Yearly Archives: 2014

Toyznt tamen = A thousand flavors CD Release

CD Release Party for Miryem-Khaye Seigel
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 PM
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, NYC

With special guests: Michael Winograd (Producer, Arranger, Clarinet), Patrick Farrell (Accordion), Alicia Svigals (Violin), Rémy Yulzari (Bass)
$20 general admission $15 students, seniors and YIVO members

Co-sponsored by Eldridge Street Shul, YIVO Institute for Jewish
Research, CYCO Books, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Sholem Aleichem
Cultural Center, Congress for Jewish Culture.

LABAmusic: Alicia Svigals, Yoav Gal, Nadav Lev

Friday January 9 and Sunday January 11 (with brunch included!)

LABA, A Laboratory of Jewish Culture,
presents award-winning opera and contemporary music,
featuring LABA fellowship alumni Alicia
, Klezmer Violinist, Yoav Gal, and Nadav Lev.

From world music to indie opera, their diverse voices are united by the common
thread of Jewish culture – a mesmerizing tapestry of some of the
best original music made in downtown NYC.

Where: 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, New York 10003
When: Friday 1/9 at 8 pm, Sunday 1/11 at 11:30, including brunch!
Tickets: $15, free with APAP badge.

Get Tickets here:

Max Stern: Profile of a Composer

MAX STERN, a composer living in Israel, has many materials that can be found through online sites. For those interested in finding some interesting music, you can follow the links below:

First, A composer’s biography about Max is available through the Israel Music Institute:

Works List at IMI
Max Stern Works

Works Availablefor performance through IMI.

CD recordings at CD Baby (16 CDs):

Books (published by KTAV and available through
Bible & Music: Influences of the Old Testament on Western Music. This book lists works based on Biblical themes and verses.
Bible & Music

Psalms & Music: Influences of the Psalms on Western Music. This book lists musical settings based on the Psalms. “Psalms have been set to music more than any other biblical texts.…

David Lowy releases “Ata Imadi” CD and Download

With the release of his debut album Ata Imadi, Dovid Lowy has made his very first entry into the world of Jewish music. Lowy’s rich vocals are smooth, grabbing the listener’s attention from the album’s opening notes. A guitar player who often sings at weddings and kumzitzes, Lowy is also a rebbe at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem, who grew up surrounded by Jewish music. His lifelong love of the genre is evident in the varied mix of songs on his all new album featuring seven original compositions as well contributions from Eli Klein and the Abie Rotenberg. With arrangements by Jeff Horvich, Eli Klein, Yitz Berry and Eli Woznika, choirs and backup vocals by Ari Goldwag and duets with both Abie Rotenberg and Yosef Karduner, Ata Imadi features the talent of some of the biggest names in the orthodox Jewish music industry.…

Gerard Edery and His Virtuoso Musicians Hanukkah Concert

American Society for Jewish Music & American Jewish Historical Society presents :
The Hanukkah Concert
Featuring Gerard Edery and His Virtuoso Musicians
Dec 21 2014 3:00PM
Concert, Reading, Menorah Lighting, Singing, Refreshments
Price: $9.00 – $18.00
Seating: General Admission
Center for Jewish Historyv
15 West 16th Street New York, New York 10011 • Tel: 212.294.8301
To get tickets:

Widely regarded as a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery has a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world, including songs from Europe, the Middle East, South America and ancient Persia. Collaborating with virtuoso musicians, Edery energizes this repertoire for contemporary audiences. A special guest will open the program with a story from the pen of a great Jewish writer, plus menorah lighting, singing and refreshments.

Yiddish Song of the Week

Yiddish Song of the Week is a project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project. This project’s goal is to help revitalize Yiddish folksong performance. Most of the materials come from field work, ethnomusicologists, folklorists and others interested in Yiddish music. According to the site, comments are welcomed. Yiddish words and translations are available. Maybe the song you’re looking for is there! Check it out at


Temple Beth Israel, Waltham presents
As part of its 100th year celebrations


Concert/Dance Party and Music Workshops

Featuring the dynamic duo of Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer
Joined by very special guest Yosl Kurland

Music, singing, dancing (with expert leading), high spirits, refreshments, fun for all!

