Come Celebrate with us & Send us Off to the Border: Sharon Katz and the Peace train in San Diego
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm



Schedule Update: 

Transcending Barriers in San Diego & Mexico

Come Support the Children!


Hundreds of Singers & Supporters from Both Sides of the Border 

are coming together for a 

Unity Parade & Concert on July 21

Join Us for Any or All Parts of the Transcending Barriers Project

  FREE T-Shirts for All 

 Singers & Supporters


Sunday, July 15th at 3:00 PM – Rehearsal for Singers of All Ages

at WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, San Diego



Tuesday, July 17th at 5:30 PM 

– Community meeting & Rehearsal 

at Chula Vista Public Library, 365 F Street, Chula Vista



Wed., July 18th, 7:00 PM – Nelson Mandela Centenary Concert featuring Sharon Katz & The Peace Train band from South Africa with special guests from Philadelphia, Los Angeles & San Diego

at WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, San Diego

Tickets only $10:


Thurs., July 19th, 9:00AM-1:00PM – Rehearsals in Tijuana, Mexico

at Promotora de las Bellas Artes


Fri., July 20, 7:00 PM –  Film Screening: “When Voices Meet”

the award-winning film about the history and the long-term impact of The Peace Train to help end Apartheid

 and spread Nelson Mandela’s vision

at WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park, San Diego



Join for whatever part you can!

9:00 AM: Singers & Supporters from California side meet at World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, 2100 Park Blvd for final rehearsal and to get “Transcending Barriers” T-shirt.

Pack your own lunch and beverage.

10:00 AM: Sing as we Parade from WorldBeat Cultural Center to the San Diego Trolley at City College Station, 12th Avenue & C St.

Take the Trolley to San Ysidro Station and eat the lunch you packed. 

12:00 Noon: Meet at McDonald’s next to San Ysidro Trolley to prepare for Border Crossing. 

Those with Passports  – or if under 16 years of age with Birth Certificate & Parent – will then Walk Across the Border. (If you don’t have the documents/ability to cross the border, you can still cheer us on as we go and then return to your own home.)

Once across the border, we’ll be met by the singers and supporters from Promotora de las Bellas Artes and the Marshalls from the City of Tijuana who will escort us as we Sing & Parade for approximately 20 minutes to Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT).  

1:00 – 4:00 PM: Friendship-building workshops and rehearsal at CECUT.  (Families and supporters will be able to tour the exhibits at CECUT while the singers rehearse.)

4:00 PM: Meal is provided for all singers at CECUT.  Then we’ll make final preparations for the concert.



Special Thanks:

Promotora de las Bellas Artes, our extraordinary partner on the Mexican side, has selected young singers from their 62 choirs in the Tijuana area. Under the direction of their Master ConductorDaria Abreu Feraud, the youth wowed us with their beautiful voices, quick ability to learn songs in English and Zulu, and their fancy footwork as they practiced the choreography.

Promotora’s President, Alida Guajardo de Cervantes, hosted us in the true style of Mexican warmth from morning ’til night and had every detail organized from rehearsal and performance venues to security, meals, transportation, T-shirts and cultural activities. She also organized Marshalls from the City of Tijuana to escort us from the border to the gorgeous performing arts center, Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT).

On the California side, our wonderful partners Makeda Dread Cheatom of WorldBeat Cultural Center plus Synergy Arts Foundation, City of Chula Vista, Hands of Peace, One World Children’s Choir, Guitars in the Classroom as well as many friends in the region helped with making connections, organizing visits with local music programs and choirs, and planning rehearsals, film screenings and performances.

