Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture

Music Producer: Karla Berbrayer

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Jazz Violin  … Live and On Screen

Aaron Weinstein

Saturday, November 10, 8:00 pm

Called “the Groucho of the violin” by Tony Bennett and “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein “is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.” (Don Heckman, International Review of Music). As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, and at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Aaron is the recipient of a New York City Nightlife Award and New York City Bistro Award. Accompanied by local musician Ron Paley on piano, and Julian Bradford on bass, Aaron will perform live jazz interspersed with film clips of jazz greats, and a dialogue with the audience.

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Ellin Bessner

Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II

Sunday, November 11, 2:00 pm

Double Threat contains many stories and interviews about personnel who served from Winnipeg, and from Western Canada. The book  highlights Monty Hall, David Steinberg’s brother Hymie, Saul Cherniack, Joseph Ludwig, Issie Yamron, Oscar Antel, Clifford Shnier, Yude Brownstone, Israel Freedman, Sam Sheps, David Golden, Hymie Greenberg, Abe Arbour, Jack Secter, and civilian Dr. Louis Slotin, who helped invent the atomic bombs dropped on Japan to end the war. Until now their contribution to Canadian history has never been fully known. On Remembrance Day, author Ellin Bessner tells us who these Jewish Canadians were, why they served, what their lives were like as Jews,  in Canada, in the barracks, and on the battlefield.

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Chaim Bezalel & Yonnah Ben Levy

Touching on Place: Architectural Elements in Israel

Monday, November 12, 7:30 pm

Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy are dual citizens of the U.S. and Israel. Their book Touching on Place, Architectural Elements in Israel contains 77 images of paintings depicting the history of Israel through architectural elements. It is not an architecture book, nor a history book, but a cross-genre art book, composition and colour play a large role. A display of hand painted prints the paintings will accompany the presentation. The program will include several short videos, readings of excerpts, and an opportunity for questions and answers. The prints will be displayed for sale throughout the festival.

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Bye Bye Germany

Es war einmal in Deutschland

Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 pm

The end of WWII finds suave smooth-talking entrepreneur David Bermann recruiting fellow Holocaust survivors to sell overpriced “luxury” linens to guilt-ridden Germans. Mixing madcap adventures with searing post war examinations; this bittersweet movie is about grappling with a painful past while rediscovering life’s pleasures. Based on co-screenwriter Michel Bergmann’s debut novel The Traveling Salesmen, and his own, often funny, family history of Jews left behind in Germany after the war.

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Norwegian International Film Festival, Audience Award Winner, Best Film, 2017

Comedy/Drama, Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium, 2017, German with English subtitles, Director: Sean Garbarski, 102 minutes

Borochov Dynasty

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 pm

Israeli born, Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov’s search for his personal roots resulted in this new project: Borochov Dynasty.

Itamar’s father Yisrael, is known for his work with the East-West Ensemble and the founding of East-West House in Jaffa, Israel. Brother Avri Borochov is a classically trained double bass player, and has collaborated with a wide array of jazz musicians worldwide. Added to this talented family mix, is Ariel Alaev, of the Alaev Family musical group, drummer Aviv Cohen (aka Sol Monk) Persian Nay Master Amir Shahsar – and a whirlwind supply of ethnic instruments, including jumbush, zuma, and doira.

The Borochov Dynasty shares its family history of Bukharian Jewish sacred music, in this North American premiere.

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Rabbi Irwin Kula

Beyond Tribe and Creed: Religion as a Path to Human Flourishing

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 pm

Acclaimed journalist and award-winning author Rabbi Irwin Kula inspires people worldwide by using Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life. Irwin Kula is a disruptive spiritual innovator and rogue thinker. A 7th generation rabbi he is Co-President of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; a do-tank committed to making Jewish a Public Good. He’s been listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s “most influential rabbis.” He is the Co-founder and Executive Editor of Daily. A popular commentator in both new and traditional media, Irwin is the author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (2006).

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Family Musical Shabbat Dinner

Featuring Children’s Entertainer Carl Berger

Friday, November 16, 6:00 pm

From Toronto and a father of two, Carl is also a Juno-nominated musician that has been working with children for over 20 years, offering performances and workshops in schools, camps and daycares.  This special musical Family Shabbat Dinner is a chance to be with your family, enjoy a delicious meal and participate in the beautiful music of Shabbat.

Yael Deckelbaum

Prayer of the Mother’s Ensemble

Saturday, November 17, 8:00 pm at West End Cultural Centre – 586 Ellice Ave

Yael Deckelbaum is an award-winning Israeli/ Canadian singer-songwriter and activist. She is a founding member of the legendary trio Habanot Nechama, whose single So Far sold over 50,000 copies and became a #1 hit in Israel.

The song Prayer of the Mothers, which has over 4 million views on You Tube, was born as a result of an alliance made between Yael Deckelbaum and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”. On October 4, 2016, Jewish and Arab women began the “March of Hope” project, a call that reached its peak on October 19th, in a march of at least 4,000 women – half of them Palestinian, half Israeli, in a joint prayer for peace.

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Tarbut Bus: Leave your car at the Rady JCC. Enjoy return transportation to WECC.

$5 round trip Advance Registration

Yael Deckelbaum and Mira Eilabouni

Can Women Wage Peace?

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 am
Adult Lounge 123 Doncaster St.

After hearing them sing at the West End Cultural Centre Saturday November 17, come join us for an intimate chat with Yael and Mira to learn more about their mission of peace.

Yael, Israeli, and Mira, Palestinian, will share their experiences in the Women Wage Peace movement and their hopes for a better future in the Middle East.


Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm

This intimate and enchanting documentary of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman takes us from the first years of the boy born to non-musical Polish Immigrants in pre-Israel Tel Aviv, to Julliard in New York and then to the great stages of concert music. The movie also delves into Perlman’s daily physical struggles resulting from the polio he caught as a child. Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, and Mozart to making soup for pal Alan Alda, this feel good film is a portrait of a maestro and a real mensch.

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Winner Audience Awards 2018 Atlanta and Miami Jewish Film Festivals

Documentary  |  USA  |  2017  |  English

Director: Alison Chernick  |  80 minutes

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