Monthly Archives: January 2013

YIVO to Digitize Ruth Rubin Field Recordings

Lorin Sklamberg, Sound Archivist at YIVO writes:

We [YIVO] have indeed begun the work of digitizing Ruth Rubin’s collection of field recordings. A large portion of the materials were transferred and databased by Bay Area singer/instrumentalist Jeanette Lewicki over the summer with the support of New York’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Though far from completed, the tracks that have been processed are currently being prepared for on-site use in the not-too-distant future by YIVO Sound Archives consultant Matt Temkin.

Renewed interest in these treasures can be partially attributed to the posthumous publication of Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archives edited by Chana Mlotek and Mark Slobin (Wayne University Press, 2007). Recent projects that utilize the songs include my own Saints and Tzadiks (songs from the Irish and Yiddish traditions developed together with Susan McKeown), Voices of Ashkenaz (German-Jewish song connections explored by Andreas Schmitges, Deborah Strauss, Svetlana Kundish and Thomas Fritze) and Alpen Klezmer (Bavarian and Yiddish songs with Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys).…


SEFARDIC WORLD JAM with Moshe Weidenfeld, Samuel Thomas, Dror Shachaf, Elie Massias and special Guests.
Saturday February 2, 2013
Doors 8pm Cover $15
More Info and Directions at
650 Sackett Street
Brooklyn NY 11215
– Plenty of Parking on the Block –
– R Train to Union Street stop –

David Broza at City Winery in NYC

David Broza
David to be joined by his full NYC band!
Monday, February 11 2013 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
A dynamic and vibrant performer from Israel, David is an icon in his homeland. An artist with a true message, he will be joined by a band featuring Yonatan Levi (Electric guitar), Bass: Uri Kleinman (Bass), and Yuval Lion & Yehonadav Halevi (Drums)
For more information: click

Johanna Spector Archives at JTS Receives Grant

January 30, 2013?The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
(JTS) has received a $175,300 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections
and Archives grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through a
program administered by the Council on Library Resources (CLIR). The
grant will make the archives of Dr. Johanna Spector, a major
repository of rare materials related to the dwindling Jewish
communities of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia available for
research and to the public for the first time. The collection will
now be cataloged for use, and rehoused in order to prevent
deterioration of its materials.

Margot Leverett & Klezmer Mountain Boys

Margot Leverett & Klezmer Mountain Boys at The New York Klezmer Series
February 12, 2013
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York
30 W. 68th St., New York, NY 10023

NY Klezmer Series:

4 – 5 Kidz Klezmer Band of New York
5:30 – 7 Klezmer Music Workshop
5:30 – 7 Yiddish Dance Class w/Steve Weintraub
7:30 – 8:45 Concert
8:45 – 9:30 Klezmer Jam Session

Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with today’s stars of klezmer and bluegrass to explore the shared musical spirit of two genres literally worlds apart. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered. The resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, soulful and footstomping.

Ayn Sof Archestra and Bigger Band in Brooklyn

Ayn Sof Arkestra and BIgger Band is on the menu at the Jewish Music Cafe.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Iyyun Center, also known as the Jewish Music Cafe,
650 Sackett Street, Brooklyn, NY

New monthly performance with AynSof–the inaugural show at The Iyyun Center
Shows will be the last Wednesday of the month.
The first show is a special double feature with Zion80, Jon Madof’s electric pairing of the music of Shlomo Carlebach with the pulsing rhythm of Afro-beat as played by Fela Kuti.
Ayn Sof will play at 8:30, Zion80 at 9:30.
Ayn Sof is
Greg Wall, Marty Fogel, Jessica Lurie, Paul Shapiro, Zach Mayer, Saxes
Jordan Hirsch, Pam Fleming, Frank London, Trumpets
Art Baron, Danny Flam, Trombones
Eyal Maoz, Brian Marsala, Brian Glassman, Rhythm

JOB OPENING: Project Manager/Archivist

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is currently searching for a full-time Project Manager/Archivist. This is a sixteen-month grant-funded position that reports to the Administrative Librarian for Technical Services. The position is available immediately.

