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January 1, 2010

Jordan and the Curmudgeons, 1 Jan 2011

Jordan and the Curmudgeons in a return engagement at:

Smokey Joe's Kosher Tex-Mex and BBQ
494 Cedar Lane
Teaneck NJ
$5.00 cover
Sets are at 7:30 and 9:15 PM.

Jordan and the Curmudgeons play a mix of Early Jazz and Old Time music, with a little Cowboy music thrown in to go with the BBQ Ribs!

Come out and enjoy great live music in a great restaurant! Start off the new year swinging!

January 3, 2010

Klezmer Jam, Brookline, MA, 3 Jan 2010

Have a freygish new year and a freiliche new decade. The January jam will be this Sunday, January 3, 2010 , 7-9 pm at Workmen’s Circle 1762 Beacon St. Keyboardists please bring portable keyboards.

January 8, 2010

Habanot Nechama, Philadelphia, PA, 8 Jan 2010

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Jan 8 2010, 7:00P
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

January 9, 2010

Extreme Klezmer Makeover, Venice, CA, 9 January 2010

Join Extreme Klezmer Makeover Band (extremeklezmer.com) at their monthly klezmer brunch on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010, from 11AM-1PM at The Talking Stick Cafe in Venice, CA. There is no cover and no minimum for this event located at 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Come enjoy the exuberant, rapturous, whining, laughing, moaning, driving rhythms and melodies of Extreme Klezmer Makeover, accompanied by wonderful food and beverages in a warm casual atmosphere.

Al Hambra, New York, NY, 9 January 2010

AlhambraDear New York-area friends,

The Sephardic music ensemble, ALHAMBRA, will be performing a program entitled "LOVE, WEDDINGS AND HOLIDAYS IN THE JUDEO-SPANISH WORLD" at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in the city of New York, 2 West 70th Street on SATURDAY EVENING JANUARY 9, 2010 AT 7:30 P.M. supported by the Shearith Israel League and the New York State Council on the Arts

Sing-alongs and dance-alongs will be included!

Dr. Isabelle Ganz - Director, vocals, shawm, flute
Cantor Daniel Pincus - Vocals, percussion
Michael Hess - Qanun, nay, violin, percussion
Haig Manoukian - Oud, percussion
Rami El Aasser - Dumbek, bendir, riq


Dvarim, Featuring Kevin Coval, Chicago, IL, 9 Jan 2010

event flyerDvarim featuring Kevin Coval
an evening of poetry and performance presented by KFAR and Zeek

Saturday, January 9, 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Chopin Theater
1543 W. Division
Chicago, IL

KFAR Jewish Arts Center & Zeek: Journal of Jewish Culture and Thought present...

All Ages Event

Join Zeek and KFAR for an evening of poetry and performance featuring Kevin Coval, Yuri lane, Menachem Cohen, Maya Escobar and Dina Elenbogen.

Dvarim is an exploration of written, spoken and performed words by artists examining the contemporary Jewish experience.

Words carry significant meaning in Jewish life. The universe was created by utterances, as were the laws received at Sinai. For millenia, Jews have read, debated, written and treasured words. We are, in short, people of books. In partnership with Zeek: The journal of Jewish Culture and Thought, KFAR Jewish Artds Center is please to present Dvarim (hebrew for words)- a series of readings and talks on contemporary Jewish literature, poetry, prose and fiction.

Join us for this first in a series of evenings of spoken, written and performed words.

Advance tickets available via ticketweb:

presented by KFAR Jewish Arts Center and Zeek with support from JCUA and Miztut.

January 10, 2010

Habanot Nechama, Boston, MA, 10 Jan 2010

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Jan 10 2010, 7:30P

Temple Aliyah
1660 Central Avenue,
Needham, MA

Tickets: $18, from templealiyah.tix.com

Festival Logo 2010Take fun, quirky songwriting in both Hebrew and English, mix in some incredible harmonies from three talented women, and you get an Israeli super group whose first album went platinum in Israel. Don’t miss their first Boston appearance in this community concert presented by Temple Aliyah, Temple Beth Shalom, the Boston Jewish Music Festival, and the Israeli Consulate.