Sunday, Dec. 14
Temple Beth Israel
25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA 02453

2-5pm: Concert and Dance Party
$25, $20 TBI members, kids under 12 free
12-1pm: Simultaneous participatory workshops: Yiddish singing, instrumental klezmer music
$18, $15 TBI members, kids under 12 free
Combined workshop and concert/dance ticket: $40, $32 members
Workshops begin promptly at 12
Lunch provided to workshop participants at 1
Participants will play a tune with the band at the concert
For information and ticketing:
Online ticket purchase

Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers –Ariel Quartet

Ariel Quartet
Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers

Terrace Theater
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.
Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 7:30 PM
Ariel Quartet
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello


Individual tickets ($44 each) are available at The Kennedy Center’s website or by calling (800) 444-1324. Alternatively, you can save $20 by subscribing to both this concert and the May 7, 2015 performance. To subscribe, call the Kennedy Center Subscription Office at (202) 416-8500, Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On Top of Old Dreidel… or Dreidl Dreidl Dreidl

Here we see a combo medley of the Gelbart song “Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl” mixed with the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”. With text. (And a bit of “On top of Spaghetti, mixed in for,… well, fun,… and selling stuff to kids).

Hannukah in the East Bay

Saturday, December 20, 7:00pm, 6th annual Hannukah Community Celebration presented by Nigunim Community Chorus. Candle lighting, food for sale, performances by Nigunim Community Chorus directed by Achi Ben Shalom (including Romania Romania plus a Yiddish medley); Yiddish singer Diane Wirtschafter, Ladino singer Rivka Amado, and soprano Eliana Kissner. Dancing led by Allen King with music by Adama (Michael Gill, Jan Padover, Jeremy Cohen). Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as this event has sold out in previous years.Tickets: general $15 / children free. More info and tickets: HERE.

At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY, 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley


Special Presentation
In observance of World AIDS Day
Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th Sts.)

Directed by Rohan Spong
(2011, 70 minutes)

Every year, exuberant “70-something” East Village concert pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe performs a breathtaking concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the silent killer of New York City.

The award-winning musical documentary ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING chronicles the era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community and ravaged it. Accompanied by the moving music written by those departed, the film recalls this tragedy with candid interviews from friends, family, and the lovers that survived it.…

Claire Barry Singer of Yiddish Hits Dead at 94

Claire Barry, of the famous duo “The Barry Sisters” died Nov.22, 2014 at the age of 94. For over four decades, she and her sister Merna made Yiddish songs into mid-century contemporary hits such as “Bei Mir Bistu Shein” and “Mein Shtetle Belz”. They outlasted the radio age and went onto TV and stage. Ever elegant, the Barry Sisters sang in tight harmonies in “swing” and the styles of the day. They often sang even American pop songs in Yiddish. There is an obituary in the NYTimes that appeared on Nov. 30
and the Forward

Hannah, a new Chanukah Opera

On Mon. Dec. 1 at 7pm The Bryant Library in Roslyn will present the
seventh and final concert in the series, “Jewish Opera Lives!”
featuring soprano Helene Williams and composer/conductor/pianist
Leonard Lehrman. This series, which began in Boca Raton last March
and has featured concerts in Teaneck, Morristown, Freeport, East
Hills, and Jericho, has been a lead-up to the US premiere of
HANNAH, an anti-war feminist Chanukah opera with music by Leonard
on a libretto by the composer and Orel Odinov Protopopescu.
The performances will take place Tues. Dec. 9, 8pm at Community
Presbyterian Church, 12 Nottingham Rd., Malverne, NY and Tues. Dec. 23
7pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W. 4th St.
in Manhattan.

This will be its New York City premiere, semi-staged, with soloists, chorus, piano, organ, violin, tambourine and 261 slide projections.…

Dave Levitt Trio at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

NY Klezmer Series Presents: Dave Levitt Trio, w/Mike Cohen & Christina Crowder
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York, New York
The Dave Levitt Trio
Dec. 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St. NY NY 10023

Klezmer Instrumental Workshop w/Dave Levitt 5:30-7pm $25 per class
Concert begins at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow
Full night pass – $35 (includes class, Tantshoyz & jam sesson)

Dave Levitt – Trombone
Mike Cohen – Clarinet
Christina Crowder – Accordion

Dave Levitt is a fourth generation Klezmer musician and is known as a leading authority on this music as well as its history. Mr. Levitt has performed and lectured at the National Yiddish Book Center, Eldridge St. Museum and Synagogue, Center for Jewish History among many others.…

Andy Statman Trio at Club Passim

Andy Statman Trio
November 30, 2014 8PM and Monday Dec 1, 2014 at 8pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street in the basement of an historic brick delivery and carriage house. It is on the corner of Church and Palmer Streets.
Cambridge, MA
$30 / 28

Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several world in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.

