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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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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Interfaith Prayer Service

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Interfaith Prayer Service

Harrisburg, PA’s 5th annual Interfaith Program for Peace and Justice will take place on Monday, May 5 at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church across from the state capitol.  As in years past, the presenters will represent the widest swath of faith communities in the area, and I plan to add the voice of Yiddish to the other sounds of the evening.  I have chosen Avrom Reisen’s Dos Naye Lid for its universal embrace of hope and joy.  It’s an honor to find a little spot for Yiddish and its messages among the Buddhists, bell ringers, sacred dancers, and...

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Jewbilee! A Day of Learning

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Jewbilee!  A Day of Learning

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, I’ll be leading a Yiddish sing-along session at Harrisburg’s 2nd annual Day of Learning, taking place at the Jewish Community Center.  I expect we’ll raise the roof, singing our way through all the food groups – heavy on the starches and carbs, to be washed down with songs of wine and whiskey.  A great way to banish the winter woes!  

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