We are mourning the loss of Theodore (Theo) Bikel, z”l – actor, musician, and activist who entertained and inspired a generation – who passed away last month. Here he reflects (in Yiddish) on what inspired him to start performing Yiddish music.
Michael Winograd, whose band Yiddish Art Trio plays this week at the Yiddish Book Center’s Yidstock 2015: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, reflects on why people go to see live music – even when money is tight.
Lekoved (in honor of) Pride Month, poet Helena Lipstadt reflects on why Jewish queers like herself were attracted to the klezmer revival.
What will Jewish identity mean to coming generations? Larry Bush, editor of Jewish Currents magazine, believes that “creativity is the key,” with musicians and other artists playing a key role.
Martin Broder tells how a Yiddish folk song came in handy at his audition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Zol zayn purim! (Let it be Purim!) Leo Weitzman remembers how the yontef (holiday) was celebrated in a displaced persons’ camp for the first time after the Holocaust.
What is different about performing in Yiddish than performing, say, opera? Anthony Russell, former opera singer and African-American convert to Judaism, reflects on what makes a Yiddish-music audience special.
Adrienne Cooper, z”l, the beloved Yiddish diva and mentor, remembers a meaningful project teaching Yiddish song in the former Soviet Union. Adrienne’s yortsayt is December 25th – may her memory be a blessing.
As families have gathered around the U.S. for Thanksgiving, hear Norwegian Jewish artist Bente Kahan sing the Yiddish song that reminds her most of her father.
Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, recounts her brief foray into Yiddish theater, when she performed with the Toronto Peretz shule in a burlesque production.