Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County Presents Klezmer and Kabbalah: Expressions of the Jewish

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On November 27, 2012 the Merage Jewish Community Center will launch its new School of Lifelong Jewish Learning with a four day program exploring two important topics relating to Jewish history and culture: Klezmer and Kabbalah. Yale Strom and Daniel Harris, who are both experts in their field and lifelong learners themselves, will lead the program. This four day all-inclusive program is based on the Elderhostel concept of in-depth intellectual discovery.

Yale Strom

“When you participate in the Jewish Lifelong Learning series you will not only expand your mind, you will be in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life.

The last four days of November are the perfect time to enjoy a feast for the senses and an intellectual experience at the Merage Jewish Community Center's School of Lifelong Learning program Klezmer and Kabbalah. According to Geri Dorman, Merage JCC PrimeTime Adult Director, “When you participate in the Jewish Lifelong Learning series you will not only expand your mind, you will be in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life. Yale Strom and Daniel Harris are so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic about their topics. They are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share in your experience.”

The School of Lifelong Jewish Learning runs from November 27 through November 30th and includes seminars, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost for the entire program is $136. Reservations can be made online at the Merage JCC website or by calling the JCC at 949-435-3400.

Yale Strom is the world's leading scholar and musician of Klezmer and Roma music and history. His research was instrumental in forming the repertoire of his klezmer band, “Hot Pstromi”, based in New York and San Diego. Since organizing his band in 1981, he has composed original New Jewish music that combines klezmer with Chasidic melodies and other musical motifs. In addition he has composed original music for theatre, film and television. Yale’s thirteen CDs run the gamut from traditional Klezmer to "new" Jewish jazz. In 2006, he was appointed artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. Strom has also directed eight award-winning ethnographic documentary films, and written twelve books including his new book “Shpil! The Art of Playing Klezmer”. Yale will play the violin to demonstrate Klezmer music throughout the ages.

Daniel Y. Harris is the Executive Director of Hillel Foundation of Orange County. He holds an M.Div from The University of Chicago where he specialized in the history of religion and the science and methodology of interpreting texts. He wrote his dissertation on The Zohar. Daniel has also taught a range of topics from Kabbalah, Shakespeare, Kafka, Celan and Freud to the French Resistance at Lehrhaus Judaica, UC Berkeley and Sonoma State University. He is the author of Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Cervena Barva Press, 2012), Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue (with Adam Shechter, Cervena Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010) and Unio Mystica (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009). He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Some of his poetry, experimental writing, art, and essays have been published in BlazeVOX, Denver Quarterly, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, The New York Quarterly, In Posse Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry and Poetry Salzburg Review. Daniel Harris’ seminars will delve into Jewish mysticism & Kabbalah as sparks of infinity.

The Merage Jewish Community Center is located at 1 Federation Way in Irvine. The mission of the Merage JCC is to enrich our Jewish identities and create a vibrant community through excellent programs and services rooted in shared values and traditions. For more information call the Merage JCC at 040-435-3400.

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