Yearly Archives: 2013

YidStock 2013

Join us for Yidstock 2013: the festival of new Yiddish music!
Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 21 Live at the Yiddish Book Center
Purchase your tickets today.
To purchase tickets for individual events or to purchase a Festival Pass:
A limited number of Festival Passes are available.*
*Festival Pass includes access to all concerts, lectures, and workshops
Back by popular demand, Yosi’s Kosher Falafel Tent will be serving an assortment of
great food.

Concert Schedule
– Thursday, July 18 –
*7pm | Klezmer Conservatory Band
– Saturday, July 20 –
*7pm | Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys and Klezperanto
– Sunday, July 21 –
*12pm | Wholesale Klezmer Band – Family Concert
*2pm | Brass Khazones: Steven Bernstein and Frank London play Cantorial Music
*4pm | Golem
*7pm | Yidstock All-Stars

Workshop · Lecture Schedule
– Friday, July 20 –
*1pm | Lecture: Hebrew National Salvage: Rediscovering Lost Musical treasures with
Hankus Netsky
*2pm | Lecture: Rockin’ the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer with Seth Rogovoy
*3:30pm | Workshop: Yiddish Folk Dance with instructor Steve Weintraub
*5pm | Workshop: Instrumental Klezmer with instructor Brian Bender
– Saturday, July 21 –
*4pm | Talk: New Riffs: Improvising a Contemporary Yiddish Culture with Aaron Lansky
and Seth Rogovoy

For more information and to purchase tickets:
Website –
Phone – 413-256-4900
**PLEASE NOTE: Lineup is subject to change.…

Craig Taubman’s Friday Night Live at Ford Theater

Rabbis Nicole Guzik and David Wolpe will join celebrated musician
Craig Taubman for this Friday Night Live service at the Ford for the third
year running on June 14, 2013.

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Friday Night Live at the Ford will be held under the stars in one
of the city’s great venues, and include musical performances from Duvid
Swirsky, George Komsky
, and husband and wife team Lynn Harrell and Helen

Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner while enjoying a
pre-show festival featuring performances by YouTube sensation Ari Herstand,
MiMoDa Jazzo Gruppa, and an art show curated by Laurel Johnson. Gates open
at 6:00 PM and Shabbat services will begin at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at the Ford Theater’s website.…

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble

Sunday, May 26, 2013
11:00am until 2:00pm

at City Winery 155 Varick St, NYC
The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble (from the Pioneer Valley of Central/Western Massachusetts) will perform a concert of original and traditional Klezmer music.
Brian Bender – trombone, accordion, vocals, piano, poyk
Anna Sobel – fiddle, poyk, dumbek, piano, vocals, storytelling, puppetry
Special Guests:
Sruli Dresdner – clarinet, accordion, poyk, vocals
Lisa Mayer – fiddle, vocals

Tickets are $10.
Food is available at the venue.

The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble has recently released a CD entitled “A Freylekhs Far Ale”. More info at:

Julien Clerc to appear in Israel

French singing star Julien Clerc will appear with a 40 piece orchestra in Israel on Sunday July 7, 2013 at the National Opera house in Tel Aviv, 19 Sderot Shaul HaMelech at 20h30. He will perform his standards along with some of his new repertoire. This is the French singer’s first time to perform in Israel. For more information, contact WWW.LOLLYPROD.COM -OU- 03.658.59.59

Yiddish in the City

Heather Klein and Miryem-Khaye Seigel in Concert
Pianist: Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research/Center for Jewish History
Co-sponsored by the Congress for Jewish Culture
15 W. 16th St., New York, NY
Tickets: $15

Yiddish singing star Anthony Russell in Miami

Anthony Russell will perform in Miami on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the first
solo concert presented by the Winter Jewish Music Concert.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale online or by calling 1-800-838-3006. General
admission for the concert is $18, and sponsor tickets are $36.

