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The Life, Songs, and Poetry of Mordechai Gebirtig, with Ami Goodman
In this three-session workshop (7/25, 8/1, 8/8), learn of the life, songs. and poetry of Mordechai (Mordkhe) Gebirtig (1877-1942), probably the most beloved troubadour and composer of Yiddish folk songs and poetry during the period between the first and second world wars in Europe. Born in Krakow and apprenticed as a furniture worker, Gebirtig, without formal musical training, began writing songs and poetry in his early 20s – songs and poems which captured the life of fellow workers, family, calling for justice, love, resistance. and hope in the face of the rapidly growing threat to Jewish communities in Europe, reminiscent of Woody Guthrie and those who followed in our American folk tradition. The songs became popular throughout Europe and distant shores.
No knowledge of Yiddish needed. Translation and transliterations of these easily learnable songs will be provided.
Ami Goodman is a lifelong lover of music and song-leading, especially all genres of Jewish music.
Presented by the Aquarian Minyan Yeshiva of Berkeley. Donations requested.