Post 253: Events in Nachlaot and in Jerusalem for Chanukah and December

I am so blessed to live in Lev Ha’Ir-heart of the city of Jerusalem, during Chanukah and of-course every moment.
These are a gift of Kusmin soufanganiot. Wul try to reproduce the recipe.

I hope that the photo lands straight up. Present of soufganiot
I hope that the photo lands straight up. Present of soufganiot

מינהל קהילתי לב העיר הוא המינהל של תושבי אזור נחלאות, שוק מחנה יהודה, מרכז העיר והרובע היהודי. פעילותו של המינהל הקהילתי נגזרת ממיקומו הייחודי במרכז העיר, שההתרחשות בו משפיעה על העיר כולה.
נחלאות, מרכז העיר ואפילו אזור שוק מחנה יהודה הן לפני הכל שכונות מגורים תוססות שעוברות שינויים גדולים עם התחדשות מרכז העיר. במענה לצרכי התושבים, מבנה המינהל משופץ והוקם סטודיו חדש, המתמלא בפעילות חוגים מגוונת לילדים ומבוגרים, פעילות לגיל השלישי, מועדון נוער, ופעילות לאוכלוסייה החרדית. כמו כן מתקיימות פעילויות בתחום קהילה, תרבות, אמנות, תיירות ואיכות הסביבה.
פעילות המינהל מתבססת על מעורבות מירבית של התושבים לקידום צרכי הקהילות השונות, שיתוף הציבור בתכנון פרויקטים של שדרוג המרחב הציבורי וקידום יוזמות שונות העולות מן השטח. המינהל מחויב לפיתוח מענים חדשים לצרכי התושבים בשיתוף התושבים, ולמתן מענה לאתגרים המתעוררים כתוצאה מהחיים במרחב המשלב עסקים, מגורים, בילוי ותיירות.
המינהל הקהילתי פועל במבנה המרכזי ברח’ אוהל משה 42, במרכז לגיל הרך והמשפחה- בית פריד ברח’ ארנון 30, במרכז מורשת בית ווינר וגלריה ברבור במזכרת משה, ובשלוחת המינהל ברובע היהודי.
ניתן לפנות למינהל לשימוש באולם ובחדרים לצורך הרצאות, סיורים, ושמחות.

Lev Ha’ir Community Administration is the administration for the residents of Nahlaot, Mahane Yehuda Market, downtown and the Jewish Quarter. Community Council’s activity placement in a unique location in the city center, affects the entire city.
Nahlaot, and even downtown Mahane Yehuda market area both vibrant neighborhoods arebundergoing major changes with the regeneration of the city center. In response to residents’ needs, building and renovated administration established a new studio, which recharges in diverse classes for children and adults, active seniors, youth club, and activities for the Haredi population.

It also holds activities in the field of Community, Culture, Tourism and Environment.
Administration aims or the maximum involvement of residents to promote the needs of different communities, public participation in planning projects of upgrading public space and promoting various initiatives arising from the field. Administration is committed to developing solutions for new needs of residents in cooperation with the residents, and to respond to the challenges arising from life in space that combines business, residential, recreation and tourism.
Community Council runs the main building St. Ohel Moshe 42, Early Childhood Center and Hmsfhh- Fried home-run Arnon 30,The Wiener Heritage Center and Barbur Gallery  the Jewish district administration branch.
You can contact the Administration for use in the hall and rooms for the purpose of lectures, tours, and joys.
Chanuka 2015
Come and Enjoy- EVERY DAY OF CHANUKAH EXCLUDING SHABAT
Place: In the Courtyard of the Manager of Lev Ha’ir Community Administration Building-you will be served fresh soufganiot, and hot drinks. All complimentary.
for invitation levhair@matnasim.org.il 02-621-4770

Sunday 6/12/15 4:30 Musical Performance and a play, Gymbori, 10sh per child.
Monday 7/12/15 7-11:00 PM free entrance on GILBOA Moadon, candle lighting,
Tuesday8/12/15 8:15 PM Alma Zohar sings 20Sh before day of performance 30 sh at the door
Wednesday9/12/15 7:-11PM Evening of Movies – in the Gilboa Moadon
Thursday 10/12/15 7:-11 PM An enjoyable evening in the Gilboa Moadon
Sunday 13/12/15 10:AM Party for seniors, singing stories, for members of the Moadon – free entrance
Every Tuesday Fun Day at Lev Ha”Ir 4:15 Fried center Rechove Arnon 30 Gymbori 02-534-1527

