Yiddish or Folk

TALK | “Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music,” with Daniel Asia

Sunday, October 30, 2016 2-3:30pm

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002


Composer, conductor, professor, and activist Daniel Asia talks about the origins of Yiddish song in Eastern European culture, its continuation on the American scene in the music of Yiddish composer Lazar Weiner, and its influence on Asia’s own award-winning music.

This event is free and open to the public.

To Life, To Laugh, L’chaim! Concert by Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67 Street, New York City
To Life, To Laugh, L’chaim!
A Centennial Celebration in Song 
of the Classic Yiddish Writer

Sholem Aleichem 

performed by the
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC
Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor
Seth Weinstein, Pianist
with featured soloists
Cantor Joel Caplan
Temma Schaechter (of Di Shekhter-tekhter)
For more information and to order tickets:
To hear a sampling of JPPC YouTube videos:

“Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)” in New York

Yiddish Opera Di Goldene Kale (the Golden Bride) will be live in New York and runs from Dec. 2 through Jan. 3 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan
An article about the show appears in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/28/theater/preparing-the-golden-bride-for-its-big-day.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
Previews December 2 – 6
Performances December 8 – January 3
Gala Opening Night
Tuesday | December 8 | 7:30 P.M.

Wednesdays & Thursdays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.*
Saturdays | 7:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 6 P.M.
Fridays | December 25 & January 1| 12 P.M.
*No 7:30 P.M. Performance on December 31

NYTF opens its 101st season with Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride), first seen on stage in the Roaring 20s. In this operetta, Goldele, a poor girl from the shtetl, inherits a fortune from her estranged father and embarks on a mission to find both her long-lost mother and her husband-to-be.…

Theodore Bikel at YIVO last June

Last June Theodore Bikel was honored by YIVO. Today they released this video, where he is accompanied by Lorin Sklamberg and Daniel Kahn.

“Di zun vet aruntergeyn”
Words by Moshe Leib Halpern
Music by Ben Yomen
English adaptation by Theodore Bikel
Di zun vet aruntergeyn untern barg
vet kumen a goldene pave tsu flien
un mit nemen vet zi unz ale ahin
ahin vu di benkshaft vet tsien
The sun will be setting soon over the hill
A peacock will come and gold majesty show
And with him we’ll fly
Leaving earth far below
To a land where all longing does go
זאָל ער האָבן אַ ליכטיקן גן־עדן

Zhenya Lopatnik at YIVO July 12

Zhenya Lopatnik, a well-known klezmer singer from Kharkov, Ukraine will be performing in NYC this Sunday, July 12 2015 at 1pm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th St. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best Yiddish singers in the world.

Zhenya Lopatnik is a singer,composer, Yiddish songwriter, and Jewish educator. She is perhaps best known for the music she composed to “Ver vet blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever which is sung the world over. She has participated in numerous klezmer festivals as a singer, teacher and soloist of the “Kharkov Klezmer Band”. Zhenya organizes the Annual International Festival “Kharkov Klezmer Teg”. Her songs can be heard at Klezmer events in many countries.

She will be the featured singer in the Annual All-Yiddish Program in Memory of Dr.…

Yiddish operetta “Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)” at Rutgers August 5

August 5 2015 at 7pm at Rutgers University in New Jersey will be the first orchestrated performance in 70 years of the Operetta “di Goldene Kale” The Golden Bride with music by Joseph Rumshinsky. This performance will showcase the reconstruction of the operetta by Michael Ochs, a scholar and librarian who worked at Harvard and found the manuscript there 35 years ago. Di Goldene Kale became a smash hit for Rumshinsky who wrote beautiful romantic melodies. Zalman Mlotek of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater in NYC will conduct. A company of singers from New York City’s National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, accompanied by the Mason Gross Muzikers orchestra, will perform the operetta. For full details and to get tickets:

Di Goldene Kale takes place at 7 p.m.…

Der Idisher Idol

International Festival of Composition and Interpretation of Yiddish Songs
will be held in Mexico City June 14, 2015.
Call for singers and composers!
The deadline for entry, to submit a video is April 13, 2015.
– The sign-up period closes on April 13, 2015. Contestants will be able to sign up through the official website: www.deridisheridol.com

Participation is open without restriction to age or gender, to singles or groups of Jewish communities.It is not even necessary to know Yiddish to participate! For full information, see the website of Der Idisher Idol at: http://www.deridisheridol.com/en/index.html
The website includes the rules for submission and registration for the competitions.

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place

CFP: Sholem Aleichem, 1916- 2016: Writing Place
International Conference
Jerusalem, 16-18 May 2016

The centennial of the death of Sholem Aleichem (Rabinovich), the most well-known and celebrated Yiddish author , creates an opportunity to revisit his life and work. His direct and indirect influence permeates literary, theatrical, and cinematic representations of East European Jewish life and, in his late work, America. Straddling the fine line between empathy and irony, Sholem Aleichem’s writing is a sensitive guide to the vicissitudes of cultural modernization, secularization, migration, and revolution.

