Klezmer Swing Orchestra offers klezmer music for Jewish wedding and Bar Mitzvah


L’orchestre pour mariage juif Amsellem Swing Klezmer Orchestra joue des horot (Mazel Tov, Siman Tov…) pour animer cocktail de mariage, de Bar Mitzvah, cérémonie, Houppa et réceptions.
Les plus belles horas jouées par notre orchestre.

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Yiddish-Cuban opera to premiere in Havana – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) A new opera based on an 86-year-old Yiddish poem about a Taino indigenous chief who resisted the Spanish invaders will have its premiere in Havana next month.

Hatuey: Memory of Fire, will first be performed in Havana onMarch 3,reportedthe New York Times.

Composed by Frank London of the Klezmatics, the opera, Hatuey: Memory of Fire, is based on a 1931 epic poem written in Yiddish by Oscar Pinis, a Ukrainian refugee who fled to Cuba and edited a Yiddish newspaper there, and who later took the name Ascher Penn.

Its quite a story it kind of rocks my world, London told the newspaper, describing how the score weaves together several of his musical passions. Ive been playing Afro-Cuban music longer than Ive been playing Jewish music.

In order to bring it to the Caribbean island, London agreed to have most of the operas Yiddish passages translated into Spanish after the founder of the performing company warned that it would otherwise be inaccessible.

There are still a few of the Jews almost, not quite, but almost from the generation of our poet, he said, adding that one woman still had a copy of the operas source in its original Yiddish.

Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz, who opened the doors of his Miami Beach synagogue to waves of Cuban exiles beginning in the early 1960s,diedearlier this month at 97.

Under the Castro regimes, Jews in Cuba were extended religious freedoms and received special rations from the government for kosher meat, although the community, like much of the island nation, remains fairly impoverished.

Fidel Castro, who seized power in 1959, set his country firmly against the Jewish state. He was succeeded as president by his brother Raul in 2008. Over that period the Jewish population of roughly 15,000 people shrunk to its current1,500.

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A tuneup for Jewish leaders at ‘Boot Camp’ – St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbis David Ingber and Sharon Brous have some key things in common. Not only did a founder of the Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) label them as rock stars, but they also each formed their own congregations.

Ingber started Romemu, a New York group that fuses Eastern spiritual practices with traditional Orthodox influences; on the opposite coast, in Los Angeles, Brous founded IKAR, a community dedicated to reanimating Jewish life through imaginative engagement with ritual and spiritual practice and a deep commitment to social justice.

They have also both been named among the nations leading rabbis by Newsweek and served as faculty members at the three-day boot camp at the Jewish Community Center in the Creve Coeur area, where more than 300 rabbis, cantors, educators and musicians gathered to learn how to better engage Jews through music.

The fact that Reform and Conservative clergy from older synagogues attended a camp led in part by Brous and Ingber served as a reminder that some leaders from various streams of Judaism are willing to embrace change.

But the question remains as to whether older synagogues can succeed using practices spearheaded by clergy such as Ingber and Brous.

I long for a day when denominations join hands under one umbrella called, Non-Orthodox Judaism, (or) call it Liberal Judaism, and donors come together and we have one large alliance for the renewal of Jewish life and its happening when you see people in a room like this, said Ingber, who was raised Modern Orthodox. He said he became interested in Buddhism and Hinduism and eventually came back to Judaism while learning from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement

Ingber attended SLBC for the first time in 2016. The camp features a mix of prayer, training on subjects such as living in the moment, and song sessions, including one with Neshama Carlebach, the daughter of Jewish musical icon Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

Rick Recht, a Jewish musician based in St. Louis, and Rabbi Brad Horwitz, director of the Js Jewish Engagement and Adult Programs, founded the camp in 2009. They have since expanded it to offer trainings around the country and programming connected to Camp Ramah, the Conservative-affiliated summer program, and PJ Library, an organization that sends families free Jewish childrens books.

At boot camp, Recht and others say, the goal is to try to have faculty and participants operate in a peer-to-peer format, with people from various backgrounds and leadership positions encouraged to lead songs or offer ideas. With people of all ages rocking back and forth to the music, and no shortage of guitar cases, the conference at the Js Arts and Education Building did have the feel of a summer camp.

Its a really flat conference in that we try to create as many shared leadership opportunities as possible for participants to have a role in teaching, leading and sharing, said Recht, who also founded Jewish Rock Radio, a streaming service featuring Jewish music.

On Sunday, Ingber, Brous, and Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation participated in a Women in Rock show. Musicians such as Carlebach performed songs while the rabbis mixed in teachings from the Torah.

