20th Annual Jewish Music Festival Berkeley California

March 19- April 3, 2005
The largest festival of Jewish music in the US celebrates its landmark
anniversary in Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin. Highlights include
members of Israel’s East West Ensemble with the Omar Faruk Tekbilek
, Theodore Bikel with Hankus Netsky, the Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson, Community Music Day with an Instrument Petting Zoo, Hebrew hip-hop, and workshops for all ages; Judith Cohen, a leading scholar of Sephardic music, and Emil Zrihan, an extraordinary Israeli counter-tenor and cantor of the Moroccan tradition in a sneak preview of a new work with America’s leading, San Francisco based new music string quartet.
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center

Opening Night: Members of Israel’s East West Ensemble and Omar Faruk
Tekbilek & Ensemble A tour de force that brings together 14 top world
music artists in an unforgettable blend of Jewish and Muslim mystical
musical traditions and improvisation. Presented in association with the Consulate General of Israel

SATURDAY, 8:00 PM, March 19 – Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Theo! with special guest Hankus Netsky Legendary, award-winning singer and actor Theodore Bikel, with the founder of the internationally acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band. Presented in association with Congregation Emanu-EL.

SUNDAY, 4:00 PM, MARCH 20, TEMPLE EMANU-EL, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco

From Fiddler on the Roof to Beatbox in the ‘Hood: Music in Contemporary Jewish Culture A conversation with Theodore Bikel, Hankus Netsky, DJ SoCalled, and Jewlia Eisenberg, moderated by Professor Naomi Seidman. Presented in association with the Taube Center for Jewish Life, JCCSF

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 21, JCCSF, 3200 California Street at Presidio St.,San Francisco

Purim Matinee with members of Shtreiml Classical klezmer with some of the hottest young musicians of Canada’s Jewish music scene: Jason Rosenblatt(harmonica); Josh Dolgin (aka DJ SoCalled) accordion; Rachel Lemisch(trombone); Susan Watts, of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty (trumpet).

THURSDAY, 1:30, MARCH 24, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Family Concert with Gary Lapow The Bay Area’s favorite children’s
performer brings his wit to new Jewish songs.
“Gary’s kids’ stuff is great!” Whoopi Goldberg

SUNDAY, 11 AM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Community Music Day Visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, hear Hebrew hip-hop, and more! 15 interactive workshops and 9 performances for all ages, highlighting innovative Bay Area artists.

SUNDAY, 12:30-5:30 PM, MARCH 27, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Judith Cohen: Music in Sephardic and “Marrano” Life Song, story and
commentary by a renowned Sephardic music scholar, with her daughter Tamar Cohen Adams. Decades of fieldwork in Spain and Portugal have provided Judith and Tamar with a rich body of rare and precious folklore and music.

MONDAY, 7:30 PM, MARCH 28, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Emil Zrihan with Surprise Special Guests San Francisco premiere of a
stunning counter-tenor, an Israeli cantor of the Moroccan tradition, in a sneak preview of a new collaboration with America’s premiere, San
Francisco-based new music string quartet. Co-sponsored with the Jewish
Community Center of San Francisco.

THURSDAY, 8 PM, MARCH 31, JCCSF, San Francisco
Emil Zrihan also appears 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 26, with Za’atar, the Bay Area’s own Middle East Jewish music ensemble, followed by a Purim Party

SATURDAY, 8:00 pm, March 26, Osher Marin JCC, San RafaelFor tickets and information for this event only, call 415-444-8000.

Klezmatics with special guest Joshua Nelson The gutsy band that definesklezmer’s edge, with a special guest artist who sings Black Jewish soul that recalls Mahalia Jackson in the West Coast premiere of their latest CD.


Finale Dance Party with members of the Klezmatics and Friends with
internationally acclaimed meister of traditional Jewish dance, Steven

SUNDAY, 7:30 PM, APRIL 3, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street., Berkeley
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or www.brjcc.org
15% discount for groups of 10 and more.
A project of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center