As a research consortium based in four Israeli universities, the “Da’at Hamakom”/ ICORE Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World invites interested scholars and senior graduate students to submit proposals (for individual papers or for panel sessions), which will aim to illuminate the various facets of “place” in Sholem Aleichem’s oeuvre or in cultural representations derived from his work.…

Yiddish Songfest in NYC

City Lore presents Zingeray: Yiddish Songfest
Wednesday, March 18th 6:30 – 8pm
Admission is $15.00
City Lore
56 East 1st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Ethel Raim, Carol Freeman, Janet Leuchter, Esther Gottesman, Josh Waletsky, Gerry Marcus, Sarah Gordon
songs will be sung a cappella in the unaccompanied Yiddish tradition, followed by audience participation


The music will be preceded by a 10 minute talk by Yiddishist Ross Perlin about Yiddish in New York and on the Lower East Side, going back to a time when “First and First was a Yiddish Speaking intersection.” Following the music, we invite the audience to share of their favorite Yiddish songs, stories, words, and mementos, led by Elissa Sampson.
Buy tickets here

Zingeray: A Little Yiddish in NY

Yiddish Book Sale and Zingeray
Monday, March 9, 2015
Booksale (4-7 PM) Zingeray (7-8 PM) at CYCO Books
51-02 21st Street, #A-2 (7th floor).

Directions: Subway-Take the 7 train to the 2nd stop in Queens, Hunters-Point. Walk
to 21st street. Turn left, cross the street, and walk over a small bridge.
Car: Auto- Take Queens Mid-Town Tunnel. We are the first building you see as you
exit the tunnel. Take the extreme right toll both to pay toll. Take an immediate
Right at the Borden Avenue Exit. Left turn onto Borden Avenue, first left on to 21st
street. Start to look for parking – 51-02 21st Street.

An evening of Nahum Stutchkoff’s works
Wednesday, March 18, 20157:00 PM(NYC – Location TBA)
With readings and songs by the great Yiddish linguist, radio personality and
Featuring Shane Baker, Leyzer Burko, Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Steve Sterner
and Suzanne Toren
Sponsored by the Congress for Jewish Culture

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 http://yiddishsong.wordpress.com/

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 http://www.nytf.org

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 theatre.voirie@gmail.com
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.…

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.…

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.


Sung Among Friends

Thursday, May 15, 7:00PM
Sung Among Friends: Intimate Georgian and Yiddish Singing Traditions
City Lore Performance Space, 56 East First St, Manhattan (Lower East Side), NY

This intimate concert held in close company presents the kind of traditional singing shared socially among friends and family. Informal and at times competitive, Georgian table singing, presented by members of the Zekari Georgian Men’s Choir and Yiddish zingerayen, presented by some of the finest proponents of the tradition, including Michael Alpert, Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus, Ethel Raim, Paula Teitelbaum and Josh Waletzky, exemplify a practice found in many cultures of using the time after a meal to carry on in song.

Future of Yiddish Song event at YIVO

On Sunday, April 6th at 11 am at YIVO, join Klezmatics lead singer Lorin Sklamberg,
Professor Mark Slobin, and top archivists, scholars and performers of Yiddish music
for Passing the Torch: Jewish Music Archives and the Future of Yiddish Song. How can
Jewish music archives foster new performance and scholarship? This symposium
explores the folklorists and musicologists who collected Yiddish folk music, and the
role of music archives in stimulating new work today.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
here< http://yivo.org/events/index.php?tid=202&aid=1253.

Ayn Neue Lid–When Yiddish Was Young

Lucidarium, a group specializing in music of the MIddle Ages and Renaissance, will have an upcoming tour of Holland. This tour is part of the group’s plan “to teach people that there is more to Jewish early music that Salomone Rossi and Sephardic songs played on recorders and viola da gambas…”

The program is “Ayn Neue Lid – When Yiddish Was Young,” created with a grant from the EAJC and the Rothschild Foundation Europe.
Here’s the schedule –

za 22 feb, 20.15 uur | Utrecht, Geertekerk
zo 23 feb, 14.30 uur | ‘s-Hertogenbosch, De Toonzaal
di 25 feb, 20.15 uur | Amsterdam, Waalse Kerk
wo 26 feb, 20.30 uur | Rotterdam, Laurenskerk (19.45 inleiding)
do 27 feb, 20.15 uur | Westzaan, Zuidervermaning
vr 28 feb, 20.15 uur | Deventer, Penninckshuis