It was just this embrace of womens voices in the Torah, and that was really inspirational, said Abbie Strauss, a cantorial soloist at Temple Israel in Memphis who has toured with Recht and considers him a mentor. She also played music in the show.

On Monday, Shira Kline led a session titled 5 Essential Ingredients for Living in the Moment. Kline has short hair with neon blue and purple waves and performs outrageously hip Jewish kiddie rock.

She wore a pair of harem pants and connected tools for song leaders to Jewish words and values such as shema, which she used to describe a listening moment. She asked the room filled with educators if they provide moments for contemplation for their students, and then demonstrated how they could take a book and rotate it around the room in silence to show children an illustration.

Later that afternoon, Jewish musician and educator Josh Warshawsky led a session in the Wool Studio Theater that filled the room with Jewish songs and wordless niggunim. He has attended the boot camp each year and now is studying in Israel to become a Conservative rabbi. He said he feels like he has a responsibility to help fill the holes in the world through music and that the boot camp helps in that cause.

Brous, who founded the Los Angeles group in 2004 and has delivered a TED talk with more than 1 million views, said she sees the boot camp as part of a spiritual revolution that is happening around the country, which is the recognition and realization that a lot of these old forms of engagement dont resonate and people have the option of either walking away or re-engaging.

Of older synagogues, she said, I think a lot of the synagogues would love to have that camp energy in their shuls but so many of the institutions are definitionally conservative whether they are Reform or Conservative the people who come every week like to have (services) done a certain way.

Despite those limitations, older synagogues can still use the sorts of ideas promoted at the camp, said Cantor Nancy Abramson, Director of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

I think people are really receptive to something like this, which really is a grassroots conference, said Abramson, who spent decades at synagogues around New York before joining the school.

She said she had challenged Ingber during a session the day before after he said that traditional melodies dont always resonate with him.

He said hell take a niggun and put it to a prayer, Abramson recalled. And I sort of said, What is wrong with the tradition? Why cant you weave the two together?

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For party planners, website creates custom photo ‘benchers’ – The Times of Israel

If you have a Jewish-related party coming up a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, fundraiser or any type of group event involving a sit-down meal you may want to check out an online service from Israel that allows users to create personalized Grace After Meals booklets known as benchers (a Yiddish word commonly used by English speakers).

The Lets Bench website, set up by two North American-born Israeli entrepreneurs allows users to create personalized benchers for their celebrations. These can be in the form of booklets, or two-to-four panel cards. Pictures, for example of a bar/bat mitzvah boy or girl, can be uploaded, resulting in a mini-photo album mixed with traditional blessings that guests can take home with them as a memento of the event.

The idea is to create benchers that are customized but also easy to do, fun to prepare and also cheaper than what you could get if you prepare them in person with a printer, said Daniel Laufer, 54, from Silver Spring, Maryland, who set up the business along with Torontonian Yitz Woolf, 41. You get a booklet to take home at the end of the party with pictures of the kids who are now grown up or of the milestones in the life of a couple with their families. It can be a very emotional experience for the families and friends.

The basic custom bencher includes the Grace After Meals, wedding blessings and other blessings. The upgraded option includes prayer songs, Sabbath prayers and holiday additions.

Bert & Rita Schreiber Wedding Bencher created by Lets Bench website (Courtesy)

No one is doing exactly what we are doing, said Laufer. We make the process easy and quick. People get back to us and say their guests marveled at the booklets, as it is not something anyone is used to seeing. Each birkon (the Hebrew word for bencher) is unique to each celebration.

A quick online search for benchers reveals a number of websites in which you can order customized benchers, some with a photo on the cover, but the formats offered appear to be less flexible and more standardized than those offered by Lets Bench.

At Lets Bench, the modern and easy-to-read font is preset but everything else can be chosen and custom made. The user chooses the nusah or the version of prayers: Ashkenaz or Sephardic; Hebrew or Hebrew and English, egalitarian or traditional; Orthodox, Reform or Conservative. The range of available background colors includes hot pink and lilac linen. Then the desired content is selected the blessings, songs and prayers the number of picture pages is chosen, ranging from zero to 20, and cover page is created. Voila, your creation is ready.

Laufer, a longtime educator, came up with the idea for Lets Bench when he wanted to create personal gifts for a group of North American students participating in an Israel program he directed.

Rather than just giving them any book, I thought it would be nicer to take pictures of them from their trip and put them in a bencher, he said. They took home tangible memories and also could use the booklet.

