Making Music Happen

Twenty-two JCCs across North America received grants from JCC Association to engage their communities through Making Music Happen, the Soundtrack of Jewish Life in North America, a Centennial Celebration grant opportunity. The generous funding for Making Music Happen came from Marvin J. Pertzik, a former JCC Association board member in cooperation with the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, and will enable JCCs to create a variety of individual music projects tailored to the their communities’ interests and needs.

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Making Music Happen: The Soundtrack of Jewish Life in North America

January 15, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
JCC of Greater Baltimore, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD 21117 United States

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Naturally 7 and the Maccabeats will perform two shows here, together, for the first time ever – live!

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Making Music Happen: Yiddish Las Vegas

January 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
JCC of Southern Nevada, 8689 West Sahara Dr #180
Las Vegas, NV 89117 United States

JCC of Southern Nevada present Yiddish Las Vegas, an intergenerational, community-wide culture festival.

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Making Music Happen: The Mosaic Project: Cultural Fusion in Toronto’s Jewish Music Scene

February 1, 2017
JCC Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St
Maple, Ontario L6A 3Z8 Canada

The Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Vaughan, Ontario kicks off The Mosaica Project: Cultural Fusion in Toronto’s Jewish Music Scene. The program celebrates the community’s diversity through music and culinary heritage.

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Making Music Happen: Violins of Hope

February 1, 2017 - February 16, 2017
Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 80 McIntosh Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232 United States

Making Music Happen: The Soundtrack of Jewish Life in North America: Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Florida presents Violins of Hope.

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Making Music Happen: Jewish Music with Soul

February 23, 2017
Galbut Family JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33140 United States

Making Music Happen: The Soundtrack of Jewish Life in North America: The Galbut Family JCC in Miami Beach, Florida starts its concert series, Jewish Music with Soul celebrating the community’s local singers.

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Making Music Happen: Cultural Fusion in Toronto’s Jewish Music Scene

March 1, 2017
Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St
Maple, ON L6A 3Z8 Canada

The Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Vaughan, Ontario continues The Mosaica Project: Cultural Fusion in Toronto’s Jewish Music Scene. The program celebrates the community’s diversity through music and culinary heritage.

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Making Music Happen: Musician in Residence

March 1, 2017
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States

Musician in Residence gets underway at the Jewish Community Center of East Bay in Berkeley, California. The JCC has hired a musical educator to develop learning opportunities and a performance showcasing the diversity of the community.

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Making Music Happen: Jewish Music with Soul

March 9, 2017
Galbut Family JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33140 United States

The Galbut Family JCC in Miami Beach, Florida continues its concert series, Jewish Music with Soul celebrating the community’s local singers.

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Making Music Happen: Musician in Residence

April 1, 2017
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States

Musician in Residence continues at the Jewish Community Center of East Bay in Berkeley, California. The JCC has hired a musical educator to develop learning opportunities and a performance showcasing the diversity of the community.

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Making Music Happen: Jewish Music with Soul

April 8, 2017
Galbut Family JCC, 4221 Pine Tree Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33140 United States

The Galbut Family JCC in Miami Beach, Florida continues its concert series, Jewish Music with Soul celebrating the community’s local singers.

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Making Music Happen: One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community

May 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, 5601 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77096 United States

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston, Texas, presents “One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community,” showcasing works of spoken word and music as part of the community building the JCC has done following devastating floods in 2015 and 2016.

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Mayerson JCC – “Pianist Eric Himy Presents: Gershwin in Paris”

May 3, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236 United States

The Mayerson JCC will invite Jewish-American pianist Eric Himy to Cincinnati for a three-day residency, when he will conduct classes and lectures and perform a concert at the JCC. Himy, a Julliard graduate, will demonstrate how Jewish composers such as George Gershwin have contributed to creating the American soundtracks of jazz, blues, and Broadway, while engaging the JCC’s diverse pool of participants.

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Jewish Community Alliance: “Tales of the Forgotten Kingdom”

May 14, 2017
Jewish Community Alliance Portland, 57 Ashmont St
Portland, ME 04103 United States

The Jewish Community Alliance’s music project will celebrate Jewish culture by introducing the sounds of the almost forgotten Sephardic communities of the Balkans and Mediterranean though both performance, and workshops. The project includes hosting the Guy Mendilow ensemble trio in Portland, Maine. Workshops will extend the JCCs reach into Hebrew schools, a Jewish day school, and the JCA preschool.

