Monthly Archives: February 2011

Jack Gottlieb z”l

The American Society for Jewish Music sends out this sad announcement about the passing of Jack Gottlieb.
Dear Members and Friends:
It is with sadness that I share with you the news of Jack Gottlieb’s passing.

A prolific composer, especially of sacred songs and choral music for the synagogue, Jack worked actively on behalf of Jewish music and served as President of the ASJM for a number of years. Also a scholar and noted author, his acclaimed books, Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood, and, most recently, his memoire Working with Bernstein, about his years as assistant to Leonard Bernstein, received rave reviews. A biography of Jack Gottlieb’s distinguished career is appended below.

As Jack wished for no public funeral, those in the New York area wishing to mark his passing are invited to attend the services at Congregation Emanu-El on March 11 and 12, 2011, which will be devoted to his music.…

‘Mishenichnas Adar Marbim Besimchah’

Thursday February 24 2011 at 8:30pm
performing upstairs in the Main Sanctuary at
Congregation Bnai Jacob
401 9th Street (Between 5th and 6th Ave.)
Park Slope Brooklyn, NY
‘Nachnu Ma Little Big Band’
Elie Massias – Guitars/Vocals
Sam Thomas – Saxophones
Marcus Rubenstein – Trumpet
Charles Sibirsky – Fender Rhodes
Dan Schuman – Upright Bass
Robert Weiss – Drums

Cover $8 includes Beer and Bourekas

Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn at The Jewish Museum

A recent acquisition to The Jewish Museum, Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, 1842, by
19th century German artist Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, has been added to
the “Modernity” section of Culture and Continuity. The subject of this
portrait was the sister of famous composer Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
a talented composer and musician in her own right. Fanny Hensel was
the wife of a fellow painter, Wilhelm Hensel, whom Oppenheim met in Rome
with the Nazarenes.

To reach the Museum’s offices, call: 212.423.3200.
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
NY, NY 10128
for Directions:

Open Mic Night in Jerusalem

Sunday, February 20 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location Har Nof
Ruzhin 35 (Nisim 1) Apartment 20 (7th floor)
Jerusalem, Israel

More Info The long awaited return of the J’Town Jam has finally come!
Kol Meodecha is hosting an open mic night and we can’t wait to hear what you’ve got!

Doors open at 7:30 PM
Get there early to get the slot you want!

take any bus to Har Nof (15, 60, 2, 33) or take a bus to the masof (74, 75, 67, 29) and transfer to the 15, 60, 2, or 33. Ask the bus driver for the first stop on Chai Taib. Cross the street and go back a bit and up a set of stairs that lead you to a path.…

Kay Shelemay wins Jaap Kunst Prize

An article written by Dr. Kay Kaufman Shelemay won the Jaap Kunst Prize of the Society for
Ethnomusicology, which is given to: “The most significant article published by a member of the Society for
Ethnomusicology in the previous year.” The title of this article is “The Power of Silent Voices: Women in the Syrian Jewish Musical Tradition.” It is published in a volume in the SOAS
Musicology Series
, edited by Laudan Nooshin, titled Music and the Play of
Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
, 2009.

Dr. Shelemay is the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, a Professor of African and African American Studies and Ethnomusicology at Harvard University . She is a member of the Editorial Board of Musica Judaica and was the inaugural speaker for the first session of the Jewish Music Forum in 2004.…

Join London Klezmer Orchestra Practice

Monday 21 Feburary 2011
London Klezmer Orchestra
One KX, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BS
(Corner of Judd Street, off the Euston Road directly opposite St
Pancras/British Library)

The London Klezmer Orchestra meets to practice repertoire and arrange
music in a relaxed environment. All instruments and levels welcome.

Session £5

Future dates: March 7 & 21
Friday 25 Feburary Evening
Hampshire Hopkele
Itchen Abbas & Avington Village Hall, Main Road,
Itchen Abbas, Nr Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BQ

Guy Schalom leads a hop with the London Klezmer Quartet. For more
details email

JMF Presents “Robert Lachmann’s Oriental Music Archive in Mandatory Palestine”

The next event of The Jewish Music Forum 2010-2011 Season will be
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
at Center for Jewish History, New York, NY,
Dr. Ruth Davis will present a lecture
entitled “Robert Lachmann’s Oriental Music Archive in Mandatory Palestine.”
The Jewish Music Forum, now in its seventh season, is a project of
The American Society for Jewish Music, with support from The
American Jewish Historical Society.
Please visit our
website at

Event details are as follows:

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
4:00 P.M.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

All events are FREE and open to the public.

Boston Jewish Music Festival

It’s quite a lineup. Boston’s From March 6-20, 2011, the Boston Jewish Music Festival.
Visit the website for complete lineup information, with dates, times and prices, including the hot new “Yemen Blues.”

