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Sunday, January 14

8:45am PST

Let's All Sing Favorite Yiddish Folksongs: Lomir Alle Zingen
Albert Einstein said: "The Yiddish folk songs, why, they are the most sincere, the most heartfelt I have heard anywhere. They are the truest expression of the soul of a people." Yiddish language, songs, and theater were the foundations of Broadway, comedy, swing music, and much more. Let's sing old favorites (“Bei Mir Bistu Shayn,” “Grine Kusine,” “Raisins and Almonds,” “Oyfn Pripichik”) and new songs together "oyf mame loshen." All are welcome and we'll pace ourselves accordingly. Copies of all songs (with transliteration) will be provided. If the spirit moves you, please bring copies of your favorite song to share.

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Harvey Niebulski

Yiddish is Harvey's first language—sein mame loshen; it's extraordinarily colorful and remains his favorite. He grew up among Eastern European immigrants in the Bronx and enjoys speaking Yiddish whenever possible. Harvey plays klezmer music and sings and teaches Yiddish songs in... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am PST
Spartan (North)

1:15pm PST

Bridging Cultures: The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng
What can an almost-extinct Jewish community teach contemporary Jews? Often cited as a cautionary tale about the dangers of assimilation, in fact, the Kaifeng Jewish community has survived for over 1000 years by blending Jewish and Chinese cultures, just as Jews have done in every age and place. Come and explore their history, and learn about the community in its heyday and the current crackdown against them. More significantly, we will discuss what we post-Holocaust Jews can learn from their ideas about G-d and Torah, and the question of what constitutes Jewish identity.

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Anson Laytner

Rabbi Anson Laytner retired from his position as program manager of the Interreligious Initiative at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 2015. He also was adjunct faculty with SU’s Department of Theology and Ministry. Prior to this he worked with a variety... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Cromwell (South)