Monthly Archives: November 2011

FAU Libraries Receive Gift in Memory of Barry Serota

FAU Libraries Receive Gift in Memory of Barry Serota, Executive
Director of Chicago-based Institute for Jewish Sound Recording

BOCA RATON, FL. Florida Atlantic University recently received a
gift in memory of the late Barry Serota, an attorney, record producer and executive
director of the Chicago-based Institute for Jewish Sound Recording. Serota was
widely known for his deep knowledge of Jewish music and produced more than 100
recordings of Jewish sacred and secular music. His productions at the Institute for
Jewish Sound Recording included choral, instrumental, folk and art music.
Serota s mother, Blanche, donated 1,500 LPs, more than 700 78-rpm discs, 100 digital
audio tapes and 1,443 audio reel-to-reel tapes to the Judaica Sound Archives (JSA)
at FAU Libraries in honor of her son. The collection includes rare record masters
and pre-production one-of-a-kind recordings.…


The Cantors and Choirs of Congregation Rodeph Sholom will
celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, during Shabbat services at 6 PM on
Friday, December 9, 2011. The unique, intergenerational service will feature Cantor
Rebecca Garfein, Cantor Shayna De Lowe
, and the volunteer adult and children’s
choirs from the synagogue. This year, the first night of Chanukah is Tuesday,
December 20, 2011.

“Chanukah celebrates miracles and the power to overcome hardship,” according to
Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor, Rebecca Garfein. “For many people in
our country, this has been an especially tough year. Chanukah can help remind us
all of the everyday miracles in our lives.”

Highlights of the service will include Peter Yarrow’s “Light One Candle,” and “Bring
On the Light,” a piece by composer, singer, and actor Danny Maseng that was
commissioned by Congregation Rodeph Sholom for Chanukah in 2001.…

JTS Cantorial School Concert

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Time 4:30
FREE concert featuring the JTS Cantorial School Chorus, directed by Hazzan David Tilman and accompanied by Elizabeth Rodgers, singing Cantorial classics, Israeli and modern Jewish art music, and Chanukah favorites (and a few surprises!)
Wine and cheese reception to follow the concert, hosted by Temple Gates of Prayer.
Please come out and support the next generation of Hazzanim and other lovers of Jewish music.
Complimentary valet parking is available in the synagogue parking lot.
Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing NY is 20 minutes from Manhattan by car, about 4 miles from the Whitestone Bridge and 10-15 minutes from the Triboro.

Temple Gates of Prayer is accessible via the Flushing-Main St station of the #7 subway (3 blocks), or by a 17-minute ride on the LIRR Port Washington Branch to Flushing-Main St (5 blocks).…

Alijia Jo Rabins in NYC

Alicia and friends will be playing two trio shows with David
Freeman on drums this month: one at a Parisian-style bar, one at a
museum downtown. This Wednesday at Zebulon, a lovely little bar in
Williamsburg, with our Montreal friends Flotilla–fantastic musicians.

Then on December 21, a special Chanukah performance at the Museum of
Jewish Heritage at Battery Park City—a great one for those of you
who live in Manhattan, prefer an earlier showtime, or are looking for
something off the beaten path for the holidays this year…

WEDNESDAY 11/30 (two days from now!), Zebulon ( ), Williamsburg we play 9 pm sharp, free!
followed by Flotilla (beautiful not-to-be-missed rockers from

WEDNESDAY 12/21, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Battery Park City,
Manhattan ( )
7 pm,$15/$12/$10
tickets here ( )
A seated performance at an early hour in honor of the first night of

Naftule’s Dream at the Lilypad

Naftule’s Dream at the Lilypad
Friday, December 2 at 6:00pm
Location: The Lily Pad
Inman Square
1353 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
After nearly 5 years of silence, Naftule’s Dream is back!!! Playing our hits from the past like “Job,” “The Sitting Man” and that family favorite, “Free Klez.” Join us for a great end of the week concert at our favorite performance venue.

Glenn Dickson, clarinet; Gary Bohan, trumpet, Michael McLaughlin, accordion; Andrew Stern, electric guitar; Jim Gray, tuba; and Eric Rosenthal, drums.

