Jewish Life in Songs and Stories

JC3

By Maxine Graboyes

Music has always played a central role in Judaism. It is a mirror of the Jewish soul that describes aspects of Jewish culture, emotion, and diversity that cannot be put into words.

Jewish music of the late 1800s and early 1900s originated in the shtetls (small villages) and ghettos of Poland and Eastern Europe. This style of instrumental music became known as Klezmer. Klezmer music was commonly played at many community-based events ranging from funerals to weddings.

Songs of this genre tell of poverty, toil and struggle, hope and despair, of love and longing. Some of these songs were created for the Yiddish Theatre and migrated, as did the Jews, from Eastern Europe to the United States. These songs give us a vivid picture of the life, customs, habits, hopes, and dreams of the Eastern European Jews known as the Ashkenazim. The Yiddish language is the chief vernacular of the Ashkenazi Jews, who have ties to central and Eastern Europe, as compared to Ladino, a Spanish-based language spoken by Sephardic Jews, who lived in medieval Spain, Portugal, and north Africa. Yiddish, although not a national language, is spoken by about four million Jews worldwide. The vocabulary is basically Old German, but it also has influences from the Hebrew, Slavic, Romance, and English languages.

On Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018, at 4:30pm, Maxine Graboyes and the Tzigane Colectivo Klezmer band will present a program, “Reflections from the Heart … Yiddish music’s journey from the Shtetl to Broadway” at the Jewish Cultural & Community Center, Las Moras 47 (corner of Las Moras and Cinco de Mayo).

Maxine, together with Dan Lessner, who will narrate the program, will share songs and stories recalling the everyday life of the Eastern European Jews.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Paypal at shalomsanmiguel.org, or at the JC3 office Mon.–Fri. 9am–1pm, and 2pm–5pm. For further information, call (415) 185 9191.

 

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“Reflections from the Heart … Yiddish music’s journey from the Shtetl to Broadway”

By Maxine Graboyes and the Tzigane Colectivo Klezmer band

Sun, Feb 11, 4:30pm

Jewish Cultural and Community Center

Las Moras 47 (corner of Las Moras and Cinco de Mayo)

shalomsanmiguel.org

415 185 9191

 

 

 

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