The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music is a free monthly concert series presenting original music drawing from the Jewish cultural experience. Hosted by BackRoom at The Boston Synagogue, co-presented by JArts, and live-streaming everywhere, the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music highlights the best in Jewish-influenced music by composers and performers who live right here in our own backyard.

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2022-2023 (5783) Season

2.1. Mamaliga

Emerging Artist Series

Sunday, September 11 2022, 3:00 PM

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2.2 Opening Night Showcase

Featuring Albino Mbie, Derek David, Fabiola Méndez, Mamaliga, Matthew Shifrin, Nat Seelen, and more!

Wednesday, October 26 2022, 7:00 PM

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2.3 Yasmin Tal/Untitled Roots

Emerging Artists Series

Postponed - Stay tuned for new date!

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2.4 New Klezmer Dances

It's a dance party! Featuring the BFNJM All Stars Klezmer Band

Wednesday, November 30 2022, 7:00 PM

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2.5 Moshe Elmakias

Emerging Artist Series

Sunday, December 11 2022, 3:00 PM

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2.6 Matthew Shifrin

New Yiddish Opera

Wednesday, December 21 2022, 7:00 PM

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2.7 Albino Mbie

Beregovski's Kholem, part 1

Wednesday, January 25 2023, 7:00 PM

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2.8 Beth Bahia Cohen

Wednesday, February 22 2023, 7:00 PM

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2.9 Derek David

Saturday, March 18 2023, 7:00 PM

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2.10 Ilene Stahl's Klezperanto

Wednesday, April 26 2023, 7:00 PM

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2.11 Fabiola Méndez

Beregovski's Kholem, part 2

Wednesday, May 24 2023, 7:00 PM

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2.12 Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Beregosvki's Kholem, part 3

Wednesday, June 21 2023, 7:00 PM

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Volunteer

Behind every incredible event is a crew of wonderful volunteers helping everything run smoothly. Volunteers support the #BFNJM through checking audience members in at the front, setting and striking the room, monitoring the live stream, and more. If you're interested in joining the team, fill out the form below and we will be in touch soon.

Perform

Our success depends on our community of amazing musicians. If you would like to be considered to perform for an upcoming season, fill out the form below and we will respond as soon as we are able.

Donate

Our concerts are free to attend but not to produce. In fact, they're rather expensive, because we're committed to compensating our artists and technical staff appropriately for their work. If you believe that bringing great music to the people of Boston is a worthwhile endeavor, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the #BFNJM today.

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About the #BFNJM

The Boston Festival of New Jewish Music was created by local musicians who believe that:

  • People find meaning and joy in art and community, and communities come together around shared experiences, especially regular meetings over time.

  • We all benefit from hearing great concerts and musicians benefit from the opportunity to develop and present new works to people excited to hear them.

  • A strong cultural ecosystem is part of what makes the Boston area so vital and strong.

  • Great Jewish music is great music. You don’t need to be from the South Bronx to love hip hop or from Panama to love reggaeton; why should you need to know the difference between the Torah and the Talmud to fall in love with Abigale Reisman’s violin or Zach Mayer’s saxophone? Our music is from a certain cultural place, but it’s for everyone.

  • Art should be accessible to everyone in our broader community. Especially after the past 18 months has made hearing live music so difficult, we are doubling down on accessibility. Concerts are free and live-streamed for folks who can’t attend in person. For those who can, the venue is totally handicapped accessible and an easy walk from the Red Line, Orange Line, Green Line, and BlueBike stations.


If you believe any of these things, or just want to hear some amazing concerts, join us for this season of the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music.


Partners

Special thanks go out to our partner organizations for believing in and supporting live music at such a difficult time for musicians.


The Boston Synagogue

A wonderful spirit is alive at The Boston Synagogue. We are a warm, small, neighborhood shul, and the only synagogue located in the heart of downtown with Shabbat and Holiday Services 52 weeks per year.

Our Mission is to serve the needs of the diverse community of Jews in downtown Boston, whether through joyful participatory worship, Friday Night Dinners, Saturday morning Kiddush, or Holiday celebrations, as well as with a slew of Cultural Events and other fun and engaging opportunities to connect with our open, vibrant community. The Shul also offers dynamic learning experiences for everyone, from our growing Hebrew School to Adult Education programs.

http://bostonsynagogue.org/


JArts Boston

JArts™ brings people together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression.

We believe in the unique power of arts and culture to build connections. Art, food, literature, music, and more allow us to better understand the life experiences of others as well as our own, and help to build a vibrant and more tolerant future for both our Jewish and Greater Boston communities.


JArts™ creates programs that bring people together — in the Greater Boston area and around the world — to celebrate and elevate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression. Let culture connect us.

https://jartsboston.org/


CJP - Combined Jewish Philanthropies

At CJP, we are working every day to make our world a better place. We’re raising and investing money, building relationships and growing partnerships to address our community’s greatest challenges, and offering diverse opportunities to build a meaningful Jewish life.

https://www.cjp.org/

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters!

NEFA

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Boston Cultural Council

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

Newton Cultural Council

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local council that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council and the City of Newton


Mass Cultural Council


CJP


JArts


You?

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