Jewish Food Culture in America

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Jewish Food Culture in America

As part of Professor Ted Merwin’s class on Jews and Food, I will be lecturing on Yiddish food songs on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Dickinson College.  Often this particular program is presented as a sing-along among people who already know the way a Jewish Food Pyramid is built (heavy on the starches and carbs!), but here I will be addressing college students who are studying the variety of ways that food reinforces cultural bonds, signals shifts and fractures in communal life, and carries hopes and dreams from one world to another during periods of mass migration. This type of situation offers a mirror to all of us, as we examine the universal experience of acquiring, preparing and enjoying particular foods within a cultural group....

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Heroes and Heroines – Selichot Program

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Heroes and Heroines – Selichot Program

As the first segment of Koster Foundation grant programming, I will be presenting a lecture/recital titled The Human Hand in History – Heroes and Heroines in Yiddish Song on Saturday night, September 20 at Chisuk Emuna Congregation in Harrisburg, PA.  Be sure to visit the program offerings tab to read about this presentation, which is full of surprises and which promises to raise comments and questions...

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Yiddish Response to Gun Violence

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Yiddish Response to Gun Violence

On Thursday evening, September 18, Harrisburg, PA will host a gathering of Heeding God’s Call, an interfaith state-wide organization established to fight gun violence and eliminate the practice of straw buying of firearms.  I will be representing the Jewish community by singing Avrom Reisen’s Dos Naye Lid and leading the assembled in Adrienne Cooper’s version of Volt Ikh Gehat Koyekh. More information about Heeding God’s Call is available...

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Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Pomegranates and Grapes Papercut Ketubah

The simple description of this ketubah – round, monochromatic, featuring papercut with grapes and pomegranates – belies the visual interest that pulls you into the ketubah. The couple knew at the outset that they would be using a traditional text, and that to honor the bride’s grandparents, they would want a bee for grandmom’s Hebrew name, and a harp to acknowledge granddad’s being a Levi.  We talked back and forth and Skyped designs, and finally settled on a traditional text in circle, lettered in a lovely, soft taupe, paint mixed to match the mat board I had purchased with the bride and groom in mind. The tiniest raised dots of gold leaf placed at the ‘waistline’ of the letters that ring the ketubah text catch the light and add an additional dimension to the piece. I mounted the text so that it floats above the background mat, and created a presentation folder (as I do for all my ketubot) with a small flap cut from the acetate cover so that when signing, nobody would risk snagging the delicate papercut....

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A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Bisele KlezKamp, Madison

Prepare to be dazzled, again, Madison, Wisconsin, when Jewish culture stars return to lead a summer KlezKamp experience!  You want a dance experience led by Jill Gellerman and supported by the best live music?  A rollicking glimpse of Yiddish through the eyes of Michael Wex and Miriam Isaacs?  Henry Sapoznik’s inimitable insights into recorded Yiddish culture?  You want to sing?  To take musical instruction with Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, and others???  AH! Then head to the U of Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 27, 2014!  Check out the details HERE.  I’m in!  Come join...

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All the Difference Custom Painting

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Custom Painting

I was commissioned to create a simple piece of art to present to a speaker who had traveled from Israel to address a large audience.  Assuming suitcase space for the flight home would be at a premium, this piece is quite small, about 10″...

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