Welcome to the August edition of the JMI newsletter!

Steve Weintraub's amazing dance workshop was the perfect warm-up for a JMI summer of Yiddishkayt and we're all very much looking forward to welcoming Shura Lipovsky, Khayele Beer and the team for this summer's editions of Ot Azoy and The Golden Peacock Yiddish Song School.

Also this month, I am very proud to say that we are supporting a wonderful production of Viktor Ullman's Emperor of Atlantis at the Arcola Theatre on 29th and 30th August. This is an amazing piece of theatre resonant with history, composed – as it was – in Theresienstadt before Ullman was deported to Auschwitz.

In other news, I'm particularly excited to be able to welcome Gil Karpas to the JMI team as Events Manager. Gil will be taking over from Yvonne Glass who will be retiring after many years of committed and enthusiastic service to JMI. Gil is an experienced promoter with a background in festivals, club nights and theatrical events, from Jewish music through world music, singer-songwriters, jazz and classical. Gil is also a hugely passionate person with tons of energy and lots of experience so we are thrilled to have him on board.

Don't forget that Klezmer in the Park will be with us very soon – looking forward to a glorious afternoon of music and dancing in Regents Park on 9th September.

Enjoy and best wishes


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Book Launch:
From Revolution to Repression

A free event in cooperation with Five Leaves Publications to mark the 60th anniversary of the execution of Soviet Yiddish writers. The afternoon will include speakers, musicians and a book launch. We hope you can make it.

Speakers include: Gennady Estrakh, Associate Professor, NYU ‘Why did Stalin murder Yiddish writers?' and Robert Chandler (translator of Grossman’s Life and Fate) ‘Vassily Grossman and Isaac Babel’

Book launch: ‘From Revolution to Repression – Soviet Jewish Writing 1917-52′ edited by Joseph Sherman, published by Five Leaves. RSVP and further info:

  Event information

Date: Sunday 12 August
Time: 2 - 5pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre G2, SOAS Russell Square Campus, London WC1H OXG
Price: FREE


Klezmer in the Park

Brought to you in association with the Mayor of London, the JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park has become something of an institution. This year’s artists include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, Monooka’s Caravan, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and She’koyokh introduced by BBC DJ Max Reinhardt. There’ll be Klezmer & Sephardi on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and free children’s activities. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.


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  Event information

Date: Sunday 9 September
Venue: Regent’s Park Bandstand
Price: FREE

  The Big Klezmer Jam

The Big Klezmer Jam is taking a break for the summer. We'll be back with our next Sunday Jam Session on OCTOBER 14th at the Calthorpe Arms, Kings Cross.

  Event information

Date: Sunday 14 October
Venue:Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, London W1X 8JR


Ot Azoy! and the Golden Peacock

Just three weeks left to go!! JMI’s annual Yiddish song and language school for all! The only way to improve your Yiddish language and song repertoire this Summer with top Yiddish experts from UK/Europe.



  Workshop information

Ot Azoy!
Dates: Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 - Friday, 17 Aug 2012

Golden Peacock
Dates: Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 - Friday, 17 Aug 2012

For more information please go to JMI’s Workshop & Classes


We welcome our new Events Manager, Gil Karpas, into the team. Gil will be starting with us at the end of the month. He will be taking over from Yvonne Glass, who is leaving us after 12 years of hard work and commitment.

As well as promoting and marketing a host of international artists and concert series, Gil is also a singer songwriter, a DJ across a number of radio stations, a regular contributor to BBC local Radio and a features writer for Time Out Israel, Billboard Magazine and The Jerusalem Post.

Gil is very excited to meet you all and hear what you like about JMI and what you would like to see more of, so please do say hello to him when you see him at our events!



Handel Furioso and The Emperor of Atlantis

Presented by Max Hoehn and Ardente Opera Company

JMI is proud to be supporting an adventurous double bill that pairs Handel Furioso, a piece of music-theatre using arias and duets from Handel’s greatest operas, with a production of Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, a haunting satire written in the Terezin concentration camp before the composer’s deportation to Auschwitz. Two rising stars, Anna Starushkevych (Winner of the 2012 Handel Singing Competition) and Robyn Allegra Parton (Kathleen Ferrier Award Finalist), appear in the Handel. Max Hoehn’s 2011 production of The Emperor of Atlantis returns with a new cast.


  Event information

Date: 29 - 30 August
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: ARCOLA TENT, 2 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Price: £18 (£14 concessions)


On The Banks Of The Tigris

Featuring Farida Mohammad Ali & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble, Yair Dalal, Ahmed Mukhtar

This concert is a celebration of Iraqi music and of the power that music has to unite people across religious boundaries and national borders. This concert brings together three musicians caught up in the Iraqi diaspora – the leading Maqam performer Farida Mohammad Ali (now resident in Holland); composer, violinist and oud player Yair Dalal (an Iraqi Jew who now lives in Israel) and the London-based oud player Ahmed Mukhtar. The concert is inspired by a documentary of the same name by Marsha Emerman and Majid Shokor which is currently in production. Excerpts from the show will be included in the finished film.


  Event information

Date: Thursday 27 September
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: LSO St Luke's
Price: £15 - 25
Produced by the Barbican


One Day: 3 Fabulous Events

The Klezmatics Featuring Sophie Solomon, Union Chapel

The Great Big Story Adventure – an interactive music and story workshop for children aged 4 and above, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate

A Musical East End Walk, Brick Lane