About Susan Leviton
Susan Leviton’s joyful embrace of Yiddish arts is matched only by her enthusiasm in sharing that joy. Known to some as an interpreter of Jewish songs and to others as a master calligrapher and papercutter, Susan continually breaks new ground in the desire to uncover historic forms and bring them into the shining light of the 21st Century.
Life in Art
A self-described “Jewish Cultural Worker,” Susan Leviton has spent more than 20 years promoting and sharing Jewish culture through its visual and musical arts. In her Harrisburg Levworks studio she produces art works with paper and fiber, some translated into metal, Formica, and glass. Her ketubot (marriage contracts), awards, and institutional art are found in homes, synagogues, and awardees’ offices across the country and in Jewish communities as far away as Denmark and the Ukraine.
Life in Music
Susan Leviton, one of only a handful of people today exploring and sharing the tradition of women’s a cappella singing in Yiddish, was not always a big supporter of all things Yiddish. In fact, she says, singing Yiddish was pretty much off her radar screen until she moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1984. What changed in Harrisburg was that she heard the Old World Folk Band, an instrumental group playing Klezmer (eastern European Jewish music), and soon became their vocalist.