For more info –


(America the Beautiful)
This 45-minute a cappella concert,
celebrating 360 years of American Jewish life (1654-2014),
features unique Yiddish choral arrangements
in distinctly American musical styles:
blues, jazz, spirituals,
Second Avenue theater hits, labor anthems, and more.
In these works you will recognize
America’s pervasive influence on Jewish culture –
and vice versa.
English translations provided.
Friday evening, March 7, 2014
6:30 Services, 7:15 Dinner, 8:00 Concert
Dinner and Concert: $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12

RSVP at Habonim.net
under “register for events”
or contact Adina at arifkin@habonim.net or 212-787-5347

Generations of Composers at Yiddish Book Center

A fantastic exhibit of videos of an interview with Yehudi Wyner about his father Lazar Weiner. An absolutely delightful set of clips from an interview by Hankus Netzsky with Yehudi Wyner. Part of the Wexler Oral History Project.
These are a “must see” for those interested in American music, synagogue music or Yiddish art music.
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Yiddish Song of the Week Blog

If you haven’t been keeping up with the “Yiddish Song of the Week” blog for the last three years, presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, you need to check it out and catch up. http://yiddishsong.wordpress.com/. Written by Itzik Gottesman, “This initiative is part of a larger effort by the AJFRP (An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project) to revitalize traditional Yiddish folksinging performance and research on the subject. To that end, this website will emphasize field recordings of traditional Yiddish folksingers from around the world contributed by folklorists, ethnomusicologists, musicians, singers and collectors.”

Traditional YIDDISH Singing Workshop

Jalopy Theater and School of Music presents
A Workshop in
Sunday June 23rd 2pm – 4pm
Brooklyn, NY
Vocal Techniques for Authentic Yiddish Singing

Rare Nineteenth Century Ballads and Lyrical Songs
featuring the most beautiful of melodies and poignant of stories
taught in detail from Original Field Recordings

Learn to produce the delicate yet focused sound of traditional Yiddish singers
Reproduce the melismatic embellishment traditionally used
to enhance the singing of this beautiful repertoire
Sing with increased comfort, clarity, and control
Sculpt vocal lines to effect maximum expression
Taught by Acclaimed Vocalist, Researcher, and Instructor Carol Freeman
315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, NY
10 minute subway ride from Manhattan
Admission $30

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
http://www.jewishconcert.org/tickets/ 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.…

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.

Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater

Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater
Monday, December 3

The Tufts University Department of Music presents the musical revue Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater, written by Mark Slobin, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Tufts University Department of Music, Tufts Hillel, and 3Ps.

The performance features the work of Zelig (Sigmund) Mogulesco (1856-1914), who is often called the “Charlie Chaplin of the Yiddish theatre”. Mogulesco was known for his comedy, agility, and also songwriting. The performance is directed by Michael Morris with music by the Jumbo Knish Factory, Tufts’ Klezmer ensemble under the direction of Michael McLaughlin, and a cast of Tufts student performers.

Concert in Honor of Adrienne Cooper Dec 22 in NYC

The world of Yiddish culture will be honoring Adrienne Cooper z”l with a concert to celebrate her life and work. Adrienne is best remembered as the magnificent voice of Yiddish song and teacher to thousands in the Yiddish and klezmer music worlds. Dec 22 2012 in NYC, there will be a concert that is bound to attract you and your friends, as well as plenty of the contemporary Jewish music world. The goal of the concert is to raise money to help establish a fund to continue her work, not just in recordings but for teaching for future generations.

Sat Dec 22 2012, 8 pm
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
East 68th Street between Park & Lexington Avenue
Tickets: $18, $36, $54
(212) 772-4448…



The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene brings back the beloved musical, “The Golden Land,” for five weeks, from Sunday October 28 to December 2, with an opening on Sunday November 4 at 6pm. Created by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld, and directed by Bryna Wasserman, this new production of “The Golden Land” (which premiered Off-Broadway in 1985) reimagines the show’s scenic design and staging to heighten the theatrical experience for contemporary audiences. The innovative book and score uses period music and other source material to create a richly textured evocation of Jewish immigrant life in New York from the 1880’s into the 1910s, and again, in a second starkly different phase immediately before and after World War II.…

Lorin Sklamberg at CJH

Lorin Sklamberg, famed singer and member of the Klezmatics, will be
performing at the Mordkhe Schaechter Memorial Program, Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 at
the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011. The
main speaker will be Dr. Kalman Weiser who will be speaking on “Max Weinreich
in America.” Gitl Schaechter Viswanath will speak on “Mordkhe Schaechter
as a Father.” This is an all-Yiddish program. Lyrics of the songs will be
available in translation as will an English synopsis of the main lecture.
Suggested donation $5.00. Tickets may be reserved. 212-868-4444

East meets West: Yidishe Meydlekh at YIVO

THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2012 | 7:00PM
East meets West: Yidishe Meydlekh
Heather Klein, Miryem-Khaye Seigel
CONCERT | Co-sponsored by the Congress for Jewish Culture

California-based singer Heather Klein performs Yiddish songs from her new CD “Shifreles Portret.” She will sing duets with special guest artist Miryem-Khaye Seigel. The program will include both known and lesser-known Yiddish theater songs.

