Sun Jun 04 2023


Pacific Daylight Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Let’s Mock Hypocrisy with Pepi Litman & the Broderzingers, with Jeanette Lewicki

The Broderzingers, including Pepi Litman, were wandering entertainers who helped create modern Jewish comedy with their satirical Yiddish songs about life in Eastern Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. Some were ex-choir singers, former cantors, or clowns from the Hasidic rabbis’ courts; some were male, some female; many were cross-dressers; they pushed the boundaries of “proper” behavior & mocked hypocrisy wherever they saw it.  Singer/accordionist Jeanette Lewicki will teach a number of Broder songs, including some from Pepi’s repertoire, along with context and back stories. Songs will be taught by ear using a rich variety of source recordings, with transliteration and translations provided.

Songsheets, audio recordings, and source links will be available to participants. No video of the workshop will be available.

This event is co-presented by Workers Circle of Northern California.

About Jeanette Lewicki

About The Pepi Litman Project »


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