Full website, with blog, artist pics and links, and event listings:

# Divine Sparks – where traditional hazzanut meets contemporary
improvisation with Frank London, Yaakov Lemmer, Aaron Bensoussan,
and Boston’s own Gastón Bogomolni, Jessica Kate Meyer, and
Elias Rosemberg.

# The New England Premiere of Ravid Kahalani and Yemen Blues, the
incredible new world music ensemble from the former lead singer of
The Idan Raichel Project.

# Sing Songs of Shabbat with your choice of 4 unique Friday night
musical services at synagogues across Greater Boston.

# A very special family concert featuring Maurice Sendak’s adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, called Pincus and the Pig.…

Yiddish Repertoire Featured in Two Unusual Recitals at Symphony Space:

“Di Sheyne Milnerin” (Feb. 14th) and “A Yiddish Winterreise” (Feb. 16th)

Acclaimed bass-baritone Mark Glanville and Pianist Alexander Knapp will
give two unusual programs at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in
February featuring the Yiddish song repertoire.
Tickets $25; Members,
Students, Seniors $20; Day of Show $30

On Monday, February 14th at 7:30 PM the duo will perform the United States
premiere of ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’ (‘Die Schöne Müllerin’) is a specially
devised cycle of songs from the Yiddish repertoire, only the second time a
collection of Yiddish song has been forged into a cycle with a coherent
dramatic trajectory.

Monday, February 14th, 7.30 p.m.
“Di Sheyne Milnerin (A Yiddish “Die Schöne Müllerin”)
USA Première
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 864-5400,+NY&cid=14104568892703723774&z=14
New York City

Wednesday, February 16th, 7.30 p.m.…

NJ Cantors Concert

NJ Cantors Concert at Temple Emanu-El in Edison.
Saturday night February 12, 2011 8pm.

and the SHLOCK ROCK (free family) Concert at Neve Shalom
Sunday morning at 9:40am.
Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ – New Jersey Cantors’ Concert Ensemble – February 12, 2011
Temple Emanu-El, Edison, NJ
100 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820 · 732-549-4442

A Jewish Star Singing Competition Finals

Time Sunday, February 20 · 7:00pm – 11:30pm
Location Brooklyn School of Music
883 Classon Avenue (Between President and Union Street)
Brooklyn, NY
The top 10 Finalists and top 3 Junior Finalists will be performing live in concert in front of 3 judges and a huge crowd to compete for the top spot in A Jewish Star Singing Competition.
Gershon Shapiro will be among the finalists.

Guest Star: Benny Friedman
Tickets prices are: $75, $ 50, $36, $25
All proceeds go to benefit the Jewish education for children with special needs.
You can buy your tickets here:

HaZamir 18th Anniversary Concert in NYC

Time Sunday, March 27 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location Frederick P. Rose Hall: Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
865 Broadway # 400
New York, NY 10023-7503
(212) 875-5018

Are you a HaZamirnik who can’t wait to grace the Lincoln Center stage? Are you a HaZamir Alum interested in reuniting with friends and singing a set with other Alumni? Are you someone who just can’t get enough of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir?

Join us on this momentous occasion as we celebrate HaZamir’s 18th Anniversary in concert.

Hopkele – Klezmer Keilidh

Time Sunday, February 13 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location Cecil Sharp House
2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
The Hopkele Klezmer Keilidh phenomenon returns to London this winter. Old style Jewish ceilidh featuring circle, square and chain dances. No experience necessary.

Klezmer dance leading by Guy Schalom with live klezmer music from the Hopkele House Band lead by Ilana Cravitz.

Book online here:
Or Call: 077149 45971

Anthem Winner Show

Time Thursday, February 24 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location Knitting Factory – Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel: (347) 529-6696
Fax: (347) 529-6295

.357 Lover – Guns ‘N Roses meets Queen meets Tiny Tim
The Electric Simcha – Black Flag sings the Lubavitcher Songbook
Yiddish Princess – Kick Ass Yiddish Power Pop

PLUS – Anthem Contest winner will receive personal anthem. Patrons of show can pat winner on back and well wish.

Yiddish Princess of Brooklyn, Electric Simcha of Philadelphia and .357 Lover of Brooklyn will create the greatest send off of all time.

Shpilkes Klezmer Band on February 19

Time: Saturday, February 19 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: The UnCommon Coffeehouse
24 Vernon Street
Framingham, MA

Go for an evening of the lively, living melodies of traditional Yiddish and Sephardic folk music that sing of the human experience. Tickets are $7 ($4 for children under 14) and will be sold at the door. More information can be found at or

“ניחוח שושנה”

Time Monday, February 14 · 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Location צוותא תל אביב – לונדון מיני סטור- רח’ אבן גבירול

חמש שנים לפטירתה של שושנה דמארי

(1 בינואר 1923 – 14 בפברואר 2006).