Elaine and Susan at Philadelphia Folklore Project

Klezmer Concert: The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents award-winning drummer
Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, acclaimed vocalist and trumpeter Susan Lankin
in an evening of klezmer music devoted to saying good riddance to all the
mishegas (Yiddish for craziness or insanity ) in our world today. Klezmer is the
celebratory music of Eastern European Jews. Goodnight Mishegas is a line in the
Hoffman family s Goodnight Waltz, composed close to a century ago, with words
recently penned by Susan. The Folklore Project invites people to sing along at the
concert and, in celebration of family and community traditions, to reflect on
possibilities for turning our woes into joy. Visit for music
and words!

Presenter: Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)
Date: December 11, 2011
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S.…


Yiddish Poetry of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Set to Music
CD Release Concert
Basya Schechter
Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 8 PM
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleeker St. NYC
$12 in advance
$15 at the door

The concert is presented by Moshe Rosenfeld and Golden Land Concerts & Connections, with support from the League for Yiddish/Afn Shvel, as well as the National Yiddish Theater – Folksbiene, The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter-Ring, Congress for Jewish Culture, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

לידער פֿון וווּנדער

די ייִדישע פּאָעזיע פֿון

אַבֿרהם־יהושע העשעל

באַלייט פֿון מוזיק

קאָנצערט לכּבֿוד דעם אַרויסקום

פֿון דעם נײַעם קאָמפּאַקטל

לידער פֿון וווּנדער

בתיה שעכטער

Iron Curtain Musical Off-Broadway

Iron Curtain features a book by Susan DiLallo, music by Stephen Weiner and lyrics by Peter Mills. Nov. 5-27, at The Baruch Performing Arts Center.
This comedy features the story of two hapless Jewish songwriters who get captured by the KGB and have madcap adventures creating success in Russia. now, will they get their freedom back??.
Baruch College
East 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue.
Tickets are $50, with premium seating available for $65.
To purchase tickets visit
or call (212) 352-3101.

To read about the story of this musical:

World Premieres of New Yiddish Music

World Premieres of New Yiddish Music with Benjy and Avi Fox-Rosen
Start Time: Tuesday, November 15 at 8:30pm
End Time: Tuesday, November 15 at 11:30pm
Cornelia St Cafe
29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014-4127
Phone 212.989.9319

Benjy Fox-Rosen has been active as a bassist and singer in the klezmer and eastern European music scene in New York for the last several years; he has toured worldwide with Luminescent Orchestrii, recorded with Adrienne Cooper, and is bassist/vocalist in the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio. After several years of performing with his own band, Fox-Rosen has emerged with a unique take on Yiddish song. This evening Fox-Rosen will present new material, primarily drawing from his settings of Yiddish poetry, as well as lesser known folk songs and new instrumental pieces.…

“The “Other Side” of Rabbi Joe Black and Julie Silver

The “Other Side” of Rabbi Joe Black and Julie Silver – Live at Swallow Hill
Start Time: Sunday, November 13 at 7:30pm
Location: Swallow Hill Music Association
71 East Yale
Denver, CO
(303) 777-1003
$18 Advance; $20 Day of Show. $2 discount for Swallow Hill members
This is a rare opporunity to see Rabbi Joe Black and Julie Silver stretch their traditional repertoire and pull out some tunes that they don’t get to play very often in a public venue.

Rabbi Joe Black and Julie Silver are both internationally recognized contemporary Jewish songwriters and performers. As solo artists, they have shared their music in hundreds of communities around the world. Julie’s warmth, charisma and creativity can be felt from the moment she walks on stage and captivates us with her powerful vocals and heartfelt message.…

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes: A Bibliography of Jewish Composers

By Kenneth Jaffe

An important new reference work has been published for identifying solo vocal works on all sorts of Jewish themes. This highly useful work gives an alphabetical list of composers with appropriate vocal works listed (not a complete list of works by each composer, but appropriately sticking to the scope of this volume). Many useful details, such as birth and death dates, place of birth, musical forces needed, first performance if known, translations of titles, and locations of scores. With some of the dramatic works, a lyricist might be named, as well as a brief synopsis of plot given.But the author doesn’t stop there; he provides useful “themes”, first based on the biblical texts, if used. In addition, he then provides themes such holidays, but also, “Jewish experience”, children’s material, philosophy, Holocaust or persecution, interfaith works, Jewish history, Yiddish theater, Sacred Services, and weddings.…