Jewish Music Festival

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The tradition continues. Last year's Music Festival was such a resounding success that we are proud to present the festival as an annual event.

Anne & Jeff Sopshin, Chairpersons


Welcome to the DPJCC's 2nd Annual
Jewish Music Festival!

  The 2nd Annual Jewish Music Festival begins on March 1, 2014.

Click here to view our current Cultural Arts brochure.


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JMF Junior
Saturday, May 18, 2014 

Immerse your child in the amazing, magical world of music at this Yom Ha'atzmaut event. Children will interact personally with a variety of musicians and create instruments that they will play during the program.

Free Admission

Jammin' for JAHM
Wednesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Please note that there has been a change of venue.  This event will be taking place at Cypress Bay High School Auditorium.

18600 Vista Park Blvd.
Weston, FL

Celebrate Jewish American Heritage month with an evening of entertainment featuring Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na and performances by the Cypress Bay High School Jazz Band, the Florida Youth Orchestra (classical quartet) and the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater. 

Questions?  Call 954-437-3936


Free admission



This Season's Previous Events


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Opening Night
Mocha & Music - Coffeehouse 
Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 8:00 p.m.

Join us at the J Café for an evening of music by local Broward County musicians, tasty treats, specialty coffees and an enjoyable time to spend with friends and family.

Folk Music with Ellen Bukstel – Ellen Bukstel has been recognized with more than 40 songwriting awards and acknowledgements. Laying her emotions bare, she puts her passions on the line, bringing hope, biting wit and inspiration to everything she writes. From hilariously funny to moving compositions of love, remembrance, and social awareness, her songs always hit home, routinely bringing her audiences to laughter and tears.

Contemporary Rock by Atlas Shrugged Unplugged Featuring Julia Sabra on Vocals – Atlas Shrugged is an acclaimed local rock cover band, who have performed throughout South Florida for the past 13 years. The Unplugged version consists of three members of the band: Tom Gress on percussion and vocals, Todd Weinkle on guitar and vocals and Rick Sabra on bass and vocals. They will perform a mix of cover tunes as well as two original songs written and performed by Julia Sabra, a 16-year-old aspiring singer/songwriter.

Andy Waks — Originally hailing from Washington, D.C., Andy Waks has been writing and performing music for over 30 years. Writing songs in the folk, blues, country and rock traditions, Andy weaves experience with an acute musical ear to create powerful stories and the sweetest of melodies. Currently, Andy can be heard at many venues throughout South Florida and regularly at John Martin’s Irish Pub in Coral Gables. He performs as both a solo artist and with The Usual Suspects and The Fit.

Food and drinks are included in the admission price.
Limited seating.  Advance ticket purchase recommended.






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Celebrating Music2Gether
Sunday, March 9, 2014 • 1:00 p.m.

This program is in partnership with Jewish Federation of Broward County, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Partnership 2Gether: The Jewish Agency Peoplehood Platform.

The language of music is universal. Musicians from our community and our partnership city, Nesher, Israel, will entertain and delight you. The afternoon will feature local and Israeli artists performing live onstage, plus incredible Israeli talent broadcast live on screen from Nesher, Israel.  Experience this unique opportunity as we unite our two countries through the magic of music. 

Performing live on our stage will beNatanel Batish, Yair Tal-or and Jessie Chambers.

Natanel Batish is an Israeli artist and the municipal youth coordinator in Nesher, Israel, who is very innovative in his work and beloved by teens everywhere, as he performs throughout Israel. 

Jessie Chambers is a 17 year old high school senior from South Florida. She began singing at the age of five and music has been her passion ever since. Jessie is involved with the performing arts program at school and also performs at various local venues throughout South Florida. She currently writes her own songs and plans to study music in college. Jessie is honored and excited to be given the chance to perform at this event. 

Yair Tal-or has a degree in Musicology as well as a teaching certificate. He loves music and discovered that his additional passion was becoming a physician. After completing his music studies, he decided to continue his education in medicine and is presently finishing his premed studies. Yair is 29 years old and plays both the guitar and piano and sings in both Hebew and English.

Back for an encore performance from Nesher, Israel through our onscreen broadcast is Tom Cohen, a 22-year-old performer and former Israeli "American Idol" contestant. Joining Tom onscreen will be Adi Ezra, a writer, composer and an IDF soldier who servesin the IDF Music Orchestra as the leading vocalist. 
Gilad Hesseg, an Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter and composer, will perform live on our stage.  Active in the Israeli music field most of his life, Gilad has composed and recorded numerous songs.
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Meet the Maestro
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 18 & 19, 2014

The community is invited to an open orchestra rehearsal of

Don Quixotefeaturing the musicians of the Opus One Orchestra led by conductor Gary Sheldon. Opus One provides the live music for the Miami City Ballet performances.

For High School Students - Limited Space Available
Students throughout Broward County are invited to take a class, meet with the musicians and sit in on their rehearsal ofDon Quixote.

March 18 at 5:00 p.m. - Chamber music master class for brass/woodwinds
March 19 at 5:00 p.m. - Chamber music master class for strings
March 18 & 19:
 • 7:00 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal - master class students invited to sit onstage
 • 8:15 p.m. - Orchestra break - students invited to mingle wtih musicians
 • 8:35 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal continues



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JMF Swings with Harvey Nevins and the Yiddish Swing Orchestra
Sunday, March 30, 2014 • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Opening act features the Charlie Steiner Quartet

Harvey Nevins, an outstanding jazz saxophone and clarinet musician, will have you tapping, clapping and snapping your toes, hands and fingers during this fun, musical afternoon. Enjoy listening to a repertoire filled with melodies from traditional eastside New York and Second Avenue mixed with Yiddish and Israeli favorites.  Harvey Nevins has been featured with many of the famous name bands including Vaughn Monroe, Louis Prima, Hal McIntyre, Ray McKinley and more. 

The Charlie Steiner Quarter, with Zach Auslander on guitar, Christian Cummings on alto saxophone, Chris Mills on upright bass and Charlie Steiner on drums, are all students of the award-winning Jazz Ensemble program at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Luaderdale.


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Cantors Unwrapped
Sunday, April 6, 2014 • 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy this entertaining afternoon as local cantors shed their typical Jewish liturgy and join together onstage at the David Posnack JCC to showcase their talents with a variety of music.

Featured cantors include: Luis Cattan, Michelle Auslander Cohen, Yakov Hadash, Debbie Hafetz, Rabbi Bertram Kieffer, Bill Lieberman, Eric Lindenbaum, Israel Rosen, Allison Teisch, Stephen Texon; accompanied by pianist Gary Lawrence.