Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture

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2019 Lineup of Events

YMHA/Rady JCC Celebrates 100 & Honouring Our Past Presidents
Rami Kleinstein and the Piano

Saturday, October 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Rady JCC Gym

Rami Kleinstein is Israel’s most popular contemporary singer and musician. Known as Israel’s Piano Man for his beautiful love songs, soothing voice and exquisite piano playing, Rami has been called the Israeli Elton John and Billy Joel. He has earned triple-platinum albums for his soulful ballads, and won accolades for his unforgettable live shows. While serving in the Israeli army as a musician, Rami met Rita, with whom he performed as a duo. Rami composed, arranged and produced many of Rita’s songs. In 2012 Rami joined the Israeli program The Voice as a mentor. The program was a phenomenal success and had a dramatic influence on the music industry of Israel. Rami continues to perform on stages throughout the world, receiving love and respect for his music.

This year, the YMHA/Rady JCC is celebrating its centennial anniversary – 100 years of providing programs, services and experiences to the Jewish community and community at large. This gala evening will include a tribute to the past presidents of the YMHA/Rady JCC, and a wine and dessert reception on “Main St” at the Asper Campus following the concert.

Film Screening: Best of the Fest
Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Sunday, October 27 – 2:00 p.m.
Berney Theatre

The hit play by William Gibson, (the longest-running, one-woman show in Broadway history) is now a feature film. A rare, multi-camera shoot from the play’s original run was recently unearthed and made into this riveting motion picture which features actress Tovah Feldshuh in her tour-de-force performance as Israel’s fourth Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. The story of a Jewish immigrant girl to America fleeing persecution in Russia, and her subsequent journey as a young school teacher, ideologist and kibbutznik in pre-state Israel, and finally, the iron-fisted grandmother and international leader, is one of the great personal stories of the 20th century. You won’t want to miss this powerful cinematic event.

Film Screening: Best of the Fest
Bag of Marbles

Monday, October 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Berney Theatre

Set in Paris, 1941, this family-friendly film is adapted from the the best-selling autobiographical novel by French author Joseph Joffo. With the merciless persecution of Jews underway, young Joseph and Maurice are sent away by their parents from their warm family environment to reach the Zone Libre. As the boys travel through, and out of, Nazi-occupied France, on their own, they learn to fend for themselves, sharpening their cunning and ingenuity, and relying on the occasional kindness of others. Bag of Marbles is full of gripping moments, lavish scenery, immaculate period detail, and features an ensemble of performances by some of France’s best known screen stars (Patrick Bruel plays the father and Elsa Zylberstein the mother, with standout performances by the young actors playing the Joffo boys). You live and breathe every moment of their story as the boys continue on, determined to reunite with their beloved family.

91A & 370H Panel

Tuesday, October 29 – 7:00 p.m.
Berney Theatre

This year the YMHA/Rady JCC is celebrating a milestone – 100 years. Please join our panelists as they share their memories of 91 Albert and 370 Hargrave. Audience participation is encouraged. Our special guests are Al Chisvin, Roz Greenfeld, Les Marks and Susan Turner. Kinzey Posen will moderate the panel.


The Best of Bette
Mal Magorel Pays Tribute to the Music of Bette Midler

Wednesday, October 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Berney Theatre

Winnipeg-based vocalist Mal Magorel brings you the best of Bette. This show, which was an overwhelming sellout during Music ‘N’ Mavens 2018, will be bigger and “bette”r than ever. Mal and her incredible seven piece band comprised of some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, will take you on a journey through Ms. Midler’s extensive musical catalogue including such hits as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind Beneath my Wings, The Rose among many others. This show is a must see for any Bette fan.


Family Musical Shabbat Dinner With Ravid Kahalani

Friday, November 1  Р6:00 p.m.
MPR (Multi Purpose Room)

Join us for a Yemeni Shabbat with Ravid Kahalani from Yemen Blues. Family atmosphere, interactive Shabbat experiences, delicious food, a Yemenite Kiddush, and acappella singing with Ravid.


Yemen Blues Presents The Great Hallel

Saturday, November 2 – 8:00 p.m
West End Cultural Centre – 586 Ellice Ave

After having sold out twice in Winnipeg at the Berney Theatre, and rocked the Winnipeg Folk Festival stages, we are presenting the full nine-piece Yemen Blues at the West End Cultural Centre in this all new project. Ravid Kahalani & Omer Avital first collaborated in 2010 with the creation of Yemen Blues. Since the group’s breakthrough in 2011, Yemen Blues has gone on to great international success. The two have again joined forces to present a new collaboration in their own powerful musical language. The new compositions presented by this project are carefully derived from Kahalani’s thoughtful reading into the deep spiritual meaning of the holy text from Tehillim (Psalms). Hallel (Hebrew: “Praise”) is a Jewish Prayer, a verbatim recitation from Psalms 113–118, recited by observant Jews on holy days as an act of praise and thanksgiving. This energetic project brings together the influence of Yemenite Jewish culture and Afro Funk groove. If you’ve experienced the excitement and magic of Yemen Blues, you won’t want to miss their newest fabulous project.

Take the Tarbut Bus: Leave your car at the Rady JCC. Enjoy return transportation to WECC. $5 Round Trip. Register by calling (204) 477-7510

Eva Wiseman Book Launch
Healing Lives: A Century of Jewish Physicians

Sunday, November 3 – 2:00 p.m.
Berney Theatre

Born in Hungary, Eva Wiseman came to Canada with her family when she was a girl. She began writing at a young age, and her first young adult novel, A Place Not Home, was a finalist for numerous literary awards across North America and was selected for the New York Public Library’s annual Best Books for the Teen Age list. Her second novel, My Canary Yellow Star, was also shortlisted for several awards, won the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award, and was selected for the New York Public Library’s annual Best Books for the Teen Age list. Her novel No One Must Know was equally critically acclaimed and won the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. Her novel Kanada was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and was the winner of the prestigious Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. Eva Wiseman is the mother of two, and she lives in Winnipeg with her husband. Book signing and reception to follow


Joel Chasnoff Stand Up Comedy Show

Sunday, November 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Berney Theatre

He’s a former IDF combat soldier and author of the comedic memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his service in the Israeli Army. A Chicago native, Joel has performed on stage and screen in nine countries, including two off-Broadway shows, a USO comedy tour of Japan and Korea, more than 1,000 Jewish events in North America and Europe, and Israeli late-night TV. A graduate of I.O. (formerly Improv Olympic) in Chicago and UCB and The PIT in New York, Joel performs improv and teaches his Improv Comedy 101 Workshop to adults and teens. A portion of proceeds from Joel’s comedy and book sales is donated to his foundation, Project Elijah.


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Tamar Barr РFestival Director   Karla Berbrayer РTarbut Music Producer