Admission: $10
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Box Office: www.smarttix.com | 212.868.4444

Evening of Yiddish Song: The Sidor Belarsky Songbook

The Congress for Jewish Culture and the New Yiddish Rep present
“An Evening of Yiddish Song–
The Sidor Belarsky Songbook”
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 5pm
Location: Temple Beth Emeth, 83 Marlborough Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. (B
or Q train to Church Ave.)

Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell, an African-American classical singer of
opera and lieder, has embarked on a project of personal anecdote,
engagement and expression through Yiddish art song with his performance of
selections from *The Sidor Belarsky Songbook*.

“Being an operatic bass (as Sidor Belarsky was) an African-American by
birth and a Jew by choice, the recital repertoire of Sidor Belarsky
provides a unique potential for me as an artist to actively embody the
aspirations, desires and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with
the colors and experiences of another.”

Learn more about this performer at his website:

Yiddish Break at UPenn

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00pm until Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00pm
קומט און פֿאַרברענגט אױף אונדזער הײַיאָריקער ייִדיש־ברײק אין אין דער אוניװערסיטעט פֿון פּענסילװאַניע!

Come recharge your Yiddish battery with our sixth annual Yiddish Break at UPenn March 23-25th.

Register at http://yugntruf.org/programs/yiddish-break/?lang=en
University of Pennsylvania
3600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Broder Singers: Forerunners of the Yiddish Theater

Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Librarian, Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library, presents
Broder Singers: Forerunners of the Yiddish Theater

Broder singers were the first Yiddish performers to present music and drama in a secular setting beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. This lecture will explore the Broder singers’ history, repertoire, and style, and their relationship to Yiddish theater.

Admission: Free
RSVP: www.yivo.org/reservations
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street – NYC

Lullabies and Legacy: The World of Yiddish Children’s Songs

Lullabies and Legacy: The World of Yiddish Children’s Songs
Songs of the cradle and home life, kheyder and nature.
Tuesday, February 7 at 12:00pm
Tuesdays, February 7th – 28th from 12:00-1:30pm
Location: The Workmen’s Circle
247 West 37th Street, New York, New York
For reservations call: 212-889-6800 x234
Or email: events@circle.org

Yiddish Song of the Week

The Yiddish Song of the Week is a blog presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project (AJFRP). This initiative is part of a larger effort by the AJFRP to revitalize traditional Yiddish folksinging performance and research on the subject. The website emphasizes field recordings of traditional Yiddish folksingers from around the world contributed by folklorists, ethnomusicologists, musicians, singers and collectors.
Each Yiddish song is presented with Yiddish words and translation, along with commentary from the contributor.
Itzik Gottesman is the Director of An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project.


Yiddish Poetry of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Set to Music
CD Release Concert
Basya Schechter
Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 8 PM
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleeker St. NYC
$12 in advance
$15 at the door


The concert is presented by Moshe Rosenfeld and Golden Land Concerts & Connections, with support from the League for Yiddish/Afn Shvel, as well as the National Yiddish Theater – Folksbiene, The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter-Ring, Congress for Jewish Culture, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

לידער פֿון וווּנדער

די ייִדישע פּאָעזיע פֿון

אַבֿרהם־יהושע העשעל

באַלייט פֿון מוזיק

קאָנצערט לכּבֿוד דעם אַרויסקום

פֿון דעם נײַעם קאָמפּאַקטל

לידער פֿון וווּנדער

בתיה שעכטער

Tatiana Fleischmann at Klezmer Brunch

klezmer brunch Oct, 2, 2011
Every Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on our brunch menu on Sunday mornings from 10am to 2pm. **Please note that the live music is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short break in the middle.

Tickets are just $10 to cover for live music and does not include food or drink. Children 13 and under are free for the music. We have a full brunch menu available upon request.

On select weekends we welcome Rabbi Dan Ain from The New Shul to lead thoughtful discussion on theology, spirituality and the movements of the cosmos.

Hy Wolfe: An Evening of Songs and Stories


YIVO presents Hy Wolfe in a concert performance, accompanied by Herbert Kaplan at the piano. New York stage actor and singer Hy Wolfe returns to our stage with a show featuring Yiddish theater and folk songs and stories.

Wolfe worked with, and learned from, many of the brightest stars of the Yiddish theater, and is a living link with a glorious tradition. The show includes a tribute to the late Shifra Lerer, the last of the greats from the classical period of the Yiddish theater.

