In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Berenson Hall
$10 | Purchase tickets
The School of Jewish Music of Hebrew College in Newton, MA will honor the memory and celebrate the life
of troubadour, humanist and cultural icon Theodore Bikel with a special
showing of the documentary “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom
Aleichem.” Bikel’s career spanned more than 150 screen roles and countless
stage and musical performances. The film combines Bikel’s charismatic
storytelling and masterful performances with a broader exploration of
Aleichem’s life and work. Hankus Netsky, composer of “Theodore Bikel’s”
original score, will introduce the film and conduct a brief Q&A. Join us in
the Ted Cutler Atrium outside Berenson Hall at 7:15 p.m. for a musical
tribute to Bikel by Netsky and Cantor Becky Wexler, Can ’14.…

The Yellow Ticket in Detroit

Friday 4/24/2015 7pm
Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performs her original score live to
1918 silent film, with special guest, Seattle Symphony clarinetist
Laura DeLuca

The work, which was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2012
New Jewish Music Network commission, is currently touring the U.S.
and Canada. Next stop: a return engagement at the Detroit Institute
of Art. This performance, with Alicia on violin and pianist Marilyn
, will also be a reprise performance of a new version of the
score for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by Music of
Remembrance and featuring Seattle Symphony clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the
first film to explore the discrimination of Jews in Tsarist Russia
and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood?s first
European silent film star.…


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.…

Krakauer Big Picture at Museum of Jewish Heritage

David Krakauer announces the release of his project “The Big Picture: A Cinematic Concert” which will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for 8 shows, sharting on January 29th. Tickets are $35 General, $30 Seniors/Students, $25 Members. For more information see:

In this cinematic concert, master clarinetist Krakauer explores the intersection of music and Jewish identity in iconic movies of the last 50 years. Krakauer adds his contemporary style to beloved songs from films ranging from Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof to Sophie’s Choice and The Pianist.

David Krakauer, clarinet, is joined by Rob Schwimmer, piano, various keyboards & theremin; Sara Caswell, violin; Mark Helias, double bass; Sheryl Bailey, guitar; and John Hadfield, drums and percussion.

Other dates are: Wednesday, January 29 @ 7:30pm*
*opening night
Sunday, February 2 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 5 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 9 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16 @ 2pm
Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 23 @ 2pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J.…

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.…

Enjoy the Music Die Pianistin Edith Kraus vom Wunderkind durch Theresienstadt nach Israel

Enjoy the Music: Die Pianistin Edith Kraus vom Wunderkind durch Theresienstadt nach Israel
A Film from
Wilhelm Rösing and Marita Barthel-Rösing

You are invited to the Israel Premiere in Jerusalem
on 11th October 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cinemateque.
Edith Kraus is hoping with us that she can be present at the screening.
So you may have the possibility to meet her there. Some other participants of the film will be present too. We shall have the honour to introduce them to you. We look forward to this event. In the Film Edith Kraus speaks German, other participants speak English, Hebrew or Russian. There is music played by Edith Kraus in the film!



The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the oldest, biggest and most renowned Jewish film festival in the world, announced that Hava Nagila (The Movie) will be the opening night film of their 2012 festival. The film will premiere July 19 at the Castro Theater with a party after the screening.

In a press conference, festival executive director Lexi Leban described Hava Nagila (The Movie) as “a look at 100 years of Jewish history as seen through the journey of ‘Hava Nagila,’ which actually began as a wordless prayer. It’s really a funny film, but there’s also a lot of depth to it.”
The SFJFF is screening the film in all four of its festival locations:
San Francisco: Castro Theater, July 19
Palo Alto: CineArts, July 29
Berkeley: Roda Theater, August 1
San Rafael: Christopher B.…

Jacob Mendelson at viewing of Cantor’s Tale

Date: Friday, January 28, 2010
Time: 6PM – Erev Shabbat Services; 7:15PM – Film Viewing
Price: Free, open to the community
Contact: Cantor Rebecca Garfein,
RSVP: requested
Telephone Number: 646-454-3030
Artist/Speaker: Cantor Jacob Mendelson
Event Description: Cantor Jacob Mendelson will lend his magnificent voice and
neshama (soul) to Erev Shabbat Services, followed by a viewing of his award winning
film, A Cantor’s Tale, and a question and answer session. On Saturday, following
the 10AM Shabbat Service, Cantor Mendelson will demonstrate and discuss the styles
of Cantors from the Golden Age, introduce his family zemirot (songs) to the
congregation, and explain that the DNA for hazzanut is contained therein.

100 Voices: A Journey Home Encore Screenings November 11

100 Voices: A Journey Home Encore Screenings November 11 Jewish and Polish cultures, once interwoven for centuries, reunite for an unprecedented and poignant event of remembrance, healing, resilience and rebirth in 100 Voices: A Journey Home.
Check the website for a theater near you:

“FILM PICK OF THE WEEK. A reason to rejoice. . . A warmhearted documentary. . . The tour footage is emotional. . . “
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“A remarkable visual tour of Jewish Life in prewar Poland. . . “
— Tom Turgend, Jewish Journal

“A profound expression of the healing power of music. . . deeply affecting. Glorious simply as a concert film, but immeasurably more.”
— Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Powerful, rewarding and inspiring. These voices will lift you.”
— Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine

Kol Halev Choir from Ann Arbor Michigan

Kol Halev Choir from Ann Arbor MI Thanks to Kol Halev Choir, led by Cantor Annie Rose for sending JMWC a copy of their video of their 2004 Eastern European Tour. It’s a delightful 16 minute film showing the joy of Jewish community members hearing the choir sing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and trying out Bulgarian and Romanian. Kol Halev went on a tour of Romania, Bulgaria and Greece singing to very appreciative audiences. The filmmakers share a short chat, also included in the DVD. Kol Halev is also planning to release a DVD of their journey to Argentina. This film shows once again that Jewish music carries in it the seeds of joy, community, memory and bonding. Their website is located at:

Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

From the friends of Jewish music in Geneva:

Chers amis,

Vous avez aimé le premier ciné-concert l’an passé? Vous l’avez manqué? Dans les deux
cas, vous allez adorer le deuxième ! En effet, l’AMJ et Ciné-Versoix sont fiers
d’inviter à nouveau -et en première mondiale- le

Film D'Ukraine with Polina and Merlin Shepherd
Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

pour un spectacle exceptionnel présentant un long métrage ukrainien (1h43′), réalisé
en 1926 par A.D. Anoshenko, et qui sera accompagné “live” par 2 musiciens klezmer

Merlin Shepherd (clarinettes) et Polina Shepherd (piano).

Synopsis: L’amour naît entre un aristocrate polonais et une humble femme juive,
arrivée à Kiev avec son vieux père. La bonne société polonaise condamne cette union
et tente de l’empêcher. Tous les ingrédients de l’intrigue shakespearienne sont
réunis dans des scènes d’une force visuelle percutante où se succèdent corruption,
calomnie, trahison, bal masqué, réunion secrète, condamnation à mort et exil.…

Beyle Schaechter Gottesman: Song of Autumn

Yiddish Film Project
Worlds within a World: Conversations with Yiddish Writers
Beyle Schaechter Gottesman: Song of Autumn

The League for Yiddish, publishers of the magazine Afn Shvel is pleased to
announce that the
film Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman: Song of Autumn (BEYLE SHEKHTER-GOTESMAN:
), the
second film in our series Worlds within a World: Conversations with Yiddish Writers
(A velt mit veltelekh: shmuesn mit yidishe shraybers) is ready and available for viewing and

The film is available in VHS
or DVD format.
TO ORDER, send $30 plus $5 postage (in the US) or your credit card information to:
SUITE 1101
Postage for Canada : $6.00 for either VHS or DVD.…

THE CANTOR’S SON film screening

On Sunday, March 30 at 4:15 pm The National Center for Jewish Film will screen the
newly-restored 1937 Yiddish feature film THE CANTOR’S SON, starring Moishe Oysher, with new English
subtitles. The screening is part of JEWISHFILM.2008 NCJF’s 11th Annual Film Festival
running from March 29-April 13.

Restoration of the film was made possible by her friends through the Miriam Saul Krant
Preservation Fund, and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pritzker
Pucker Family Foundation, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture & the Eastman Kodak
Company, with support from Brandeis University & the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The restored version of THE CANTOR’S SON had its world premiere at the Jerusalem Film
Festival in July 2006 and its American premiere at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln
Center in January 2007.…

Edwin Geist music at Italian National Holocaust Remembrance Day

The music of Edwin Geist, a composer who was murdered by the Nazis, will be performed for the first time in the USA. There will be a screening and discussion of the film, Musica Concentrationaria (with English subtitles) by Francesco Lotoro (a member of Allgenerations).

American Jewish Committee • The Consulate General of Israel
The Consulate General of Italy • Dante Alighieri Society Proudly Presents A Commemoration of

Italian National Holocaust Remembrance Day

A Screening and Discussion of the Film
Musica Concentrationaria
Interviews, documents and original score
In original languages with English subtitles
By Francesco Lotoro
Free and open to the public
Please RVSP to the Dante 617-876-5160, seating is limited
RSVP to 617-457-8700 or
41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA

New York Film Premiere in NY about Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

The League for Yiddish and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research are pleased to Invite you to
An Evening In Honor of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
Poet, songwriter, singer
Featuring the NEW YORK PREMIERE of the second film in the series
Worlds within a World: Conversations with Yiddish Writers
Yiddish (with English subtitles)

A film by Josh Waletzky produced by the League for Yiddish
Musical Program: Janet Leuchter, Esther Gottesman
and Binyumen Schaechter,
Admission $10.00, Wednesday, July 11th 2007, 6:30 P.M.
at the Center for JewishHistory, 15 West 16 St, NYC.
Please reserve your tickets 917-606-8200

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and more at MFA

BarenboimThe Boston Jewish Film Festival and The MFA Film Program are pleased
present two special music documentaries at the MFA’s Remis Auditorium
on Sunday, June 3: Knowledge Is the Beginning at 1:30 pm and The
Ramallah Concert
at 3:45 pm. Both of these films chronicle the
formation and livelihood of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded
by conductor and Pianist Daniel Barenboim and writer Edward Said as a
way of promoting peace in the Middle East through collaborative
artistic effort. Daniel Barenboim is featured as the conductor of the
orchestra in both films.

Conversation and discussion following Knowledge Is the Beginning with
Matthew Guerrieri, composer and music critic, and Amir Milstein,
flutist who co-led Bustan Abraham, a world-music ensemble of Jewish
and Arab musicians that combines Eastern and Western musical traditions.…

A Tickle in the Heart at MFA

A Tickle in the Heart
Thursday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Part of the Series, “Swiss Films with Rhythm”
Tickets: $9 general admission; $8 for memberes of The Boston Jewish Film
Festival, the MFA, students, and seniors
On Sale at MFA Box Office Only (Please call the Box Office at 617 369 3306
for advance ticket orders.)

A Tickle in the Heart
Director: Stefan Schwietert
Country: Germany, Switzerland, released 1996
Duration: 90 min., Video
Language: English, Yiddish
w/subtitles Film image
The Epstein Brothers were the kings of klezmer, the traditional music of
Eastern European Jewry, for more than 60 years. Beginning in the 1930s,
they played their joyous, sentimental blend of tangos, horas, Russian folk
dances and Gypsy drinking songs throughout New York.…

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT comes to Massachusetts

Even while you and the family enjoy the sun and surf of Cape Cod, you can learn something about Jewish music. Next month on August 12, 2006, Ann Coppel, producer of “A Journey of Spirit,” a documentary about Debbie Friedman, will show the documentary in Hyannis, MA at Cape Cod Synagogue. Check the synagogue website for more info:

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT has been traveling the country, coast to coast, the past
couple of months including screenings in Minneapolis at Shir
Tikvah, the Manhattan JCC (which Debbie attended to lead the post-film discussion), Falmouth
Jewish Congregation in Massachusetts and Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. Now it’s returning to Cape Cod and you can see it there August 12.
Call for time and more information.…

Jewish Cinema in Geneva

Ciné – Concert exceptionnel !
Le “Sound & Light Cinematic Duo”:
Merlin SHEPHERD: clarinettes & Polina SHEPHERD: piano
accompagne la projection de
films juifs d’Ukraine de 1910 à 1945
dimanche 21 mai 2006 à 18h15
à l’Aula du Collège des Colombières, route de St-Loup à Versoix.
Train depuis Genève (billet Unireso à 3 FS)
facilité de parking et d’accès aux personnes handicapées.

Les archives “Yuri Morozov” de Kiev recèlent les premières représentations
cinématographiques de la vie des Juifs d’Europe de l’Est. Films muets en noir et
blanc, documentaires, films de propagande ou à scénario, ils montrent la vie
quotidienne des Juifs d’Ukraine et décrivent leurs préoccupations morales,
religieuses et politiques au début du vingtième siècle sous un angle critique,
tragique ou comique. Beaucoup de ces films n’ont jamais été projetés en dehors
d’Ukraine et certains étaient censurés depuis plus de 80 ans.…

SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre London

Sunday 23rd April 7pm – 11pm
Tracy Ann Oberman, Maureen Lipman, David Aaronovitch, Norman Lebrecht, Max
Wigram and more…
SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre and the new Jewish Community Centre for London
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage, NW3 3EU
Price: £12 /£11 concessions
Book on 0207 722 9301 or online at

At SP!EL, four guests including Maureen Lipman, Tracy Ann Oberman, Norman
Lebrecht and Max Wigram with host David Aaronovitch will chew the fat over
contemporary cultural events, surrounded by sneak live previews of new
albums, plays, performance and books by visiting bands, actors and
contemporary dancers.

