Yiddish Arts Ensemble
Yiddish Arts Ensemble

Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins

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Jr. Klezmer Orchestra, City Winery
Jr. Klezmer Orchestra, City Winery

Junior Klezmer Orchestra at City Winery

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Our Vision

In 1994, The Klezmer Music Foundation was founded to 

keep klezmer music alive and flourishing through education and outreach. Today, it thrives and offers programs to keep: 

  • teaching the art of klezmer and Yiddish music to today's young musicians.

  • reaching out to seniors, school children, and other audiences who would not otherwise have the opportunity to see live performances of klezmer music.

  • being musical ambassadors to the community and the world through collaboration in the arts.

Klezmer Music Foundation in Action:

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The Klezmer Music Foundation and its groups (Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Junior Klezmer Orchestra, the Salaam-Shalom Music Project, and three congregational bands) have been financially affected by almost two years of limits on public gatherings.

The livelihood of our musicians is based upon our public performances, including concerts, celebrations, community work in schools and senior homes, and other events, which were all on hold until recently. I am appealing to those who can to make a tax-deductible donation that will go directly to our musicians to help them recover from this crisis--and keep the music going well into the future.  Suggested donation is $18, or any amount that you can. Click the Donate button below and type MUSICIAN RECOVERY FUND into the memo box. We will email you a tax letter and (as a gift from the band) an mp3 track from one of our CDs, to add a little cheer to your day.


Thank you for keeping the music and the musicians alive!


Lori Lippitz, Executive Director

Klezmer Music Foundation


Maxwell Street Klezmer Band


Salaam-Shalom Music Project