Wine, Women and Song - Saturday Night Performances

On Saturday night there will be 4 simultaneous performances. All four performances will run 8-9pm and then be repeated 9:15-10:15pm. Doors open at 7:30.

GITAt the conclusion of the second set of performances, there will be a kumsitz and a wine and dessert reception.

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Girls in Trouble 

Inspired by storyteller- songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, bandleader Alicia Jo Rabins creates first-person songs based on obscure stories of Biblical women, investigating the hidden places where their complicated lives overlap with hers. Half You Half Me retains the emotional vulnerability and poetic focus of Girls in Trouble’s self-titled debut while broadening the band’s sound into eclectic, atmospheric landscapes. 

A Cappella: S'madar and Tizmoret

Smadar fall 2013S’madar is the Pluralistic Jewish Women’s a cappella group of the Columbia/ Barnard Hillel. Founded in 2006, S’madar has grown both in number and in talent over the years. We have traveled around the Tri-State Area, and have recently been performing in communities beyond that region. Dedicated to the singing of both Jewish and Secular music, we sing music from a variety of genres. S'madar's repertoire ranges from liturgical music, to contemporary English music, to Israeli pop music, to 80's hits! S’madar performs at schools, community centers, synagogues, celebrations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, fundraisers, and we also do workshops! Most importantly, we are a group of young women who love to sing, have fun, and get to know different communities wherever we go.

TizmoretTizmoret is in its seventeenth year as Queens College Hillel’s professional Jewish a cappella group. Tizmoret draws singers from colleges throughout New York City and has taken Jewish collegiate a cappella to the next level, performing classic Jewish melodies, American pop music and contemporary Israeli tunes. They have produced five CDs, with their most recent release, “Transitory,” receiving critical acclaim in contemporary Jewish and secular a cappella circles.

Tizmoret has performed for college campuses, countless b’nei-mitzvah and synagogues, and various music festivals across the Eastern United States. They recently toured the east coast, won the 5th annual Long Island College A Cappella Challenge, won Kol HaOlam, the first National College Jewish A Cappella Competition, and performed in Italy at a New Year’s party! The group is directed by Daniel Henkin.


The Voice of the Woman in Jewish Folktales and Songs

Presented by the Minstrel and the Storyteller

     To hear all the fascinating Jewish stories and songs that women have told or in which they are the main character would take more than 1001 nights – and days. In this program, Storyteller Peninnah Schram and singer/guitarist Gerard Edery interweave folktales and songs of various genres from the Sephardic (Middle Eastern) and Ashkenazic (Eastern European) oral traditions.
     Women in midrashim and Jewish folklore are often learned, wise, strong – and they use their voices to advise, sing, question, comfort, pray, warn, cry, speak words of Torah and of love – and sometimes they remain silent too. Together Peninnah and Gerard will present stories and songs of how women have used their voices, what wisdom we can learn from them, and in turn, teach our younger generations.  

Peninnah and Gerard

Gerard Edery is recognized as a leading musical folklorist, master singer and guitarist. He has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles from around the world, singing in over fifteen languages. He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Florence Gould Hall, United Nations in New York and Geneva, Kimmel Center, Royce Hall, Tanglewood, Fez Festival of Sacred Music, Festival Cervantino, Vilnius Folk Festival, Spitafield Festival and The Folk Music Festival in Warsaw, among many others. He is a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and has recorded 14 CDs of his work on the Sefarad Records label and published a widely acclaimed Sephardic Songbook. (

Peninnah Schram – storyteller, author - is known internationally for her elegant and dynamic presentations. Ms Schram is Professor of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She has appeared as a featured storyteller across the globe. Peninnah is the author of twelve books of Jewish folktales, and has recorded a CD “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. She is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award by The Covenant Foundation, The Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network for "a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance" and the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network "for sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.


OFir: Performance and Q & A


Musical Performance by Ofir Ben Shitrit, finalist on Israeli "The Voice." Ofir was suspended from her Orthodox high school for appearing on the show and violating kol isha. Ofir will answer questions following her performance. 

Read about Ofir's suspension here.
Watch Ofir perform here.


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