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yiddish music


The Berlin Group Reviving Yiddish Music Lost in the Holocaust

By On January 27, 2017

The year was 1935, and Willy Rosen – a popular Jewish cabaret singer in Berlin – was performing a fun new song called, “At the Golden Snail Inn,” which he recorded in… Read More

The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

By On April 26, 2016

Dr. Tomáš Novotný isn’t Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his CV. Novotný, a professor of comparative religion, Judaism, and Hebrew at Ostrava University in the Czech Republic, leads… Read More

Michael Alpert

Surf Music + Klezmer = This Groundbreaking Yiddish Fiddler

By On September 30, 2015

Michael Alpert is not interested in nostalgia. An architect of the what some like to call the klezmer revival, his influences come directly from pre-World War II Ashkenazi Jewish traditions, but also… Read More

Singing Yiddish Road Songs with Syrian Refugees

Singing Yiddish Road Songs With Syrian Refugees

By On September 15, 2015 Thousands of Syrian asylum seekers have been stuck for weeks in Hungary, prevented by security forces from boarding trains that would take them to Germany, their final destination. The media has… Read More

Pop Sensation Lorde in a Gorgeous Yiddish Rendition

Pop Sensation Lorde, Now in Yiddish

By On May 26, 2015

Do you wish pop star Lorde would lay down a track in Yiddish already? Well, the next best thing just happened. The Technicalities, an Israeli husband-and-wife Yiddish music duo in their early… Read More


Where Star Trek and the Great American Songbook Meet the Jews

By On April 13, 2015

What happened to the classic songs of the 1930’s and ‘40s? The standards of the Great American Songbook crooned by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald (and later made unforgettable by… Read More

Chana Mlotek

NYC’s Beloved Yiddishe Music Maven

By On February 25, 2014

You never know what treasures lurk within NYC buildings. For many years, just blocks from Manhattan’s Union Square, a woman named Chana Mlotek curated the Yiddish music collection at the vaunted YIVO archives. Born Eleanor… Read More

Tsvey Vetln

A Yiddish Poet’s Musical Second Wind

By On January 13, 2014

When composer Benjy Fox-Rosen was a kid, his grandmother sang him the songs of her favorite Yiddish poet, Mordechai Gebirtig (1877-1942). “Wait a little longer, dear,” goes one of the Krakow songwriter’s most famous songs, “Reyzele.” But she… Read More