Chanuka 2015

Every weekend in December is a celebration throughout Jerusalem. People come together, from artists to tour operators, to offer visitors to the city a rich cultural experience. Enjoy the special concerts, plays, dance performances and exhibitions. Take advantage of the great deals on hotels and in restaurants. And join one of the many tours throughout the city.
Hamshushalayim, is Jerusalem’s annual winter festival. It takes place over four consecutive weekends (Thursday to Saturday) and it is sure to keep you warm this winter.

What does the name mean?
As cute as the name is to Hebrew speakers, it is quite peculiar to English speakers. Hamshushalayim (חמשושלים), in Israel’s acronym-loving style, is actually an acronym of an acronym. Hamshush is short for Hamishi, Shishi, Shabbat, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Israel’s weekend. Shalayim is the end of the Hebrew name for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim. Hamshush-shalayim. Simple.
Hamshushalayim 2015 Events
Stay tuned for event listings as the information becomes available.
Jerusalem Jazz Festival
While Jerusalem typically flies under the radar when it comes to music, it is home to a thriving jazz scene of accomplished musicians and avid fans of the genre. The inaugural Jerusalem Jazz Festival will shine a spotlight on Jerusalem’s unique atmosphere with intimate shows in the art galleries of the Israel Museum and free jam sessions at the Israel Museum and the Yellow Submarine.

Of Course: We look forward to Shabat – Shabat/Yirushaluim. I never heard the term Hamshushalayim-

 

Read more about the inaugural Jerusalem Jazz Festival

Where: Israel Museum, 11 Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem; Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: December 2-4, 2015
Info: From Museum Official website

Special Events
2.12.2015
Jerusalem Jazz Festival
The Art of Jazz

Rare and surprising encounters between jazz and art, special performances in the auditorium, master classes, and more. With leading jazz musicians from Israel and around the world throughout the Museum. Artistic director: Avishai Cohen

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Jerusalem Foundation and in cooperation with the Yellow Submarine

Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 19:00-23:00
Price:: IS 90 per evening; Members and students IS 75 | Extra fee for Springer Auditorium performances: IS 40; Members IS 35
Language: Hebrew
3.12.2015
Jerusalem Jazz Festival
The Art of Jazz

Rare and surprising encounters between jazz and art, special performances in the auditorium, master classes, and more. With leading jazz musicians from Israel and around the world throughout the Museum. Artistic director: Avishai Cohen

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Jerusalem Foundation and in cooperation with the Yellow Submarine

Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 19:00-23:00
Price:: IS 90 per evening; Members and students IS 75 | Extra fee for Springer Auditorium performances: IS 40; Members IS 35
Language: Hebrew
4.12.2015
Jerusalem Jazz Festival
The Art of Jazz

Rare and surprising encounters between jazz and art, special performances in the auditorium, master classes, and more. With leading jazz musicians from Israel and around the world throughout the Museum. Artistic director: Avishai Cohen

In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Jerusalem Foundation and in cooperation with the Yellow Submarine

Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 13:00-16:00
Price:: IS 90 per evening; Members and students IS 75 | Extra fee for Springer Auditorium performances: IS 40; Members IS 35
Language: Hebrew
10.12.2015
Hamshushalayim at the Museum
המוזיאון פותח את שעריו עד לשעות הלילה המאוחרות לביקור בתערוכות נבחרות, לסיורים מודרכים ולמופעים מיוחדים
Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 21:00-24:45
Price:: Free of charge
Language: Hebrew
17.12.2015
Hamshushalayim at the Museum
המוזיאון פותח את שעריו עד לשעות הלילה המאוחרות לביקור בתערוכות נבחרות, לסיורים מודרכים ולמופעים מיוחדים
Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 21:00-24:45
Price:: Free of charge
Language: Hebrew
24.12.2015
Hamshushalayim at the Museum
המוזיאון פותח את שעריו עד לשעות הלילה המאוחרות לביקור בתערוכות נבחרות, לסיורים מודרכים ולמופעים מיוחדים
Meeting Place: Unspecified
Hours: 21:00-24:45
Price:: Free of charge
Language: Hebrew
25.12.2015
Neighboring Sounds
The Museum hosts a concert series performed by outstanding students from the nearby Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Meeting Place: Springer Auditorium
Hours: 12:30
Language: Hebrew

