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1994 Yiddish Festival in Czernowitz?

Czernowitzers… Willy Goldmann sent along a YouTube link to this 1 hour 1994 performance of Yiddish music, I presume at the Musikverein in Cz.

The fellow who posted this to YouTube was the same fellow (loveboris100) who made the one hour film on Jewish Czernowitz, narrated in Ukrainian, that we brought to your attention some time ago.

So, who is the singer; the pianist; the storyteller? What is the occasion and was I correct about the location?

Help me out here — please make your comments below.


P.S. Also from Willy this  recording of the magnificent voice Josef Schmidt singing the Shma (1929). Background scenes of the synagogues he sang in.



Misbehaving Hasidim?

I have taken the liberty of posting here, a post that had been rejected because the moderators closed the original thread. Please feel free to continue the discussion below.JeromeFrom Charles Rosner:(I know that you decided to close this thread, but I believe that the following testimony may still go to the List )Dear Gary,I have ancestors as well from Sadagura as from Wiznitz. And one of my great-grandfathers from Sadagura even decided in his old age, after his second wife died, to travel to Palestine around 1908-10 so as to die in the Holy Land.Personally, I was born in Czernowitz and I live in France: I consider myself as a Jewish-Czernowitzer- Frenchman. And, when a Frenchman, an Israeli or a Jew in general misbehaves to the extent of what the Hassid do in Oman, I feel ashamed.Now, it happens that I travelled via Oman on my way to Czernowitz for the 600-years-celebration, a few days before Rosh Hashanah in 2008. The Hassid arrive there per thousand: just imagine thousands of them in a city smaller than Czernowitz! They own many houses (but certainly not enough accommodation) around the grave of the Tsadik and I can tell you that many of them really misbehave in the city and around.On the same trip I also made a stopover in Odessa: the big synagogue is located on one of the main streets of the city: there were quite some Jews praying when I got inside. I didn’t notice any policemen stationing nearby the building, whereas I saw quite a few of them maintaining order near the Tsadik grave in Oman.I was posted in Ukraine 1996-99 and I consider that things slowly change for the better over there. But, even in 1996, there was a Sholem Haleichem statue downtown in Kiev. This doesn’t mean that there are no Anti-Semites, like in every country all over the World, including France and Israel.This is just to say that there are correct people in every group and others, nationalists and extremists in general, who misbehave with the exception, of course, of the Old-Czernowitzers and their children and grandchildren, who are all and always correct.

Unveiling Ceremony for Eliezer Steinbarg’s Funerary Monument on 08.10.1933

It is sad, children, in this wide giant world.It is bitter! Let’s at least enjoy a fable!

Moshe Altmann Memorial Plate on 23, Kobylanska Street (Herrengasse)

History Museum of the Romanian Jews, Bucharest

Links: Eliezer Steinbarg, Arthur Kolnik, Barbu Lazareanu, Jacob Sternberg, Moshe Altmann, Dr. Shlomo Bickel, Leib Malach

Photos: Courtesy of Edgar Hauster, Irene Fishler, Lydia Schmerler, Sergij Osatschuk, Iosif Vaisman

Gueboiren of Tzu Kvetchen


Is based on the first Chapter ot Michael Wex book Born to Kvetch,

Kvetchenzaij bakluguen is nit blois a shpas, oder di enfert tzu shlejte tzeiten oder shvirikaiten. Kvetchen is a leiben stil dos hot gurnisht tzu tien mit di meiglijkait tzuoisfiren dos vos nen vil oder men zujt in leiben.

Kvetchen, complaining is not just a joke, or the response to problems or difficult times. Kvetchen is a way of living that is not related with the possibility of accomplishing what you want or what you pursue in life.

Men ken zij kvetchen as men is zat oder ven men is hunguerig, ven men is tzufriden oder ven men ist un glicklich, es ist a mitle of tzu vissen est ist a mitlle zeij tzu zorguen vos kickt oif di velt mit colierte gleizer.

One can kvetch when one is satisfied or when hungry, when you are happy and content, it is a way to worry kind of looping into the World with colored glasses.

Kvetchen is a weig oid tzu aroisbreing a bisl fargueniguen bay backluguen zij, men tit of tzelujesder velt, a velt vos ist nisht fraindleich oder michet deij,

Kvetchen is a means to extract some satisfaction by complaining, a means to annoy the world that doesn’t like you or disturbs you.

Will continue.

Isidoro Zaidman