Dr. Tamara Freeman, a Holocaust ethnomusicologist and concert violist, will present “Songs of Hope and Solidarity: Music Composed in the WWII Ghettos and Concentration Camps,” for the JCC of Northern NJ Active Seniors program on Tuesday, January 17. John Kenrick, an entertainment historian, returns to the seniors program on Thursday, January 19, to speak about “Yiddish Theater in America: Laden with Happiness and Tears.”
Dr. Freeman’s performance is tied to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Using words and music, Dr. Freeman will tell the stories — both heartbreaking and inspiring — of young and adult prisoners interned in the World War II ghettos and concentration camps.
Mr. Kenrick will show his rare photos and performance videos and tell backstage stories. Jews took no part in world theater until the Yiddish movement, born in Eastern Europe, became popular among immigrants in the United States. The rich legacy of Yiddish still reverberates in every corner of show business today.
All are welcome to the programs, at 11 a.m., at Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge; they are supported by Jewish Federation of Northern NJ and the Bergen County Division of Senior Services. There’s a $5 suggested donation, which includes a catered kosher lunch. To register, call (201) 666-6610 ext. 2, or go to jccnnj.org/active-seniors.