If you’d like to learn or brush up on your knowledge of Yiddish Hanukkah songs, you might consider joining an online workshop and sing-along, led by the conductor of the Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus, Binyumen Schaechter.
Schaechter is a brother of Forverts editor, Rukhl Schaechter.
Sessions will take place on November 7 and 14, culminating in a communal sing-along of all the songs on the first night of Hanukkah, November 28. The last session will begin with the lighting of the menorah.
The workshops, which meet from 7 to 8 pm ET, are conducted in English. Besides teaching the correct pronunciation of the lyrics in each song, Schaechter provides its musical, historical and linguistic nuances.
The workshop is free of charge but donations are welcome.
In order to register or for more information, click here. To hear the Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus perform the Hanukkah song, “Father Blesses the Hanukkah Candles” (written in 1921 by Solomon Golub and Abraham Reisen), click here.
Online Yiddish Hanukkah song workshop and sing-along