כלת פרס ישראל לשנת תשמ”ח.

יונית שקד גולן, העוסקת בשימור הזמר העברי, תבצע במופע “ניחוח שושנה” שיתקיים ביום שני ה-14.2 על בימת צוותא, את השירים האהובים שנכתבו לשושנה דמארי במשך השנים. ותגיש ערב מחווה, אינטימי ומרגש הכולל את מיטב שיריה של מלכת הזמר העבר
…המופע יוקלט ויועבר בשידור חי ברשת ג’י.

שושנה דמארי נולדה בתימן בשנת 1923 ועלתה ארצה שנתיים לאחר מכן. כבר כנערה החלה דמארי לשיר כשהצטרפה לסטודיו לדרמה “שולמית” בתל אביב. בשנת 1943 הצטרפה לתיאטרן המוזיקלי “לי לה לו” שאת מרבית פזמוניו כתבו המשוררים נתן אלתרמן ומשה וילנסקי. שירם “כלניות”, שביצעה על במת התיאטרון ב-1946, הפך להיות שירה הידוע ביותר ועל אף שנכתב כשיר טבע, הוא נתפס באותה תקופה כשיר מחאה נגד הבריטים (שחיילי הצנחנים שלו, בעלי הכומתות האדומות כונו “כלניות”).

The Magic and Mystery of Jewish Morocco

Time Sunday, February 13 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Location The Baroque Room, 275 East Fourth St., 2nd Floor, St. Paul, MN

More Info Arriving directly from Casablanca, soprano Vanessa Paloma takes us on a journey through the mythical land of Morocco — exploring its traditions, beliefs, and music. With Rose Ensemble musicians Ginna Watson, vielle, rebec, and harp; David Burk, oud; and Tim O’Keefe, percussion.
Previous concert:

Pey Dalid Melava Malkah

Time Saturday, February 12 · 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Location J Greenstein Co Antique Judaica and Jewish Art Gallery
417 Central Ave.
Cedarhurst, NY

Israel Unity Tour 2011
Pey Dalid Melava Malkah
417 Central Ave. Cedarhurst, NY
8PM – $15 (suggested donation)

Saints & Tzadiks: A Concert of Yiddish and Irish Songs

Wednesday, Feb 16 • 7:30 PM
University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall • 3910 Yoakum
For info:
Susan McKeown and Lorin SklambergIrish singer Susan McKeown and Klezmatics lead singer and accordionist, Lorin Sklamberg, present Saints & Tzadiks — a concert combining Yiddish and Irish songs. Culled from rare archive material and old recordings, McKeown and Sklamberg have selected songs on various themes from the Jewish and Irish traditions. The bulk of the Jewish material is drawn from the Ruth Rubin Archive at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The Irish songs come from both the popular and the ancient Gaelic sean nos traditions.

$10 Adults / Children and Students Free

JCC Houston
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3907
(713) 729-3200
FAX: (713) 551-7223
Purchase Tix

Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell Duo at East Village Klezmer Series

Time: Tuesday, February 8 · 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: 325 E. 6th St., New York, NY
East Village Klezmer Series
8:30 PM
…325 E. 6th St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC

Two of the most amazing musicians of their generation come together to present an evening of music at the East Village Klezmer Series.

The series are co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeiter Ring of NY, Living Traditions/Klez Kamp, and Center for Traditional Music and Dance.


Time Tuesday, February 8 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location Congregation Ansche Chesed
251 West 100th Street
New York, NY
Alicia Svigals, Klezmer Violinist

A special Yiddish Dance party at Congregation Ansche Chesed, featuring master dance leader Steve Weintraub with live klezmer by Alicia Svigals’s Klezmer Fiddle Express! Presented by CTMD’s An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture, Congregation Ansche Chesed and Klezmer By Alicia Svigals. Beginners are welcome! Suggested contribution $5 per adult, $3 per child. With Christina Crowder, accordion; Brian Glassman, bass; and Aaron Alexander, drums.


Mar 3rd – 9:00pm

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos have evolved from an anonymous, young, Jerusalem based band – to one of the most exciting promises of the Rock & Roll world. The band has just completed a full scale and highly successful summer tour in Europe, playing on huge stages in festivals, as well as clubs and TV shows across the continent. They have been getting spectacular reviews and praise from fans and the media wherever they go.

28 year old Asaf Avidan is a Jerusalem born & bred singer-songwriter, who released his acclaimed debut EP, “Now That You’re Leaving,” in 2006. Since then, Asaf has continued to write and mold his experiences with broken love into personal, yet universally relatable songs.…