Hilda Bronstein, London, UK, 10 Jan 2010

Hilda BronsteinA Concert series with prize-winning Yiddish singer Hilda Bronstein and Yair Schleider on piano and accordion

Each of the four programmes in this concert series will cover a different aspect of the extraordinary Jewish history in the Yiddish speaking world, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Most songs will be sung in Yiddish but each one will be placed in context and explained. The themes will be as follows:

September 13—The Shtetl
October 6—The Ghetto and The Shoah
January 10—Immigration: Israel and America
March 21—New Songs in Yiddish

Spiro Ark Centre
25-26 Enford Street
London, W1H 1DW

Entry: £12 / £10 conc. or £40 for the 4
Tel. 020 7723 9991 Fax 020 7723 8191

January 12, 2010

Habanot Nechama, NYC, 12 Jan 2010

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Jan 12 2010, 8:00P
Highline Ballroom
NYC, New York

January 13, 2010

Habanot Nechama, Toronto, Canada, 13 Jan 2010

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Jan 13 2010, 8:00P
Al Green Theater – Miles Nadal JCC
Toronto, Canada

January 14, 2010

Habanot Nechama, Minneapolis, MN, 14 Jan 2010

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Jan 14 2010, 7:00P
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shir Hodu CD Release, London, UK, 14 Jan 2010


Thursday 14 January 2010, 7.30pm
Room 116, Main Building SOAS,
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Admission Free.

Exciting new release!
Shir Hodu: Jewish Song from Bombay of the '30s

Producers Julian Futter and Dr Sara Manasseh invite you to the launch of an extraordinary, re-mastered compilation of long lost professional recordings of the Bene Israel and Baghdadian Jewish communities in Bombay, India (originally on the King, Hebrew and Jay Bharat Record labels). Among the performers, all well-known in their communities, are Hazzanim (cantors, prayer leaders) and shofar (Ram's horn) blowers, a meat shop owner, music school directors, and instrumental stars of the Indian cinema. This musical link with the past has been vividly brought to life by the memories and photos of the descendants, relatives and friends of the singers and instrumentalists, gathered from across the globe. The CD comes with a richly illustrated 24-page booklet that will serve as a valuable source for future researchers into Indian Jewish musical traditions.

To purchase the CD please contact Alan or Mark at Honest Jon's: +44(0)208 969 9822
Website: www.honestjons.com

Produced by Julian Futter & Dr. Sara

In association with Jewish Music Institute

January 17, 2010

Mama Doni Band, Kansas City, MO, 17 Jan 2010

Common Chords, Palo Alto, CA, 17 January 2010

Yale Strom7 PM: COMMON CHORDS - Salman Ahmad, Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz and Muhammad Saleem present a UnityJam concert to benefit two non-profit organizations: the SALMAN & SAMINA GLOBAL WELLNESS INITIATIVE, working to help Pakistan's million impoverished IDPs (internally-displaced persons),
and ABRAHAM'S VISION, which educates Muslim, Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli communities in inter- and intra-communal conflict transformation.

Spangenberg Theater
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto CA
For tickets and information, go to:

Habanot Nechama, Vancouver, Canada, 17 Jan 2010

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Jan 17 2010, 8:00P
Norman Rothstein Theater
Vancouver, Canada

January 18, 2010

Klezmatics, NYC, 18 Jan 2010

band photoThe Klezmatics w/ Lemon Anderson

Jan 18, 2010
Symphony Space
New York, NY
(646) 505-5708

January 23, 2010

Si Kahn, Brookline, MA, 23 January 2010

The Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice presents:

Si Kahn in Concert

Saturday, January 23 - 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30)
Boston Workmen's Circle, 1762 Beacon St., Brookline

Celebrate the release of Si's 16th CD, Courage, and his retirement after 30 years as director of Grassroots Leadership, while enjoying his songs of family, community, work and freedom!

Si Kahn is an acclaimed organizer, author, musician, and the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, the Southern-based social justice organization. This tour marks not only his farewell to Grassroots Leadership after 30 years at its helm (and more than 44 years in the movement for civil and economic justice) but also the release of his 16th album. His songs have been recorded by many artists, including Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp, Hazel Dickens, Planxty, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Dick Gaughan.

To purchase tickets, call 617-566-6281. Advance sales: $12 for Workmen's Circle members/$15 for non-members. At the door: $15/$18

The Boston Workmen's Circle is a vibrant secular Jewish community and cultural center in Greater Boston.


Klezmatics, Ithaca, NY, 23 Jan 2010

band photoThe Klezmatics

Jan 23, 2010
Light in Winter Festival, State Theatre
Ithaca, NY
(607) 273-4497

January 24, 2010

Metropolitan Klezmer, NYC, 24 Jan 2010

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Sunday, January 24
City Winery klezmer brunch
155 Varick Street (Vandam/Spring St's), NYC
music 11am-2pm, seating from 10am
great brunch menu & wine list, wonderful stage
$10 tickets, no minimum order; kids under 13 free!

