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WELCOME With artists hailing from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Jerusalem to Jamaica Plain, Min­neapolis to Manhattan, the 2013 BJMF is the perfect way to explore the world of Jewish music. Where else could you experience the glorious sounds of Itzhak Perlman and Israeli cantor Yitzchak Meir Helf­got, or the American premiere of France’s Mazal, who transform ancient Sephardic melodies into electronic dance music? This year, you'll discover more double bills with worthy new artists, new communities such as Lexington, Newburyport, Nashua and Portsmouth, NH. Let's add in some new venues as well including Oberon, Club Passim, Jamaica Plain’s Milky Way Lounge and Northeastern University’s Fenway Center. As always, we thank all of our friends and supporters, the fans and the funders, and, most of all, the musicians who make this fantastic festival happen. Bon Voyage. Enjoy. See you soon. Joey Baron & Jim Ball


It’s easy. Tickets will go on sale January 15. Purchase tickets to all events online at BostonJewishMusicFes­ or by calling our ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006. There is no additional service fee for tickets bought through BJMF’s tick­eting service. Service fees do apply to events at the Somerville Theater, Symphony Hall, and Club Passim.


Our community celebration needs your community support. Ticket sales only cover one-third of our overall operating costs. 1. Donate: Every little bit helps. $18 or $18,000, your tax-deductible donation helps produce this year’s festival and ensures our future. Make your donation at 2. Volunteer: There are dozens of ways you can help. Email your interest to 3. SPREAD THE WORD: Be sure to register for BJMF emails on our website, and friend us on the BJMF Facebook fan page. Follow us on Twitter at @JBfromBJMF. 4. Buy A Festival CD: You not only get a great collection of music, you also help the BJMF. Thanks to all the festival artists who have donated a song for this year’s collection. 5. Tell Us What You Think: Please take the post-festival survey on our website. You’ll give us invaluable insights on how we are doing and what types of events you’d like to see in the future.


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Calendar THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28: Special North Shore Preview p.4 8:00 pm

Lerner & Moguilevsky: Klezmer Buenos Aires Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 6:30 pm


Josh Nelson’s Warehouse Shabbat, Oberon, Cambridge

Songs of Shabbat Across the Region



6:30 pm

The Senior Prom with Ezekiel’s Wheels Ulin House, JCHE, Brighton

7:30 pm

World of Klezmer Concert with The Tarras Band, Lerner & Moguilevsky, Shura Lipovsky Somerville Theater, Davis Square



2:30 pm

Lerner & Moguilevsky: Klezmer Buenos Aires Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH

4:00 pm

Dan Nichols Unplugged Temple Sinai, Sharon

7:00 pm

Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot Symphony Hall, Boston

Tuesday, March 5


Wednesday, March 6


7:30 pm

8:30 pm

Tim Sparks and Noah Lubin Club Passim, Cambridge

Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird Milky Way Lounge, Jamaica Plain

Thursday, March 7 8:30 pm

The Electro Judeo Dance Party Mazal (American debut) with Stereo Sinai Johnny D’s, Somerville

Friday, March 8

Songs of Shabbat Across the Region

Saturday, March 9 7:30 pm

Mika Karni’s Kol Dodi Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill

8:00 pm

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua, NH

Sunday, March 10


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11:00 am

A Morning of Family Fun with Ellen Allard & Friends Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton

3:00 pm

Israeli Folkdance Festival Kresge Auditorium, MIT

4:00 pm Fathers and Sons: Two Families of Composers Zamir Chorale of Boston and Kol Arev The Fenway Center, Northeastern University, Boston 7:00 pm

New Harmony: Two Multi-Ethnic Ensembles Guy Mendilow Ensemble, The Epichorus Temple Emunah, Lexington


The Festival


7:30 pm Klezmer Buenos Aires with Lerner & Moguilevsky Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport, MA By popular demand, BJMF is proud to present a special festival preview concert for the North Shore Jewish Community featuring Lerner & Moguilevsky, two master musicians and improvisers from Argentina. César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky use klezmer as a springboard for intense, original improvisation. Marcelo Moguilevsky (vocals, clarinet, bass, soprano sax, wooden flutes, harmonica, bagpipe and duduk) and César Lerner (piano, accordion and percussion) seamlessly blend Argentinean folk music, jazz, contemporary music and tango. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door Presented in partnership with Congregation Ahavas Achim and Peabody’s Temple Ner Tamid and made possible with support from the North Shore Jewish Federation.