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell was profiled this week in the Times of Israel. “If
you think you know what a Yiddish singing star looks like, think again. The new, hot
name in the world of Yiddish musical performance is Anthony Russell, and he’s a
33-year-old, 6’1’’ African-American hipster from Oakland, California,” the author
wrote. “Baptist-born and Jew by choice, opera singer Anthony Mordechai Tzvi
Russell’s ‘niggunim’ have soul.” Read the rest of the article

The concert will include a variety of music—Yiddish music, music in Hebrew, and
African American spirituals.…

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale

Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale presents
Music calm & boisterous plus a taste of Jewish a capella
On Sunday, June 2, at 7:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present
its annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York. The
eclectic program features works by David Berger, Charles Davidson, Flory
Jagoda and Bonia Shur

Tickets are $24 (preferred seating), $21 (general admission) and $17
For further information, contact Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330) and on
the web at

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.…



Semi-Staged Concert Performances in New York on April 28 & 30
of a new opera in two acts by Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort

These semi-staged concert performances will take place on:
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation, Scarsdale, NY; and
Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Details can be found on Gerald Cohen ‘s website
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation is located at 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale NY. Individual tickets are $30 at the door; $25 in advance; $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Please contact (914) 472-2013 or

Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd st.), New York, NY.…

Jewish Girl Suspended from School for Singing

In the realm of “hasn’t this gone more than far enough?”, a Jewish girl was suspended from her Orthodox school for singing on a popular Israeli TV show. The Jewish Music WebCenter supports singing as a basic human right for men and women, boys and girls. Orthodox communities may need to reexamine the issue in light of the Jewish sacred texts which describe Jewish women singing and leading the people in song and dance. Read about this discussion in an article in
the Forward.

Tel Aviv University to hold Summer Yiddish Classes

The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program at Tel Aviv University
The summer program will take place on the Tel Aviv University campus from June 16 to July 11, 2013. The program offers intensive Yiddish instruction at five levels. Language instruction will be supplemented by an afternoon program of lectures, conversation workshops, tours, and by evening cultural and social events.

Read more about Yiddish in Israel at the website.

Alexandria Kleztet in DC March 16

Saturday, March 16 — The Alexandria Kleztet and Bangla Avenue as part of
3222 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
$10 suggestion donation at the door
9 to 11 pm

This is part of the World Music Series at this very hip DC performance space. Kleztet on first, followed by the Bengalese/Jazz fusion band Bangla Avenue from 10 to 11 pm.

For this performance, the Kleztet will consist of yours truly, along with bassist Scott Harlan and violinist Susan Jones. Special guests, including percussionist Faheem Khemani and guitarist Cristian Perez, will be joining us for a few songs. Crazy world music jamming is sure to ensue!

GOLDEN MOLTEN STREAM: A Celebration of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry & Song

GOLDEN MOLTEN STREAM: A Celebration of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry & Song
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Book launch for Mystical Vertigo by Aubrey L. Glazer with performances by Jaffa Road, Cantor Aaron Bensoussan & Ernie Tollar, Aviva Chernick, Aaron Lightstone, Waleed Abdulhamid, jeff Wilson and Sundaar Viswantathan.

Featuring a closing set from JAFFA ROAD who have put these lively poems to music on their two Juno-nominated albums.

New York Klezmer Series: ALL NEW MUSIC

The New York Klezmer Series
at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 7:30pm
Alicia Svigals’ evening of all new klezmer!
Location: 30 W. 68th St., New York, New York 10023
With Michael Winograd, clarinet; Patrick Farrell, accordion;
Don Godwin, tuba.
A whole evening of only all new klezmer tunes! With compositions by
Alicia Svigals, Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell, Aaron Alexander,
Pete Rushefsky, Zev Feldman,
and possibly more…like Joshua
Waletzky, Sarah Gordon,
and maybe a surprise or two. Nothing old!
Nothing borrowed!

Steve Weintraub will be teaching the dance workshop before- learn to improvise with your body.

Winter Jewish Music Concert presents Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Winter Jewish Music Concert presents its first solo concert
For details:

For five years the Winter Jewish Music Concert has presented large-scale concerts of
Jewish music, with twenty or more singers at each concert.