This is an opportunity to spend a delightful evening with one of the most entertaining performers on the stage today. With English translations throughout the program, this evening will be a pleasure for Yiddish speakers and non-Yiddish speakers alike.…

Hampton Synagogue Hosts National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Saturday, September 3, 9:00pm ~ Berman Sanctuary
Followed by dessert reception in the Edelstein Hall of the Kaylie Center
The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene presents “Rising Stars of the Yiddish Stage”
Committed to finding new ways of bringing this rich cultural heritage to life for new generations, the Folksbiene presents an electrifying concert starring some of the hottest young talent performing new songs and new interpretations of the classics.

Dani Marcus | Nimmy Weisbrod | Rachel Yucht | Daniella Rabbani | Avram Mlotek | Dmitri “Zisl-Yeysef” Slepovitch | Shane Baker

Musical Direction: Zalmen Mlotek
An internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music, Zalmen Mlotek is the Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene. Mlotek brought Yiddish-Klezmer music to Broadway
and Off-Broadway stages as co-creator of Those Were the Days, the first bilingual musical

www.folksbiene.org | Subtitled in English | RSVP: 631.288.0534 ext.10 or online @ www.thehamptonsynagogue.org

The Hampton Synagogue
154 Sunset Avenue
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 …

Traveling the Yiddishland – A Musical Story

Traveling the Yiddishland – A Musical Story by Dmitri ‘Zisl’ Slepovitch

“Traveling the Yiddishland” by Dmitri Slepovitch presented by the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene – is a musical/ multimedia journey across the routes of the Yiddish song’s history in the 20th century Eastern Europe– brought to the modern audiences through the original videos, live singing, playing, and DJ-ing.

The program is based on the Yiddish song, traditional and original Litvak klezmer tunes, documentary footage, and storytelling. But most importantly, it is a multi-vectored dialog that creates a link to the rich traditional heritage.

Monday, June 13 at 7:00pm
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave. at East 25th St.
New York, NY

General admission: $20
For tickets, call 646-312-5073 or 866-811-4111.…

Celebrate Freedoom with Music For Passover from URJ

Soundswrite newsletter: Volume 10, Number 7 • April, 2011 • Adar II/Nisan, 5771

Purim is over, which means Passover is just around the corner! Arguably the most widely observed of all Jewish holidays, Passover (Pesach) is a celebration of freedom–a remembrance of our people’s Exodus from slavery in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. Today, there’s an amazing array of terrific music for Pesach, both traditional and contemporary, to enliven your holiday and brighten your home, your car, your classroom, or anywhere else you listen to music. Check out these amazing recordings by clicking on any cover image below. Chag Pesach Sameach!

League for Yiddish has music book available

The League for Yiddish is pleased to let you know about two books that are now
From Holocaust to Life: New Yiddish Songs,(2010)
“Oh, what a joy, what a pleasure! This book, an anthology of the music and songs
of David Botwinik, is a singular demonstration of a life devoted to Jewish continuity.
Between the covers of this songbook… the sounds and melodies of the Jewish soul
sing out. At a time when few people read Yiddish poetry, Botwinik’s music breathes
fresh life into these poems.”– Dr. Rakhmiel Peltz, Director of Judaic Studies
Drexel University, Philadelphia

The book From Holocaust to Life: New Yiddish Songs is a collection of musical
compositions by the Vilna-born Montreal composer David Botwinik. These are new Yiddish songs:
solo and choral works, complete with English translations, piano accompaniments,
and chords.…

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus in International Choral Festival

Yiddish Chorus in International Choral Festival!
The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
with Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor,
are performing next week at
The 5th New York International Choral Festival 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 7:30 PM
at Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027
Tickets: $20
For tickets: Tickets@NYIntChoralFest.com
Tickets will be available at the door.
Seating is General Admission.
This concert includes 4 choruses,
each performing for 15 minutes or so,
plus an Orchestra,
culminating in a number sung by all choruses together.
The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
is the only Jewish – or Yiddish – chorus on the bill.

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 4:30 PM
at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway) in New York City,
the JPPC, with Conductor Binyumen Schaechter –
and with guest appearance by Di Shekhter-tekhter –
will be giving their annual gala concert.…

WWGD: What Would Glatshteyn Do?

If you can’t make it to our program WWGD? [What Would Glatshteyn Do?] An Evening
of Yiddish Poetry you can watch it online at the exact time of the event, Sunday,
August 1 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM (EST). Go to bowerypoetrylive.com
In zikh (Introspectivist) Yiddish poets, 1923
Zackary Sholem Berger, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Josh Waletzky
David Botwinik, Leyzer Burko, David Fallick, Samuel Marder, Charles Nydorf, Mindy
Rinkewich, Elinor Robinson, Yefim Vinnitsky, Gershon Weiss, Jennifer Goodman Wolloch
Albert Rosenblatt, Yaira Singer, Wojtek Tworek, Sheva Zucker
Don’t miss the Yiddish poetry event of the millenium!
Mir hofn az di yidishe oysyes veln zikh gut onzen af ayer kompyuter ober es ken
zayn az af gevise kompyuters veln zey nit aroys perfekt.…

A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke TODAY!

