JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Alicia Jo Rabins

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Illustration by Zak Margolis

Alicia Jo Rabins’ “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”

An experimental song-cycle about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse

Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. Please note: this concert was previously listed to start at 7:30pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Tickets – $25 General / $22 Students/Seniors/JCCEB Members
29th JMF Festival Pass applies

A biblical scholar, poet, singer, songwriter and violinist, Alicia Jo Rabins has created a chamber-rock operatic song cycle exploring the intersection of spirituality, finance and responsibility. “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” tackles personal and societal issues with thoughtfulness, wit, sensitivity and beautifully sung melodies.

This solo performance is the California premiere, and features full-length projected animation. Director Maureen Towey helped to develop the earliest incarnation of the show, for which Rabins received a prestigious Six Points Fellowship.

This piece was created with major support from the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (NYC), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and LABA Fellowship at the 14th St Y. This version of A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff was developed and produced by Boom Arts, Portland, OR, in collaboration with Portland Playhouse.


Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo RabinsA classically trained violinist since the age of three, Alicia is the songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of women in Torah, which has performed across the US, Canada and Europe, released two albums, and garnered critical praise from Huffington Post, the New Yorker, and LA Weekly. Alicia is the recipient of grants and scholarships from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Six Points Fellowship, and the LABA Fellowship at the 14th St Y, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, performing American fiddle music in Central America and Kuwait.

Alicia Jo Rabins – Down on the 17th Floor

Watch an animation by Maureen Towey from “Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.”

A KADDISH FOR BERNIE MADOFF: TRAILER from Alicia Jo Rabins on Vimeo.

Alicia Jo Rabins Official Website
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