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YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood: “Musical Journey of Y’s 100 Years”

May 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave, New York, NY 10040
New York, 10040 United States

The Y’s approach to Making Music Happen takes the shape musical program dedicated to showcasing the songs popular at various stages of the agency’s 100 years. This program specifically illustrates the role music can play in portraying the local and global history of a community. A moderator will speak to the audience about the 100 year journey, both within the Y’s community, and greater historical context. Accompanying this dialogue will be live music performers, presenting popular musical pieces from the…

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Springfield JCC: “Lox and Lyrics”

May 16, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St
Springfield, MA 01108 United States

In a program tailored to older, active adults, the Springfield JCC’s music project takes the shape of late morning lox and bagel brunches, accompanied by performances that will include: an older choral group, a gospel singing group, a Jewish acapella group, and other local artists. The project is designed to engage adults with the education, and music of American Jewish composers and their contribution to the American music scene over the last 100 years.

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Asheville JCC: “Asheville Jewish Folk Music Collection”

May 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801 United States

The Asheville JCC and the Asheville Jewish Folk Music Collection will invite local Jewish musicians to record original compositions and public domain songs. They will integrate bluegrass and folk music with Jewish themes through both song, and content to support the diversity and reach of Jewish music, and its development in North American culture.

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JCC of the Greater St. Paul Area: “St. Paul JCC Symphony”

June 14, 2017
St. Paul JCC, 1375 St Paul Ave
St. Paul, MN 55116 United States

The growth of the St. Paul JCC Symphony will contribute to the JCC’s goal of strengthening Jewish life and values through its arts and culture events. A classical concert will engage an audience of Russian immigrants and young listeners. In addition, the JCC will create an archival playlist of the symphony's work, expanding the symphony's reach, making its music more accessible to the wider community.

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Mittleman JCC: “Summer Concerts on the Green”

July 2, 2017
Mittleman JCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219 United States

The Mittleman JCC will introduce, for the first time, a summer concert series on the JCC’s lawn. There they will offer several outdoor concerts, engaging a diverse community audience throughout the summer, ranging from silent discos for teens, to family jazz concerts. Each concert will be inspired by a different genre of music, yet will still be connected by an undercurrent of unifying Jewish themes.

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Schwartz/Reisman Centre: “The Mosaic Project: Cultural Fusion in Toronto’s Jewish Music Scene”

August 2, 2017
JCC Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St
Maple, Ontario L6A 3Z8 Canada

The Schwartz/Reisman Centre, situated in one of the most multicultural cities in the world with a Jewish community that reflects that diversity, will tie the culinary culture of Toronto into its program, celebrating the natural linkage between Jewish musical and culinary revival. Each live musical performance will be accompanied by demonstrations and guest lectures of the city’s leading Jewish restaurateurs. The JCC will be presenting the sounds, smells, and tastes of Toronto, in a multicultural and sensory Jewish experience.

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Jewish Community Center of East Bay: “Musician-In-Residence”

August 2, 2017
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States

The East Bay’s Musician in residence program will engage a musical educator as a Musician in Residence, who will design musical compositions, work in partnership with staff to develop Jewish learning opportunities, and create an evening performance, showcasing the diversity of the East Bay Jewish community. These education projects illuminate f how tradition and rituals are born through diverse perspectives and interpretation.

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Tucson JCC: “Tucson Jewish Songbook and Community Kumzitz”

August 2, 2017
Tucson JCC, 3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States

The Tucson JCC is bringing together its community to make a songbook and community kumzitz (musical gathering). Drawing on the wider community, the Tucson JCC will bring together five local congregations, sharing Jewish spirit as a citywide community. Cantorial soloists, song leaders, and cantors who contributed to creating the songbook will allow the J to host a kumzitz led by a song leaders every couple of months thereafter.