Songs of the Heart with Raymond Goldstein

Please join us 7:30 for concert, 5:30 for dinner.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
for a memorable concert of cantorial and Hanukkah music by Israeli composer Raymond Goldstein who will be joined by Cantors Chaim Dovid Berson, Sanford Cohen, Brian Mayer and Gideon Zelermyer (formerly of West Hartford), Adrian Durlester, pianist and instrumentalists. Additionally, The Beth El Adult and Children’s Choirs, Children’s Choirs from The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford and Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford will raise their voices under the direction of Cantor Joseph Ness.

Admission is $20. $15 for seniors and students. Children under 12 free. Tickets available at temple office or at the door.

Beth El Temple
2626 West Albany Ave
West Hartford, CT
call for information: 860-233-9696

Enjoy fresh falafel and Israeli salads for sale by Yosi Kosher Catering before the concert.…

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music
[2 Cellists & 2 Siblings]
You are invited to the November concert “Festival Brikcius” – DUO BRIKCIUS & YEAR OF
CZECH MUSIC (2 Cellists – 2 Siblings), that will take place on Thursday 20th
November 2014
at 7.30pm
Location: in the representative concert hall from the 13th century of
the Stone Bell House in Prague
GHMP, 3rd floor, Old Town Square 605/13,
Prague 1,
Czech Republic.

The two cellists, brother and sister Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius (Duo
Brikcius), will introduce a new programme for two cellos. It includes: Suite for Two
by composer and cellist from Prague David Popper (1843 – 1913); Chassidic
by “Terezín” Jewish composer Zikmund Schul (1916 – 1944); Composition for Two
by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890 – 1959; Duo by “Terezín” Jewish
composer Gideon Klein (1919 – 1945), written shortly before World War II.…

Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music

Admission: General $12 | YIVO Members $8
Box Office: | (212) 868-4444
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street – NYC

For years, American Jewish composers have been integrating klezmer and Yiddish folk songs into new classical music, inventing a new form of artistic and cultural Jewish expression. In this unique lecture-demonstration, we present three of these outstanding and rarely performed pieces—Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, Six Yiddish Scenes by Paul Alan Levi, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield—and delve into the intricacies and challenges of performing American Jewish music today. Special guests include internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Todd Palmer, who will discuss the klezmer and mystical elements of Dreams and Prayers; pianist and composer Paul Alan
Levi, who will speak with Michael Leavitt, President of the American Society for Jewish Music about interpreting Yiddish Art Songs today; and Yuval Waldman, artistic director of the Sidney Krum Concert Series, who will introduce the hybrid klezmer-jazz elements in the closing piano trio Café Music…

Joanne Borts Stars at Gala Pre-Khanike Concert

Master of Ceremonies
Fyvush Finkel
DATE & TIME: Monday, DECEMBER 15, 2014 6:15 PM
MEMBERS $ 40 GUESTS $ 45 CONCERT ONLY $ 25 (8:15 PM)
Kindly send check payable to YAFAC and mail to RUTH HARRIS, TREASURER
For more information:

A New York City Gala Concert by Warsaw’s Only Yiddish Theater

WHAT: The Shalom Foundation and The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene
Presents: A New York City Gala Concert by Warsaw’s Only Yiddish Theater

WHEN: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 @ 7pm
WHERE: The Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York City
COST: $20, $15 Folksbiene/Museum of Jewish Heritage members, $10 students

CONTACT: Box Office: 646-437-4202

Winter Jewish Music Concert Held at Broward College

Tickets for the Seventh Annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, to be held at Broward College in January 10 2015 are now on sale.
For Info:
As in past years, we anticipate that the concert will sell out ahead of time, so we
suggest that you order your tickets early.

