Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture


The Rady JCC is grateful to our title sponsor TD as well as Babs Asper Centre for Cultural Arts, The Asper Foundation, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Canadian museum for Human Rights, Vickar Automotive Group, Winnipeg Free Press and The Jewish Post & News for their support.

Tarbut is presented by the Rady JCC and is proudly produced once again by Karla Berbrayer.


Tarbut Festival Brochure

Saturday, November 12  |  8:00 pm

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

$15 M  |  $20 NM

Passerby + Indian City

An Exchange of Israeli and Indigenous Culture through Music

The Tarbut Festival has birthed countless artist firsts performed by musical mavericks.

Co-curated by Indian City’s Neewa Mason and Tarbut Music Producer Karla Berbrayer, we are very excited to present the Passerby and 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 of this residency program is a concert of shared music on stage at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, with a visual background of the video created during their time together. This is a not to be missed experience!

Sunday, November 13  |  7:00 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  $10 M  |  $12 NM

Film Screening – Best of the Fest

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Documentary | USA | 2022 | English | Director: Daniel Raim | 88 min

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 called “the most powerful film musical ever.”

Monday, November 14  |  7:00 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  $5 M  |  $7 NM

Primrose Madayag Knazan

Across Cultures, Across the Sea

Winnipeg playwright & author Primrose Madayag Knazan will discuss the intersection of Filipino and Jewish cultural identity in her writing. Her latest play, Precipice, winner of the 2021 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, 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. Primrose’s first novel, Lessons in Fusion, has been nominated for several literary awards including the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, and the Willow Awards Saskatchewan

Young Reader’s Choice Award.

Q&A to follow led by Cantor Leslie Emery of Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Tuesday, November 15  |  7:00 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  FREE

TRUTH AGAINST DISTORTION: Survivors Speak Out Against the Rise in Hate

The students of the Westwood (Collegiate) Historical Society present their film, “Truth Against Distortion: Survivors Speak out Against Hate.” Under the direction of their award-winning teacher, Kelly Hiebert (Governor General’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching History), students interviewed local Holocaust survivors and produced a film focusing on survivor experiences and the current rise in antisemitism and Holocaust distortion. The Jewish Heritage Centre was pleased to provide guidance to Kelly and his students throughout production and editing of the film.

Reception and Q&A to follow

Wednesday, November 16  |  7:00 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  $10 M  |  $12 NM

Rami Sherman

The Story That Never Ends: Operation Entebbe and Me

On June 27, 1976, a plane carrying 248 passengers en 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. Tonight, you will hear its story from Rami Sherman – someone who was there.

Thursday, November 17  |  7:30 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  $30 M  |  $36 NM

Lara Secord-Haid & Tadeusz Bernacki

All Mute Things Speak

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 pm

MPR – Asper Jewish Community Campus

$16 adult  |  $12 child  |  free UNDER 2

Family Musical Shabbat Dinner

Featuring Orit Shimoni

Orit Shimoni, acclaimed Canadian Israeli musician, has traveled the world bringing her sweet and inspiring music to children and adults alike.

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.

Tickets: nhalberthal@radyjcc.com | 204.477.7533

Saturday, November 19  |  8:00 pm

BERNEY THEATRE – Asper Jewish Community Campus   |  $30 M  |  $36 NM

Prairie Hearts

A Celebration of Jewish Stars

For those of you 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. And for those unlucky enough to miss it – don’t make that mistake twice!

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 takes us on a journey of outstanding music written by Jewish composers or sung by Jewish singers.

Including musical icons Carole King, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon and numerous others, we hope to have you on your feet before the end of the evening.







Jewish Book Fair & Tarbut Shuk/Market

November 12-19

Berney Theatre Foyer

Books, music, Chanukah items and gifts for sale