Come One, Come All to the Yiddish Singalong! – Select Thursdays (7:30 – 9:00 p.m.)
I know that this blog is primarily about listening to great world music rather than making it, but a little active participation in the performance now and then never hurts. If you’d like to try your hand at singing in Yiddish, while gaining valuable exposure to the Jewish song repertoire, then head on over to the Boston Workmen’s Circle (Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice) for their group singing sessions. Participation is very easy as there is no prior knowledge of Yiddish or particular level of singing expertise required. Sounds like a lot of fun to me and very educational to boot. You can enjoy these musical gatherings on the 4th Thursday of every month, however, I would check the center’s event calendar before attending, just to be on the safe side.
In addition to this group activity, the center also sponsors a coffee house three or four times a year, featuring Jewish music performed by professional artists from the local community. They are also home to the largest Jewish community chorus in the country. A Besere Velt (A better World) performs a number of concerts throughout the year, including a special performance with the highly acclaimed Klezmatics entitled Stand Up Sing Out!, and has also recorded a cd. True to their name, this groups sings Yiddish folk songs, the lyrics of which depict the plight of the Eastern European immigrant and cry out for social justice and equality for all. Subscribe to The Workmen’s Circle mailing list and you will be informed of any upcoming performances of special musical interest. If you want to get further involved, you can become a member of the organization or read their newsletter.
Event Details :
When: Thursdays (4th one of every month) (7:30-9:00 p.m.)
Where: Boston Workmen’s Circle (Brookline)
More Info: Contact list