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St. Louis Jewish Community Center: “Gesher Music Festival”

August 7, 2017 - August 20, 2017
St. Louis, 2 Millstone Campus Dr
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States

Celebrating chamber music, the St. Louis Jewish Community Center is creating a creating a series of community events and engagement, culminating in a week of concerts and immersive performances for all ages. By engaging culturally relevant themes, the Gesher (bridge) Music Festival will extend itself to all communities in outreach performances for underserved audiences.

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Mittleman JCC: “Summer Concerts on the Green”

August 10, 2017
Mittleman JCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219 United States

The Mittleman JCC in JCC in Portland, Oregon continues its summer concert series that include offerings in different genres for teens, adults and families.

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Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Centre: “One Voice, One Vibe, Our Community”

August 20, 2017
Evelyn Rubenstein JCC, 5601 S Braeswood Blvd
Houston, TX 77096 United States

Following harrowing flooding in the greater Meyerland area, this JCC became the hub for relief efforts. This project will harness the unifying and healing influence of music to illustrate the J’s commitment to rebuilding its community, through poetry writing workshops and a community concert. The project aims to address the ongoing PTSD individuals experienced, as well as celebrate the community's vitality.

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Mittleman JCC: “Summer Concerts on the Green”

August 27, 2017
Mittleman JCC, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219 United States

The Mittleman JCC in JCC in Portland, Oregon concludes its summer concert series with offerings in different genres for teens, adults and families.

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Springfield JCC: “Lox and Lyrics”

September 1, 2017
Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St
Springfield, MA 01108 United States

In a program tailored to older, active adults, the Springfield JCC’s music project takes the shape of late morning lox and bagel brunches, accompanied by performances that will include: an older choral group, a gospel singing group, a Jewish acapella group, and other local artists. The project is designed to engage adults with the education, and music of American Jewish composers and their contribution to the American music scene over the last 100 years.

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Kingsbay YM- YWHA: “Contemporary Jewish Music Series with Emerging and Emigré Artists”

September 1, 2017
Kingsbay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229 United States

This concert series includes nine live performances illustrating the role JCCs can play in influencing and educating the wider, diverse community by bringing musical performances to those who would not otherwise have access to them. The Hebrew, English, Russian, and Yiddish performances will engage a diverse, targeted audience, exposing it to both new, and traditional Jewish music, Jewish history and heritage through song at little to no-cost.

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Tucson JCC: “Tucson Jewish Songbook and Community Kumzitz”

September 1, 2017
Tucson JCC, 3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States

The Tucson JCC is bringing together its community to make a songbook and community kumzitz (musical gathering). Drawing on the wider community, the Tucson JCC will bring together five local congregations, sharing Jewish spirit as a citywide community. Cantorial soloists, song leaders, and cantors who contributed to creating the songbook will allow the J to host a kumzitz led by a song leaders every couple of months thereafter.

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Calgary Jewish Community Centre: “Fin dortn biz do/ Masham L-chon/From there to here”

September 17, 2017
Calgary JCC, 1607 90 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2V 4V7 Canada

The Calgary Jewish Community Centre is using music to harness storytelling, taking its audience through a 150 year historical journey from a village in Eastern Europe to modern day Calgary, and their JCC. In a live concert, Calgary will celebrate the traditional Yiddish and Jewish melodies alongside the jazz, pop and folk melodies of North America.

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Kingsbay YM- YWHA: “Contemporary Jewish Music Series with Emerging and Emigré Artists”

October 1, 2017
Kingsbay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229 United States

This concert series includes nine live performances illustrating the role JCCs can play in influencing and educating the wider, diverse community by bringing musical performances to those who would not otherwise have access to them. The Hebrew, English, Russian, and Yiddish performances will engage a diverse, targeted audience, exposing it to both new, and traditional Jewish music, Jewish history and heritage through song at little to no-cost.

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Kingsbay YM- YWHA: “Contemporary Jewish Music Series with Emerging and Emigré Artists”

December 1, 2017
Kingsbay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11229 United States

This concert series includes nine live performances illustrating the role JCCs can play in influencing and educating the wider, diverse community by bringing musical performances to those who would not otherwise have access to them. The Hebrew, English, Russian, and Yiddish performances will engage a diverse, targeted audience, exposing it to both new, and traditional Jewish music, Jewish history and heritage through song at little to no-cost.

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