Monthly Archives: December 2009

Light a Candle for Jewish Music in Greater Boston

Boston Jewish Music Festival
Preview Concert
January 10, 2010
7:30 PM
Temple Aliyah, Needham

See the group that’s all the rage, one of Israel’s hottest acts, Habanot Nechama,
in a special concert at Temple Aliyah in Needham.
The concert is sponsored by Temple Aliyah, Temple Beth Shalom, the Israeli Consulate
and the Boston Jewish Music Festival
Ticket Price:$18
Order tickets online at
Temple Aliyah
1664 Central Ave., Needham, MA

Preliminary Schedule
Boston Jewish
Music Festival

Saturday 3/6: Opening Night Gala Concert, 30th Anniversary of the Klezmer Conservatory
Band with special guests vocalist Judy Bressler and Don Byron, clarinet. Also: JDub
recording artists Golem.
7:30 PM
at Berklee Performance Center.

Sunday 3/7: Family Music Concerts, 1 PM. Shira Kline and Shir-La-La, JCC in Newton;
Peter & Ellen Allard, Metrowest Community Day School; Yehuda Katz, Sharon/South

Yiddish concert in Tel Aviv

Yiddish Concert in Tel Aviv this Saturday, December 26, 2009
at 9:30pm.
Lenka Lichtenberg writes: “Hi! If you happen to be in Israel this week – you know where to find
some fine new Yiddish music! Daniel Hoffman on violin, Kinneret Sagee on clarinet, Alexis Basque
on trumpet… good stuff!

Event: Yiddish concert in Tel Aviv this Saturday, December 26, 9:30pm
“Lenka Lichtenberg (voice, piano), Daniel Hoffman (violin), Kinneret Sagee
(clarinet), Alexis Basque (trumpet).”
Where: Cultural Center in Bet Ariela
Street: Shaul Hamelekh 25
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Metropolitan Klezmer Dec 25 Klezmer Special

Jewish Museum: Dec 25 Klezmer Special on Friday, December 25 at
Eve says, “Metropolitan Klezmer plays that special day next week in NYC:
Friday 12/25 at The Jewish Museum.
Very special guests too.
Kids FREE, 12:30pm & 2pm sets… Santa Klez is coming uptown!
Event: Jewish Museum: Dec 25 Klezmer Special
“Santa Klez is coming uptown!”
Start Time: Friday, December 25 at 12:30pm
Where: The Jewish Museum (on 92nd St) NYC

Twenty Years of Hannukah Happens

The Brotherhood and Music Committee of Temple Emanuel proudly present
Hanukkah Happens – Twenty Years
Thursday, December 24, 2009, 7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton
with the
Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director
Cantor Elias Rosemberg, Hazzan
Concert admission (open seating): Adults – $25; Children under 13 – $15
Proceeds to benefit American Friends of Magen David Adom.
For more information and tickets, please visit
email or call 617-558-8100.

Zamir Chorale at Merkin Hall

If you’ll be in the New York City area on December 24, you will enjoy this evening of Jewish music. Matthew Lazar will conduct the Zamir Chorale in its
Annual Winter Concert
at Merkin Concert Hall (129 W. 67th Street) NYC,
at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson as guest soloist, the program will include a wide range of gems from the Jewish choral repertoire, from (post-) Hanukkah favorites to Paul Ben-Haim’s impressive “Roni Akara” to Maurice Goldman’s “Strange Happenings” (aka Avremele Melamed) and Moishe Oysher’s “Chad Gadya.”

Tickets at $36 and $25 are on sale at the box office, 212-501-3330,
or online at

Avi Fox-Rosen’s HANUKAH SPECTACULAR at Banjo Jims!

9pm – Benjy Fox-Rosen Band (yiddish art song, klez, pez)
10pm – Special Hanuka Lamp Screwing Ceremony led by Avi
10:15pm – Yiddish Princess (rock in yiddish)
11:15 – Breslov Bar Band
Celebrate the Miracle of Successfully Resisting Cultural Hegemony!
“But, how?” you ask.
Easy Peasy!!! By going to hear your three favorite bands playing perverse derivatives of Jewish music. And screwing the 5th bulb into Avi Fox-Rosen’s Electric Hanuka Lamp.

Banjo Jim’s
700 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10009-5309
(212) 777-0869

NYC Sephardic Music Festival — TONIGHT!!

Sunday December 13th
years NYC Sephardic Music Festival.
Elie Massias will be playing songs in Hebrew, Spanish, Ladino and French, originals and some of
the classics rearranged from the shuls of Gibraltar’s
Sephardic Community.
Elie will be playing Guitar, Cajon and Soprano Saxophone and creating loops in real time
through the Boomerang looping machine. The music will draw from the sounds of
Andalucia’s Flamenco, African rhythms, Sephardic and the many other musics
he learned through the years
Ladino Chanteuse Rivka Amado and her band will also be performing.

Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue
3 West 70th St. at Central Park West NY NY
7pm | $15 adv or $18 door | all ages
phne 212-873-0300 x221

A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke TODAY!

The American Society for Jewish Music
The American Jewish Historical Society
A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3 PM
Zalmen Mlotek and Guests from
The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene
(All songs will be accompanied by English supertitles, as is
the custom at the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene.)

