.) and an evening concert (at 7:00 p.m.). This event is part of the Beyond Boundaries Series in Jewish Music, launched by the Center for Jewish Studies in Spring 2008. The series explores aspects of Jewish music from multiple perspectives—geographical, cultural, and musical. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.…

Jewish Music Forum Speaker Hasia Diner

The Jewish Music Forum
will host the next lecture in the 2008-2009 series:
December 12, 2008
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
“Engaging Ethnography and Institutionalization in Jewish Music.”
This event is sponsored by the American
Society for Jewish Music and the American Jewish Historical
Society. All events are free and open to the public.

“American Jews, Music and the Memory of the Holocaust: 1945-1962”

Professor Hasia Diner, New York University
Respondent: Cantor Bruce Ruben, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Center for Jewish History / Kovno Room
15 W. 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves., north side of the street)
New York, NY 10011

Hadassah Magazine Features Klezmer

Veretzki PassA terrific picture by Jean Fruth of Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, graces the front cover of Hadassah Magazine this month with a feature article on traditional klezmer music, written by George Robinson. There are lots of photos including Cookie, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Andy Statman, Alicia Svigals, Pete Rushefsky, Joel Rubin, Michael Winograd, Yale Strom, and others. George does a good job of explaining the branch of klezmer that focuses on traditional folk and how it differs from other groups. Cookie, Josh and Stu have a group called Veretzki Pass, which is an amazing group, especially to hear in person. It might be noted, as his article touches on the topic of sources, that we owe a debt of gratitude to klezmer musicians such as Josh Horowitz and Bob Cohen for years and years of dedicated research in Europe on recovering as much authentic music as possible.…

Tsedaka Live Bands in Paris

tesedaka live bands

Dimanche 7 décembre à 19h.
Concert organisé par le Département jeunesse du Fsju.
Espace Rachi – 39, rue Broca Paris Vème.
Participation aux frais 15€ en pré-réservation et 20 € sur place.
Réservations au 01 43 31 82 50.

Fishel Bresler’s Klezmer & Hassidic Ensemble

Fischel Bresler Klezmer Trio
Fishel Bresler’s Klezmer & Hassidic Ensemble will perform their 18th
annual concert on Wednesday December 24th – 7:30 PM at
Congregation Ohawe Shalom Coffee House
Pawtucket RI
671 East Ave in Pawtucket (corner of Glenwood, nr where Blackstone meets
Hope St)
Doors open 7:00PM $10 adults, $7 children (under B-Mitzvah).
Special sponsor seating in the front rows $18 per seat
Funded in part by a grant from the RI State Council on the Arts

In honor of Chanukah, Latkes will be on sale, along with other snacks &
For questions 401 273-9814

photo credit Irving Schild

Light in the Darkness

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 7:30pm
Congregation Shaarie Torah
Light in the Darkness
The Yuval Ron Ensemble in Concert
Israeli-Yemenite vocalist Maya Haddi
and Israeli-Moroccan dancer Maya Karasso
An evening of devotional Hebrew music of the various ethnic Jewish
communities of Israel and the diaspora.
A celebration of music, dance and story telling in honor of Hanukkah,
Festival of Lights.
Location: Congregation Shaarie Torah – 550 S. Second Ave, Arcadia
CA 91006
Admission: $25.00 for reserved seats $15.00 for general admission

For more information and reservations: (626) 445-0810 Please leave a
message if no one answers or email or

Concert-Lecture at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

He’s Jewish? A musical exploration of Johann Strauss Jr.,
Anton Rubinstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and other 19th century composers.”
Sunday, December 7, 1:30pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St.
A Concert / Lecture with renowned pianist Joseph Smith.
Come hear eloquent pianist Joseph Smith present an engaging and thought-provoking
program of all Jewish
For more information, contact us at 212-877-4050 or visit us at:
The Synagogue is at 30 West 68th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.

Zamir Sale of Recordings

Zamir Chorale is having a recordings sale.
Compact Discs: regularly $15, now $10
Cassettes: regularly $10, now $5
Ten-CD gift set: regularly $118, now $80
Now available as a DVD
Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland only $15

Choose from the outstanding collection
of performances by “America’s foremost Jewish
choral ensemble” — (American Record Guide)
Lights: Music for Chanukah
Zamir: Greatest Hits
Seasons of Our Joy
Soul of the Sabbath
The Monster and the Nightingale
Jewish Composers in America
HERE to go directly to our website, which now features audio samples and video clips!

Jootsy Szaba & Simply Tsfat in Brooklyn Cafe


SATURDAY NIGHT December 6, 2008
EDEN A great pop Rock band that has a knack for writing and performing great melodic tunes that you’re sure to be humming all week!

JOOTSY SZABA Ephraim Schwab a.k.a. the ‘7ft bass player’ has put together a band of NY’s top Musicians, you’re sure to recognize some of them from weddings you’ve attended all over town. They’ll be performing wonderful songs composed by Ephraim.

DOORS 8:30PM $12

SUNDAY December 7, 2008

The amazing SIMPLY TSFAT are on tour in the U.S.and will be at the cafe on Sunday. It’ll be a real treat. Not to be missed!


The Jewish Music Cafe serves fresh Pizza, Burekas, Chees plates, Real Cappuccino, Beer, Wine and more.…

Songs in the Key of Hanukkah

Created and produced by composer and multi-instrumentalist Erran Baron Cohen, the CD is a collection of songs that “brings the ancient music of Hanukkah kicking and screaming straight into the 21st Century” …” the songs combine klezmer, reggae, electronica, hip hop, tango, pop and other genres, all fluently woven into something uniquely Baron Cohen’s. The album contains five reinterpretations of classic favorites as well as five original tunes created exclusively for this project, all sung in English, Hebrew or Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish).” Featuring Jules Brookes in new English texts, some songs on the album performed by some world-class Jewish singers, including Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, world-music diva Yasmin Levy and New York City-based rapper Y-Love. For more info:

Sephardic Music Festival in NYC

Starting with a preview concert that is sure to be great, The 4th Annual Sephardic Music Festival comes to New York this Dec. 21-28, for Chanuka 2008. The preview “showcase” is December 10, 2008.

Galeet Dardashti’s “The Naming” feat. SYREN Dance Co., Electro Morocco, Diwon featuring Smadar & Samuel Thomas
@ Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos)
70 North 6th St, Williamsburg, NY
Doors 7:30pm | $15 or only $13

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear it all.


Hearing the Sacred

Hearing the Sacred: From the Middle Ages to the 21st Century
December 6, 2008 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Soprano Dominque Boucard and pianist Bernadette Hoke examine Chagall’s artistic sphere of influence in Paris during the early 20th century, including Hebraic compositions of Ravel and Milhaud and vocal settings of Old Testament texts. For more Info:
3:00PM to 4:00PM
Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10023