Steve Weintraub is an American teacher, choreographer, and performer of Yiddish dance, the dance to Klezmer music. As a teacher, he is in international demand at festivals and workshops, including Klezcamp, KlezKanada and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London. His over two decades of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to quickly weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways, sharing the joy of Yiddish dancing. www.stevenleeweintraub.com
The Freileche Klezmer Band is a group of Toronto musicians gathered together by their love of Klezmer to share their talents and music with the world. Featuring Erich Bretholz (accordion), Stuart Kamenetsky (keyboard), Abba Lustgarden (recorder/saxophone), Joel Shore (violin), Fedor Manin (clarinet).
Special guests: Ed Segalowitz (cello), Jordan Glick (percussion).
*Note that this program is tailored to include people in wheelchairs
Community Melaveh Malka featuring Yiddish Ballroom Dancing*
Steven Lee Weintraub
with the Freileche Klezmer Band
Our beloved Jewish Music Week tradition just keeps getting better! Shabbat ends, but the music and spirit of Shabbat don’t have to stop. Get ready – whether on your feet or in your chairs – to dance to the wonderful sounds of Klezmer music! Steve Weintraub, known as “The Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance” will lead this exciting and happy program, teaching us the way European and American Jews danced before the establishment of Israeli dance. It’s a little like square dancing, combined with the folk dancing styles of Russia, Poland and Rumania, all with ballroom waltz elegance. Great fun and easy for all ages to learn, so bring your kids and your grandparents for an upbeat and freilich way to say Shavuah Tov!
After Dark (approx. 10:15 PM)
Congregation Darchei Noam
864 Sheppard Avenue West
Presented in partnership with Congregation Darchei Noam