Kesher Zion, Reading, PA – Weekend Residency

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Kesher Zion, Reading, PA – Weekend Residency

An artist-in-residence program has come together at the Kesher Zion Synagogue in Reading, Pennsylvania, Friday, November 9th through Saturday night, November 10, 2012.  I’ll be presenting a short musical program on Friday night to introduce some Yiddish songs of spiritual yearning, and then on Shabbat after services I’ll be launching a lively discussion on Jewish arts by presenting my lecture on “How We Got from There to Here.”  I plan to have some charming and surprising show-and-tell items, including my ‘Bas Mitzvah Zombie Bookends,’ a relic from 1963 that really looks like a Roz Chast nightmare.  (You don’t know the cartoonist Roz Chast?  Treat yourself and Google her, then go buy any issue of The New Yorker!) The weekend of Jewish arts will culminate in a concert with the Old World Folk Band with whom I have been performing since… 1985!  Unbelievable! (The photo is an archival image which features a portion of the...

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PHC programs in December

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

PHC programs in December

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council “Commonwealth Speakers Program” is a wonderful vehicle for artists, lecturers and performers to share their expertise around the state with the council providing honoraria and travel expenses.  Two different communities will be taking advantage of the program in December as I travel to Williamsport (Sunday, December 2) and Reading (Thursday, December 6) to present my program “Women’s Voices in Yiddish Song.”  Have I piqued your interest?  Visit the Humanities Council website at...

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Morgantown, West Virginia

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Morgantown, West Virginia

Tree of Life congregation in Morgantown will host me for a weekend residency October 26 – 28, 2012.  It’s a lovely congregation tucked into the mountains of West Virginia and I’m delighted to be able to return after many years.  I’ll be singing some niggunim during services Friday night and then delivering an interactive lecture on Jewish arts at the oneg shabbat.  After dark on Saturday night I’ll be presenting a concert based on my program on social justice in the needle trades titled, “Rage Against the Sewing Machine.”  I’m looking forward to the drive through the mountains and that spectacular geological wonder, the Sideling Hill road cut!  Visit the synagogue’s site at www.etzhaim.org...

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A Biselle KlezKamp – Madison

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Biselle KlezKamp – Madison

12 hours in Yiddishland!  Make tracks to Madison, Wisconsin, July 22, 2012 for the celebratory birthday party of the Mayrent Institute at the University of Wisconsin.  A full day of programming will include classes taught by Michael Wex, Henry Sapoznik, Miriam Isaacs, Sherry Mayrent, a spectacular faculty of musicians, and others.  I will be teaching on traditional Jewish papercut art, presenting a lecture/recital, and performing with the KlezKamp faculty kapelye in the closing concert and dance party.  Sarah Gordon will be running the KlezKids program throughout the day – and the entire program is FREE!   Click here  for more details. I will also be bringing a biselle Yiddish to Madison’s Congregation Shaarei Shamayim on Friday evening, July 20, at 7:30 with a taste of rare Yiddish songs and their powerful messages of healing the world, so add this to your calendar if Yiddish in the heartland is your...

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Limmud Baltimore

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Limmud Baltimore

Sunday, June 10, 2012 a the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Baltimore, I’ll be leading a session on the legacy of the Triangle Fire at Baltimore’s first Limmud program.  As part of the full day of learning, I’ll be sharing our activist history through Yiddish song, anecdotes, biographies, and archival photos. I expect the learning will take place in all directions, since participants at events like this always bring fresh perspctives and their own family histories of labor activism to the program!  Here’s a link to the event:  ...

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Yiddish in Pittsburgh

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Yiddish in Pittsburgh

On June 3, 2012, Lauren Brody and I will  settle in at the JCC in Pittsburgh for a pair of concerts designed to complement the Jewish Museum’s exhibit on the artists who illustrated the works of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.   At 10 am we will bring a menagerie of animals (in song only!), props, costumes, and sing-along lyrics to a family concert that will recreate aspects of Singer’s world and bring some of his stories to life.  Then at 3 pm, we’ll be on the stage for a full concert with accordion and piano as well as our blended voices to highlight some of Singer’s works for an adult audience.  While some of his illustrators had Eastern European Jewish roots, many of the later illustrators, chosen by the publishers, did not share Singer’s worldview, and the artwork takes the stories into another realm.   How delicious to be learning new songs to share with new audiences and weaving visual art and music together in the process! Great thanks to PennPAT  and the PA Humanities Council for supporting this programming with grants.    ...

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