The Peace Train’s Transcending Barriers project has been made possible through the generosity of 

Major Sponsors:

San Diego Foundation

 Puffin Foundation

Our Organizing Partners: 

Promotora de las Bellas Artes

 WorldBeat Center

Additional Support from:

 CECUT and Coca-Cola in Mexico

Synergy Arts Foundation, City of Chula Vista,

One World Children’s Choir

 and Guitars in the Classroom in California


Send an email with your name 

and whether you want to be a Singer or a Supporter to:

[email protected]


If you can’t be with us in person, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution of $50 

to sponsor one of the youthful singers

Donate Securely Here

Yiddish Schmooze: Yiddish Summer and Love Songs
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Yiddish Schmooze: Yiddish Summer and Love Songs

Vos brent?  Di zun brent, un di libe brent! (What’s burning? The sun and love!)
Paula Teitelbaum, Yiddish teacher and singer, will present Yiddish Summer and Love Songs: a workshop featuring both folk songs as well as songs by well-known artists including Papiernikov, Broderson, Gebirtig, Mani Leyb, and Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Song texts will be shared in Yiddish and also in English transliteration. The workshop will be conducted in Yiddish, but you don’t have to be a maven to enjoy and learn. All levels are welcome!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The Workmen’s Circle Headquarters
247 West 37th Street (Between 7th & 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10018
$10 (free for members)



July 24
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Workmen’s Circle
247 West 37th Street #5
New York, NY 10018 United States
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Reserve Now for film on Yiddish writer and painter Yoni Fain
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We know of only a few artists who have been able to express with emotional intensity and sensitivity the tragedy they experienced. Yonia Fain is among these rare exceptions. Everything experienced by the artist in the days of suffering and flight which took him more than halfway around the world is contained in his paintings and drawings. From this very fact results their high aesthetic quality, along with their complete sincerity and spontaneity. His paintings have the swift force of their themes. And as life attacked and shook him, so he seems with his brush to attack the canvas. – Diego Rivera
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St., Manhattan
World Premiere of
Yonia Fain: With Pen and Paintbrush
Fain in his Brooklyn Studio, circa 1954
 A film in the series
Worlds within a World: 
 Conversations with Yiddish Writers
 directed by Josh Waletzky,
 produced by the League for Yiddish
 Yiddish with English subtitles; 75 minutes
In the film Yoni Fain, noted Yiddish writer and painter, discusses his life in Vilna before the war, his political activism as a Bundist in Warsaw, his years as a refugee in Shanghai, his relationship with Diego Rivera in Mexico, and his career as an art professor and writer in New York. This film is an unscripted interview between Sheva Zucker and Fain, enhanced by Fain’s artwork, photo stills and music.
See Fain’s fascinating bio below.
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This coming Thursday, July 19, we will be performing Hanoch Levin’s Di Zonah Fun Ohio  in our intimate 35 seat studio theater.

This is a chance for a unique theater experience, followed by some kibbud (cookies and milk; well actually wine, bronfen, and a nosh, maybe even some herring if we’re lucky), and a talk back for those interested.

Hanoch Levin is an internationally revered post-modernist, and Israel’s greatest playwright to date.

And yes there are English supertitles.

David Mandelbaum               Mary Black             Eli Rosen

translated into Yiddish by Eli Rosen

reserve your seats now
Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm

Das Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland bietet Forscherinnen und Forschern ein Forum, auf dem sie ihre Projekte vorstellen, Ideen austauschen und Fragen zur Diskussion stellen können.
Die Tagung findet abwechselnd in Düsseldorf und Trier statt. Seit seinen Anfängen zieht das Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland zahlreiche Teilnehmer aus dem In- und Ausland an.

XXI. Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland

3.–5. September 2018 in Düsseldorf

Das XXI. Symposium für Jiddische Studien in Deutschland wird vom 3. bis 5. September 2018 an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf stattfinden. Dieses jiddistische Forum wird jährlich von den Jiddistik-Lehrstühlen der Universitäten Trier und Düsseldorf veranstaltet.
Das Symposium ist offen für alle an der Jiddistik Interessierten. Ein Unkostenbeitrag von € 20,00 ist auf dem Symposium zu entrichten. Bitte melden Sie sich frühzeitig an.

Prof. Dr. Simon Neuberg
FB II – Jiddistik
Universität Trier

Prof. Dr. Marion Aptroot
Abt. für jiddische Kultur, Sprache und Literatur
Institut für Jüdische Studien
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Anmeldung und Informationen:
Abteilung für Jiddische Kultur, Sprache und Literatur
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Email: [email protected]