Friday, March 1 6:30 pm

Josh Nelson’s Warehouse Shabbat Oberon, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Imagine a Friday night Shabbat multi-media celebration infused with rock music, video, spirit, spirits, snacks and schmoozing. That’s THE WAREHOUSE, Josh Nelson’s innovative, uniquely social and spiritual approach for young adults to welcome Shabbat. Free. Reservations are required. Presented with New Center NOW and made possible with support from a CJP Young Adult Community Grant.


Songs of Shabbat Across The Region BJMF is proud to work with many area synagogues to present a full range of musical Friday night Shabbat celebrations on both March 1 and March 8. Co-sponsored by the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, this is an opportunity to experience something new, and to visit participating synagogues of all denominations. For more information and to make reservations, visit the BJMF website.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 6:00 pm Spirit of Shabbat with Dan Nichols Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley 6:00 pm Shabbat Rinah (Shabbat of Joyous Song) with Shir Appeal, Tufts University’s Jewish A Cappella Group, Congregation Beth El, Sudbury 6:30 pm

Josh Nelson Warehouse Shabbat Oberon, Cambridge

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 5:30 pm

Todah VeZimrah with Joshua Jacobson Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton

6:00 pm Shabbat Menuchah composed by Noah Aronson Temple Beth Eohim, Wellesley 6:00 pm Avodat Hayom: A Service for Today, composed by Cantor Randall Schloss Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline 6:00 pm Kol Libeinu (Voices of the Heart) A Jewish Chant Kabbalat Shabbat Temple Beth Zion, Brookline 7:30 pm

A Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat with Provitantzers Congregation B’nai Torah, Sudbury

These programs are made possible in part by a grant from CJP’s Innovation Grants Committee.


Saturday, March 2 6:30 pm Senior Prom 
 JCHE Ulin House, 30 Wallingford Road, Brighton
 Join CJP Young Leadership Division volunteers for a night of music, conversation and dancing with residents of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. Award-winning band Ezekiel’s Wheels will provide their unique blend of classic klezmer with a touch of contemporary pop. Space is limited and registration is required in advance. There is no charge but registration is required. Presented in partnership with the CJP’s Young Leadership Division.

7:30 pm

New World Klez Fest Michael Winograd’s Tarras Band (NYC), Lerner & Moguilevsky Duo (Buenos Aires), Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam) Somerville Theater, Davis Square

No need for your passport. Take a world tour of klezmer with three very different, very wonderful ensembles. The Tarras Project The Tarras Band captures and refreshes the music of legendary clarinetist, Dave Tarras. The band features rising star Michael Winograd on clarinet, Boston’s own Jim Guttman on bass, and 72 year-old pianist Pete Sokolow who played with Dave Tarras for years. Lerner & Moguilevsky Duo Born of Russian and Polish grandparents who immigrated to Argentina at the turn of the century, César Lerner and Marcel Moguilevsky use klezmer as a springboard for intense, original improvisation. Marcelo Moguilevsky (vocals, clarinet, bass, soprano sax, wooden flutes, harmonica, bagpipe and duduk) and César Lerner (piano, accordion and percussion) combine Argentinean folk music, jazz, contemporary music and tango. This is the Boston debut of this amazing Argentinean duo and festival artists-in-residence. Shura Lipovsky One of the best known singers of Yiddish/Jewish songs in the world, Shura Lipovsky is a native of the Netherlands. She has been a pioneer in spreading Yiddish folksong in Europe since the 1970’s. In performance, teaching and coaching choirs, she also focuses on multicultural dialogue through the arts. She will perform with the Lerner & Moguilevsky Duo. Tickets: $25, $36 6

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 2:30 pm Lerner & Moguilevsky Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH Don’t miss BJMF Artists-In-Residence César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky as they bring their unique klezmer-tango-folk-jazz fusion from Buenos Aires to Portsmouth, NH. Playing together for 27 years, César and Marcelo have developed their own musical language that is virtuosic, creative and passionate. Reviewers call their performances, "ecstatic," "unblushing" and "sassy." $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 students Made possible with support from the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.