The American Society for Jewish Music
The American Jewish Historical Society
A Heymishe Yiddishe Chanuke
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3 PM
Zalmen Mlotek and Guests from
The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene
(All songs will be accompanied by English supertitles, as is
the custom at the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene.)

Master Storyteller Isaiah Sheffer
of NPR’s Selected Shorts
Program followed by Menorah lighting, singing and reception.
$18 General; $12 Members;$9 Students & Seniors
For tickets call (212) 868-4444, or _www.smarttix.com_
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC

Audition for the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Fall Production of Shulamis

ShulamithAudition for the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Fall Production of Shulamis
Love. Deception. Revenge. Yiddish.
AUDITION FOR THE HARVARD YIDDISH PLAYERS’ FALL PRODUCTION OF SHULAMIS! Audition for Harvard’s landmark production of the most popular Yiddish play of all time – Shulamis: a timeless Biblical operetta of love and deception, of the price of …revenge and the power of forgiveness. Our production will feature a new translation, a new musical score, a live orchestra, masks, avant-garde design elements, and innovative choreography. Songs will be performed in Yiddish (with supertitles), while the dialogue will be in English. NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF YIDDISH REQUIRED. Actors and singers, please come prepared with a song (ideally a musical theater or opera selection). Dancers are encouraged to audition for our dance-only corps. We are looking for actors, dancers, and singers of all ages and backgrounds for a large ensemble cast.…

KlezKanada presents NOZEN at the Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival

KlezKanada at the Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival
June 18 – June 25, 2009 @ 10PM

June 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 PM
Organization: KlezKanada/The Segal Centre
Categories: Concerts
Location: 5170, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine
H3W 1M7
Open to public
JUNE 18, 2009: NOZEN

Steeped in the chassidic and klezmer musical traditions and percolating with the avant-garde, Nozen’s influences range from John Coltrane to John Zorn’s Massada and from old style klezmer players like David Tarras and Naftuleh Brandwein to Frank London and David Krakauer. Anxious, curious, eclectic. Damian Nisenson (saxophones and composition), Jean-Felix Mailloux (doublebass), Ziya Tabassian (percussion), Luzio Altobelli (accordion).

KlezKanada in conjunction with The Montreal Yiddish Theater Festival presents a week-long program of Jewish music. From June 18th to June 25th KlezKanada brings its long-standing tradition of late-night KlezKabarets to the Segal Centre.…

Wild Illusions: New Yiddish Sounds

Wild Illusions: New Yiddish Sounds
Adrienne Cooper, Michael Winograd and Friends
Thursday, May 21st , 8 pm @
The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
$15.00 JCC Member, $20.00 Non-Member
For more information, or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

Singer Adrienne Cooper and Michael Winograd, NY music scene audacious talent, team up in a debut project (preview to a new recording) with spectacular players Dan Rosengard (piano), Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass), Greg Mervine (drums), Jon Singer (marimba), and Sarah Gordon and Niki Jacobs (vocals).

New arrangements to songs by Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Fima Chorny, Josh Waletzky, Polina Shepherd-Ashkenazi, Beyle Shaechter-Gottesman, Hirsh Blohstein, Meir Kharatz, Dovid Edelstadt. Original songs by Adrienne Co oper and Frank London are from Jenny Romaine’s celebrated La Mama theater production of The Memoir o f Gluckl of Hameln.…

Little Trees are Weeping CD

Little Trees are WeepingCarl Nelkin, an amateur singer and lover of Jewish music in Ireland, has released a new CD of songs of ghettos and camps in World War II. Nelkin combines Irish and Jewish sentimentalities to these songs of the Partisans and Ghetto, all sung in the original Yiddish. The booklet contains the translations into English along with the texts in Yiddish, along with some nice accompaniments. It is hoped that this type of recording should encourage other small communities of Jews to share their creative works. Carl had released his first album “Irish Heart Jewish Soul: Favourite Irish and Jewish Songs” in 2003. For more information about the CD, go to www.irishjewishmusic.com Carl has also appeared on Irish Radio in a High Holiday special.


