Klezmer Fest

Jan. 10 at Chandler Center for the Arts
Jan. 13 at the East Valley JCC

The East Valley JCC is proud to present two exciting events that showcase klezmer music, the traditional Jewish folk music of Eastern European Jewish communities.  Over time, the style of music has grown to include instrumental music, Yiddish vocal music and modern fusion music that combines klezmer with world music such as Afro-pop, rock or hip hop.

‘The Last Klezmer’
Jan. 10, 2019
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 85225

Learn about Klezmer music through the eyes of the musician known as “The Last Klezmer” during the screening of “The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski, His Life and Music,” then enjoy a performance by the film’s director, violinist Yale Strom, who will answer questions afterward. The lobby opens at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.

Community resources

Representatives from community organizations will be in the lobby beginning at 5 p.m. to share information about their programs and services.

Klezmer Music Festival
Jan. 13, 2019
East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road
Chandler 85224

Spend the afternoon enjoying performances by Klezmer bands, a Yiddish Experience featuring lectures and activities, kosher food (available for purchase) and children’s activities.

Yiddish Experience

Learn about genealogy and Yiddish and enjoy paintings from the David Labkovski Project’s “The World That Was” Collection.  A representative from the Yiddish Book Center will be present to answer questions.

For speaker bios, click here

12 p.m. How to Search for Your Ancestry (Janette Silverman)
1:15 p.m. Yiddish in America (Leon Gildin)
1:50 p.m. Yiddish Curses & Insults (Sandra Bernoff)
2:20 p.m. My Genealogy Journey (Janette Silverman)
3:15 p.m. Experience Yiddish Poetry (Phyllis Avalon)
4:15 p.m. The Yiddish World Today (Sandra Bernoff)

Children’s Activities

The Klezmer Music Festival is a family event. Children can enjoy inflatables, crafts, face painting, a play area
and a petting zoo.


Chick-In, a kosher restaurant on the Arizona State University campus, will offer food available for sale, including falafel, shakshuka and burekas.

Click here for menu.

Featured Performers

The performances are 45-minute sets with a 15-minute break between bands. Schedule is subject to change. 

12:30 p.m.: Rural Street Klezmer Band
1:30 p.m.: Jerusafunk
2:30 p.m.: Chai Tones
3:30 p.m.: Yale Strom
4:15 p.m. Jam session

1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13


Jerusafunk is a nine-piece ensemble in Phoenix that blends traditional Klezmer music with American Funk and other world music genres such as jazz, salsa, samba, bossa nova, cumbia and Afrobeat.

At the 6 p.m. Jan. 10 event
3:30 p.m. on Jan. 13

Yale Strom

Violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer and writer Yale Strom is known as one of the world’s leading scholar-ethnographer-artist of Klezmer music, history and culture.

12:30 p.m. on Jan. 13

Rural Street Klezmer Band

The Rural Street Klezmer Band of Temple Emanuel of Tempe plays at Shabbat services and other events throughout the year.

2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13

Chai Tones

The Chai Tones have performed  together for 15 years.  They play a heterogeneous collection of Jewish melodies, ranging from Sephardi and klezmer to  modern Israeli, Chasidic  and prayer. The band performs primarily for Jewish weddings and other simchas, on holidays and at charitable  events.


Purchase tickets below.
For group tickets ($12 each for groups of 12 or more), call 480-897-0588.

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