Spring Series – 3 Thursday sessions
Ashkenaz Rising: The Near Demise and Contemporary Resurgence of Yiddish Musical Culture
Thursday, 4.29 // 7:45pm
with Hankus Netsky, founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band
By the early 1970s, Eastern European Jewish musical culture had nearly vanished from American Jewish consciousness but, for the past forty-five years, it has seen an unprecedented resurgence, both as a traditional wellspring and a point of departure for diverse creative endeavors. What started as a small revitalization by a handful of klezmer bands and Yiddish performers on the East and West coasts of the US has grown into a multi-disciplinary international movement supporting camps, festivals, web-based communities, hundreds of bands and artists working in a variety of genres in diverse localities, and tens of thousands of participants and fans across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. In this multimedia lecture, I will examine the factors that led to the culture’s near demise and present an overview of an amazing four-decades of cultural rekindling, with personal insights from my vantage point as one of the cultural activists who helped launch the movement.
Read Dr. Hankus Netsky’s bio here.
The Borsht Belt: Revisiting Remains of America’s Jewish Vacation Land
Thursday, 5.13 // 8:00pm
with Catskills photographer, Marisa Scheinfeld
Yiddish Cinema: A Glimpse of Jewish Life
Thursday, 5.27 // 8:00pm
with Sharon Pucker Rivo, Co-Founder & Executive Director of The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF)