Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hanukkah Happens 24 on Jan 19 in Newton

The Brotherhood and Music Committee of Temple Emanuel present
Hanukkah Happens 24
Jewish Love Songs
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton
The Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director, and Hazzan Elias Rosemberg
Concert admission (open seating): TE Members – $25; Non-members – $30; Seniors (70+)
$25; Children under 13 – $15; Tickets night of concert $30
Proceeds to benefit American Friends of Magen David Adom.
For more information and tickets, please visit or call 617-558-8100.…

Michel Pardes CD Chansons Juives

Michel Pardes has released a CD called Chansons Juives and has some videos on YouTube as well. This one is in French, but set in a kibbutz in Israel.
One song from the album is about the Kibbutz, Ayelet Hashahar. (Ayelet HaShahar is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located on the Rosh Pina – Metulla road, it is approximately 35 kilometers south of Kiryat Shmona.) A lot of tourists stay there and there’s a museum for the Hazor dig. Pardes sings the praises of this kibbutz in his song. Not all the songs on the album are the same in style.

Sara Hecht Releases “Pieces” CD

Sara Hecht of Brooklyn, NY has released a new CD of Jewish songs called “Pieces”. It’s not your ordinary Jewish recording, but has all original songs (but one) written and sung by Sara in English. It’s an album of searching for, and finding, faith in Judaism and Gd. Sara’s music is arranged and performed by some key musicians, including Ian Freitor who made many of the arrangements of the songs. The first piece leads you into a country genre, but moves quickly into more soul and even some rock riffs here and there. There are some moving songs, including “Chana” which retells the story of Hannah and her seven sons in a heroine-point-of view way. Many of the songs are really contemporary female drashes in search of, and in thanks for, the Jewish faith.…

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music

Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Vacancy Number
Russell Square
Post Class
Teaching and Research
Department / Centre
Department of Music
Contract Type
Closing date for applications
30 December 2013
School of Arts (Department of Music)
£32,558 – £46,741 p.a Inclusive of London Allowance

Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Jewish Music based within the Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Department of Music is the leading centre in Europe for teaching and research in the music of Asia and Africa. Your principal responsibilities will be to lecture on Jewish music to BA and Master’s students, contribute to interregional, interdisciplinary or thematic teaching and research in Music, supervise research students, engage in research and publication, and contribute to the administration of programmes of study in Music.…

Jew Ja Jam Band & Peretz Levine

Come Join The Millinery Center Synagogue
This Thursday December 5, the 8th day of Chanukah
For an Unbelievable Concert Experience
Featuring Two Extraordinary Talented Musical Groups

The Jew Ja Jam Band
Peretz Levine & Friends
Show @ 7:30pm
Admission $12
Millinery Center Synagogue
1025 Ave of the Americas
(6th Ave btwn 38th & 39th)
New York NY 10018

More Information:
Rabbi Hayim S. Wahrman
(646) 262-5061

Arik Einstein Z’l Obits

Israeli singer-songwriter Arik Einstein passed away Nov. 26 at the age of 74. His recordings were some of the very first album of Israeli music I purchased way back and he’s been a favorite in Israel for decades. Obits about Einstein tell about his life and work:


A newly composed Chanukah song written as a response to some vandalism at the Northeastern campus. This is a video by students at NU and some of the neighboring campuses. Music in response … a wonderful way to say “we’re here”. And it’s a delightful song. I think you’ll enjoy it.