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Music from theaters and Yiddish cabarets

There was a strong cultural and musical activity in Paris in the beginning of the 19th century. Many shows were played in Yiddish theaters like the Théâtre de la République, and in cabarets such as (…) Read more

Purim

PLAYLIST The word « purim » comes from the accadian word « pur » which means « to draw lots ». Here is a firt playlist of Purim’s songs... Read more

Israel of yesterday and today

Israel, promised land, is a non-ending source of inspiration for many singers with Jewish origins... Read more

Jewish cradle songs

PLAYLIST Mothers sing cradle songs since the beginning of times... The words and melody of a cradle song aim to soothe and calm the child in order for him to sleep well. By the singing, a close (…) Read more

Women’s singing in Jewish tradition

PLAYLIST The status of women in Jewish tradition is often source of controversy. The halakha - the Jewish law - generally puts the woman in the role of the housekeeper, educator of her children. (…) Read more

Klezmer music 1rst part

The word klezmer comes from the combination of two Hebrew words kli and zemer, that means literally “tool (or instrument) of the singing”. This word defines the instrumental music of the Central (…) Read more

The importance of singing in the Jewish tradition - Hervé Roten

As part of the day of study Vox Aurea-Via Sacra 2014, dedicated to Jewish sacred music, Hervé Roten, ethnomusicologist and director of the European Institute for Jewish Music presents a vocal (…) Read more

Yossele (Josef) Rosenblatt

A great voice among the cantors Born in Bila Tserka in Ukraine, Rosenblatt starts his career as member of the synagogue choir... Read more

Fernand Halphen, a composer in the Great War

On April 6, 2014, for the commemorations celebrating 100 years after World War 1 (1914-1918), the European Institute of Jewish Music organized a concert, along with the Museum of Art and History (…) Read more

The Jewish traditional wedding

The wedding in Jewish tradition follows certain rules. It’s about celebrating the marriage of two people, but also their belonging to a religious life. Two months before the wedding, the future (…) Read more

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Purim 2nd part

PLAYLIST During this holiday, it is traditional to play music, theater and to dance. Here is a second playlist of Purim’s (…)

Hidden sides of Jewish Music : Purim

RADIO PROGRAM, hosted by Hélène Engel, about the Jewish holiday Purim, broadcasted on Radio SHALOM Montreal in 2015.