Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in News, Performances, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

DSCN4290What a wonderful residency at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ.  It was Shabbat Shira, Tu B’Shevat, and the full moon even entertained us with a penumbral eclipse. This enthusiastic and welcoming congregation opened its heart to celebrate everything, and what was to many prior to the weekend an odd opportunity at best, came to be a full embrace of Yiddish!  We examined gilgulim as a contemporary construct with Jewish song as the vehicle in a lecture/recital on Shabbat afternoon.  The incredibly gifted Adrian Banner joined me on the piano for a full concert after Shabbat, and the room was full and engaged.

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As always, life-long Yiddish speakers with a depth of knowledge in song repertoire came up to me after the concert tickled that I had shared material they’d never heard before.  And that’s exactly what I aim for: bringing Yiddish alive with surprises and relevance!

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