General admission tickets for the concert will again be only $18.00.

For those patrons who would like to reserve a seat in the front of the Bertha Abess
Sanctuary, we are offering a limited number of Preferred Seating tickets available
for $100.00. The remainder of the seats will continue to be general admission

Tickets may be purchased online ( or by
calling 1-800-838-3006.

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel and Sender Botwinik at Haverford

Join Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel and Sender Botwinik for a concert today Monday, Nov 3 2014 for the Yiddish Culture Festival
at Haverford College in Philly
Tell your Philly friends!
Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Sender Botwinik in Concert Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
Monday, November 3, 4:30PM–5:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College,
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Welcome – Yiddish Culture Festival 2014

New York Andalus Ensemble –Et Dodim Kalah Oct 30

The New York Andalus Ensemble will perform Oct. 30 2014 at 7;30
at the CUNY Graduate Center
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Ave (corner of 34th) NY, NY
$13 Adults, $10 students

The_New York Andalus Ensemble presents Et Dodim Kalah (It’s the Time of
Courting, O Bride!), an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa.
Reflecting the cultural pluralism that characterizes this music, the 20 members of
the ensemble perform repertoire in Arabic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish Ladino, emphasizing the
region’s shared tradition while cherishing the individual cultures that comprise it.

Klezperanto at Regattabar in Cambridge

Nights are getting longer, and you’re going to need more D MINOR in your system
Klezperanto is ready with that essential vitamin and SO much more!

New line-up! new tunes!

TUESDAY OCT. 28 7:30 PM at The Regattabar
located in the Charles Hotel,
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Klezperanto is kicking off the Klezmer Festival, starting the show in a double bill with Klezwoods, a band with lots of fans in Boston too, so be sure to get your tickets today.
Here’s how:

With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston’s best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish.…

Don’t Miss Figelin! New York, Princeton, Philadelphia

Come see three of the hottest traditional fiddlers in an all-women, all-fiddle
extravaganza that mixes North German dance music, songs and ballads with Jewish klezmer music,
Hasidic melody, and Yiddish song. Put them together and the effect is explosive
-wild fiddles, earthy grooves and three vibrant voices!

See more about upcoming concerts:

Music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa in NYC

Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!)
Come hear The New York Andalus Ensemble
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30 PM
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. (at 34th St.)

The New York Andalus Ensemble will present _Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!), an
evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa.

TIckets: $13 adults/$10 students, available at the door or at

In al-Andalus (Southern Spain), peoples of the three Abrahamic faiths—Islam,
Judaism, and Christianity—shared their arts and sciences for more than five hundred
years, creating a multicultural canon of music and poetry. Since 1492, Jews and
Muslims in North Africa have carried the musical traditions forward from al-Andalus.
Today, the musical expansion from over five centuries ago to the present day
flourishes in New York City with the New York Andalus Ensemble.…

Jonathan Keren Premiere Featured at The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes

JTS Presents: The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes, an Evening of Chamber Music from The Juilliard School featuring Tibi Cziger (clarinet), Michal Korman (cello), Assaff Weisman (piano), Carmit Zori (violin), with special guest artist Samuel Rhodes (viola) will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. The Israeli Chamber Project (ICP) will perform a wide-ranging program of favorite classics and recent works influenced by Jewish culture, including music of Mozart, Schulhoff, Brahms, and the New York premiere of music by Israeli composer Jonathan Keren.

Admission to the concert is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each.…

“Yiddish is a M’Khaye”

Hits and Skits from Second Avenue to Pitkin Avenue
with Hy Wolfe, Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Steve Sterner
6:30 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Yiddish Artists and Friends Actors’ Club (YAFAC)
Fall Dinner and Concert
A glatt kosher dinner will be served.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st St, New York, NY
Members: $40
Guests: $45
Reservations required to
Send checks to Ruth Harris, Treaurer. 379 Barnard Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Phone: 516-569-1678

Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Sender Botwinik in Concert
Yiddish Culture Festival
Monday, November 3, 2014
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College,
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Welcome – Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
For More Info:
Jeff Tecosky-Feldman