The only West-Coast Appearance
Tuesday evening, February 17, 2009
(“The Schaechter Daughters”)

A musical revue about kids, young and older,
and their relationships with each other, with their parents,
and with the world around them.
The songs are in Yiddish.
**Translations are provided.**
For young, old, and everyone in between!
For the Yiddish-fluent, Yiddish-challenged and Yiddish-ignorant!
Bring your kids and grandkids for a truly inspirational evening!
The performers:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 7:30 P.M.
Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Admission: $18 Students: $8 Children under 6: Free
contact: Miriam Koral @ California Institute for Yiddish Language and
(310) 745-1190; miriam@yiddishinstitute.org
Made possible by support from the Ruth/Allen Ziegler Foundation, Luis
and Lee Lainer, Chic Wolk…

Songs from Bukovina

Sunday, June 22, 1:30 PM Emily Socolov and Itzig Gottesman will
speak in Yiddish, on their recent trip
to the Ukraine, and in particular the Bukovina. They will show many
slides. After the talk Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and Itzig
will sing 6 or 7 songs from Bukovina, including older folksongs, and Beyle’s
interwar Chernovitz-based repertory and original songs. Also possibly, a song that was sung at Gimpel’s Yiddish Theater in Lviv/Lemberg in the early 1900s. The talk is entitled “On the Trail of Our Yesteryears” and takes place at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center
3301 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx NY, corner 208th st.
one block from Montefiore Hospital.

information 917-930-0295 admission: $3.50

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.…


presents a concert of great Yiddish choral music
Sunday, June 1, 2008 @ 4 PM
performing works by
Sholom Aleichem, Avrom Goldfaden, Maurice Rauch,
Avrom Reisin, Jacob Schaefer, Wolf Younin, Mark Zuckerman

Sung in Yiddish. English translations provided.

WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, near 95 St.,
New York, NY 10025, USA

ADMISSION: $25, $15

TICKETS: http://www.symphonyspace.org/tickets
click “Buy Tickets”, then “June”; listed first
or call 212-864-5400

DIRECTIONS: http://www.symphonyspace.org/aboutus/directions

Three Hip Performers and One Timeless Culture

On Saturday, January 19, 2008, 8 PM, at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, three
acclaimed klezmer musicians in a rare West Coast appearance, Michael Alpert (Brave
Old World) and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo will entertain with great music and
share their experiences of rekindling Yiddish creativity in the Old Country and
Sharing the spotlight will be Sinai’s own Cantor Arianne Brown and a special guest
from Warsaw, Daniel Strehlau, award-winning filmmaker and founding director of the
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (which recently had its 5th Edition).
Enjoy this unique evening of beautiful music and stimulating
General Admission: $18; CIYCL Members: $15; Students: $8
Seating Limited. Reservations recommended at 310-745-1190 or
Venue Address: Sinai Temple, Kohn Chapel, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. (at Beverly Glen),
Los Angeles.…

New York Yiddish Singalong

The Second Annual All-Star New York Yiddish Singalong


Robert Abelson, Michael Alpert, Phyllis Berk, Joanne Borts, Caroline
Adrienne Cooper, Ron Eliran, Michael Fox, Rebecca Garfein, Sarah Gordon,
The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, The New Yiddish Chorale,
Binyumen Schaechter,
Reyna & Temma Schaechter (“Di Shekhter-tekhter”),
Basya Schechter, Elizabeth Schwartz, Lorin Sklamberg, Jeff Warschauer

Accompanied by an all-star Klezmer ensemble, including
Margot Leverett, Joey Weisenberg and Jake Shulman
Musical Director – Zalmen Mlotek
Emcee – Corey Breier
Producer – Moishe Rosenfeld

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:30 PM
at Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street, New York City

Come sing your heart out – in Mame-loshn!

General admission:
$18 Advance Purchase; $20 Day of the Event.
VIP seating (with a post-concert reception):
$50 Advance Purchase; $60 Day of the Event.…

KlezKanada 2007 Starts Tonight

KlezKanada, in Lanier, Quebec Canada is starting tonight, Monday August 20th. This is the 12th year of the annual camp program. This year, the all star faculty is amazing, the students are superb, and the excitement is palpable. If you’re not here this year, make sure to mark this week on your calendar for next. Looks like the first newsletter, by Ari Davidow, greeted the attendees as they arrived. Each day of camp, there’s a camp newsletter published in 3 languages which might be any combination of Yiddish, English, French, Spanish, German or Russian. You never know who will get around to writing an article and each are published in the native language. KlezKanada is a music camp for families or individuals. There’s a tremendous amount of talent present and we’re hearing it already.…

Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star

Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star
From June 26, 2007 through September 22, 2007
Vincent Astor Gallery
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 12 to 6; Thurs: 12 to 8
Learn more:

Look at the NYPL brochure on Molly Picon (pdf)

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

Songs of Mark Warshawsky and Mordecai Gebirtig for Choir

will perform choral arrangements
of famous and lesser-known songs by the great Yiddish songwriters
Sung in Yiddish, with English translations.
Due to recent sold-out performances, the JPPC will hold two identical
When: Sunday, June 10th, at 2:00 and at 4:30
Where: Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th St. (betw. Broadway & Mercer
St.), New York, NY
Admission: Adults: $15; Seniors (65 and up) and students, with
ID: $10
PHOTO ID required, all adults age 18 & up

