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    Purim Festive Lunch

    Community Tuesdays Music at Noon

    When: Tuesday, 3/19/2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Export event

    Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

    Combine a brilliant storyteller, a dazzling belly dancer, a virtuoso fiddler and a world- famous percussionist and what have you got? A PURIM PARTY! Two musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale will perform lively tunes, interludes and sound effects to embellish Michael Litsky’s Purim-themed tales. As for the belly dancer—you’ll have to come see for yourself! Rabbi Felsen will get us in the mood with thoughts about Purim. As a member of this festive program audience, you can count on active engagement even more satisfying than hamentaschen. Costumes are encouraged.


    • Michael Litzky, storyteller
    • Jaynie Aydin, belly dancer
    • David Morris, viola da gamba
    • Peter Maund, percussions

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCMichael Litzky is a born storyteller. His love of stories springs from his childhood, growing up in a creative environment. As he matured, Michael began telling stories of his own to his siblings and the neighborhood kids. In college, someone suggested that he become a professional storyteller and a spark was lit. He started telling stories at Renaissance Faires and community centers, and went on to earn a Certificate in Storytelling from the Academy for Professional Development at Dominican College.

    During his career as a storyteller, Michael has appeared on radio and TV programs, performed at bookstore openings, catered events, day care centers, public schools, campfire circles and various festivals. His audiences have ranged in age from preschoolers to senior citizens.

    Michael's richly varied stories are entertaining, moving and often dramatic and visual. Many are old folk and fairy tales, polished and shining with vitality. Others are original: childhood stories, historical reconstructions and fantasies. Many are whimsical and funny; others mix smiles with tears. All are life-affirming. 

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    Dr. Jaynie Aydin
     is a folklorist, visual anthropologist and world dance researcher. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures in 2007. Jaynie is an anthropology professor and professional belly dance artist and has performed in nightclubs, celebrations and staged public events around the world.

    In all of her teachings Jaynie acknowledges the connections between dance, culture and identity and emphasizes awareness about contemporary and historical performance traditions. She is known for her improvisational performance ability, Egyptian drum solo technique and Turkish athleticism. She is a continuing student of the renowned dancer Aisha Ali from whom she learned the value of artistic heritage, authenticity and performance-centered research. Jaynie has conducted extensive fieldwork in Turkey, South Eastern Europe and Cyprus and has lectured at institutions such as UCLA, The UCLA Fowler Museum, California State University Northridge, The Ventura Community Colleges, Istanbul Technical University, Yasar University, Lebanon American University and the State Performance Conservatory at EGE University in Izmir, Turkey.

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    David Morris performs music of the 17th and 18th centuries on historical bass instruments. He is a member of the Galax Quartet, the Bertamo Trio and Quicksilver, and is a frequent performer with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and the New York State Early Music Association. 

    David received his BA and MA in music at UC Berkeley and is a frequent guest-lecturer in performance-practice at conservatories and universities throughout the US.


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    Peter Maund is a native of San Francisco. He studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music, folklore and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley. A founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz and Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance, he has performed with early and contemporary music ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Alboka, Anonymous 4,  Chanticleer, Davka, El Mundo, The Harp Consort, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Los Cenzontles, Musica Pacifica, Pacific MusicWorks, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Texas Early Music Project and Voices of Music, among others. 

    Presenters and performance venues include the Berkeley Festival, Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall, Celtic Connections (Glasgow), Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Confederation House (Jerusalem), Edinburgh Festival, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Festival Pau Casals, Fillmore Auditorium, Folkfestival Dranouter, Freight & Salvage, Horizante Orient Okzident (Berlin), The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Palacio Congresos (Madrid), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), and Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg). Peter is the author of Percussion in A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music, Indiana University Press, 2000. He has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as well as workshops sponsored by Amherst Early Music, the San Francisco Early Music Society, the American Recorder Society and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Described by the Glasgow Herald as "the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists" he can be heard on over 60 recordings.

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    Rabbi Joey Felsen
    , Founder and Executive Director of the JSN (Jewish Study Network), hails from Toronto, Canada. A skilled educator, Rabbi Felsen teaches classes at the JCCs in Palo Alto and Los Gatos, as well as a host of other venues. He is the founding Board President of Meira Academy and a recipient of the prestigious Grinspoon-Steinhardt National Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. 

    Monthly Music at Noon concerts include a delicious hot buffet lunch before the concert. 

    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.

    Need a ride?
    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event.  To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.

    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


    Tuesday, March 19
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM | RSVP by March 17
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    Registration takes place through email. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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