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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2021-2022 (5782) Season

1.1. Zach Mayer

Live CD Release for Zamru

Wednesday, October 6 2021, 7:00 PM

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1.2. Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh

Wednesday, November 17 2021, 7:00 PM

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1.4 An Evening of New Yiddish Song

Wednesday, January 19 2022, 7:00 PM

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1.3 Abigale Reisman

Wednesday, March 9 2022, 7:00 PM

(POSTPONED FROM DECEMBER 22 2021)

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1.6 Edmar & Tutti

Wednesday, March 23 2022, 7:00 PM

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1.7 Sarah Aroeste

Bake and sing!

Wednesday, April 27 2022, 7:00 PM

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1.8 Yoni Battat

CD preview for Fragments

Wednesday, May 25 2022, 7:00 PM

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1.5 Naftule's Dream

Celebrating 25 Years of Radical Jewish Music

Rescheduled to Wednesday, June 8 2022, 7:00 PM

(POSTPONED FROM February 23 2022)

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1.9 Nat Seelen

Premiere for The Wedding | Di Khassene

Wednesday, June 22 2022, 7:00 PM

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1.10 Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Tzvey Brider + Baymele

Wednesday, July 5th, 2022, 7:00 PM

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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.

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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.

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 inaugural 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/


The Forward

We're proud to partner with the Forward, the nation's oldest and leading Jewish news organization. The Forward is offering an exclusive offer for BFNJM registrants: Get 6 months of the Forward for only $15 (75% off!) and get unlimited access to news, culture and opinion — all through a Jewish lens. Claim your subscription at Forward.com/partneroffer and use promo code bostonsynagogue at checkout.

https://forward.com


The Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Founded in 1968, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) assists New York City’s immigrant communities to sustain their distinctive performing arts traditions and promotes cross-cultural understanding by sharing these art forms with audiences across the city. Nationally renowned for programs that combine research, documentation, presentation and education, CTMD assists immigrant communities in passing traditions to new generations.

https://ctmd.org/


Kleztival

The Jewish Music Institute Brasil proudly presents Kleztival 2021, the 12th International Jewish Music Festival. In Brasil and online at http://imjbrasil.com.br.


Yiddish Summer Weimar

We're delighted to call Yiddish Summer Weimar our mishpuche. Yiddish Summer Weimar (YSW) began life as a weekend workshop in 1999. Today it spans a whole month and has become one of the world's leading summer programs for the study, creation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Yiddish culture.

https://yiddishsummer.eu/


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


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