MUSIC HISTORY

MUSIC OF THE JEWS IN ITALY:
A LECTURE WITH MUSICAL SELECTIONS

Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat and
The Kolot HaLev Ensemble

Mike Langlois, piano

Presented by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

DATE: Sunday, March 6 2016
TIME: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hosted and cosponsored by:
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD 20850

From the 16th century to the present day, the impact of Italian art and popular music on the musical field has been overwhelming.  This same land of opera and bel canto has made a solid imprint on the liturgy of the Jews as well.  So welcoming was this land that Jews referred to it as I-Tal-Yah (Hebrew for “Island of God’s Dew”).

Join Hazzan (Cantor) Dr. Ramón Tasat, and members of the Kolot HaLev choir as we celebrate the music and history of Italian Jewry.  Enjoy a compilation of Jewish, operatic and popular melodies, accompanied by revealing explanations by Dr. Tasat about their origins.

Please stay for a reception and the opportunity to mingle with Dr. Tasat and his fellow artists.

ADMISSION IS FREE.
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CONCERT

KOLOT HALEV ANNUAL CONCERT

CANTATA EBRAICA
The Music of the Italian Jews through the Centuries

Kolot HaLev (Voices of the Heart) is a Jewish community choir in the greater Washington area.

DATE: Sunday, April 3 2016
TIME: 4:00 pm

Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Join Kolot HaLev and an ensemble of musicians as we celebrate the music of the Italian Jews. Enjoy a compilation of Jewish melodies with an operatic and popular flavor: music from Venice, Florence, Livorno, and Rome.

Admission:
$20 adults ($25 at the door) / $10 students & children
Tickets available at
www.KolotHaLev.org

For more information, send email to:
concert@KolotHaLev.org
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PERSONAL STORY

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF ITALY
& MY PARENTS’ STORIES

Loretta Vitale Saks

Presented by Shirat HaNefesh Congregation

DATE: Wednesday, May 4 2016
TIME: 7:00 pm

Shirat HaNefesh Congregation
North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Pkwy, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Loretta Vitale Saks will review the history of the Jews in Italy from ancient times through the Second World War, making special use of her mother’s moving written account of her teenage years in Italy during the period of Mussolini’s anti-Jewish Racial Laws.

Loretta grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Italian Jewish immigrants.  Her mother survived the German occupation of Italy and her father’s family arrived in the United States soon after the Racial Laws were enacted in Italy.

Inquiries?  Please call 240-292-9450.

ADMISSION IS FREE. Please RSVP by visiting:
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Loretta’s aunt’s wedding was the first to take place after the war in the Sinagoga di Torino, bombed during the war.

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HISTORY

THE GHETTOS OF ITALY

Dr. Bernard Cooperman

Louis L. Kaplan Professor of Jewish History
University of Maryland
Presented by Shirat HaNefesh Congregation

DATE: Sunday, May 22 2016
TIME: 3:30 pm – reception to follow

Shirat HaNefesh Congregation
North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Pkwy, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Bernard Cooperman (PhD, Harvard University) focuses on the development of communal institutions and political thought among Jews in early modern Italy.

Dr. Cooperman’s recent publications include
• The Jews of Italy: Memory and Identity edited by Barbara Garvin and Bernard Cooperman, (2008)
• Political Discourse in a Kabbalistic Register: Isaac De Lattes’ Plea for Stronger Communal Government, Be’erot Yitzhak, Isadore Twersky Memorial Volume (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004), and
• Theorizing Jewish Self-Government in Early Modern Italy, Una Manna Buona per Mantova. Man Tov le-Man Tovah. Studi in onore di Vittore Colorni per il suo 92° compleanno (Florence: Olschki, 2004).
Dr. Cooperman served as Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies from 1991 to 1997 and is now the Louis L. Kaplan Professor of Jewish History at the University of Maryland.

Inquiries?  Please call 240-292-9450.

ADMISSION IS FREE. Please RSVP by visiting:
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