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Saturday, January 13
 

8:45pm PST

Convergence: Spirituals from the Shtetl, Davening from the Delta
Convergence combines a hundred years of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish and African American music directly at historic, melodic, and textual crossroads. Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, in collaboration with acclaimed klezmer consort Josh Horowitz from Veretski Pass, creates a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption. The musical sources are diverse: Chassidic piyyutim, negro spirituals, Yiddish labor union songs, Civil Rights anthems, Israeli folksong, and traditional Ashkenazi synagogue music.

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is now a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones, and Chasidic nigunim. Inspired by the phenomena of diaspora culture, his work in traditional Ashkenazi... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm PST
Auditorium (North)
 
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.

Presenters
avatar for Harvey Niebulski

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)

10:15am PST

Hasidic Music and the Elevation of the Soul
The music of Hasidic Jews is built upon a fascinating array of both Jewish and non-Jewish influences. In this multimedia presentation, focusing on the area in and around Uman, Ukraine, Josh Horowitz will unearth hidden Kabbalistic musical symbolisms and examine connections between Ottoman, Napoleonic, and Russian military bands, part of the Hasidic proclivity for assimilating neighboring musical cultures. The presentation will feature music examples, film clips, fun facts, insightful music analyses, and anecdotes about the styles of the different Hasidic dynasties as Horowitz asks, “What is Jewish in this music?”

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am PST
Spartan (North)

11:45am PST

Ladino Romansas and How One Family’s Story from Spain to Seattle Changed the Way Sepharadim Pray
Ladino, the language of Sephardic Jews, has been passed down since the golden age of Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. For Hazzan Isaac Azose, it was passed down as his family was exiled from Spain in 1492, moved to Turkey, and then in the early 1900s to Seattle. While Seattle’s Sephardic Jews no longer converse in Ladino, they retain much of its deep richness. Ladino romansas—love songs—are some of Hazzan Azose’s favorite Ladino songs. He incorporated their melodies into the Sephardic prayer service at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, where he served as Hazzan (Cantor) for 34 years. Come and enjoy stories and romansas with Hazzan Azose!

Presenters
avatar for Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose was born July 1930 in Seattle, Washington. His parents, Jack and Louise Azose, born in Turkey, met for the first time in Seattle in 1928 and were married in June 1929. He married the former Lily Shemia of Egypt in March 1962, a marriage that produced four children. Lily... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
Spartan (North)

1:15pm PST

How Leonard Bernstein Used the Music of the S'lichot Service to Create West Side Story
In creating West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein transformed Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's story about chance and fate, into a story about choice and T'shuvah. In this presentation, Carl will show you how Leonard Bernstein used the musical modes of the S'lichot service (part of the High Holiday liturgy) to not only write the music but also infuse the score with Jewish concepts of S'lichot and T'shuvah, forgiveness and repentance.

Presenters
avatar for Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres is a composer of new Jewish liturgical music and is passionate about traditional Eastern European nusach and davening. Carl loves sharing this passion with individuals, groups, and congregations. He strives to involve congregations in innovative davening experiences such... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Spartan (North)

1:15pm PST

Accepting Death in Order to Live Life with Joy
Through music/niggunim, texts, chevruta, and discussion, we will explore daily, weekly, and annual Jewish rituals that invite us to face death and loss in order to live more actualized, grateful, and joyful lives.

Presenters
avatar for Avram (Avi) Rosenfeld

Avram (Avi) Rosenfeld

Avi Rosenfeld grew up as a secular Western wandering Jew. His first trip to Israel at age 20 and subsequent time spent living in Israel and learning in Israeli yeshivot helped begin his evolving path into Torah, G-d, and Israel. Avi’s work as a hospice chaplain continues to inspire... Read More →


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

2:45pm PST

Music and Midrash
Music has been one of the most effective conveyors of meaning and feeling throughout the history of human civilization. Engaging melodies bound to inspiring texts have transmitted transcendent values for generations. And text-based music within a worship context has elevated intellectual, emotional, and spiritual experiences for Jews and the synagogue. Join Rabbi Daniel Weiner and Cantorial Soloist Chava Mirel for an exploration of liturgical and contemporary songs that secure sacred stories for a needy future.

Presenters
avatar for Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel is a national touring singer, guitarist, composer, recording artist, spiritual leader and activist. She imbues her music with the universal themes of hope, caring, connection, inclusion, women’s and environmental issues. Chava is known for her rich, luxurious vocals... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Weiner

Daniel Weiner

Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner believes passionately in building Judaism for the 21st century and in healing the world through social justice. Temple De Hirsch Sinai has grown to more than 5000 members and 1600 families in two campuses in Seattle and Bellevue since he took charge in 2001... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
Spartan (North)

4:15pm PST

Jewish Music Jam—Let's All Play, Sing, and Dance Together!
Learn to play the finest freylakhs, horas, waltzes, and Israeli melodies together. Let's sing and dance! Join us onstage for the closing concert if the ruach moves you! Join us whether you're a “nu”-b or an experienced klezmer or dancer. This program of favorites is accessible for all levels. Our enthusiastic, patient, and experienced dance master, Bernice Maslan, will lead as we kick up our heels and tantz until we plotz! Sheet music and lyrics in Hebrew and Yiddish (with transliteration) provided. All instruments welcome; please bring music stands.

Presenters
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay Krulewitch studied Jewish music for many years, along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. He has enjoyed presenting interactive, participatory lectures on the history of Jewish music. It... Read More →
avatar for Bernice Maslan

Bernice Maslan

Bernice Maslan first learned Israeli dances in Sunday School. She continues to love many forms of dance, among them folkdance, contradance, and Yiddish dance. She is currently president of Northwest Folkdancers Inc. Bernice describes herself as a clarinetist and klezmer enthusiast... Read More →
avatar for Harvey Niebulski

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 →
avatar for Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li is 7 years new to the Yiddishist and Klezmer world since the start of their genre-busting neo vaudevillian cabaret punk-klezmer band, The Debaucherauntes. Winner of the 2017 KrechtsFactor Yiddish song competition and KlezKanada & Yiddish New York scholarships with a portfolio... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
Dance (East)

5:45pm PST

Songs of Freedom: A Concert and Celebratory Singalong
Let’s conclude Limmud Seattle on a high note (!). Come together to sing in celebration of freedom, justice, and unity with wonderful musicians and singers Anthony Russell, Josh Horowitz, Chava Mirel, TBD, our klezmer jam players, and Carl Sayres (also our concert producer).

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak... Read More →
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay Krulewitch studied Jewish music for many years, along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. He has enjoyed presenting interactive, participatory lectures on the history of Jewish music. It... Read More →
avatar for Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel is a national touring singer, guitarist, composer, recording artist, spiritual leader and activist. She imbues her music with the universal themes of hope, caring, connection, inclusion, women’s and environmental issues. Chava is known for her rich, luxurious vocals... Read More →
avatar for Harvey Niebulski

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 →
avatar for Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li is 7 years new to the Yiddishist and Klezmer world since the start of their genre-busting neo vaudevillian cabaret punk-klezmer band, The Debaucherauntes. Winner of the 2017 KrechtsFactor Yiddish song competition and KlezKanada & Yiddish New York scholarships with a portfolio... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is now a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones, and Chasidic nigunim. Inspired by the phenomena of diaspora culture, his work in traditional Ashkenazi... Read More →
avatar for Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres is a composer of new Jewish liturgical music and is passionate about traditional Eastern European nusach and davening. Carl loves sharing this passion with individuals, groups, and congregations. He strives to involve congregations in innovative davening experiences such... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm PST
Auditorium (North)