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Shabbat Alive with Lily Henley

Friday, April 19  | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Temple Emanuel, Newton 

Join JArts x CJP Community Creative Fellow Lily Henley for a unique evening of Ladino song and Shabbat celebration. Shabbat Alive is open to all. Can’t make it in person? Livestream is available here

Studio Israel: Neta Weiner and Stav Marin with Music from JArts x CJP Community Creative Fellow, Yuval Gur

Thursday, May 2 | 6:30 – 8 PM | The Vilna Shul

Stav Marin and Neta Weiner are co-founders of System Ali, a one of a kind Jaffa Israel based hip hop band who use music to connect across languages, cultures, and beliefs. Now, you can hear their music and story in conversation with Yuval Evri, Brandeis University Assistant Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies on the Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies. 

This program will explore the diversity of Israel – the beauty and the challenges – through a funky and beautiful blend of music, dance, and conversation. 

This is the first live iteration of the Studio Israel series which began online in 2020 as a means to connect with Israeli culture through artists during the Covid-19 pandemic. The series is presented in collaboration by Hadassah Brandeis Institute, the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, the Vilna Shul, and is made possible with support from CJP. Neta and Stav are in residence at Tufts University for the 2024 Spring semester through the BAMAH visiting Israeli artists program. 

Newton Highlands Klezmer Dance

Saturday, May 11| 6 – 7:30 PM | Hyde Community Center

Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with the 2nd annual Newton Highlands Klezmer Dance! Featuring original klezmer music from Boston Festival of New Jewish Music Artistic Director Nat Seelen’s CJP Arts and Culture Fund project performed by Nat on clarinet Eden MacAdam-Somer on violin, Zach Mayer on saxophone, Michael McLaughlin on accordion, and Jeff Sagurton on drums.

The Dybbuk, a Mystical Yiddish Folktale

Thursday, May 30 (Premiere) – Sunday, June 23 |The Vilna Shul

The Dybbuk is an ancient, fantastical, mystical Yiddish folk tale; a story of love, family, displacement, and the restless Jewish soul, set in the heart of the historic sanctuary of The Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture on Beacon Hill.  Steeped in folklore and cultural tradition, it is the latest project undertaken by Arlekin Players Theatre as part of their Jewish Plays Initiative. Get tickets for the U.S. premiere of the show.

Jewish Culture Fest

Sunday, June 2 | 11AM – 6:30 PM | Dwares JCC

Jewish Culture Fest will feature live musical performances from Ezekiel’s Wheels, Jacob’s Ladder, and RAZA; a dance performance and workshop from Rachel Linsky; storytelling from Mark Binder; stand-up comedy from Myq Kaplan; a family-friendly Kid Zone, community art exhibit, food, beer garden, whiskey tasting, an open-air artisan market and more!