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Reflections from the Heart Revisited

First Fri Live

By Maxine Graboyes

Due to popular demand, Maxine Graboyes and the Tzigane Colectivo Klezmer Band will repeat their concert of Yiddish music, “Reflections from the Heart.” This musical journey from the shtetls (villages) of Eastern Europe to the Yiddish theatre in NYC will touch your soul and lift your spirit.

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.

Yiddish culture has produced a wealth of music, from lullabies to love songs, from mournful songs of loss and exile to the wild dance music of klezmer. Yiddish music was originally played on string instruments (fiddle or viola) and also flute, perhaps because these instruments were relatively quiet and would not attract the attention of hostile gentiles. In later days, however, the clarinet became a staple of Yiddish music because of its ability to emulate the wailing or laughing sound of the human voice.

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.

“Reflections from the Heart” will be presented on Sunday afternoon, March 18 at 4pm at the Jewish Cultural and Community Center (JC3), Las Moras 47 (corner of Las Moras and Cinco de Mayo).

Graboyes, together with Dan Lessner as narrator, will share songs and stories recalling the everyday life of the Eastern European Jews.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Paypal at, or at the JC3 office Mon–Fri 9am–1pm, and 2pm–5pm. For further information, call (415) 1859191.


Concert of Yiddish music

“Reflections from the Heart”

Sun, Mar 18, 4pm

Jewish Cultural and Community Center

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


(415) 1859191


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