January 28, 2010

Jewish Artists for Haiti, Benefit, NYC, 28 Jan 2010

Jewish Artists for Haiti Benefit Concert Jan. 28, 7 pm at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue 30 West 68th Street in Manhattan All proceeds from the benefit concert will go directly to The American Jewish World Service Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Admission to the concert is a minimum donation of $18. Artists include: Frank London and The Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Neshama Carlebach and The Green Pastures Baptist Choir, Soulfarm, Basya Schaechter and Pharoah's Daughter, Judith Sloan, Alicia Svigals, Gary Lucas, Jeremiah Lockwood and Sway Machinery, Maracatu New York, Cantor Dan Singer, Zalmen Mlotek and others with styles ranging from Klezmer to hip hop. The Jewish Artists for Haiti Concert is initiated by The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring and the New Yiddish Repertory Theater, with co-sponsors Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, The Forward Association , National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene, Security USA and Golden Land Concerts and Connections. For more information, advance tickets or to donate go to www.circle.org or call Workmen’s Circle at (212) 889-6800 x.212.

January 30, 2010

Klezterblam plays Ravenna Kibbutz fundraiser, 30 Jan 2010

posterKlezterblam Plays RK Fundraiser!
Shake that money right out of your pants

When: Saturday, January 30, 2010 -
8:00pm - 11:30pm

Where: Ravenna Kibbutz House Gimmel
6211 23rd Ave NE

RSVP: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=261394642974

Shake that money right out of your pants! Klezterblam is in the house!

It's time to launch our big fundraising drive, and Dane is throwing a party!

We'll have food, cocktails, music, dancing and maybe a surprise or two! Guests will be invited to give donations at the door, and we'll be passing out brochures/explanatory fliers about the pledge drive.

Come out and support the community you've grown to love!

A Cappella Fest, Brookline, MA, 30 January 2010

THE 4TH ANNUAL A CAPPELLA FEST - now a 2 day event!
All proceeds to benefit Ethiopian Early Childhood Education in Haifa & Mitzvah Heroes Fund.

Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
Tickets $15
Featuring both new groups and returning favorites, including groups from:
Berklee, Brandeis, Brown, BU, Harvard, UMass, Zamir Chorale of Boston Chamber Singers, and more!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT www.cjp.org/acappella. For more information, call 617-277-9155.

Fishel Bresler and Shelley Katsh, Providence, RI, 30 Jan 2010

Fishel Bresler and Shelley KatshEnjoy a cozy evening of Klezmer &o; Hassidic music
in Providence, at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House,

Fishel Bresler & Shelley Katsh play Klezmer & Hassidic Music

2 more Saturday Evenings 8 – 10 PM
Jan. 30 & Feb. 23 2010

209 Douglas Ave, 5 minutes from the Providence Marriot, (down the hill from Staples & Whole Foods): Go right on Orms along side the Marriot, over rt 95, then take right fork onto Douglas Ave. We're 1/2 mile down on the right, just past the rt 95 S entrance.
For more specific directions go to www.BrooklynCoffeeTeaHouse.com

January 31, 2010

A Cappella Fest, Chestnut Hill, MA, 31 January 2010

THE 4TH ANNUAL A CAPPELLA FEST - now a 2 day event!
All proceeds to benefit Ethiopian Early Childhood Education in Haifa & Mitzvah Heroes Fund.

Congregation Mishkan Tefila
300 Hammond Pond Parkway
Chestnut Hill, MA
10 am (doors open at 9:30)
Tickets $15 (children - $2 suggested tzedakah)

Come hear all ages of performers, Elementary School to Post-College, including groups from:
Gann, Schechter, MIT, Harvard, JCDS, Temple Emanuel, DeScribe and Diwon, and more!
Presented by Congregations Kehillath Israel and Mishkan Tefila. Co-sponsored by Gann Academy, Jewish Community Day School, Temple Aliyah, Temple Emanuel, Temple Emeth, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE AT www.cjp.org/acappella. For more information, call 617-277-9155.

