See also ‘Song’, ‘Culture & Schmoozing’)

Friday 5-6pm WELCOME

Welcome with nigunim from Michael Alpert and Lorin Sklamberg and latkes from Keith Lander.

Make latkes!

Cookery Demo of ‘Lander’s Latkes’ ( with possible simultaneous Yiddish translation)
Led by: Keith Lander (kitchen skills) and Michael Alpert (Yiddish)
Either watch the demonstration or cook-a-longa Keith by bringing: potatoes, self-raising flour, 2 eggs, cheese, onion, seasoning, frying pan, grater, mixing bowl. Vegetables of your own choice to accompany.

Friday 7-8pm (UK time) FILM/CONCERT

Against Fathers’ Will (Mabul) 1926 (43’30), dir.  Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov

Yiddish silent film from 1926 with live score composed and performed by Merlin Shepherd (clarinet) and Polina Shepherd (piano)
Synopsis and more here: https://soundandlightcinematicduo.wordpress.com/against-fathers-will-synopsis/
[Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]

Saturday 10.30-11.30am (UK time) S2

Yiddish for KlezNorthers

Led by: Vivi Lachs and Michael Alpert
The klezmorim who created and played Jewish music in Eastern Europe and carried it throughout the world, the singers of Yiddish, the shadkhonim (matchmakers), the Jewish wedding-organisers, the marrying couple, their families and community all spoke Yiddish., and more and more of us do to this day. Playing and singing Yiddish music is greatly enriched when we learn some of the terms for the music, the dance, the instruments, names of places and tunes. In our sessions we’ll work on reading transliterated Yiddish, get familiar with key terms, and learn some simple sentences and expressions that lie at the heart of ‘klezmeráy’ — klezmer music and Yiddish culture.

Saturday 2-2.45pm (UK time) LUNCH EVENT

Lunchtime Yiddish schmooze

Saturday 7.30-8.45pm (UK time) CONCERT

KlezNorth Concert

Featuring: vocalists Lorin Sklamberg and Michael Alpert
[Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]

Saturday 9.30-11pm (UK time) EVENING EVENT

Tevye der Milkhiker (Tevye the Milkman). US 1939 Yiddish with English subtitles (95 mins), dir.  Maurice Schwartz
Hosted by: Ian Stern

Tevye the Milkman is the character in Sholem Aleichem’s stories of the same name, published in Yiddish in 1894.  This film is based on the stage play performed in Yiddish theatres in the 1930s.  Maurice Schwartz, as well as directing, plays the part of Tevye, living with his family in a Polish stetl (village) and struggling to come to terms with the changes happening in his world. It was filmed in New York City and, mid-way through shooting, Poland was invaded.  Many of the cast had family there and the events in Europe impacted on them. The story was adapted and reappeared in the film ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in 1971.

Sunday 10.30-11.30am (UK time) S2

Yiddish for KlezNorthers

Led by: Vivi Lachs & Michael Alpert

The klezmorim who created and played Jewish music in Eastern Europe and carried it throughout the world, the singers of Yiddish, the shadkhonim (matchmakers), the Jewish wedding-organisers, the marrying couple, their families and community all spoke Yiddish, and many of us do to this day. Playing and singing Yiddish music today is greatly enhanced when we learn some of the terms for the music, the dance, the instruments, names of places and names of tunes. In these sessions we’ll work on reading transliterated Yiddish, learn key terms, and learn a few simple sentences and expressions that lie at the heart of ‘klezmeráy’ — klezmer music and culture.

Sunday 12-1.15pm (UK time) S3

So, nu, how are you?

Nowadays when we say “so, how are you?”, it’s not just a polite question. We really want to know! We will practise Yiddish vocabulary having to do with sickness, health, and – of course – the current plague. Throw in a few songs and we will have some fun. You don’t have to read or understand any Yiddish to participate in this session.

Led by: Pam Singer

Get yourself in the mood with this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaYmQNgCtnQ

Sunday 1.45-2.30pm (UK time) LUNCH EVENT

Lunchtime Yiddish schmooze

Sunday 5-6.15pm (UK time) S5

The Kleznorth Yiddish Open Mic Café Zingeray
Hosted by: Steve Ogin
A special KlezNorth collaboration with the Yiddish Open Mike Café who will host the event for us, and with SCoJeC (Scottish Council of Jewish Communities). Enjoy the sound of Yiddish in a comfortable and supportive space. This session is specifically designed to encourage people with very little Yiddish to have a go! KlezNorthians and YOM Café regulars (some of whom are also KN regulars) will sing a Yiddish song or two, introducing them so you know what the song is about. We would love people who are booked in for Kleznorth to come and sing a song or two or perhaps read a poem – and if you haven’t felt able to do so before perhaps this is the time and place to have a go. If you would like to sign up to share something, or have any questions, please contact yiddishcafe@gmail.com before 7.00 Saturday 6th March.

Please register (free) to receive the Zoom link for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvcuGtrT8rGtcHjclN3agQnZ-G-7DdbgZY

Supported by SCoJeC, the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities

Sunday, 8.45-10pm SCHMOOZE/CLOSE

The closing session will include schmoozing with the artists from the klezmer keilidh, and reprising the KlezNorth tunes, songs, dances and nigunim.