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Welcome the CIYCL Showcase of Contemporary Yiddish Culture 2019-20! Two Great Events - September 21 & 23, 2019 Sepember 21 8 PM Yiddish Music & Poetry with a Latin Beat One of the many ways Yiddish is unique is in its cheeky borrowing from other cultures and creating something entirely new. We parochially think of Yiddish flowering in Eastern Europe and North America, but did you...
Sunday, September 15, 2019 The "Ides" of September 3:00 p.m. Performed by The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor Seth Weinstein, Pianist ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS PROVIDED Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York City $40 $30 for groups of at least 10 Tickets: https://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/yiddish-flavors-of-love-a-musical-celebration/ Infuse the taste of Yiddish culture into your Sunday with a mix of songs inspired by love: paternal, patriotic, poignant, or passionate. The Jewish People's...
A panel of Millenial Jewish leaders dicussing ways to combat anti-Semitism at the JNF House in New York City on Aug. 7. Credit: Courtesy.
A panel organized by the Israeli-American Council of New York brought four millennial leaders together in Manhattan to grapple with anti-Semitism on the mode they use most often: social media. The event, which took place on Aug. 7, included opening remarks from Chelsea Mandel, JNFuture New York board member, and Almog Elijis, spokesperson and Consul of Media Affairs for the...
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations selects William Daroff (left) as new CEO. He replaces Malcolm Hoenlein, who has served with conference since 1986. Photos courtesy of Jewish Federations of Greater Washington/Flash90.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group with 53 member organizations, has selected William Daroff as its next CEO, JNS has learned. Currently senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations, Daroff steps into the lead executive role held for 33 years by Malcolm Hoenlein. Hoenlein, who last...
The stage was set. The musicians played. The featured performer read Yiddish poems accompanied by klezmer music. The crowd was excited. I was, too. The whole experience gave off the vibe of being in a club. Except we weren’t. We were in the multipurpose room at Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice for an afternoon event titled “Yiddish Poetry Beat to...
HANNAH SENESH (a play with music and song) Previews July 24 – 28; Performances July 29 – August 18, 2019 An award-winning play. Written and Directed by David Schechter. Developed in collaboration with Lori Wilner. Based upon the diaries and poems of Hannah Senesh, translated from the Hungarian by Marta Cohn and Peter Hay Music composed and arranged by Steven Lutvak. On the eve of the...
Reading Vilna in Jewish Writing and Urban History: A Collaborative Conference Every great city deserves a Baedecker, and Wilno-Vilna-Vilnius has had several, none more capacious than Zalmen Szyk’s 1000 yor Vilne (1000-year Vilnius), published in 1939. In 520 densely-printed pages, it covers the major historical landmarks and urban habitats. Here, every site matters – to more than one people –...
Attendees from the Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative Leadership Summit. Credit: Courtesy.
For two days, a group of 100 Orthodox Jewish women representing 56 communities across the United States and abroad gathered to learn together, network and gain leadership skills that will enable to them to better serve their communities as lay leaders. The inaugural Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative Leadership Summit was held on May 20-21 at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton in...
Mathias Memmel
Unlike many Jews around the world, the 5,000 or so who lived in Calcutta up until India won its independence from Britain in 1947, were part of a tolerant society. The auspicious situation the Jews of Calcutta found themselves in is reflected in their music. While Ashkenazic music is in the minor mode, Calcutta’s uses the major mode. “It sounds quite...
Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
Israel Gay Youth (IGY) from Israel and Jewish Queer Youth (JQY) from New York were named the winners today of the $150,000 "It's All in the Family" campaign by UJA-Federation of New York. More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots for one of five social projects that aim to deepen the connection between New Yorkers and Israelis by bringing the communities...

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