On Sunday, June 9th, at 4:00 p.m., we will for the first time present a concert
featuring only one singer. The performer at this very special event will be Anthony
Mordechai Tzvi Russell
, who over the past year has gained attention as the new voice
of Yiddish song. He will be singing from the songbook of Sidor Belarsky, one of the
20th Century’s greatest singers of Jewish song.

Mr. Russell’s personal story is compelling. He is a classically-trained
African-American singer who converted to Judaism and whose partner is a rabbi.…

9Volt + diNMachine

Live APRIL 7 AT Manhattan’s Bowery Electric
Date: Sunday, April 7 at 9 PM
Address: 327 Bowery New York, NY 10003
at: Bowery Electric
Telephone: (212) 228-0228
Event URL:
Band URL:
*Cover price*: Admission $10
*Music genr*e: New Jazz-Rock
9Volt, the avantgarde, jazz-based New York City trio who recently
released *Open
Circuit*, perform a second record release show on April 7 at Bowery

The New York Times praises the band: “On its new album, “Open Circuit”
(OutNow), the collective known as 9 Volt… thrashes toward an expressive
new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown
experimentation…” — NATE CHINEN, New York Times, February 2013.

The outfit features a collection of New York’s brightest underground jazz

Charming Hostess at Barbes

8:00 pm Charming Hostess
VENUE: Barbes
DETAILS: Charming Hostess performs music from The Bowls Project. The Bowls Project offers a visceral, personal connection to daily life 1500 years ago in the region now known as Iraq. For this show, Charming Hostess is Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes and Brandon Seabrook.

De Chassidische liederen Deel 2

SHIRAH Centrum Soest nodigt uuit
voor een workshop over
De Chassidische liederen Deel 2
Datum: zondag 10 maart
Tijd: 12.00 uur tot 14.00 uur

Locatie:Het Huis van Winzum-Smid, Eikenlaan 26, 3768 EV Soest (5 min
loopafstand van station Soest-Zuid)
Prijs: 15 euro, (reductie in overleg)

Fathers and Sons: Adler and Weiner

Two families. Four award-winning composers. The Boston Jewish Music Festival presents a special afternoon of choral and chamber music. Featuring the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Kol Arev of Hebrew College, in a concert of the magnificent compositions of Lazar Weiner and his Pulitzer Prize-winning son, Yehudi Wyner, and Cantor Hugo Chaim Adler and his son, Samuel Adler, recipient of the Aaron Copland Award for lifetime achievement in music, this extraordinary program will include participation from both Yehudi Wyner and Samuel Adler.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door here.
To get tickets in advance, click
Presented in cooperation with the
Hebrew College School of Jewish Music
Sunday, March 10, 2013
4:00 pm
Northeastern University’s Fenway Center
77 St. Stephen Street, Boston


Saturday, March 9, 2013
A full-length concert hosted by Kehillat Moreshet Avraham in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood.
For info, music and video, stop by my website:

Kehillet Moreshet Avraham
22 Adam Street
Armon HaNatziv, Jerusalem

Info/Reservations: 02-673-7183 or
Entrance: 30 NIS General Public, 20 Members

2013 European Cantors Convention

The European Cantors Association is delighted to announce the next European Cantors Convention.

It will take place in London, at Central Synagogue, from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2013, followed by a Shabbaton 21/22 June. The convention will open with a concert on Monday 17 June.

The Guest cantors will be the incredible composer, practitioner and educator Sol Zim from New York, and the outstanding teacher / practitioner who proved so excellent and popular last year Yehezkel Klang from Israel.

This convention is for practicing prayer leaders of all backgrounds, for choirmasters and choristers and for congregants – and for anyone interested in the music of the synagogue. The subject will be Shabbat Unwrapped: We will be working in small groups with our guest teachers to uncover everything you need to know about the music of Shabbat services.…

Fathers and Sons: Adler and Weiner

Fathers and Sons Sam Adler and Yehudi Wyner
Two families. Four award-winning composers. The Boston Jewish Music Festival presents a special afternoon of choral and
chamber music.

Featuring the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Kol Arev of Hebrew College, in a concert of the magnificent compositions of Lazar Weiner and his Pulitzer Prize-winning son, Yehudi Wyner, and Cantor Hugo Chaim Adler and his son, Samuel Adler, recipient of the Aaron Copland Award for lifetime achievement in music, this extraordinary program will include participation from both Yehudi Wyner and Samuel Adler.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door here.
Presented in cooperation with the
Hebrew College School of Jewish Music
Sunday, March 10, 2013
4:00 pm
Northeastern University’s Fenway Center
77 St. Stephen Street, Boston

‘Tailoring an Operetta to Its Audience’ Presentation at CJH

Dr. Michael Ochs, and noted scholar on Jewish music, Professor Mark Slobin
will present the talk, “Tailoring an Operetta to Its Audience:
Rumshinsky’s Di goldene kale (1923)” at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th
Street, NYC) on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:30 A.M., in what promises to be an
engaging discussion of the issues surrounding the re-construction and
arrangement of a Yiddish theater work.

Joseph Rumshinsky’s 1923 musical comedy, Di goldene kale (The Golden
Bride) was a work carefully designed to both move and entertain its specialized
American audience: Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe and
their families. With pathos (the basic ingredient), love, “Jewish-style”
music, a ritual kiddush, acts set in a shtetl and in America, a shadchen, a
lullaby that slips into Russian, assimilated Jews speaking broken Yiddish, a
paean to America, as well as other compelling features, it offered its
attendees a meaningful evening based on their past and present experiences.…

Yiddish Translation Project Reported

The C & RL News, of the Association of College and Research Libraries Reports in the February 2013 issue that two archival repositories have a new innovative project to create translations from historic Yiddish newspapers and journals. The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at Cornell University and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick in the UK are jointly digitizing more than 1500 pages from Yiddish newspapers and journals. These papers are from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and were originally written for working-class Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

The project will translate publications such as The Ladies’ Garment Worker. The project is looking for volunteers to translate the documents from Yiddish to English. People can help by participating in the project.…




300 singers from 22 cities across the U.S. and Israel take part in the 20th anniversary concerts of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Sunday March 17. The back-to-back concerts, at 3pm and at 6:30pm, are the annual culmination of a year-long teen program sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in New York. Zamir is the only organization of its kind to use Jewish choral singing as a vehicle to foster Jewish identity, community and continuity.

The concerts span a wide range of classical and contemporary musical selections, with mostly Hebrew texts.…

Jewish Andalousian Music with Cantor Louk

Lundi 11 février à 20h, c’est à un concert dans la plus pure tradition judéo-andalouse des Piyoutim que nous invite la communauté israélite de Mulhouse. Le cantor Moshe Louk et son orchestre donneront à découvrir dans la synagogue de Mulhouse, une tradition musicale séfarade conservée depuis l’Espagne aux théâtres et cabarets de Paris, New York et Jérusalem, en passant par les mellahs du Maroc. Une musique qui a acquis ses lettres de noblesse en parcourant le monde, en suivant les pérégrinations des Juifs du Maghreb.

– En la Grande Synagogue de Mulhouse, 2 rue des Rabbins
– Billet unique : 12 € Réservation : 0389662122

The Holy Beggars Jam Band & Oneg Shemesh Live in Concert

The Millinery Center Synagogue Presents:
The Holy Beggars Jam Band & Oneg Shemesh Live in Concert
Thursday Night February 7th
Doors open @ 7:30 p.m.
Holy Beggars Jam Band 8:00 p.m.
Oneg Shemesh 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $12 Donation
Don’t Miss these 2 Outstanding Performance!

Millinery Center Synagogue –Adath Klal Yisrael
1025 Avenue of the Americas
(6th Ave btwn. 38th & 39th St.)
New York, NY 10018

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.…