4:00 pm Dan Nichols Unplugged Temple Sinai, Sharon In Honor of Cantor Jeff Klepper’s 10th Anniversary Enjoy a special unplugged concert with Dan Nichols, one of the most dynamic, influential and creative Jewish singer/songwriters in North America. Dan’s melodies are becoming an integral part of the spiritual and liturgical experience in many Jewish communities. He is an infectious and energetic live performer. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, 21 and under free



7:00 pm

Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot Symphony Hall, Boston

Possibly the Jewish music concert of the decade, Eternal Echoes features violinist Itzhak Perlman and world-renowned Israeli cantor, Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, under the musical direction of Boston’s own Hankus Netsky, with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, in an exquisitely-crafted, soul-stirring musical program of Hebrew and Yiddish favorites. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, BJMF has arranged a special group purchase of tickets in all price ranges. Concert Tickets: $50, $70, $90, $125

Reception Tickets: $100

After the concert (additional admission required), please join us at a special reception in Symphony Hall for kosher desserts and a sparkling toast with these famous artists—a perfect occasion to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Boston Jewish Music Festival. Tickets are limited. If you have already ordered concert tickets from the Celebrity Series, you are still welcome to purchase tickets to the reception.


Tuesday, March 5 7:30 pm Tim Sparks and Noah Lubin Club Passim’s, Harvard Square Tim Sparks "I’m Tim Sparks biggest fan," said guitar legend Leo Kottke. Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blend of musical styles has won him extensive praise. He has released three highly acclaimed CD’s of Jewishly-inspired music on John Zorn’s Tzaddik record label, culminating in MASADA, with guitar greats Bill Frissell and Marc Ribot. Noah Lubin An exciting BJMF discovery, singer/songwriter Noah Lubin combines gritty, soulful vocals with heartfelt music shaped by his Jewish beliefs. Noah recently moved to Boston from Israel where he often appeared onstage with Matisyahu. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Wednesday, March 6 8:30 pm Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird Milky Way Lounge, Jamaica Plain Daniel Kahn concocts a mixture of Klezmer, radical Yiddish song, political cabaret and punk-folk, bound together by his unique talents as a songwriter, translator and performer. He tells stories of outrageous incidents, poetically dark, tragically humorous and politically incorrect. Described as 'the Yiddish Pogues,' Painted Bird’s music straddles the borders between radical & traditional, lyrical & political, East & West, folk & punk, mama loshon & loshon hora. This is a rare opportunity to experience a great musician who finds inspiration in the poetry and music of Jewish protest. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door Presented in cooperation with Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice.


Thursday, March 7

8:30 pm

The Electro Judeo Dance Party Mazal with Stereo Sinai Johnny D’s, Davis Square, Somerville

Making their American debut, France’s Mazal combines centuries-old Sephardic songs and chants with today’s electronic sampling and dance beats. What happens when the ancient music of exiles meets the electronic rhythms of today? The dance floor fills up! Opening for Mazal, Stereo Sinai’s signature sound is "Biblegum pop," a heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and had been on the mountain with Moses, they would have come down sounding a lot like Stereo Sinai. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door This event is sponsored by The Network Boston to introduce young adults (22-40) to the many arts and culture opportunities available in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Presented in partnership with the French Consulate and New Center NOW.

Saturday, March 9

8:00 pm Mika Karni’s Kol Dodi Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill This concert brings together a unique musical ensemble of Israeli, Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers, led by one of Israel’s all-time favorite female vocalists—Mika Karni. Based on Song of Songs, one of the world’s greatest love songs, Mika composed and re-arranged the original biblical lyrics to convey the story in a modern, intimate and personal way, taking the listener into a deep and emotional experience. The ensemble's sound combines traditional Jewish melodies with African – ethnic rhythms and a taste of folk/singer-songwriter qualities, creating a musical landscape of modern Israel. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Student tickets: $15 Presented in partnership with the Israeli Consulate.


