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We are delighted to invite you to join us for the seventh annual


Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Lag B'omer

Tuesday, 12 May, 2pm-5pm


2pm – Grand Opening: Lord Mayor of Oxford Cllr. Craig Simmons 

2.05pm - Chazan Eliot Alderman – former director of Music, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of London 

2.15pm – Klezmer musicians Susi Evans (clarinet) & Szilvia Csaranko (accordion & piano) - Klezmer from the New World 

2.30pm -  Klezmer fiddle player Ilana Cravitz

2.45pm – Israeli Musicians – Prof. Michael and Menashe Lukin - Meron tunes 

3pm – Iraqi Jewish Chef Linda Dangoor, Author of Flavours of Babylon - Iraqi Jewish Dessert - Demo

3.30pm - Oxford Klezmer musicians -  Leo, Tabitha and Rachel Appel 

3.45pm – Members of Shir Klezmer Band – Simcha music 

4pm - Oxford Klezmer Musician Matthew Faulk - 19th century Hassidic tunes

4.15pm - Susi Evans & Szilvia Csaranko - Klezmer from the New World

4.30pm – Expert Jewish scribe Sofer Arieh Freeman – Demo 

4.45pm – Members of Shir Klezmer Band - Simcha music

Closing: Oxford Klezmer Trio - 19th century Hassidic Tunes for Shabbat

ZOOM Meeting link:

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Zoom Meeting ID: 828 3780 5217
Password: jewishfair

All welcome!



Bios for Musicians:

Susi Evans (clarinet) and Szilvia Csaranko (accordion)

Susi Evans (clarinet) and Szilvia Csaranko (accordion) are an international duo performing klezmer, Balkan and other folk styles. You may know Susi as the clarinet-player-in-the-hat from She’Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet. She’s played at the Oxford Jewish Fair many times. Susi & Szilvia are both specialists in klezmer music and have been invited to many international music festivals as performers and teachers. Today they’re ‘zooming in’ from lockdown in Hannover, Germany. They will be performing at 2.15pm and 4.15pm. They’ve got a brand new CD out - Klezmer from the New World-  and will be performing tunes from that CD today. CDs are available at: https://shades-of-folk. bandcamp.com/ 

Klezmer fiddler Ilana Cravitz

A Lag B'omer lockdown special

Ilana Cravitz is a world-renowned klezmer violinist. Today she'll stoke the Lag B'omer bonfire with a smoking klezmer selection. Ilana has brought klezmer to more than a dozen countries both as a soloist and with the London Klezmer Quartet, a band she co-founded, performed in, and managed for 10 years. Her teaching has reached even further via her book 'Klezmer Fiddle, A How-To Guide', published by Oxford University Press, and the inclusion of her arrangement of a traditional Jewish wedding tune in the Associated Board violin exam syllabus. Ilana is currently co-ordinating a project with 35 klezmer fiddlers around the world. Each presents a live online show at 5pm their time during the lockdown, bringing back to life an archive of nigunim (Jewish textless songs) dating back centuries. Check out www.ilanacravitz.com/ strings.htm  for more information.

Matthew Faulk

Matthew Faulk is Director of Music at the 'Oxford Shir' - The Choir of the Oxford Jewish Community and a talented musician. Matthew studied musicology at Oxford University.

Dr. Michael Lukin and Menashe Lukin

Dr. Michael Lukin is a lecturer on Yiddish music and folklore at Bar-Ilan University, he completed his dissertation “The Yiddish Folk Song: Poetics and Music” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Edwin Seroussi and Galit Hasan-Rokem. He holds a BA in classical flute from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he studied with Moshe-Aron Epstein. Menashe Lukin has been recognised as 'outstanding musician' in Israel.

Leo, Tabitha and Rachel Appel 

Leo, Tabitha and Rachel Appel are Oxford based musicians and members of the Klezmer string quartet by Oxford Composer Jeremy Arden 'Im Freygish' - an ancient cantorial mode, also known as the Ahavah Rabbah mode, the Mode of Supplication, and the Altered Phrygian mode.

Oxford Brackman Klezmer Trio 

Oxford Brackman Klezmer Trio includes Musia (flautist), Chana (harpist) and Chavi (pianist) who will be playing two 19th century Hassidic Tunes for the Shabbat, including 'Lecha Dodi' tune from the Polish town of Lomza, traditionally sung at the beginning of the Shabbat on Friday evening and 'Bnei Heichala,' customarily sung at the conclusion of Shabbos and is one of the ten nigunim (songs) of the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe (1745-1813). 

Supporters: Oxford City Council, Chabad of Oxford, FLAGGS college store, Oxford Jewish Congregation, Heritage Lottery Fund, JTrails, CST, Douglas and Barbara Abraham, Orde

For more info or to volunteer at the fair: oxfordjewishfair@gmail.com or call 07772 079 940

All are welcome!