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Jewish Liturgical Music: The Next Generation

Shalshelet’s 4th annual festival.

Special to the Jewish Week

Where are the next great composers of Jewish liturgical music coming from? Who will be the 21st century’s Lewandowski, Carlebach, Friedman, someone whose music will leave an indelible mark on the spiritual growth of Jews in America and across the globe? Needless to say, there is no single answer to those questions, but if anyone is looking harder for the next voice of the Jewish spirit than Cantor Ramon Tasat, we’d like to meet him or her.

Shalshelet’s Cantor Ramon Tasat.

A Jewish Night At The Opera

Bernstein (in the fall) and Zorn (in the spring) at NY City Opera.

Special to the Jewish Week

When George Steel became the New York City Opera’s general manager and artistic director a year and a half ago, it was as if someone had given a particularly ardent fantasy baseball buff the keys to Yankee Stadium.

“I have a list of some 20 or 30 operas I’m dying to do,” he says, easing back in his office chair in the company’s offices below Lincoln Center. “I’m constantly daydreaming and imagining seasons, which artists to attach to each project. We’ve sketched out the seasons through 2017-‘18.”

City Opera’s George Steel

Music List



16: Clare Burson launches her new album, “Silver and Ash,” inspired by her grandmother’s story of surviving the Shoah. Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St.), 7:30 p.m.

19: The Klezmatics at Galapagos (16 Main St., Brooklyn) 8 p.m.


3: Lorin Sklamberg/Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio with guest Josh Waletzky at Ditmas Acoustic (Congregation Beth Emeth; 83 Marlborough Road at Church Ave), 7 p.m.

Theater List


“This is What They Sang.” Gavin Kostick’s new Off-Broadway play, set on Yom Kippur, about five generations of a Jewish family in Belfast. Presented by Belfast’s Kabosh Theatre Company as part of an Irish theater festival. Runs from Sept. 19-29 at the Synagogue of the Arts, 49 White St. in Tribeca. For tickets, $30, call SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or visit

Film List


SEPTEMBER 12-Jan. 30: “Shulie” is a 37-minute experimental film by Elisabeth Subrin, a new sort of docudrama in which Subrin creates a shot-by-shot remake of a documentary about ’60s feminist Shulamith Firestone. The result should call into question the whole procedure of “direct cinema,” itself something of a ’60s phenomenon. The Jewish Museum (Fifth Avenue at 92nd St.). For information, go to or call (212) 423-3200.

The Perpetrators

‘Nuremberg’ and ‘Robert Lifton: Nazi Doctors’ at Film Forum.

Special to the Jewish Week

Two new documentaries being shown back to back as part of Film Forum’s fall schedule — “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” and “Robert Lifton: Nazi Doctors” — shine yet another light on the ghastly enormity of the Nazis’ crimes and our inability to grasp those barbarous acts.

Scene from “Nuremberg.”

Play Ball, Just Not On Yom Kippur

‘Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story.’

Special to the Jewish Week

For a baseball nut like me, the memory of Sandy Koufax eschewing a World Series start on Yom Kippur leaves recollections of my bar mitzvah (the following season, er, year) in the dust.

Sandy Koufax featured in “Jews and Baseball.”

The Black-Jewish Color Line In Atlanta

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the John Golden.

Staff Writer

They make an odd couple, to be sure, but the story of their relationship is one of the most moving in contemporary drama. In Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” which will staged on Broadway next month, a fiercely independent, elderly Jewish widow in Atlanta, Daisy Werthan (Vanessa Redgrave), develops an unlikely friendship with her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones).

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave star in Alfred Uhry’s play about two outsiders in Southern society.

Fall Arts Preview

The season ahead in theater, film, music, visual arts and books. "Driving Miss Daisy" comes to Broadway, "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum, and more



Special To The Jewish Week
“We could be like the Mayans and the Incas. People will come to Jerusalem and say, ‘Yes, there were these curious people there.’” The statement comes around the middle of “Out of Faith,” a documentary that offers a moving, honest and evenhanded look at the problems interfaith marriage creates for the Jewish people.
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