Poèmes Yiddish en musique

Vérités Jamais Sûres… Poèmes Yiddish en musique
Nelly Uzan – récitante
Michel Borzykowski – saxophones
Reb Yoyvl – accordéon
Jeudi 16 octobre 2014 à 20h30
Café-Théâtre de la Voirie
10, rue du Centre, 1009 Pully (Vaud/ Suisse)
Réservations: 076 324 34 52 ou
Entrée: 20 frs / tarif réduit: 15 frs

Après un millénaire d’effervescence intellectuelle et artistique, après plusieurs
tentatives d’anéantissement, le yiddish a suscité, ces cinquante dernières années,
un énorme regain d’intérêt: Ce fut d’abord “Le violon sur le toit” en 1967 et le
Prix Nobel de littérature attribué en 1978 à Isaac Bashevis Singer “pour son art de
conteur enthousiaste enraciné dans la culture et les traditions judéo-polonaises et
qui ressuscite l’universalité de la condition humaine”; puis vint le tour du
“renouveau” de la musique klezmer aux Etats-Unis, puis dans le monde entier.…

Yonatan Malin at Columbia Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation

Talk by Dr. Yonatan Malin
Sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum
Friday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
The Center for Ethnomusicology and Department of Music
Columbia University
Dodge Hall, Room 622

2960 Broadway
New York, NY
Admission is free; Please RSVP to

Reception to follow.

This paper is part of an ongoing project on the analysis of Jewish
cantillation in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition. Jewish cantillation involves
the intoned reading of Biblical texts with melodies determined by accent
marks (te’amim) in printed Hebrew bibles. In other parts of the study, Malin
has explored aspects of the system broadly: how the melodies correlate with
and project text phrasing, and how they vary depending on the reading and

For more information please visit…

Carolyn Enger at Kosciuszko Foundation Concert

The Kosciuszko Foundation is having an exciting program featuring works by Sean Hickey, Karol
Szymanowski, Arvo Part and Ned Rorem performed by Carolyn Enger, pianist. She will perform selections from her New York Times critically acclaimed “Best in Classical Recordings for 2013” CD, Ned Rorem: Piano Album I, ‘Six Friends.’

Thursday, November 6, 7 PM
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th St.


Nov 1-2, 2014 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, California.

Interactive klezmer music, song, dance, and more, for all ages, featuring internationally renowned musicians: clarinetist Joel Rubin and Veretski Pass, dancing led by Bruce Bierman.

Saturday night Klezmer Concert & Dance Party
Sunday, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Nine Workshops: Playing klezmer music – all levels and instruments, singing (or listening) at a Zingeray: Yiddish song circle, master classes, klezmer dancing, probing Sholem Aleichem?s characters, writing poetry about the legendary phantasmagoric Golem

Buffet lunch followed by Three Singers, Four Opinions a Yiddish song performance featuring Sharon Bernstein, Jeanette Lewicki and Anthony Russell

Kids/Family program producing a comic, one-act musical based on the Yiddish folk song, How does the Tsar Drink Tea?

Freylekh Finale, Music, Dance & Pizza Party with Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass, Saul Goodman?s Klezmer Band, Ghost Note Ensemble, Festival Klezmer Band, and more!…

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being
devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in
Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the
School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European
Cantors Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS (see more)…

YIVO Announces the Vilna Project

YIVO released the following important (and exciting) announcement:
East European Jewish Archive and Library Saved from
the Destruction of the Holocaust to be Reunited After 70 Years

Vilnius, Lithuania (September 23, 2014) – The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the launch of The Vilna Project, a seven-year international project to preserve, digitize and virtually reunite YIVO’s prewar archives located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal. The Project will also digitally reconstruct the historic Strashun Library of Vilna, one of the great prewar libraries in Europe. Project partners are The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, The Central State Archives of Lithuania and the National Library of Lithuania.

In 1941, the Nazis destroyed YIVO in Vilna and ransacked the archives and library.…

Carol Enger at Spectrum in NYC

upcoming concert.
Carolyn Enger will present an exciting program featuring a concert premiere of a work by Sean
, solo and chamber works by Arvo Part and solo works by Ned Rorem.

Joining Carol will be violinist Josh Henderson and cellist Susan Mandel.

Sunday September 14, 3 PM
121 Ludlow St.

