Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hava Nagila (The Movie) at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA

Hava Nagila (The Movie)
Opens Friday, April 26
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

It’s to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has
transcended its origins and become ingrained in people’s consciousness
worldwide. Bob Dylan sang it. So did Elvis. And that’s only the beginning
when it comes to the infectious part song, “Hava Nagila.” Director Roberta
Grossman’s buoyant and surprisingly deep documentary follows the bouncy
melody on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the
cul-de-sacs of America. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie
Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila
(The Movie) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills,
Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the song as a
springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the
cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.…

“the Yellow Ticket,”

Alicia Svigal’s original score to the 1918 silent film classic, “the Yellow Ticket,” starring Pola Negri, performed live by Klezmer Unfettered: Marilyn Lerner and Alicia Svigals

April 29, 2013 (7:30 pm)
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA
Tel: (617) 734-2501
A panel discussion will follow the film.
Tickets are on sale now for $25,

The Yellow Ticket is a live multimedia concert event featuring the eponymous 1918 Pola Negri silent film with a performance of an original score by Alicia Svigals, one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers. The score is the newest commission from the Foundation’s New Jewish Culture Network (NJCN) and marks the first feature-length film composition by Svigals who will perform live with virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner at each of the screenings of this cinema classic.…

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April 19, 1943

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University Campus
Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April 19, 1943
An Evening of Songs and Testimonies from Letters, Diaries and Memoirs.

In October 1942 the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto was ordered. In January 1943 armed resistance to the deportations began forcing their suspension. On April 19, 1943, the Germans ordered Ukrainian auxiliaries to reenter the ghetto to round up the remaining Jews. The Jews managed to resist the assault for three weeks. On May 8 the fighters were killed, the remaining Jews deported to killing centers. The Warsaw ghetto with its 400,000 Jews was liquidated.

We are commemorating the courage and endurance of the Jews of Warsaw in an evening that features Yiddish songs and diary entries composed in the ghetto as well as letters and accounts written outside the ghetto by distressed Polish and German witnesses to the destruction.…

Kol Rinah Spring Concert

Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Chorale’s Spring Concert
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 3 PM
Address: Solomon Schechter School, 30 Dellwood Road, White Plains, NY 10605
Admission: GA $18; Students/Seniors $12. ($2 Discount for Advance Sales)
For more info, see:
or call (914) 243-9059
Music genre: an eclectic offering of songs from our rich Jewish
heritage, ranging from liturgical to contemporary, in English, Yiddish, Russian and Hebrew

Once I Had a Fiddle CD Release

Once I Had a Fiddle
The Strauss Warschauer Duo
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
As part of the New York Klezmer Series at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue
World-renowned klezmer musicians Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are celebrating
their 18th anniversary performing and teaching as the Strauss Warschauer Duo.
And what better way to celebrate this creative milestone than with a CD release
concert and tantshoyz at the New York Klezmer Series?

Deborah and Jeff will perform music from their brand new CD, Once I Had a Fiddle.
Special guests include dance master Steven Weintraub and drummer extraordinaire
Aaron Alexander.
Strauss and Warschauer are sweet and soulful performers who draw from klezmer, Yiddish,
Hasidic and liturgical music and culture, adding their own original compositions
and song settings.…