Ashira Silvermans Bat Mitzvah bencher created via Lets Bench (Courtesy)

The minimum order is 100 units for cards and 25 units for booklets, with prices varying based on size and quality. For 150 benchers, the price range is $1.99 per two-panel bencher to $7.49 for a Hebrew/English booklet that includes zemirot (Sabbath songs). The benchers are produced and printed in Israel and then mailed out, with the company saying its product will reach anywhere in the world within three to five days.

It is very important for us that our clients know the product is being created in Israel. It gives that added dimension to the product they receive, Laufer said.

The Jerusalem-based company is targeting mainly the Jewish North American population for now, but has also done benchers in French and Spanish and has supplied to customers in the UK, South America and Australia as well. The company may also target non-Jewish events in the future, said Laufer.

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Sisqo taking legal action against Fashion Week impostor – TV3.ie

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Singer Sisqo is taking legal action against a man who posed as him in an attempt to gatecrash designer shows during New York Fashion Week (09-17Feb17).

Sources told Page Six the doppelganger, who had been attending sought-after shows as the Thong Song hitmaker, was prevented from boarding a private jet heading to the Caribbean after his true identity was revealed as he went through customs.

The imposter, real name Gavin Barnes, was on his way to celebrate a Sisqo fan’s bat mitzvah.

peaking to Page Six, Barnes claimed he never said he was Sisqo, adding, “People thought I was him, and that wasn’t cool.”

Sisqo’s manager Jeff Allen was notified of the alleged fraud, and told the outlet, “Management has no idea who this guy is. It’s flattering, I guess. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.”

Sisqo didn’t find the situation too serious at first, but he has since changed his tune.

“It p**ses me off that other people got hurt,” he tells TMZ. “There was a little girl that was asking me to go to her bat mitzvah and this guy was about to hop on a private jet and go and imitate me… So that’s when I started to take it seriously. I mean you got this 13-year-old little girl thinking that I’m going to come perform live at her bat mitzvah… So now we’re taking legal action.”

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There’s a lot in Kitty as she celebrates batmitzvah – Jewish Chronicle

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Kitty Stander Moy pushed herself to her limits to have a batmitzvah ceremony at the New London Synagogue, St John's Wood. The 13-year-old from Stoke Newington has Down's syndrome, which makes communication and understanding difficult.

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The Mindy Project Recap: Mindy the Rabbi – Vulture

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Women Of The Wall Continue Provocative Acts At The Kosel – Yeshiva World News

Women Of The Wall Continue Provocative Acts At The Kosel (Monday, February 20th, 2017 05:30 PM)

For the Women of the Wall (WoW) Organization, the provocations at the Kosel continue. It is announced the organization plans to host a Bat Mitzvah at the Kosel including Hanochas Tefilin at the Kosel on Rosh Chodesh Adar.

The flyer explains When Adar comes we increase our joy ( ). On Monday, the second day of Rosh Chodesh Adar, a bat mitzvah is being hosted for a girl who requested to have it with the organization at the Kosel.

The organizations advert adds We will daven that the chareidi plan [for the Kosel and egalitarian prayer area] will not be actualized and that the plan should be reversed and the government will decide to implement its original decision and permit the [egalitarian] area.

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I've been playing Afro-Cuban music longer than I've been playing Jewish music. But bringing the work to Cuba where it will be performed by the inventive troupe Opera de la Calle required adjustments. Mr. London, who initially envisioned using

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Trump Faces Off With 6 US Presidents in Pop Culture – Complex

George Washingtons birthday was declared a national holiday the year after his death in 1799. Today, that holiday is called Presidents Day, expanded to commemorate all the past presidents of the United States. Although George Washingtons birthday is on February 22nd, Presidents day is now celebrated on the third Monday in February to give workers more three day weekends in the year.On top of drinking or sleeping your three-day weekend away,take the time to reflect on all the great achievements of our past presidentsor consider the monumental chaos that has occurred within one month of Trumps presidency.

The perception of the U.S. presidency has shifted drastically under the Trump administration: Far gone are the days when presidents used decorum and sophistication when addressing the public. Now youre more likely to get a quote from the White House on Twitter than in a well-scripted public address. The pace of the drama in Trumps Oval Office is something even Scandal show writers would think is overwhelming (We are literally only one month in).

You know things are getting pretty bad if you start dreaming of having Frank Underwood as president. At least he had the courtesy to kill people before letting the public stress about his scandals.

While most TV shows and movies that depict the US Presidency try to push the boundaries of what can occur within the Oval Office, Trump has not only pushed the boundaries, but ripped them apart and grilled them for the latest lunch special at his Mar-a-Lago club. How close did the most (and least) popular fictional U.S. presidents come to characterizing Trumps mannerisms or scandals? We investigate their likeness (or unlikeness) to Trump:

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