San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir Receives Silver Medal

The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir is proud to announce that they are recent Sliver Medal
Winners of the prestigious Global Music Awards, for their album,
“Heritage.” Heritage was released in January to wonderful reviews
and can be purchased on and Itunes, as well as
through website at

A percentage of all sales of this CD go towards providing FREE
CD’s to Jewish libraries, senior centers, and schools, so that this beautiful music will be available for generations to come.

You can hear clips of this music and read reviews of it by clicking
on the album picture on San Diego JMC website.

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming “last Klezkamp”.
. It’s the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z”l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!

Zamir Chorale of Boston Auditions

The Zamir Chorale of Boston, “America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,”
(American Record Guide) will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September
21, from 7:00 to 9:30 Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions
are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing

Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and
previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required
to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 9 and 16,
from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from
7:15 to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June.
For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit


Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

You are invited to
New York City
for the acclaimed

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
with Binyumen Schaechter, conductor
Auditions for the 2014/2015 season for the
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC
will be held on the evenings of
Tue., Sep. 2
Wed., Sep. 3
Thu., Sep. 4
6:00 to 8:00 PM
The Workmen’s Circle / Arbeter-ring
247 West 37th Street, 5th floor
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York City.
Auditions by appointment only. Email:
If unavailable at the times listed above,
please contact us to schedule another time.

Feel free to forward this email
to anyone whom you believe would be interested
in auditioning.

The JPPC is an intergenerational 4-part Chorus (SATB).
They perform only in Yiddish.
Knowledge of Yiddish is *not* required to sing in the Chorus.…

Blues for Challah

The 4th Annual B4C Jewish Grateful Dead Shabbaton is rollin’!
Featuring the one and only Robbi Cohn, Grateful Dead photographer
extraordinaire with a special Q&A and gallery exhibit. Two prayer
service options with Rabbi Jeff Marker (Renewal) and Rabbi Moshe Shur
(Orthodox). And of course, the One More Saturday Night Jam Session
extravaganza. Get on the bus!
Register today.

International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam

A quick reminder of what will be happening at the International
Jewish Music Festival from September 13 – 16, 2014. The festival directors want you to know about a special offer:

Always wanted to make a flight over Amsterdam? If you support our
festival with a donation, our own pilot will take you up into the
sky! We enormously appreciate your help to realize our festival and
we can use every donation. But there is now another reason to help
us: until September 1st, KUNSTENISRAËL foundation will double any
amount donated to our voordekunst campagne (up to a maximum total of
€ 2500)! So every euro that you donate is worth three to us! Visit for
details and conditions.

What is happening in Amsterdam that weekend?…

Amnon Shiloah Z”l

Amnon Shiloah, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Jewish music passed away in Jerusalem on Jul 11 2014 at the age of 85.
A long-time professor of musicology at Hebrew
University, Amnon Shiloah was an internationally respected and widely published
authority on Arabic and Middle Eastern Jewish musical traditions, a
scholar who did both ethnomusicological fieldwork and traditional
historical research. Prof. Shiloah was a prolific author of books and
articles, and editor of records; He did an immense amount of groundbreaking fieldwork. His most valuable work may be his large
bibliographic compendium and his magnum opus “The Theory of Music in
Arabic Writings ca.900-1900
” published by RILM in 1979.

Other works include: The Musical Tradition of Iraqi Jews,Music Subjects in the Zohar, Text and Indices, Jewish Musical Traditions, The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture, Music in the World of Islam: A Socio-cultural Study.…

Nellie Casman song Recovered

Jane Peppler in North Carolina is continually on the lookout for Yiddish songs. She found this one in the Library of Congress (with the help of the Librarian, of course!). She decided to record it, and who knows… maybe it’s the first time.


Yiddish blues?! Yiddish jazz?! Yiddish pop?! Yiddish spirituals?! A concert unlike any other !
(With English translations)
(“America the Beautiful”)
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014, 4:30 PM
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (corner 95 Street), New York City

This two-hour concert, celebrating 360 years of American Jewish life (1654-2014), will include Yiddish music in distinctly American musical styles: blues, jazz and pop numbers, spirituals, standards, Second Avenue theatre hits, labor anthems, and more. In these works you will recognize America’s pervasive influence on Jewish culture – and vice versa.