About The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary:
The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary holds the foremost collection of Judaica and Hebraica in the Western Hemisphere, including manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals, ephemeral materials, musical scores, sound recordings, moving images, graphic arts, and archives. It provides access to subscription databases and to its digital collections. The JTS Library serves the students and faculty of the institution in addition to the international community of scholars in Jewish studies and related areas. Please visit our web site at

Position Summary:

The full-time Project Manager/Archivist will be responsible for the processing of a complex archive in the area of Jewish Ethnomusicology.…

Billy Jonas and Naomi Less

This from Newle:
“There’s acid rock, blues rock, glam rock, punk rock, and about 100 more variations of good ol’ rock and roll. But readers, there is also Jewish Rock!

And two of the top stars of this genre, Billy Jonas and Naomi Less (whose website has a rock star worthy url), are putting on a concert just for you.

Jewish Rock Radio is streaming a series of six online interactive concerts, and each concert benefits a great Jewish organization. We’re grateful that two of the concerts will directly benefit Keshet’s work for a fully inclusive Jewish community. You can catch Billy Jonas on January 30th and Naomi Less on February 6th, both at 8:30 EST. Pay what you can and listen to a great 30 minute concert.”

Read more at:

Y Engelman in Riverdale

Singer-songwriter and rabbi Yehoshua Engelman will be giving a concert of his original compositions in Riverdale in February. Liturgical as well as contemporary poetic texts will be performed while Engelman plays guitar and sings.
Saturday. February 9 at 6:30 PM
Location: Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale (Bronx), New York 10463
For information, call Telephone: 718.796.4730
Cover price: Suggested donation of $18

Rabbi Yehoshua Engelman, based in Jerusalem, will be playing songs of love from his
four albums as well as previously unrecorded music. Yehoshua’s sensitive and moving
compositions ornament words from tanach, tefilah and modern Israeli poets. They are
loved and sung in many places in Israel. Several of his musical settings are
featured on
While Yehoshua has performed in Israel and abroad, this is a
rare opportunity to hear him in New York.…

Eyal Maoz’s EDOM

Eyal Maoz’s EDOM
Monday. January 21 at 11 PM
Venue name: PIANOS
ADDRESS: 158 Ludlow St., New York, New York 10002
Telephone: 212.473.3665
Event URL:
You tube link:
Facebook event page:
Cover price: Admission $8, includes the 4 bands!
Music genre: Rock-World
Artist website:


Edom started as an experiment in combining Israeli and modern pop music,
and has developed into a rare rocking Modern Jewish – Middle Eastern music
tinged with industrial and electronic sounds. Featuring EyalMaoz’s
notorious one-of-a-kind approach to composition, and produced by the magic
ears of Shanir Blumenkranz, Edom brings us into the much-too-rarely visited
junction of instrumental pop, jazz and avant-garde.

11pm- Edom
10pm- Man Made Sun
9pm- Sonus Maximus
8pm- Black Furs…

Congregation Rodeph Sholom Marks MLK, Jr. Commemoration with Tel Aviv Gospel Choir

Congregation Rodeph Sholom Marks MLK, Jr. Commemoration with Tel Aviv Gospel Choir
Blending the unique sounds of musical groups from the
Middle East and New York City, an original take on gospel music will emerge and
resound at Congregation Rodeph Sholom during a multicultural and international
celebration to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18,
2013 during Shabbat services.

The internationally renowned Iris and Ofer Portugaly and their Israeli Gospel Choir
will make their U.S. premiere, presenting a performance of Hebrew Gospel—their
innovative mix of African- American gospel with a “tantalizing” Israeli flavor. The
joyous program will bring together vocalists, gospel choirs, and musicians from
different cultures, communities, and ethnicities in a musical evening dedicated to
King’s vision for freedom and peace.…