Janet Hadda honored, Roy Zimmerman plays, Los Angeles, CA, 31 Jan 2010

Arbeter Ring of California celebration concert, Jan. 31
Janet Hadda To Be Honored in Los Angeles

Honoring our Heroes, Raising our Voices:
Awards Celebration and Concert with Roy Zimmerman

Sunday, January 31, 2010. Reception at 1:30 pm, Program at 2:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark Street,
Studio City, California 91604

Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) in California is celebrating over one hundred years of activism, community, and Yidishkayt. The public is invited to Honoring our Heroes, Raising our Voices, on Sunday, January 31, 2010. A reception at 1:30 pm will be followed by the program at 2:30 pm. Folk musician and social satirist Roy Zimmerman will give a full-length concert. The event takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St.

The celebration honors community members who represent the values of the Arbeter Ring. Receiving the Rabbi Melvin S. & Erna B. Sands Memorial Award for Human Rights is the California Nurses Association, leading the fight for unionization of California nurses and affecting healthcare law (mandated nurse-to-patient ratios, etc.). It is also helping nurses organize throughout the country. CNA stands at the forefront of the healing community, endorsing Guaranteed Healthcare for Everyone for Life through a single payer or Medicare for All system.

The Arbeter Ring Yidishkayt Award goes to Janet Hadda. Dr. Hadda is a former professor of Yiddish at UCLA and a practicing and supervising psychoanalyst. Aside from many academic papers and articles, she has authored three major studies in Yiddish literature: biographies of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Yankev Glatshteyn, and a book-length treatment of suicide in Yiddish literature. She has inspired a generation of new Yiddishists through her work.

Call 310.552.2007 for ticket and event information.

Located at 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, The Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) has been active in Southern California since 1908, dedicated to Jewish culture and social justice. For more information about Arbeter Ring and its activities call 310.552.2007.

Boston Kleztet, Newton, MA, 31 Jan 2010

Boston Kleztet at the Newton Free Library
Sunday January 31 2010, 2:00 pm
330 Homer Street, Newton Center, MA

The Boston Kleztet combines piano, clarinet, violin, string bass, banjo, mandolin, drums and vocals to present programs of music from around the Jewish world. Their performance will include traditional klezmer tunes, Israeli melodies, Russian tunes, wedding music and Yiddish folksongs.

Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus, NYC, 31 Jan 2010

The Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center in the Bronx presents

(Between Chanukah and Purim)


The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus ("Der yidisher filharmonisher folkskhor")
Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor

Sunday, January 31, 2010, 3:00PM
A Concert of Great Yiddish Music Including Handel and Shostakovich in Yiddish!
Come hear for yourselves!


Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center
3301 Bainbridge Av. (at 208th St.), Bronx, NY 10467

Admission: $15; SACC members $10. No credit cards.
General admission. No reservations. Seating begins at 2:30.

Getting there:
D train to 205 St;
or 4 train to Mosholu Pkwy;
or MTA BxM4A/B express bus (via Madison Av) to Van Cortlandt Av / Bainbridge Av

Visit thejppc.org for more about The JPPC!

Flying Bulgars CD Release Multimedia concert, Toronto, CA, 31 Jan 2010

concert posterFlying Bulgar Klezmer Band
Tumbling Into Light—Multidisciplinary, Multimedia Concert Event

Sunday, January 31, 2009
2 SHOWS: 3 pm & 7:30 pm

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts - 55 Mill Street, Toronto, ON

TICKETS: $20 & $30—Available now from the Young Centre Box Office
(416) 866-8666

cd cover"A dynamic journey though the darkness of our times into the transformative power of the light."
"We stayed up all night, wrestling with an Angel..."
Also available: the Flying Bulgars' new CD, Tumbling Into Light

"...a wild and inspiring batch of beautifully crafted, beautifully played tunes. What's more, the Bulgars have created their own genre (pop/klezmer agitprop?)!" —Jason Collett, singer-songwriter

After a three year period of development, six years after the release of their last CD, the Flying Bulgars have been transformed through the songwriting partnership of the Davids, Buchbinder & Wall. The result is fresh music traveling through darkness, anger, confusion, tenderness, astringent humour sliding into celebration, eyes raised to the horizon, hope, and finally, tumbling head over heels into new illumination.

"...and when the sun turned over the horizon, he said let me go into the light..."

Josh Nelson, Newton, MA 31 January 2010

Josh Nelson in Concert
Sunday afternoon, January 31, 2010 @ 4 PM
Temple Emanuel, Newton

Great entertainment for all ages! Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Josh Nelson is one of the most popular young talents in the modern Jewish musical world. Accompanied by his group, he performs exciting, spirited music, blending tradition with innovation. His new CD, Lift, was released in 2009.

Tickets are $12-$20, with a $60 family maximum. For more information and reservations: visit www.templeemanuel.com, or contact 617-965-2468.
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton.