The representation of the Jewish mother in Yiddish songs

A radio program from the French Center of Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – February 14, 2012, JUDAIQUE FM (94.8), 21h05


The Jewish mother is an omnipresent character in the Jewish imagination and its different forms of cultural expressions. That’s why we decided to dedicate a series of programs to it.
The first part of this series will be dedicated to the Jewish mother in the Yiddish song, omnipresent, stifling but also a loving mother.

Yitshok Niborski, Associate Professor at INALCO, Vice-President of the Maison de la Culture Yiddish-Bibliothèque Medem, and Patrick Berman, Secretary General of the French Center for Jewish Music, will be on the set to comment with humor on the many songs that deal with this theme (A yiddishe mame, A brivele der mame, Oyfn veg shteyt a boym, Kartofl-zup mit shvamen, Viglid, Mamenyu mayne, mamenyu kroyn, Momele…).

herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute of Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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