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December 20, 2002

New American-Jewish Music for Prayer CD

OPEN THE GATES! is a representative sampling (or as representative as one CD can be)--18 selections, by 18 different composers and performers--of contemporary American-Jewish religious folk music, reflecting the inclusive, intimate, and lyrical style of contemporary Jewish prayer music--and incorporating various American folk and popular styles (bluegrass/country/world music/a cappella/"light" jazz; guitars and fiddles, pianos and flutes) in the characteristic manner of Jewish musical fusion. It is unusual--and perhaps unique--for including under one virtual roof the music of almost every segment of the American Jewish community--from the more-or-less yeshiva world to Jewish Renewal, and many in between. The compiler is Robert Cohen.

December 15, 2002

Yiddish Immersion in LA, Dec 16-22

http://www.klezmershack.com/klezcalendar.html#layiddish The new California Institute for Yiddish Language and Culture, in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, and with the support of the Yablon Cultural Foundation and Yiddishkayt L.A., is pleased to announce the Second Annual Winter Yiddish Intensive, "The Art of Yiddish: An Immersion in the Living Language, Music, and Theater", December 16 - 22, 2001; UCLA Campus, Westwood Village, CA.