We will feature a performance from Three Admirers, a newly commissioned
piece from the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted by the award-winning
Samuel Adamson and directed by Mark Rosenblatt plus dj Max Reinhardt in the
bar after the show.…

“Yiddish Celluloid Closet” with 7-piece MetroKlezmer

At Jewish Music & Heritage Festival
Wednesday, 9/21 at 8pm
“Yiddish Celluloid Closet” with 7-piece MetroKlezmer lineup
at Makor 35 W 67th, NYC $15
Dazzling archival film clips/talk plus live band,
cultural insights and subtexts galore!
With lush reinterpretations of soundtrack tunes…
Classics, lesser-known gems & even Soviet Yiddish newsreel
Info on Eve Sicular‘s lecture:

Screening at Museum of Television and Radio

The Museum of Television and Radio
cordially invites you to a private screening of
Regina Resnik Presents
The American Jewish Composers in Classical Song

Regina Resnik, Narrator
Roslyn Jhunever Barak, Soprano
Michael Philip Davis, Tenor
Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone
Vlad Iftinca, Piano
Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 6 p.m.
25 West 52nd Street
New York City
This concert was videotaped before an invited audience on January 19, 2005 at the Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center. The program includes four world premieres, including a work by composer John Corigliano and librettist William M. Hoffman, written especially for the program, two American premieres and a New York premiere.
RSVP Michael Philip Davis at
or (212) 769-4083


A nayer dor zingt af yidish!
S’iz nor vos aroys der DVD/video PRIPETSHIK SINGS YIDDISH!
“Dos iz a film vos dervaremt dos harts,
vos me zol hern yidish fun di mayler fun yunge kinder”

“Yidishe kinder redn yidish un zingen yidishe lider:
zoln zey zayn gebentsht!” – ELIE WIESEL

tsum bestn bakant far “Partisans of Vilna” un “Image Before My Eyes”,
brengt undz a farvaylerishn nayem film
vos git op koved der yidisher kultur durkh lider,
oysgefirt durkhoys fun di Pripetshik-zingers,
untern rezhi fun muzik-direktor BINYUMEN SCHAECHTER.

A lebedike forshtelung hot men durkhgeflokhtn
mit intervyuen mit di artistn,
vi oykh mit stsenes fun di probes,
un tsuzamen molt es undz oys
a farvaylerish bild fun di talantirte kinder
un zeyer libshaft farn yidishn loshn.…

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo film program
5th December, Sallis Benny Theatre, Brighton UK
23th December, Makor Centre, New York, USA
26-31th December, KlezKamp, Kerhonkson, NY USA

2th January, The Yiddish Book Centre, Amherst, MA USA
16th January, The FACT Centre, Liverpool UK
23th January, Arts Picture House, Cambridge UK
31st January, Forum Cinema, Northampton UK
For more info

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo

The Sound and Light Cinematic Duo (Merlin Shepherd/ clarinet, bass clarinet and Polina
Shepherd / piano) are performing new and traditional Jewish music to accompany the Yuri
Morozov Jewish Film Archive (Kiev).
and as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival

17th October, London, the Screen on the Hill
14th November, Birmingham, Mac
18th November, Manchester, The Cornerhouse
28th November, Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
also as part of the Brighton Festival of Jewish Music

5th December, Brighton, Sallis Benny Theatre
for more information


Pearl Gluck’s film with music by Frank London will be
shown again at the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, June 24, 8pm & Sunday,
June 27, 2pm. Worth seeing (and the music is good!).

From Jewish Film Festival’s press release:
Pearl Gluck
USA/Hungary, 2003
77 min., Video
English/Yiddish/Hungarian w/subtitles

Director Pearl Gluck takes a renegade approach to healing a personal breach
with her father. Raised in a Hassidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, she
travels to her family’s homeland, Hungary. She searches for a
turn-of-the-century family heirloom, a couch upon which revered rebbes once
slept. Bringing back this couch, or divan, she hopes, will compensate her
father for the fact that she did not get married and return to the Hassidic
world. En route to the ancestral divan, Pearl encounters a colorful cast of