Rady JCC Announces Full Line-Up For 2022 Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture

October 6, 2022


WINNIPEG, MB – The Rady JCC announces its 2022 line-up for Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture, taking place November 12 to 19, 2022.

“The annual festival brings people from all different backgrounds to gather as one community – the Tarbut community – to experience the best there is in Jewish music, literary, and film presentations,” said Laura Marjovsky, Director of Programming at the Rady JCC as well as the 2022 Tarbut Festival Director.

This year, a wide variety of programs featuring Israeli musicians, speakers, and award-winning films take place at the Asper Jewish Community Campus, located at 123 Doncaster Street in Winnipeg, as well as a special engagement at the iconic Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

“Our line-up features an incredible array of talent, including a first-of-its-kind live concert featuring Israeli musicians Passerby and local pop rock Indigenous music collective Indian City,” Marjovsky said. “The two groups will share the stage for the first time ever for a special concert at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.”

Tarbut is presented by the Rady JCC and produced by Karla Berbrayer. We are grateful to our title sponsor TD, as well as to our additional sponsors the Babs Asper Centre for Cultural Arts, The Asper Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Vickar Automotive Group, United Way, the Winnipeg Free Press, and the Jewish Post & News.

“It is a proven fact that one of the strongest forms of connection can be made through music and culture,” concluded Marjovsky. “It builds bridges of communication between various cultures, allowing us to learn from each other.”

A full lineup of events with descriptions can be found below. Tickets are now available for purchase by clicking visiting HERE


Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

Passerby + Indian City:

An Exchange of Israeli and Indigenous Culture Through Music (CONCERT)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights | $15 Member | $20 Non-Member


The Tarbut Festival has birthed countless artist firsts performed by musical mavericks. Co-curated by Indian City’s  Neewa Mason and Tarbut Festival Producer Karla Berbrayer, we are very excited to present the Passerby + Indian City project. A group of Israeli musicians, Passerby, will partake in a residency program in Winnipeg with members of the local pop rock Indigenous music collective Indian City. During several days of learning, visiting Indigenous sites and sharing music, Passerby and Indian City will gain understanding about each other’s cultures.

The culmination is a concert of shared music on stage, with a visual background of the video created during their time together.


Sunday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen (FILM)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | $10 Member | $12 Non-Member


2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen is a delightful documentary, narrated by Jeff Goldblum, that captures the humour and drama of director Norman Jewison’s quest to bring the iconic stage musical about Jewish life in Tsarist Russia to the big screen. Journey includes never before seen interviews with Jewison, composer John Williams, actor Topol and others who helped make what New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael, “The most powerful film musical ever.”


Monday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

Primrose Madayag Knazan: Across Cultures, Across the Sea (SPEAKER)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | $5 Member | $7 Non-Member


Winnipeg playwright and author Primrose Madayag Knazan will discuss the intersection of Filipino and Jewish cultural identity in her writing. Her latest play, Precipice, dives into a woman’s conversion to Judaism, how ritual brings her family together, and a journey that takes her to the Philippines to follow a story of Jewish survival. There will be a Q & A following this presentation led by Cantor Leslie Emery from Congregation Shaarey Zedek.


Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Truth Against Distortion – Survivors Speak Out Against the Rise in Hate (FILM)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | Free to Attend


The students of the Westwood Collegiate Historical Society present their film Truth Against Distortion – Survivors Speak Out Against the Rise in Hate. Under the direction of their award-winning teacher, Kelly Hiebert (Governor General’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching History), students under the guidance of the Jewish Heritage Centre interviewed local Holocaust Survivors and produced a film focusing on Survivors’ experiences and the current rise in antisemitism and Holocaust distortion. There will be a Q & A following this presentation.


Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.

Rami Sherman (Major Reserves, retired)  presents
The Story That Never Ends: Operation Entebbe and Me (SPEAKER)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | $10 Member | $12 Non-Member


On June 27, 1976, a plane carrying 248 passengers on route from Paris to Tel Aviv was hijacked by 4 terrorists. The plane is directed to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda where the ruler provides support and protection to the hijackers as they await the response to their demands from the Israeli government. On June 29 all 148 non-Jewish hostages were released. The hijackers threaten to kill Jewish hostages if their demands are not met. On July 4, 1976, Operation Entebbe is ordered operational. In this presentation, you will hear its story from Rami Sherman – someone who was there.


Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Lara Secord-Haid & Tadeusz Bernacki present

All Mute Things Speak (CONCERT)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | $30 Member | $36 Non-Member


Lara Secord-Haid, soprano, and Tadeusz Bernacki, piano, will perform a recital braiding poetry from the languages of Sephardi and Ashkenaz Jewry interwoven by Modern and Contemporary composers from Canada, Israel, and France.  Poets Rosalia de Castro, King Solomon, Yuval Rabin, Rosa Nevadovska and some mysterious yet eloquent people whose names have been lost to history, will be featured, as well as Sephardic music from local composer Sid Robinovitch.


Friday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.

Family Musical Shabbat Dinner featuring


Multi-Purpose Room, AJCC | $16 Adult | $12 Child | Free under 2


This family musical Shabbat dinner will feature Orit Shimoni, acclaimed Canadian Israeli musician, who has traveled the world bringing her sweet and inspiring music to children and adults alike. This special dinner is a chance to be with your family, enjoy a delicious meal, and participate in the beautiful music of Shabbat.


Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m.

Prairie Hearts present A Celebration of Jewish Stars (CONCERT)

Berney Theatre, AJCC | $30 Member | $36 Non-Member


For those who caught the closing concert of Tarbut 2021, we have brought back Part 2 of A Celebration of Jewish Stars from this group of killer musicians and vocalists. Led by Paul De Gurse on keyboards, with Julia Kroft and Reid McTavish on vocals, Duncan Cox on guitar, Ruslan Rusin on bass, and Brendan Thompson on drums, this six-piece band will go on a journey of outstanding music written by Jewish composers or sung by Jewish singers.


For all Tarbut Festival inquiries, please contact:

Sheldon Appelle
Manager of Marketing, Communications & Digital Content
Rady JCC