Master Storyteller Isaiah Sheffer
of NPR’s Selected Shorts
Program followed by Menorah lighting, singing and reception.
$18 General; $12 Members;$9 Students & Seniors
For tickets call (212) 868-4444, or _www.smarttix.com_
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC

Chanukah Party at WSJC Featuring Pey Dalid

Come join the West Side Jewish Center for our annual Chanukah Concert!
Congregation Beth Israel West Side Jewish Center
Featuring: Pey Dalid!
Wednesday, December 16th @ 7 PM
West Side Jewish Center
347 West 34th St. (Between 8 & 9 Ave.)
New York, NY
And More!
Please call the office for reservations: 212-502-5291

Yale Strom — In Memory Of

Dec. 16th at 7pm the world premiere of
YALE STROM’S quartet

In the summer of 2008, musician Yale Strom traveled to Romania and discovered a musical treasure trove. In the upstairs women’s balcony of the 1871 synagogue of Carei he found a box of old books including the cantor’s music book with over 250 melodies notated by hand. THIS ROMANIAN JEWISH MUSICAL TREASURE HAD BEEN LOST UNTIL STROM’S DISCOVERY. In Memory of is a performance based upon the cantorial music he uncovered, and is dedicated to the Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Virtuoso cellist Mike Block and his string quartet will perform the new compositon.

After the quartet Cantor Ari Priven (Cong. Bnai Jeshurun) will sing some of the melodies from the “lost” cantor’s book and then Yale Strom and Mike Block will perform melodies from the same work as klezmer pieces.…

Lipa and Kessin

Hannah Sacks Bais Yaakov in conjunction with Xclusive Productions presents:
Shua Kessin
also starring Shea Rubenstein
music orchestrated and conducted by Yisroel Lamm
December 14th, 2009 – Showtime 7:30pm
Evanston Township – 1600 Dodge Ave.
6:15pm bring ur family for dinner – Various foods for purchase
Tickets: $25, $36, $50, $75, VIP
For tickets please call: 773-850-9908 or visit

There’s Still Time– Tonight! IGNITE CHANGE @ the World Cafe

Sunday Dec 13th – IGNITE CHANGE @ the World Cafe
Lights Ignite Change at the World Cafe Live
on SUNDAY DECEMBER 13th, 7pm.
(Doors @ 6, Candle lighting @ 6:30)
World Cafe
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1400

Some awesome Philly organizations represented – from The Collaborative to
the Jewish Farm School to Gift of Life – and some great musicians lined up: NAOMI
LESS, SARAH AROESTE, and CHANA ROTHMAN. Latkes, gelt, and sweet tunes.
If you’re in Philly, try to make it!!

(If you don’t live in Philly…then please pass it along to a friend or family
member. If you really love them, don’t let them miss this special Chanukah event!)

Music, Justice, and Dreidles,
Chana Rothman, Naomi Less & Sarah Aroeste
The Collaborative
Jewish Farm School
Gift of Life Bone Marrow donation campaign
The Jewish Dialogue Group
Jewish Family and Child Services – Domestic Violence Prevention
The Renaissance Group
KI Reform Congregation
and World Cafe Live…

Lazarus Quartet at City Winery

The Lazarus Quartet is playing at the City Winery’s Klezmer Brunch series in Manhattan on
Sunday, December 27th. There are two sets, at 11 AM and 12:30 PM, a $10 cover
and brunch is available.
The repertoire draws heavily on the recorded works of Dave Tarras and Naftule
Brandwein. They also perform material from the Bulgarian, Greek and Turkish
musical traditions. The mission of the Lazarus Quartet is to present this music in a way
that’s reflective of their experiences as a Jazz musicians living in New York, so
there is a lot of improvisation and spontaneity on stage. The Lazarus Quartet
is Ben Holmes (trumpet), Uri Sharlin (accordion), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jeff Davis (drums).

Sunday December 27th City Winery Klezmer Brunch
sets at 11 AM and 12:30 PM
$10 Cover, brunch available
155 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 608-0555

Kol Rinah Chanukah Concert

Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Community Chorus
Chanukah Concert conducted by Ben Gruder
Saturday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.
At the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville,
New York.

G.A. $17; Seniors/Students/Groups of 5 or more/JCC Members, $12 a person; $2
Discount for Advance Sales for all tickets.
Ticket information:
Anne Lowy (914)
232-7281 or
See also,

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Mama Doni Band at a Free Concert!

“Funky Music With a Jewish Twist” is what Mama Doni (aka Doni Zasloff) and her Band
will bring to Tikvat Israel on Sunday, December 13 in a free concert open to the
entire community. Winners of the 2008 “Simcha Award” at the International Jewish
Music Festival in Amsterdam, the Band’s repertoire is a wild mix of musical
styles–reggae, folk, classic rock, country, hip hop, klezmer, and theatrical–woven
together with Yiddish terms and Jewish themes. And it’s suitable for everyone, from
“Babies to Bubbies”–hip young kids and their even hipper parents and grandparents.
The Mama Doni Band is performing 13 concerts during December alone, in Los Angeles,
Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, but this is the only one in the Greater
Washington area, so don’t miss it!…