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Klezmer Revival Concert Held at Temple Emanu-El

Gregory Battaglia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 • 12:22am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Sunday, Livingston’s Temple Emanu-El of West Essex hosted The Klezmer group Tsu Fil Duvids, which is Yiddish for “too many Davids,” in a revival concert, which was coordinated by Bobi Littman from the Adult Education Committee, as one of the temple’s largest functions of the year. A full-course hot dinner catered by Argyle Market followed the concert.

The upbeat and lively Jewish folk music, in the tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, invited members of the congregation to join in through clapping, dancing, and in one song—singing along.

The ensemble was headed by Dave Goldfarb on clarinet, with Dave Schiff on bass, Dave Sochlossberg on piano, Rob “Dave” Siebert on fiddle, Rich Dave Buchbinder on Melodica, and Beverly Davida Novick on Poyk, and also comprised violin, trumpet accordion, keyboard, and drums.

Throughout the evening, Goldfarb gave historical backgrounds about many of the songs. He explained that Greek and other Eastern European regions influenced the music and that the origin of Klezmer comes from the Hebrew words kle, which means “vessel” in Hebrew, and zemer, which means “song/music” in Hebrew.

“Through time and Yiddish influence, the words were combined to form the genre Kezmer,” said Goldlfarb.

He also provided insight into some of the origin and history of the music and said, “Often thought of as “Jewish Jazz,” it is actually not as improvised as one would think.”

“These types of programs draw from beyond the congregation, and are always a good time,” said Robert Ehrlich, who was in charge of lights and photography for the event.

Ehrlich’s wife Holli said that she “always loves anything at temple Emanu-El—it is nice enjoying Sunday with temple, family, music and dinner.” 

Guest Steve Herber said, “We always enjoy the concerts and it’s a lovely way to end the weekend.”

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