Hanukkah Blues Festival
The Yellow Submarine hosts Jerusalem’s first Hanukkah Blues Festival, featuring a collection of local and international talent that will span the range of sub-genres associated with the blues — from old time and Piedmont to rock and blues fusion.

Where: Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: December 6-12, 2015
Hanukkah Blues Festival Schedule
Piedmont Bluz
Husband-and-wife duo, Valerie and Ben Turner have dedicated their lives to the preservation of the country and Piedmont Blues styles. Their music will transport you to a different place and time.

Jerron Paxton
Where: The Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Cost: 80-100 NIS

Paxton was born to a black-Jewish family and he plays old blues. By the age of five he was considered a child prodigy when he found a violin and began to play it.
As a young boy he amazed audiences when he was playing with blues and country musicians. Mississippi’s elders believe that he is blessed with an ancient soul. To date he specialized in a variety of instruments and styles: banjo and bluegrass, harmonica and blues, guitar and gospel, piano and jazz, and Cajun accordion. Paxton, who lost most of his eye sight as an adult, began playing for a living in house parties and clubs, and now appears at festivals across the United States and all over the world where he plays and sings the blues on guitar, banjo and violin.

“I come from an old family of Cajun Jews,” he explains. “They were Francophone and Sephardic.”

While he was born in Los Angeles, his maternal family roots hark back many generations inside Louisiana. He suspects that his clan’s origins may trace back to crypto-Jews from medieval Spain, but says, “The trail stops with my great grandfather. It’s complicated.”

He does say that he’s the only member of his family that he knows of who practices the rites of his Jewish heritage. “We were the only house in South Central [L.A.] with a mezuzah, as far as I know,” he adds. A small, devoted following of young religious Jews shows up at his shows.

The yarmulke, a broad, black affair seen conspicuously on the cover portrait of his CD, is a standard accoutrement at concerts, though not at his most recent gig at B.B. King’s (“too hot,” he says). He picks up bookings for Friday nights, calling himself “sporadically shomer Shabbos.” At the same time, while less than strict on dietary habits on the performance trail, describing himself as “kosher-ish,” he keeps kosher at home.

Paxton especially enjoys hosting dinners with his brand of “kosher soul food,” which features but is not limited to his homemade pastries. “My friends are my biggest connection,” he says.

A habitual late riser given his performing schedule, he attends afternoon services at Congregation Beth Aaron when at home in Ridgewood.

“I’m not as shomer Shabbos as I would like,” he concedes. “At the same time I believe the Almighty has gifted me with certain opportunities to pay the rent and to take care of my momma.”

His mother remains in Los Angeles. His father is “a very good drummer.” His parents have long been “happily separated.”

Paxton has toured Israel twice, including a visit earlier this year — “from Metula to Eilat” — to sold out shows.

For a young man in a hurry, Paxton knows how to take his time. He forages across the vast repository of historical music from the blues to virtually every category that fits the label of popular music. He pursues his research and takes the stage while dealing with longtime failing vision due to a faulty retina.

“Y’all know how to waltz? Anybody here old enough to remember how a train sounds?” he asked the audience, then proceeded to answer the questions on his harmonica, caroming from extended, arcing wails to bursting, staccato chords. Then, to the highly audible appreciation of the audience, he blew through a series of comparative riffs simulating the sounds of the Southern Mississippi versus the Sante Fe Railway whistles, the horn of a Model T Ford and “a little baby in the back seat who won’t hush up.” We heard these sounds last night at Yellow Sunmarine in Talpiot.

