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JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


Photos from the 29th Jewish Music Festival

The 29th Jewish Music Festival’s Spring 2014 season presented seven concerts March 20-April 1 that showcased both the eclecticism and connectedness of Jewish music.

From the exotic “Iraq ‘n roll” of Israeli singer Dudu Tassa to the Afro Semitic Experience’s soulful blend of Jewish melodies and jazz, from Ben Sidran’s insightful recital of songs by Jews from the Great American Songbook to Anthony Mordechai-Tzvi Russell’s imaginative melding of Negro spirituals, Yiddish and Jewish liturgical music, from Alicia Jo Rabin’s brilliant one-woman rock opera inspired by Bernie Madoff to her gorgeously poetic songs about biblical women that she performs with Girls in Trouble, the 29th JMF presents artists who celebrate their Jewish identities through virtuosic, deeply personal approaches to music.

Videos from the 29th Jewish Music Festival, March 2014

2013 Festival Lineup

28th Jewish Music Festival Highlights:

Theodore Bikel, Merima Ključo & Shura Lipovsky
David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Lisa Delan & Kristin Pankonin
Michael Alpert & Julian Kytasty: Night Songs From a Neighboring Village
Veretski Pass Lecture/Demo Series
Polesye: Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl
Real Vocal String Quartet & True Life Trio
Polesye: Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl
An-ski Expedition at 100: Panel with Michael Alpert, Gabriella Safran, & Nathaniel Deutsch
History of American Jewish Music, a lecture by Mark Slobin
Performance by Michael Alpert, in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo.
Bonnie Weiss Presents: A Tribute to Yip Harburg

Promotional materials: 1987-2009

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life hosts a digital archive of 22 years’ worth of printed materials from The Jewish Music Festival. View Exhibit

Past Festivals

Highlights of the 27th Jewish Music Festival, March, 2012:

View Slideshow

Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine performs Care, Live at the 27th Jewish Music Festival

Ben Goldberg’s Orphic Machine performs The Present, Live at the 27th Jewish Music Festival

Ben Goldberg “The Present” from Israel Perez on Vimeo.

Highlights of the 26th Jewish Music Festival:

Read a year-end review of the 26th JMF

Ger Mandolin Orchestra

26th Annual Jewish Music Festival Brochure


Jewish Music Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens 2010 from Jewish Music Festival on Vimeo.

Launch 2010 site


Launch 2009 site


Launch 2008 site


Launch 2007 Site

2006 and earlier




Ger Mandolin Orchestra Backstory

Ger Mandolin Orchestra

Inspirational story of Avner Yonai’s discovery of his grandfather’s 1920s and 1930s Polish mandolin orchestra on Tablet Magazine…

Ger Mandolin Orchestra Tours Poland

International mandolin super-group revives the name and repertoire of a 1930’s Polish Jewish mandolin orchestra. And this September, they took the music back to its source. Full story and notes from the tour by one of the Ger mandolinists, Tim Connell.

Press archive from the 27th Jewish Music Festival

CD Review: My Hometown Soroke: Yiddish Songs of the Ukraine

How to do an archival recording right:

A review by Ari Davidow from The Klezmer Shack on Arkady Gendler’s first and only recording of yiddish song of his hometown in the Ukraine.