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Esther Bejarano. Source: Twitter.

Auschwitz survivor who used music to help combat racism, anti-Semitism dies at 96

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Holocaust survivor Esther Bejarano died on July 10 at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, Germany, at the age of 96, according to The Associated Press. Born in 1924 in the French-occupied German town of Saarlouis, Bejarano...
Nefesh Mountain duo Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff. Credit: Courtesy.

Fusing bluegrass with Judaism, Nefesh Mountain seeks to uplift during challenging times

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Thanks to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and the Torah, Mount Sinai is the best-known mountain in Jewish history. If the husband-and-wife bluegrass team of Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff continue their climb through...

לזכר דזשעניע פֿײַערמאַן: הערט איר נוסח פֿונעם ליד, „קינדער־יאָרן‟

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די וואָך איז אָנגעקומען די טרויעריקע ידיעה, אַז די זינגערין זשעניע פֿײַערמאַן איז אַוועק אין דער אייביקייט צו 96 יאָר. צווישן די ווידעאָס פֿון פֿײַערמאַנס אויפֿטריטן, וואָס מע האָט לעצטנס געטיילט אויף פֿייסבוק, איז...
On Thursday evening, June 3, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra assembled at the foot of ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran’s accessible amphitheater for an unprecedented classical music concert that highlighted the importance of disability inclusion through music. (Photo credit: Rotem Lahav)

Unprecedented Israel Philharmonic Performance at ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran Highlights Disability Inclusion Through Music

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As Israel embraces a true season of rebirth and renewal, ADI (adi-israel.org), Israel’s most comprehensive provider of residential and rehabilitative care for individuals with severe disabilities, joined forces with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to...

Holocaust music showcased during ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ Programs

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A pair of ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ programs, May 27, with Ali Viterbi interviewing Francesco Lotoro, and June 1, with Nuvi Mehta and Kate Hatmaker introducing nine Holocaust composers, were both impressive...
Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff with J Anthony Crane as Czar Nicholas II in Nicholas, Anna & Sergei

Music Rises Like A Phoenix

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Telling the story of someone’s life without turning it into a thick biography is the art of the raconteur. The art is to seize upon a single, defining moment and work from there. Maestro...

CD Compiles Music from Jewish and Other Ghettos

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Frank London, jazz trumpeter, band leader, co-founder of the Klezmatics, founder of the Klezmer Brass Allstars and co-founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, is one of the most important figures in the Klezmer Renaissance....
Music book. Credit: Pixabay.

Going a capella for the period of Jewish mourning

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When comedian Mendy Pellin posted on Twitter that “Sefira music is the audio equivalents of Pesach cereal,” he was referring to the recent trend of Orthodox singers to produce albums and singles of a capella music...

“Partizaner-himen” (Partisans’ Hymn) or “Zog nit keyn mol,” performed by The JPPC

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Lyrics: Hirsh Glik (1922-1944) Melody: Dmitry Pokrass (1899-1978) Musical arrangement: Binyumen Schaechter (2018) Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus דער ייִדישער פֿילהאַרמאָנישער כאָר (formerly Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC) Binyumen Schaechter, Conductor בנימין שעכטער, דיריגענט Seth Weinstein, pianist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBdTnthBw2o

Jacob Sandler, “Mayn Erster Tango” — מײַן ערשטער טאַנגאָ

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Mayn Ershter Tango -- מײַן ערשטער טאַנגאָ Recording: On album: S-027(a) (Jacob Sandler Mayn Erster Tango -- מײַן ערשטער טאַנגאָ) Track ID: 9845 Author/Composer/Artist Sandler, Jacob -- סאַנדלער, יעקבֿ First line: Mayn ershtn tango mit dir, vel ikh in...