Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

         

Upcoming Programs

At the present time, all programs will be scheduled as virtual meetings.
We will post updates if there are any new developments.

Date

Location

Speaker/Topic

Wednesday,
December 9, 2020
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

Annual Meeting & Board Election

Music for the Khasene: Traditional East European Jewish Wedding Music of our ancestors
Presented by Steven Greenman

Our Business meeting will start at 7:00 pm, followed at 7:30 pm by our Program.

Mr. Greenman will describe and present the various klezmer music genres that were performed for the traditional East European Jewish wedding (khasene). He will explain each piece and its purpose then play the melodies on violin and sing some of the lines of the badkhn (af Yiddish), the master-of-ceremony at the traditional East European wedding. The music will include:

  • Music played for the bride the night before the wedding as the bride bids her family a farewell
  • Elaborate artistic listening tunes played to honor special guests the day of the wedding
  • Music to lead the guests to different parts of the wedding
  • Music for the seating of the bride
  • Moralistic recitative music recited by the badkhn to the bride to make the bride weep
  • Music leading the wedding party to the khupe
  • Dance music post ceremony
  • Character dances for the in-laws, etc.
  • Virtuosic table music for the bride and groom
  • Music to bid everyone a good night
SteveneGreenman

Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive” and “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steven Greenman is a consummate musical artist. He is a masterful violin soloist with symphony orchestras, a soulful performer of klezmer music, and a virtuoso performer of East European folk music. Steven’s influential recordings, klezmer compositions and dedicated master classes have been internationally acclaimed.

Steven is recognized as one of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer violin music. International performances include Jewish Culture Festival (Poland), Internationales Klezmer Festival Fuerth (Germany), Harbin Summer Music Festival (China), University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (China), Klezmer Musica Festival (Italy), and Ashkenaz (Canada). He has performed with the Klezmatics, Kapelye, Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble, Khevrisa, Budowitz, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and Shtetl Band Amsterdam. At the forefront of the klezmer revival, Steven has established new klezmer ensembles: Khevrisa, Stempenyu’s Dream, Di Tsvey, the R2G Klezmer Trio, Cedar’s Jumpin’, and the Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble. Steven’s thrilling collaboration with master pipa-player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles. .

Steven’s traditional Jewish and klezmer compositions have been recorded by international artists and researched by scholars. Two of his liturgical melodies have been published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. His recordings Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome have significantly expanded the traditional klezmer violin repertoire. Steven’s grand composition, Klezmer Concert Suite for Solo Violin and Orchestra embodies the full expressive and virtuosic range of the East European Jewish violin. .

Wednesday,
January 13,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"Finding Our Kaplans"
Presented by Mindie Kaplan

Wednesday,
February 10, 2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

"Never Give Up - Strategies for Taking your Research to the Next Level"
Presented by Marion Werle

Marion Werle began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley, is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group) and a co-director of the JewishGen Latvia Reasearch Division. A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the ProGen study group. Marion has written two unpublished family histories, The Skuders from Skud, about one of her family branches from Lithuania, and a history of her brother-in-law’s family, The Wilsons of Washington County, PA – from Hopewell Township to Santa Ana, California. Marion has also spoken at several IAJGS conferences and local genealogical societies in the Southern California area. She was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society Writers Group for several years, which gave her the opportunity to hone her family history writing skills. She teaches a writing class for JewishGen education and has an ongoing interest in applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research.

Marion Werle

Wednesday,
March 10,
2021
7:00 pm

Web Based
Presentation

“The View from Pittsburgh.”
Presented by Eric Lidji, Rauh Jewish Archives Director, Heinz History Center

Eric will discuss the history of Jewish archiving in Pittsburgh, including recent efforts to document the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27, 2018 and the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Jewish community.