Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture

Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture

The Rady JCC is pleased to present the annual Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture!

Featuring both local and out-of-town performers, Tarbut (which is Hebrew for culture) showcases the best of Jewish culture through a variety of mediums. Framed by the annual Jewish Book Fair and integrating the Israeli Concert Series, Tarbut’s program line-up will include Jewish musical concerts, prominent author presentations, compelling Jewish feature films and visual arts.

Music Producer: Karla Berbrayer

Program Director: Kinzey Posen

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David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana: Roots

Berney Theatre, Rady JCC

David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana: Roots is an award winning musical fusion of Latin, Klezmer, and Jazz. A band of killer musicians dazzle in this Jewish-Cuban connection. David Buchbinder, trumpet, with Grammy nominated Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, percussionist Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, vocalist Maryem Tollar, and Winnipeg’s own Steve Kirby on bass, will make the stage “hot, hot, hot”. Salsa to the Berney for a night of music more caliente than your average chili pepper. This is definitely not your grandma’s klezmer.

David Broza

West End Cultural Centre

Israeli superstar David Broza is one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the business.

He grew up in Israel, Spain and England and fuses his seminal influences into a breathtaking performance. Ranging from flamenco-flavoured rhythmic and percussive techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to his signature rock ‘n ‘roll sound, Broza is a must see performer. Since 1977, Broza has been active in bringing the message of peace to the masses and his song Yihye Tov has become an anthem for the peace process.

Broza Bus
Transportation available for a nominal fee.
(leave car at Asper Jewish Community Campus)

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Left versus Right:
The Battle for Israel’s Soul
Jonathan Tobin and J.J. Goldberg


In this riveting debate, Jonathan Tobin argues that Israel stands on the front line of a global conflict between Islamist terrorism and Western democracy.

J.J. Goldberg contends that Israel could enter a regional alliance with moderate Sunni states, if it accepted the Saudi-led Arab Peace Initiative leading to a Palestinian state. Complicated and controversial, Tobin is the senior online editor and chief political blogger of Commentary and is a frequent commentator on domestic politics, Israel, and Jewish affairs. J.J. Goldberg is editor-at-large of the newspaper, The Forward, where he’s been for seven years. Goldberg is the author of Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment, published in 1996.

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The Libyans


These renowned Israeli musicians bring to the stage the sacred music of the Jews of Libya.  The rich musical traditions of Arabic, African, Turkish, Greek, and Iranian music blend to showcase the fascinating traditions of the African East. Authentic and rare piyutim, ancient traditional poems, have been compiled by accomplished oud player, Yaniv Raba, a descendant of Libyan Jewish cantors. Exotic instruments never before seen on the Tarbut stage, such as the Persian qanun  ( a type of large zither) will make their Winnipeg debut, along with a wide variety of percussion instruments that the audience will hear for the first time.  Led by Yankale Segal,  ( Idan Raichel Project, Chava Alberstein)  and Yaniv Raba,  these outstanding musicians are known internationally for their contributions to ethnic and world music.

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Ester Reiter
A Future without Hate or Need, the Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada


Former Winnipegger Ester Reiter is a professor emerita in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. Her most recent work A Future without Hate or Need, The promise of the Jewish Left in Canada, brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community and their Jewish identity. Ester will focus her talk on the Winnipeg Jewish Left.
Presented in cooperation with the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.

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Winnipeg Authors’ Spotlight

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 10:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Join us as four local authors discuss their newly-released books, through readings and discussions, on Sunday, Nov. 13 during Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture.

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Jewish Book Fair Sale
Winnipeg’s most extensive selection of books, music, Chanukah items and gifts for sale.


Sundays, November 13 & 20
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 14 – Thursday, Nov. 17
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Book sale will also be open at the evening Tarbut programs.

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