Saturday, March 9 8:00 pm Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom Guy Mendilow Ensemble Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua, NH Get ready for an emotional voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salonica and Jerusalem, the award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings to life the adventures and legends of traditional Sephardi songs, sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino. Experience Ladino music, re-imagined by a team of internationally recognized musicians and spearheaded by charismatic Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Made possible with support from the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 11:00 am A Morning of Family Fun with Ellen Allard & Friends Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton Join Ellen Allard and friends for an entertaining, interactive hour of musical merriment. Be prepared for kids to sing, shout and dance along with this irresistible, award-winning Jewish children’s performer and educator. Few musicians combine such fun Jewish content with such excellent musical and performing skills. $10 per ticket, $40 family maximum Presented in cooperation with PJ LibraryŽ and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.


3:00 pm The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston Kresge Auditorium, MIT Enjoy the 37th anniversary of this wonderful celebration of Jewish culture. Hundreds of dancers will be performing in a show set to Israeli music both old and new, with a rousing finale weaving all the dancers together into a mosaic of color and costume. The beat is contagious, the enthusiasm infectious, and the spirit moving! Tickets: $15

4:00 pm Fathers and sons: Adler and Weiner Northeastern University’s Fenway Center, Boston Two families. Four award-winning composers. A special afternoon of choral and chamber music featuring the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Kol Arev of Hebrew College, in a concert of the magnificent compositions of Lazar Weiner and his Pulitzer Prize-winning son, Yehudi Wyner, and Cantor Hugo Chaim Adler and his son, Samuel, recipient of the Aaron Copland Award for lifetime achievement in music. Both Yehudi Wyner and Samuel Adler will be participating in the program. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door



7:00 PM NEW HARMONY A concert of two multi-ethnic ensembles Temple Emunah, Lexington BJMF proudly presents two groups committed to interfaith cooperation, ethnic diversity, and the preservation of Jewish musical traditions. The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, new interpretations and arrangements of Ladino folk songs. Led by Guy, an Israeli citizen who has also lived in South Africa, the group features Irish, Japanese, Israeli, and Palestinian musicians whose very diversity adds great richness to the music and the concert-going experience. The Epichorus, featuring Zach Freeman, a New York rabbinical student, and Alsara, a Sudanese Muslim singer, is a multi-ethnic band performing Hebrew and African love songs "to create music that transcends the boundaries of culture or religion." Their story and sound is nothing less than magical and has been featured in the Huffington Post and Tablet Magazine. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, students $15 Presented in cooperation with the Hebrew College School of Jewish Music.

Learning from Artists

Each year, BJMF sponsors master classes with notable musicians as schedules allow. This year, we’re offering even more opportunities to meet with these devoted artists. Check the website for complete details and registration info.

Friday March 1 11:00 am

Finding Your Meditative Voice, Hebrew College

A niggun-based workshop with CĂŠsar Lerner and Shura Lipovsky. Open to all, singers and non-singers alike. Percussion instruments welcome.

Wednesday, March 6 TBA

Pizza and Progressives, Milky Way Lounge, Jamaica Plain

Order your own dinner and share in a table discussion about the art and politics of the Yiddish progressive movement with Daniel Kahn and noted writer and educator, Leonard Fein.

Friday, March 8 7:00 pm

A Shabbat Talk with Mika Karni, Temple Sinai, Brookline

Mika will be the guest speaker at a Kabbalat Shabbat service discussing music and spiritual growth.

Master Classes

Tim Sparks will be holding a Master Class for students at Tufts University Lerner & Moguilevsky will lead an improvisation class at Prozdor.


Major Sponsors Anonymous

George and Liz Krupp Cutler Family Charitable Trust


2013 Program Partners We would like to express a very special thank you to The Celebrity Series of Boston for welcoming BJMF as a partner for the March 3rd Eternal Echoes concert at Symphony Hall. We are honored to work with you on this extraordinary event.

Boston Workmen’s Circle Club Passim CJP Young Leadership Division

Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley Temple Beth Zion, Brookline Temple Emunah, Lexington

Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport

Temple Isaiah, Lexington

Congregation Beth EL, Sudbury

Temple Israel, Boston

Congregation B’nai Torah, Sudbury

Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH

Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill

Temple Israel, Sharon

Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton Greater Boston JCC Hebrew College Jewish Federation of New Hampshire

Temple Ner Tamid, Peabody Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Temple Sinai, Brookline

Johnny D’s North Shore Jewish Federation

The French Consulate The Israeli Consulate

PJ Library

The Milky Way Lounge


The Network Boston

Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua, NH

Media Sponsor


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Boston Jewish Music Festival 2013 Brochure