M5, M6 buses downtown to West 4th St./Broadway stop.
BY SUBWAY: 1) N / R train to 8th St. Walk 3 blocks S. on B’way to W.
4th St. Turn right.
2) 6 train to Astor Pl.…

“A Night In The Old Marketplace”

A Night in the Old Marketplace PosterFRANK LONDON’S ” A NIGHT IN THE OLD MARKETPLACE”

Ron Caswell, tuba, bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo, mandolin
Art Bailey keyboards, accordion
Aaron Alexander, drums
And vocalists… La Tanya Hall, Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s
Bombay Dreams), Craig
Wedren (from Shudder to Think), The Klezmatic’s Lorin Sklamberg and
many others featured on the recording,

“A Night In The Old Marketplace”

CD Release Party:

Monday, March 26th 8pm
Barrow Street Theater
27 Barrow Street
New York

Tickets via Telecharge 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
For more information read this POSTER with INFO

Running Time:
75 minutes, with no intermission

May be inappropriate for 10 and under.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Important Notice
Performance begin promptly. Latecomers will not be seated!…

“The Eternal Question (Di Alte Kashe)” New CD Released

Kame’a Media announces the release of “The Eternal Question (Di Alte
Kashe),” a compact disc by Yiddish singer Fraidy Katz. The CD comes with a
24-page booklet of Yiddish text, transliterations, English translations,
songwriter bios — and more.

Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti, TEQ features the musical and
vocal talents of 18 musicians from across the spectrum of Jewish, Americana and World Music.


Gilbert and Sullivan’s
Di Yam Gazlonim (“The Pirates of Penzance” in Yiddish)
Book and Lyrics by Al Grand
Directed by Allen Lewis Rickman
Musical Direction by Zalmen Mlotek
Starring Jacob Feldman, Stephen Mo Hanan, Genette Lane, Dani Marcus and Steve Sterner
With Ashley Adler, Itzy Firestone, Susanne Kobb, Stuart Marshall, Eyal Sherf,
Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson-Rickman, Yankl Salant, D. Zhonzinsky

March 18 – April 1

March 18: 2pm & 6pm
March 21: 2pm & 8pm
March 22: 2pm & 8pm
March 24: 8pm
March 25: 2pm & 6pm
March 28: 2pm & 8pm
March 29: 2pm & 8pm
March 31: 8pm
April 1: 2pm

In Yiddish
with English and Russian Translation Supertitles
The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium
at The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St

For Tickets and Info call 212-279-4200
or visit www.ticketcentral.com (listed under ³Pirates of Penzance in Yiddish)
For information about
The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, visit us on the web at www.folksbiene.org

“Purim in Khelm”

You are cordially invited to four free New York-area
performances of a new Yiddish musical comedy, “Purim
in Khelm”, presented by the National Yiddish Theatre –
Folksbiene and sponsored by the City University of New

“Purim in Khelm” features a professional cast,
klezmorim, and original Yiddish songs, and is
presented in Yiddish with English and Russian

by Motl Didner and Miryem-Khaye Seigel

An original Yiddish musical comedy
Presented with English and Russian supertitles

Featuring: Ashley Adler, Leizer Burko, Itzy Firestone,
Richard Kass, Susanne Nancy Kobb, David Mandelbaum,
Stuart Marshall, Freydale Zynstein-Oz, Harry Peerce
and Miryem-Khaye Seigel

With Art Bailey, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer

FOUR FREE PERFORMANCES sponsored by the City
University of New York

1) Tuesday, February 27 – Hunter College, Kaye
Playhouse – 7 PM.…

Lorin Sklamberg in California in Feburary

Lorin Sklamberg
Monday February 12 at 8pm
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 North Lake
Altadena, CA 91001
Solo show!

Thursday February 15 at 8pm
Red Yiddish Salon
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Informal talk about the YIVO Sound Archives and the Klezmatics with
recorded and live music.

Saturday February 17 7:30pm
Acoustic Music San Diego
4650 Mansfield Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Solo show!

Sunday February 18 at 10am
Congregation Shaarei Torah
550 South Second Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006
Solo show!

For updates, go to www.myspace.com/lorinsklamberg

Just Put it on Your Calendar Now: KlezCalifornia in January, 2007

Coming soon in San Francisco:
KlezCalifornia at the JCCSF
Saturday, January 6th, 2007 · 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Concert with the award-winning
European band BUDOWITZ
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Sunday, January 7th, 2007 · 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
A full day of participatory workshops
Learn the klezmer style (all instruments, levels) with BUDOWITZ musicicans
Dancing taught by MICHAEL ALPERT
Yiddish theater, language, literature, songs, history, and crafts
Special programs for teens and youth

Tickets will be available at JCCSF Box Office
415-292.1233 or jccsf.org/arts