Paxton kept his grooves fluid and deft, never straining for mere virtuosity. His playlist ranged from familiar standards like “”The Cat Came Back,” “Rye Whiskey,” “O Louisiana” (a variation on “O Susanna”), “Get Along Children” and Don Ho’s “Little Grass Shack” to more obscure but worthy titles such as “When the Cornpone’s Hot,” “Call Them Possum” and “My Lorena,” a Southern slave romance.

In his tart but candid account of his personal history, Paxton is far from reticent about his varied origins, but he declares: “I keep my music and my religion separate.” Asked about the state of mind that makes the sound of the music, he declines to probe too deeply for a common ground between the blues that blacks feel and the blues that Jews feel. “Everybody suffers,” he says. In the end, he lets his ears do the thinking. He mentions a recent hearing of a cut of Slovak music with a striking violin part. “That motherf—er has the blues,” he says.

He cites “Ashkenazic” music and its signature “crying clarinet.” “It’s tough, it’s bad, it’s horrible,” he says. “It releases you.

“It weeps and it’s happy in the same instant. There’s the mournful intro, and then the party kicks off.”

Otherwise, he says, “The blues are the soundtrack to black culture.” An apt illustration of Paxton’s aversion to fixing a “blues” label beyond that boundary was his choice of the song “One of These Days” at the B.B. King show. It’s the signature number of the celebrated and, to many ears, decidedly “bluesy” American-Jewish performer Sophie Tucker. Less well known is its authorship, that of black Canadian composer Shelton Brooks.

After leaving California for a stop at Marist College in upstate New York, Paxton enrolled in, then dropped out of Manhattan’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, while immersing himself in the city’s live music scene. The Jalopy bar in Red Hook, Brooklyn became a favorite haunt. His popularity and concert deals neatly followed. He was recently featured in a cover story by the Village Voice.

“He’s the real deal,” says David Burger, the composer of Jewish choral music who worked closely with both Richie Havens and Shlomo Carlebach. “He’s a great instrumentalist, knows the real blues and plays them with heart. He’s like what you might have heard from the great bluesmen of the ’20s and ’30s, without the scratchy sound of overplayed 78s. I don’t hear any specific Jewish influence on his music, per se. But he sings the blues, which has roughly the same connotation as tzuris.”

“The biggest folly in American culture today is how everything gets reduced to technical terms,” says Paxton. “But music, real music, is spiritual. Folk music means music that stands against academia. It’s music by and for the people.”

Talking time is over. The rugelach won’t bake themselves. “Shavua tov [good week],” (The Jewish Week)

Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/arts/music/bluesman-yarmulke#DoHQgZUgAzMoGf8H.99
Where: The Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm The Blues Rebel-Little by Little
Cost: 50-70 NIS

– See more at: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/events/hanukkah-blues-festival-jerusalem/#sthash.SeC1EuxS.IgPFlBqH.dpuf
Uzi Ramirez & Danny Dorcin
What happens when two 1-man bands get together on stage? Find out…

Where: The Yellow Submarine
When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Ronnie Peterson & amp; Ephraim Shamir
Where: The Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Cost: 60-80 NIS

Danny Litani
Where: The Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Cost: 20 NIS

Where: Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim Street, Jerusalem
When: December 6-12, 2015
Tickets: Buy now!

– See more at: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/events/hanukkah-blues-festival-jerusalem/#sthash.SeC1EuxS.dpuf
Hullegeb Israel-Ethiopian Arts Festival
This unique outlet for the Ethiopian Israeli community reflects the depth and variety of their culture – from traditional to contemporary. Its dialogue with the surrounding Israeli culture can be seen in the wide range of performances presented at the festival along with its minor influences from Western and African art.

When: Sunday December 13, 2015
Where:4:30-6:30 Party for Retirees contact Ishay 052-358-8028 Kakal Street Rechavia

Where: The Jerusalem Theater, Confederation House, the Yellow Submarine and Gerard Behar Center
More information: http://www.confederationhouse.org/en/ – See more at: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/#sthash.CxGEy7Y2.dpuf
Pianos 2015
Musicians explore the depths of music through the piano, from rock and pop to classical and jazz.

Where: Jerusalem Theatre, 20 David Marcus Street, Jerusalem
When: December 23-25, 2015

– See more at: http://www.itraveljerusalem.com/events/hamshushalayim/#sthash.sARKVne8.dpuf

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